I spent 9 glorious days in Yoga Magic in Anjuna, North Goa as part of a yoga retreat. It really was a peaceful haven with beautiful surroundings – palm trees galore and a fantastic pool area.
http://www.yogamagic.net/newsite/index.html – 1586/1 grand chinvar, anjuna, bardez 403509, north goa, india
The hosts, Phil and Juliet, were welcoming and have been there for the last 14 years developing Yoga Magic into what it is now. All of the staff were friendly and helpful and everything was always kept clean and tidy.
The eco lodges (which I was slightly skeptical about to begin with) were perfect. Spacious interior with two beds (with mosquito nets), a separate dressing room area with more than enough space for clothes and an outside bathroom area with a sink, mirror, clay pot for washing and eco toilet. There were also hot showers a minute walk away.
The food (which is vegetarian) was absolutely amazing and this is coming from a meat eater. So much thought is put into the recipes and the flavours just work without being too spicy. My favourites were the daal, pumpkin curry and the bombay street food mix.
The meditation / yoga spaces are in huge tents and are normally held when the sun is not so hot – I initially thought it would be humid and I would struggle but it was absolutely perfect (just remember to cover up when possible due to the mosquitoes!).
Yoga Magic will organise your transfers from the airport and any other taxis you require during your visit, fixing a price beforehand, so there are no surprises.
This was my first yoga retreat but I thoroughly recommend Yoga Magic as a venue.