I have just had the most fantastic, inspirational two weeks in Ashvem, Goa. This is my third trip to India having been to Goa and Kerala before. We stayed at Yab Yum, an eco-resort on Ashvem Beach.
On arrival, we were greeted with cold drinks and a beautiful welcome pack of locally produced organic soap. The staff led us through the palm trees to our hut - a giant coconut - inspired by the 1970’s TV show ‘Space 1999’.
The rooms were simply beautiful. Incense was put in the room daily and flower garlands on the door. We were so close to the sea that we could here the waves lapping on the beach. Lemurs, monkeys and eagles all shared our living quarters - and I shared my shower with a frog most mornings!
Days were spent driving around the back roads where we stumbled across Gunpowder in Assagao village. It's an old Portuguese colonial house, which has a beautiful lifestyle shop packed with work by lots of local artists. I picked up this Babu Marx print (below left) by an artist based in Dehli. We stopped for dinner and ate delicious Keralan food served by the most chilled and attentive Nepalese waiter!
I met with the designer activist Ondi from Om Khadi, an American based in Goa. She collaborates directly with traditional textile makers to create beautiful hand crafted fabrics. And we wandered around Old Goa, including the Leela Gallery and a beautiful, old Portuguese church.
But the best bit was... La Plage!