Vaayu Waterman's Village
5 out of 5
The Vaayu Village weaves together every aspect of our collective interests, creating a space that allows our guests to be fully immersed in the Vaayu experience; interacting with the artists, connecting with the ocean with our instructors, relaxing in the lounge, and having stimulating conversations over delicious food and smoothies. Vaayu hosts a variety of community events every week, so you are never short of something interesting to do.
Goa, once a Portuguese Colony is a predominately Catholic States which means the culture of the place is a little bit more relaxed then the rest of India. The cuisine is filled with seafood and people have been coming to Goa to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm waters for over forty years now. Goa is know throughout India for its amazing variety of good food and its night life.
Ashwem Beach where Vaayu is located is arguably one of the nicest beaches in North Goa, acting as home to some of the more high end restaurants. Our location and wave conditions make for the perfect place to start your surfing journey. Surf season is dependent on Mother Nature's mood, although it does peak from October through to April. Waves range from waist to head height.
- Getting there
- Surf Lessons
How did you like the accommodation?
I stayed at Vaayu for the first time last week and it certainly won't be the last time. I had an incredibly relaxing, happy and enriching time.
The location deserves 10 stars because the river is stunning and this strip of the beach feels so secluded and undiscovered, it was practically private during my afternoon beach naps. The accoms were super comfortable, I loved my room - a hut above the cottages where I had my own private bathroom. Vaayu itself is quirky, green and full of fabulous art. They run an incredible art residency so the artists are always around painting or making beautiful things or hanging out in the beautiful open air rooftop gallery or at their Prana cafe where the menu is super interesting and inspired. Get the quinoa rice bowl, the tequila watermelon cocktail, the banoffee and def drink the coffee! It's open to non-guests too.
Vaayu offers surf, kite surf and SUP rentals and instruction and also runs a fab surf shop for adventure-inclined folks. As part of their ethos, they organise cleanups of the beach and neighbourhood as a way to give back and I was most excited to participate! Would suit conscious folks, surf- or art-enthusiasts, and people who embrace a healthy lifestyle.
How did you like the accommodation?
Places like Vaayu are a rarity in Goa and just about anywhere else in the world. It manages to bring together so many disparate bits to make the most beautiful whole. From the tangible things...incredible staff who have so many stories to share, and bring so much passion to make their little portion of the world a better place for all living things, the delicious food they serve up Prana Cafe courtesy Chef Varoon Nair (don't leave without spending a little time with him) the airy, colourful decor that's right across from the beach, to the intangible. There's no way to really explain what you can't see but there's a lively, wonderful energy about the place that everybody will love.
Good people attract good things and as a result of the lovely spirit the owners (Rahul & Jill) put into running the place, most of the guests and visitors tend to be incredibly happy, interesting people too so it's basically impossible to have a bad time here.
They also offer surf, kitesurf and SUP lessons and organise regular beach clean-ups and art exhibitions as part of what they do. As such, the place especially suits people who have a clean-living and environmentally-friendly ethos, you'll end up meeting many like-minded people.
The only downside? You probably won't leave to do anything else in Goa because it's just way too perfect at Vaayu. Definitely check it out and stay for a while. Immerse yourself in their ever-growing community and you'll have a new family to call home in Goa when you visit next.
Thank you for all the 'WONDERFUL' times team Vaayu. ;) Sending lots of love your way.
P.s. - my absolute favourite thing about the place are all the dogs they seem to keep adopting and caring for at an alarming but amazing rate. I love you puppy! I'm coming back for you soon. (=
Extras:Third person fee in standard double room is 500 Rupees extra for the spare bed per night.
Pets come at 500 Rupees per night for extra cleaning charges.
Room Type: Private
Our new villa rooms are located right on the beach front and have the best view of the sea in the area.
Featuring a large open to air terrace with a stunning view of the beach and ocean to the ultimate place to lay back and unwind.
The villa has a common entrance with a kitchen and dining area where guests are welcome to help themselves to the tea or coffee provided.
Each room has a double bed with luxurious bedding, a ceiling fan, air conditioning, a cupboard, satellite TV, an attached bathroom with a shower and a private balcony.
Room Type: Private
Vaayu’s 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.
Room Type: Private
Our Standard AC rooms offer simple yet comfortable accommodation.
Each room comes with a double bed and an attached bathroom with a shower. Rooms feature a lockable cabinet, a small balcony area, ceiling fan and air conditioning. Each room has original art and photography from our previous artist residency programs.
Room Type: Private
This is a beautifully crafted, bamboo styled circular room. It features a double bed, mosquito net and wall fans with no attached bathroom, it is perfect for the conscious traveller on a budget.
You can never get lost
When you book you will receive our confirmation email with full travel directions of how to get to us.
We provide Airport Transfers from and to Dabolim Airport and they can be booked in the booking steps.
- Price for 1-4 people: INR1500
- - Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport
- - Distance from Airport in kms: 54
- - Time from Airport in a car: 1.5 hours
- - There is no train from the airport
- - There is no bus from the airport
Come Surf With Us
Surf Lessons can be added in the booking steps if they are not already included in a package.
Ashwem Beach waves are the ideal spot for learning not only is the water warm, but the beach break gives us long slow breaking beauties that are easy for any novice to get on.
Main Surf Beach: Ashwem
Surf Lessons we offer:
Kids Surf Lessons
This lesson will last 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.
Beginner Surf Lessons
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 Vaayu 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 Vaayu centre.
Our Vaayu WPA (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.
Beginner Kite Surfing
Vaayu's IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) certified instructors guide you through an hour introductory lesson taking a fun, safe and efficient approach to get you harnessing the power of the wind. This 10 hour IKO certified course takes you through all the basics of kitesurfing, from kite anatomy, to wind theory, safety procedures, kite control, body dragging, and board starts.
Intermediate Kite Surfing
Vaayu's 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. This 6 hour course is 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.
Level: All Levels
We have a usually slower breaking wave that is good for long boarding and especially good for beginners. Mid tide going out tends to be the best time for the wave shape, but mornings in general are better before the wind picks up or turns onshore.
Surf conditions in Goa:
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- A small deposit is required to secure your booking.
- Your balance is due to the property 28 days before arrival. The Property will contact you to collect payment. If you book within this 28 days then the property will contact you shortly after you book to collect the balance.
CANCELLING YOUR BOOKING
- To cancel go to the MyAccount section and log in or register and you can cancel from within your account.
- Your deposit is non refundable but can be used for the same property/surf school within one year of your original booking.
- You can cancels anytime up to 7 days before travelling and you be refunded the balance.
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