About The Banyan Tree
We’ve been going to Goa for a long time and we are always really delighted when we come across a real gem and The Banyan Tree is a real gem. This is for people who love nature and appreciate simple, natural, beautiful surroundings.
There is something about The Banyan Tree that promotes a sense of ease and deep relaxation as soon as you enter the land.
Goa is a magical and exciting vibrant holiday destination and to have a place like the Banyan Tree is really special. It is close to the vibrancy and energy that Goa offers but tucked away where you can really deeply relax in the beauty of this much loved Indian state.
All who come to the Banyan feel a real sense of love behind everything that is done there. From the building of the huts and the restaurant to the preparation of the food and the planting of the flowers. It truly feels as if the venue has grown out of the earth. The property is in tune with nature and in harmony with the natural surroundings.
Birdsong can be heard from morning to twilight situated in this peaceful location between two of North Goa’s favourite beaches, Ashwem and Mandrem, a 20 minute walk or short scooter/taxi ride away.
All of the meals served are home-made and produced either from the Banyan's very own vegetable patches or from local farmers. Delicious and traditional breakfast and dinner are included.
The daily programme
Join us for a yoga holiday at this very special place in Goa, known for its sunny, warm days, laid-back beaches and colourful markets. The intention for this holiday is to enjoy all that Goa has to offer but to also dive deeply into your yoga practice. In simple surroundings, restore your elemental balance and deepen your practise.
Each day will begin with a two hour morning yoga class. A strong and dynamic flowing asana practise gently opening the body and attuning the mind to the breath. The afternoon class will be more restorative and often include pranayama, meditation or yoga nidra.
There will be two yoga free half days. Between classes there will be time to head off to the beach, swim in the sea, go to the market or simply read and relax.
Accommodation & surroundings
Eco friendly huts are made from local sustainable materials. All are suitable for single, double or twin occupancy and have an en suite toilet and shower under the sky.
The shaded yoga shala offers a peaceful place to relax, recharge and feel rejuvenated after a yoga or meditation session. The beautiful garden is tended to daily with many blossoming flowers and vegetable patches where local vegetables are grown to make the cooking even fresher. There is also a bonfire area for relaxation in the evenings with live music, surrounded by the cashew trees.
Indeed, I had a wonderful week at the Banyan Tree. It was a lovely, peaceful place with very very nice, friendly, caring, helpful and attentive people who did everything to make sure we had a fabulous time. It was also a very nice group of yogis and the yoga with Maurizio was as always 5 star. I would immediately go again.Veronika
Just back from a glorious three weeks in Goa and I wanted to say what a fabulous retreat it was. Somehow Sue was always able to spot the most unique locations - and she really excelled with the Banyan Tree. So full of warmth and heart and run by the most delightful people. As for Maurizio - I had not come across him before - but he really is a very, very good teacher. So, in short, thank you very much, for an incredibly enriching and joyous seven days. I look forward to the next one.Hattie
I have told everyone who asks that the journey was an unforgettable experience, extraordinary and wonderful. Even these expressions fall short. The people in Goa and in particular our friends at the Banyan Tree, are full of attentions for their guests. The cooking is simple but delicious and all new for some of us. The location is like a paradise with all those exotic plants and birds and the morning sunlight coming through the branches and hitting you in the eyes while you breath on downward dog. Maurizio's teaching is very good. It all starts so simple and soon we are trying positions we have not even seen before, all as a logical end to a sequence of preparatory stretches and asanas. I had several "aha" moments in Maurizio's classes, some breakthroughs which was very satisfying. What can I say? Everything, including the people who attended this holiday, was perfect. Can't wait to try another one.Rafael
The holiday was fantastic - thanks very much. Just sorry to be back! A special mention to Maurizio. He was just fantastic. Classes were challenging, interesting, well thought out. He was really generous with his time and worked really hard to help us improve through the week. The venue was also lovely - really kind and helpful people, good food and surprisingly comfortable even though quite basic.Laura
It was my first time out from Europe and it was absolutely great! I enjoyed the food and hospitality of the staff and met some very lovely people in the yoga group!Merja
I've just arrived home and already missing Banyan Tree Yoga! I had a wonderful time. It was such a relaxing and simple place with wholesome food and great hospitality. Chinu and Anu couldn't have done more to welcome us. Just the right amount of attention without being in your face and always there when you needed anything. The high point is the pathways and floors - walking on that lovely baked mud felt so good for the soul. The shala was perfect and the incense really helped keep the mosquitoes at bay. I didn't get bitten at all which is not normally the case. I really enjoyed Maurizio's yoga classes - he has a fantastic dynamic style with lots of deep stretching and really took time to give individual adjustments and advice. He really listened to me and what i wanted to focus on and helped me with tips for asanas that I find difficult. I definitely want to come back next year!Abigail
It was a great holiday, the Banyan Tree is very eco and blended in very well with the environment and I would really recommend it for future YOAS holidays. The staff could not do enough for us and the food was excellent. Maurizio is one of the best yoga teachers I've been to. The classes were well structured which he had adapted to the general level of the participants. He always came around to adjust and provided lots of helpful comments. I really felt my yoga came on after a week of yoga with Maurizio and would certainly go on another yoga holiday with him.Anne
The Banyan Tree was lovely. Annu and Chino were fab hosts, the food delicious, and it felt like a real home from home. As ever Belle's classes were great and in all it was a lovely week.Anna
The retreat was everything I hoped for and much more. The yoga and meditation led by Maurizio was excellent. I learnt so much and came back feeling centred and connected. The Banyan Tree is a very special place. Annu and Chino have created an inspirational space and their attention to detail is wonderful. They delivered the service with so much loving kindness, it really set the scene for a conducive retreat and practice. A life changing experience.Deborah
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Magical yoga and beach holiday in Goa, India, 3 - 10 December 2017
Price per person for a shared twin or double bed hut is £450
Price per person for a single occupancy hut is £575
It is possible to extend you stay and take additional nights at the Banyan Tree
Two yoga classes daily with two yoga free afternoons. Delicious and healthy breakfast and dinner each day.
Although there are many options for flights to Goa it is essential that you book early to get the best deals.
There are many ways to get to Goa. You can fly directly to Goa from most major airports or you can fly to Mumbai (Bombay) and take an internal flight to Goa with Spicejet or Kingfisher (internal Indian airlines). There are many other internal flight alternatives. You can also take the train or the bus from Mumbai to Thivim, which takes about 8-10 hours.
A taxi from Goa's Dabolim Airport to the Banyan Tree is not included in this holiday. The journey takes 1.5 hours and costs Rs 1700 (approx £20).
Please be aware that a tourist visa is required for travel to India. This needs to be applied for well in advance of your travel date and we can provide an address for the venue for your application.