Aayshana Lakhanpal is a star find on the North Goan coast and a favourite with many Selective Asia travellers. Anyone who is looking for character and individual style, rather than big brand glitz, will be bowled over. This is a wonderfully sprawling property with an attractive main house encroached upon by heavy, tall trees stretching all the way down towards the beach. A welcome canopy that provides some natural, cooling respite.
Past the greenery, you’ll find really special rooms in cottages at the edge of the treeline. Next stop: epic beach! Dinner can be enjoyed, essentially, wherever you wish, be it at your villa, in the main house or somewhere in the grounds - you’ll soon find a favourite spot. There are some really excellent locally-run restaurants close by too, if you fancy a change, and you can enjoy a light lunch at one of the shacks on Candolim Beach.
In a quiet spot on the refined Candolim coast, with Panaji only 30 minutes away, this resort combines the opportunity to relax on a beautiful stretch of beach with easy access to many of Goa’s highlights.
Al fresco dining
2 stunning outdoor pools
Beach access from the grounds
Tempting nearby restaurants
This is the first place I can remember where we both said we wanted to come back. We don’t usually do that, preferring to keep exploring, but we want to come back with friends, next year even.
Discover what to expect from staying at Aashyana Lakhanpal
This hotel is a transcendent property, which makes it difficult to give it an official rating! It simply doesn’t conform. A tropical forest grove, somewhat tamed, is peppered with the resort’s small, beautiful villas and unexpected pools, and the ambience is perfect. The best rooms by far are the cottages right by the ocean, near a large rectangular pool which, though not private, is rarely used by other guests. What makes them really special is the common garden behind the cottages: a grassy knoll set with chairs and loungers with a gate leading straight onto the sand and the Arabian Sea stretching out to the horizon...
Spend your days here relaxing in the grounds, wandering along Candolim Beach, dropping into the beach shacks for a cold beer, cooling off in the pools, and watching the sun go down from the grassy knoll by the beach while thinking about dinner. If you’re after a few organised activities and watersports, they are available too. Transport and touring can also be arranged to Panaji and its crumbly, atmospheric old Portuguese quarter, where the remains of St Francis Xavier lie.
The property benefits from a beautiful location among the greenery. Sensitive design and respect for nature has led to meandering paths through the tangle of trees. The property has a commitment to permaculture, and harvests rainwater during the monsoon season.
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.