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Ashwem Surf Resort - Mandrem, Goa. India

INTRODUCTION

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The resort is located on the beautiful Ashwem Beach in North Goa, India. Our cozy village hosts ten different rooms, four AC cement cottages with their own private attached bathrooms and balconies; and six Tamil Nadu style wooden cabins which also have their own private bathrooms. 

 

Our staff come from all of India and the world to share their passions with our guests and help us co-create an immersive experience unlike any other. Unique experience specifically attracts young urban creative types looking to reconnect with themselves and the world around them. 

 

Besides having a range of water sports activities to engage in every day with our team of instructors and guides, we also organise weekly movie nights where we screen documentaries, environmental focused workshops, yoga and other wellness classes, as well as having artist from our residency at the Resort creating and showcasing their work in the gallery and studio spaces on a daily basis. 

 

Depending on the time of season we can handle as many as 30 surf students in a day and 16 kite surf students. Parking is free but limited, and is a first come first serve type of basis. We do offer special group discounts but that depends on the activity of choice the group is looking to engage with. 

 

We are open from the end of October to the end of May. We are a pet friendly hotel, having many dogs ourselves. We also welcome anyone from novices to expert level riders just looking for someone to get out into the water with. Even if water sports are not your thing the art and other workshops we offer a place that anyone can enjoy. 

THE ACCOMMODATION

The Resort has ten rooms in total at our place, and is literally only steps away from the beach, maybe 100 meters from the beach. Almost every room has a view of the beach and estuary which runs right out front of our place. 

 

There is a cafe as a part of our place for guest to eat and enjoy each others company, as well as a nice outdoor bed and a couple sitting areas in our garden, and finally a beautiful rooftop lounge and art gallery for individuals to nap, read, or connect in.

 

Prana Cafe host a delicious menu of nutrition focused items. We are open and serve food for everything from Breakfast to Dinner and everything in between. We have vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and meat items so everyone can find something to meet their needs. Food is ordered a la carte as our restaurant is also open to day visitors and adventure centre clients as well. 

 

We hold events weekly, but Coffee Sundays have become especially popular with our staff and friends from the area. One of our friend’s DJs and good espresso and superfood smoothies are had all around. 

Room Type 1 (AC Cottages)

Each cottage represents one of the body’s chakras inviting you to awaken different aspects of your being, with the intention of supporting a balance in the mind, body and soul. Enjoy a picturesque views of the river, ocean and our sacred geometrically inspired vegetable and herb garden. A view you can enjoy from your own balcony as you sip on a coconut or nap in the shade of the surrounding coconut trees.

 

Our cottages have everything you need after a long day on the beach like a nice shower and a comfy bed with organic cotton sheets. Please note that we use solar heating for our water in an effort to reduce our environmental impact, so sometimes at night the hot water runs out.

Room Type 2 (Wooden Cabins)

Wooden Cabins have the most amazing view looking out over the river and beach in front. The chakra theme of the cottages is carried over into the design of the cabins with the two cabins representing the Throat and Third Eye chakras. This season our cabins even have their own private attached bathrooms. Please note that we use solar heating for our water in an effort to reduce our environmental impact, so sometimes at night the hot water runs out.

 

Rooms are cleaned daily by our maids, unless otherwise specified by the guests that it is not necessary.

Adventure Centre and Surf Shop is open daily from 9am to 7pm. Prana Cafe is open for service daily from 9am to 11pm.

THE ACTIVITIES

Surf

Have fun learning the basics of catching waves on your holiday in Goa.

 

Learning to play with the power of the ocean is one of the most stimulating experiences you could ever have. With a full range of long boards or foam boards and your surf instructor by your side the waves are waiting for you to come over and play.

 

Your instructor will guide you through the easiest and safest way to get up on the face and reeling down the line by our center. This lesson will last about an hour an half and take you through the basics of popping up, paddling, and looking for waves.

 

We suggest you bring sunscreen and water to drink for your lesson. Experience the joy of learning to connect with the power of the waves. Can be a Shared or Private Lesson no more than 3 people to an instructor. Conditions must be a confident and capable swimmer.

