|Yab Yum Boogie board|
Eco resort in gorgeous Goa
Yab Yum eco resort is a fabulous place to stay. Gorgeous Goa, although India’s smallest state, has a big reputation. People go there for fun as well as relaxation. Beach life can be more like a continuous performance of colourful street theatre than a getaway from it all experience. I love Goa, its colours and its energy, its people and its food. This time I visited the rather less hectic beach of Ashvem in North Goa.
|Welcome to Yab Yum|
The Yab Yum eco resort which is set right on beautiful Ashvem beach. Our destination was shrouded in a palm grove plantation with planted areas, sandy pathways and the occasional giant bamboo. It really did feel like you were in your own little environment away from the rest of the world. Sheltered by the sand dunes you are seconds from the warm Arabian sea.
Yab Yum accommodation
Accommodation is in local style cottages or in pods made of palm fronds. The super cute domes look like large igloos – but without the snow obviously. Or maybe houses for an over sized hobbit. The room had a huge dome with small windows so things didn’t get too hot from the sun, and a lazy fan whirring around. The beds are shrouded in gauzy mosquito nets. They look rather romantic but are absolutely essential if you do not want to be a mosquito meal.
|Welcome to the Dome.|
A couple of hammocks are stretched between the trees. Outside there is a small table where the delicious breakfast was served every morning. I was particularly taken with the home made marmalade and the beautiful fresh fruit platter. Breakfast served al fresco in the sunshine with a copy of the Hindu times and a cafetiere, is a most acceptable way to start one’s day.
|The breakfast room|
Yoga at Yab Yum
Yoga is big in Goa. You can join the morning yoga class here with Christina if you fancy a Down Dog first thing. Recently there was a hug mass yoga event on the beach here at Ashvem. Indeed, staying at Yab Yum is quite a Zen experience altogether.
|Yoga at Yab Yum|
Part of the resort includes a very cool beach shack which serves delicious food. Alternatively or you can stroll along to the beach restaurants, or pop in to the village.
|Indian Tapas (Thali)|
Ashvem beach life
The beach here is delightful and not too crowded especially at the Yab Yum section. Lying on a padded sunbed being served with some delicious Masala Chai while contemplating a dip in the Arabian sea, is pretty hard to beat as a holiday activity. I did try boogie boarding for the first time in the tamer waves. The sea is frisky enough for surfing and boarding but not too strong. I’m not a natural water baby and had no skill at boogoe boarding whatsoever, but I absolutely loved it. You can borrow the boards for free if you are staying here.
We were approached all the time by the beach girls selling clothes and jewellery and pedicures. I didn’t mind them at all, they were very sweet. They came from Karnataka near Bangalore. The girls have to work here for six months of the year away from their families, and then go back and work in the rice paddies for the rest of the time. I met Shoba and Angelina who were only fifteen and sixteen. They had never been to school although they said they would very much have liked to go. Education to primary level is free in many states, and is highly valued in India. Sadly this was not the case in the place where these girls were from.
|Shoba and Angelina report for work on Ashvem beach.|
Their English was still better than my Hindi! Despite their hard working lives they had the biggest smiles that greeted you every morning. I ended up with an ankle bracelet, a pedicure, a manicure and a henna tattoo on my foot. I enjoyed hearing their stories, and we put together goody bags of clothes and toiletries to leave for them.
Yab Yum – an upmarket eco stay
Yab Yum is an eclectic up market experience. You do feel that you are away from everything here. The resort grew organically from renting just one cottage for a holiday to acquiring the land lease from five different owners. The resort has evolved into what it is now.
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|Things are looking up!|