Giles Knapton Recognized as a Game Changers of Indian Architecture
Our stunning beach villas in Sindhudurg have been awarded Saint Gobian ‘Smart Green Award’ for our innovative design and use of material for a healthier and sustainable living environment. In order to encourage new ideas and techniques that are incorporated in building sustainable, aesthetically appealing and technological driven development, Saint-Gobain & The Economic Times Smart Green Awards is an attempt to recognize and reward the game changers of Indian Architecture and Design Landscape. “It’s a privilege to be considered one of the game changers of Indian Architecture & Design. Conscious living is the need of the hour and this award will be a huge inspiration to us as we strive for net zero living in our future projects” – Giles Knapton.
Remaining small and intimate, we are privileged to receive guests who subsequently leave as friends. This friendship has enabled us to tailor experiences just for you, during your stay at Coco Shambhala. We’ve taken some of the most popular activities you’ve enjoyed and packaged them together for a truly experiential stay in Goa or Sindhudurg.
Enjoy a heritage package exploring the rich culture and history of the Konkan region and discover a different face of these captivating destinations. If your a gourmet; immerse yourself in coastal cuisines, with market walks and farm visits learning about the rich depth of produce and flavours with a 5 day culinary course. Sometimes we need an intentional pause, a time to open the mind and reset. A subtle shift in perspective, can open new options and possibilities for oneself. If this resonates with you, our Magnified Healing course will heal the mind and uplift the soul. If your seeking adventure, discover the magical underwater world of the captivating Sindhudurg coast.
Designing for our Future?
Enriching experiences are the essence of everyday life. With modern building techniques speeding up the pace of development, we are surrounded by man made inspiration. But what Inspires mans designs? We’ve always looked towards nature for overall shape; Sea creatures, crab shells and spider webs are among the species and natural artefacts architects have looked to for such inspiration. Gaudi’s house and cathedral took form from the tall forest and its canopy in autumn.
Now we need to begin looking ever-more closely to the natural world for construction lessons with a pressing need to build with limited resources in the face of shrinking material and energy supplies. It’s high time our architectural spaces work in harmony with our surroundings for a conscious life. The quality and luxury of our modern life needn’t be diminished. In many ways we use very crude building techniques when compared to nature. For example, tunneling termites are masters at creating air exchange systems to ventilate their mounds; Far more advanced than our crude use of electricity to power heavily polluting air conditioning units.
By taking lessons from nature, we can build stunning spaces which respond to the geographical conditions around us for cooling & heating, utilising natural plays of light and ventilation for a healthier abode. If we break from the traditional thinking and embrace working with, instead of against nature, we will be enriching our daily lives, whilst conserving the beauty of the world around us. There is little doubt that time spent connecting with nature and the ‘outside’ world improves our well being & health, but the impact of a net zero home reaches far beyond, preserving our planet for generations to wonder at nature’s lessons.
We all strive to live a conscious life. Would you be willing to invest in a net zero home inspired by nature?
Coco Shambhala Beach Villas become the latest stylish Mr & Mrs Smith
We are extremely proud to have been handpicked to be a part of the Mr & Mrs Smith family. Mr & Mrs Smith started as a travel club and curating service born out of a love of special weekends away. They used the classic pseudonym to handpick and anonymously review the most stylish and individual hotels around the world.After the first world war, when people started to take weekends away again, if you weren’t yet married, you were not meant to be together in that way. So couples signed the guest register with the most common name possible, and the ‘dirty weekend away’ was born. Book our honeymoon package and stay as Mrs & Mrs! (link- packages) (link – Mr & Mrs Smith homepage)
Discover a new underwater playground
From October Scuba is back! Discover some of the best coastal diving in India. You will set off from our beach and explore the islands dotted at sea which you’ve been viewing from your villa. As a virgin dive site, it will just be you, coral reef an abundance of fish.
For the beginner we offer Discover Scuba, where you will have a tutorial followed by a guided dive. We also offer Padi courses for anyone who wishes to become certified.
Beach Life is Back
Famed for its 130 km of coastline, Goa is known worldwide for its beach shacks and laid back lifestyle. October signifies the start of the tourist season and with it, the opening of beach shacks.
The air is heavy with anticipation for the months ahead and frantic works begin to create “the” shack which will become a favorite this year. From simple rustic shacks, with warm welcoming smiles serving specialty seafood dishes favored in the Goan home, to larger shacks hosting BBQ nights on the beach, and extravagant beach clubs with International chef’s musical acts. Imagine your perfect day or night under Azure skies, a balmy tropical breeze and locations that embrace the soul, and you’re imagining only one place, Goa.
Architecture Award: Hospitality
We are delighted to have won the NDTV Architecture Award, in the hospitality sector for our Sindhudurg outpost. To have an eminent panel of India’s foremost architects selected Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg for the award, is a humbling experience and great reward for the tireless hard work and incredible artisanal skills employed by a dedicated team of 138 people, who turned the dreams into a reality.
It inspires us to go on to create new spaces in harmony with their natural surroundings. Giles Knapton was recently interviewed about the awards for Palmex where you can learn more about the project; https://www.palmexindia.com/coco-shambhalaindias-best-beach-resort-architecture-award/
Coco Shambhala celebrates the essence of luxurious, indulgent living in the tropical haven of Goa, India.
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Coco Shambhala was awarded the “Best Boutique Hotel” at the Outlook Traveller Awards, 2016. It is listed by Conde Nast Traveller in the world’s top 25 beach villas and by TripAdvisor in India’s top 50 hotels.