 

SURFING FOR BEGINNERS

This 6 hours course happens over the span of four days and take you through the basics of surfing …teaching you all about popping up, paddling, looking for waves, currents, and the equipment you use.

 

SURFING 101

This 9 hours course happens over the span of six days and take you through the basics of surfing …teaching you all about popping up, paddling, looking for waves, currents, and the equipment you use.

Kayak Rental

See the mangroves of Goa in a whole new way. Explore the tributaries, mangroves and oceans with the versatility of a kayak. Our centre is perfectly located by a river mouth allowing you to see a beautiful array of birds and plants.

 

A complete selection of kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are at your disposal from our adventure centre. So if you are tired of just chilling on the beach all day, come play.

 

This Rental is for one hour. Experience the joy of Goa’s wildlife like never before. Can be shared or private we have 3 kayaks available for rent. Availability all day, but best when it is high tide, so better to call ahead to check a good time to come.

Stand Up Paddle boarding for Beginners

Have you ever thought what it might be like to walk on, or glide over water and shred some fun waves? Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP allows you to cruise on the surface of the water and explore the wonders of the ocean and lakes of the world.

 

Our World Paddle Association instructors get you ripping it up in our learners’ lagoon in no time. Once you have mastered the SUP, the water of the world becomes your playground. This lesson will last about an hour and we suggest you bring sunscreen and water to stay hydrated. Come Experience what the world’s fastest growing sport is all about.

 

Can be shared or private instructor can take up to 5 students at once. Availability is during high tide, so better to call ahead to check a good time to come. High Tide can usually lasts about 4 hours of the day. Conditions must be a confident and capable swimmer.

Wakeboarding 101

Want to learn how to catch mad air even when there is no wind? Come learn how to wakeboard with our experienced team of instructors behind one of India’s first specialty water sports boats. We have brand new 2014 gear for you to learn on from one of the world’s leading Wakeboarding companies.

 

We believe safety comes first so all students are required to wear impact vests and helmets. Experience the thrill of riding on a twin fin behind a powerful boat. Can be shared or private instructor can take up to 5 students at once. Availability is once in the morning for one hour. Conditions must be a confident and capable swimmer.

Kitesurfing

IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) certified instructors guide you through an hour introductory lesson taking a fun, safe and efficient approach to get you connecting to the power of the wind. The new adventure center is packed with Liquid Force gear and sits right on an empty beach with the perfect little lagoon to practice in.

 

Enjoy the power of the wind like never before. Private lesson. Availability is between February and May after 2pm and before 5pm. 4 Lessons in a day possible depending on wind conditions. Conditions must be a confident and capable swimmer.

 

KITE SURFING COURSE

This 6 hour course if specifically for individuals who have already taken some lessons, but haven’t finished their training or otherwise for individuals who haven’t been in a while and want to brush up their skills and progress as a rider.

 

Enjoy the power of the wind like never before. Private lesson. Availability is between February and May after 2pm and before 5pm. 2 Lesson in a day possible depending on wind conditions. Conditions must be a confident and capable swimmer.

 

IKO CERTIFIED KITESURFING COURSE

This 10 hours IKO certified course takes you through all the basics of kitesurfing, from kite anatomy, to wind theory, safety procedures, kite control, body dragging, and finally board starts. This course has been designed to get individuals up through Level 1 by IKO standards.

 

Enjoy the power of the wind like never before. Private lesson. Availability is between February and May after 2pm and before 5pm. 2 Lesson in a day possible depending on wind conditions and availability. Conditions must be a confident and capable swimmer.

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

North Ashwem Beach where we conduct our lessons is one of the more natural and empty beaches in North Goa. The water is incredibly warm, and it is clear skies and sunny from October until June when the monsoon starts. 

 

The resort is within walking distance of a number of restaurants besides our own, as well as a nice Grocery Store called Calisto’s and other smaller convenient stores all just minutes from our place. The closest Village Mandrem is only a five-ten minute drive by scooter depending on traffic.

