Wellness & Ashram

Yab Yum Resort in Ashvem, Goa

A wellness vacation doesn’t have to be austere. And it doesn’t have to cost the earth. India’s sunny coastlines and breezy riversides are sprinkled with comfortable stays that offer nutritious food, yoga, massage, and detox therapies. At these tranquil retreats, travellers are encouraged to connect with local cultures—through surfing, art, and cooking classes—as well as reconnect with themselves. It’s holidaying at a gentler pace.

The family-friendly Yab Yum Resort shares its name with a tantric position in which a woman straddles a seated man, symbolising the union of wisdom and compassion. And the resort is compassionate with parents—there’s babysitting, a paddling pool and toys on hand. Set in a two-acre palm grove in Ashvem beach, Yab Yum has cottages and quirky domes made of volcanic rock, palm leaves, mango wood, grass and clay. The resort has a full bar, and serves meals with ingredients that are freshly bought or sourced from their nearby plantation. Guests can unwind with massages and yoga classes, or use the laid-back resort as a base for exploring the beaches of north Goa—Anjuna and Arambol are less than a half-hour drive away. The French fusion restaurant La Plage restaurant is, in fact, a five-minute walk away.

Getting There Ashvem Beach is 52km/1.5hr from Goa airport, and 22km/45min from Thivim railway station.

SwaSwara in Gokarna, Karnataka

Named from the Sanskrit words for “self” and “sound”, SwaSwara aims for guests to tune in to their inner voice—firstly, by providing a 26-acre property where all one hears is the hush of the ocean. Guests begin their day at the Ayurvedic wellness retreat with sunrise yoga classes, and follow up with massages as part of the treatment prescribed by an Ayurvedic doctor. Hit deep, relaxing states of mind with meditation sessions and walks on nearby Om beach, or find your zen with pottery and art classes. SwaSwara also arranges hiking, boating, and kayaking excursions. Catch sunset views of the ocean from the yoga deck atop each of the 24 villas, made of local laterite stone and thatch. The focus on “local” translates into meals comprised of freshly caught seafood, and vegetables and fruits from the organic garden. And if it all seems a bit too clean, the resort serves Indian wines.

Getting There SwaSwara is 3.5km/159km from Dabolim airport, and 14km/22min from Gokarna road railway station.

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