Getting Here

TRANSFER

We can arrange airport, train, or bus pickup and drop off to and from the resort.

Airport pickup and drop off is 1500INR for a whole care which can easily be split by 4 people.

 

SCOOTER RENT

Most guests end up renting a scooter for about 300-600 INR per day depending on the time of season.

 

BUS

No matter if you come from the south, north, or east. There are a number of overnight buses from most of the major cities to Mapusa which is then a 45 minutes taxi ride to the resort.

 

PLANE

Traveling by plane is definitely the easiest and most comfortable and from the Dabolim Airport, the resort is about and hour and half taxi ride away at 1500INR per taxi.

PRICES & PACKAGES

Service Provided

Prices Per Person in USD

November December

Peak Season

(Dec.20-Jan.5)

January February March April May
Courses                
Surfing for Beginners 1.5 Hours Group 38 38 45 38 38 38 38 38
Surfing 6 Hour course Group 134 134 161 134 134 134 134 134
Surfing 9 Hour Course Group 180 180 217 180 180 180 180 180
SUP for Beginners 1 hour 22 22 27 22 22 22 22 22
Kitesurfing for Beginners 1 hour NA NA 54 45 45 45 45 45
Kitesurfing for Beginners 6 hours NA NA 299 247 247 247 247 247
Kitesurfing for Beginners Full Course NA NA 448 374 374 374 374 374
Wakeboarding 1 Hour (up to 5 People) 105 105 161 112 112 112 112 112
Rentals                
Boogie Board- 1 hour 4.5 4.5 5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
Boogie Board-Full Day 12 12 15 12 12 12 12 12
Surf Board- 1 hour 7 7 9 7 7 7 7 7
Surf Board-Full Day 22 22 27 22 22 22 22 22
SUP- 1 hour 7 7 9 7 7 7 7 7
SUP- Full Day 22 22 27 22 22 22 22 22
Kayak- 1 hour 7 7 9 7 7 7 7 7
Kayak- Full Day 22 22 27 22 22 22 22 22
Kitesurfing- 1 hour NA NA 22 22 22 22 22 22
Kitesurfing- Full Day NA NA 90 90 90 90 90 90
Wakeboarding- 1 hour (up to 5 people) 127 127 127 127 127 127 127 127
                 
Excursions                
Max 5 people = 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 150

 

PRICES PER PERSON in INR November  December  Dec. High Season January  Feb to May
COURSES
Surfing for Beginners 1.5 Hours Group 2500 2500 2500 3000 2500
Surfing 6 Hour course Group 9000 9000 10800 9000 9000
Surfing 9 Hour Course Group 12000 12000 14500 12000 12000
SUP for Beginners 1 hour 1500 1500 1800 1500 1500
Kitesurfing for Beginners 1 hour  NA NA 3600 3000 3000
Kitesurfing for Beginners 6 hours NA NA 20000 16500 16500
Kitesurfing for Beginners Full Course NA NA 30000 25000 2500
Wakeboarding 1 Hour (up to 5 People) 7000 8500 10800 8000 7500
RENTALS
Boogie Board- 1 hour 300 300 360 300 300
Boogie Board-Full Day  800 800 1000 800 800
Surf Board- 1 hour 500 500 600 500 500
Surf Board-Full Day  1500 1500 1800 1500 1500
SUP- 1 hour  500 500 600 500 500
SUP- Full Day  1500 1500 1800 1500 1500
Kayak- 1 hour 500 500 600 500 500
Kayak- Full Day  1500 1500 1800 1500 1500
Kitesurfing- 1 hour NA NA 1500 1500 1500
Kitesurfing- Full Day  NA NA 6000 6000 6000
Wakeboarding- 1 hour (up to 5 people) 8500 8500 8500 8500 8500
           
EXCURSION
Max 5 people = 15,000          

Paradise Lagoon Trip Base Price

Includes: Instructor, Transport, Meal, Beer, Water, Lemonade 10000
With Surfboards rental   1000 1000 1000 1000
With SUP guide   1000 1000 1000 1000

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