I cannot even stress enough how much I love Jamboree Creek Goa (in Ashwem, Goa). It’s just near Mandrem and Morjim area so you’re close to all the cool bars, clubs, and great restaurants like Sublime, La Plage, Delicieux, and Cafe Nu. This hotel is in a quiet area, is eco-friendly, and … wait for it.. has access to a secret beach!
It just so happens it’s the same secret beach that the resort, Elsewhere uses, where Brad and Angelina Jolie stayed with their kids.
There are both A/C and non A/C rooms, but these aren’t your typical beach huts. They are made from proper wood and look like little cabins. The non A/C are about 3,000 but rates go up in season like they do all over Goa. Some rooms have a tv and one is a suite which has a mini fridge, cabinets, wardrobe, and is much larger. The place is new (this is the second season) so rooms are clean and perfect.
Rooms have a full size bed with big fluffy pillows and a soft mattress. Like I said, this isn’t a beach shack type place, and although prices are low it’s more like a boutique resort. It’s also not directly on the beach which is how it stays so private.
The bathrooms are what you hear all the guests raving about. The rooms have an attached bath with walls that look like traditional mud tile (not sure if they are) and are all painted a different bright color. Each one has a open air rain shower! Ahh, maybe my favorite part about the room.
A yoga studio is being built as I type this and the pool is brand new, designed by the owner Priyanka. I loved laying out there in the hammocks drinking fresh hibiscus juice she learned to make in Auroville.
There is a small farm where they grow their own veggies as well. After the beach, it’s great to rinse off at the open air shower by the pool.
Food at Jamboree Creek
We actually ate dinner out at Cafe Nu, so I didn’t try any of the main dishes (except pasta) but did have lunch there twice, snacks, and breakfast. I highly recommend the spinach and cheese croquettes and the English breakfast (mmm bacon!) with fresh juice. The white wine pasta was good & the chicken sandwich was great for lunch.
Private path to the beach
As I mentioned, Jamboree Creek has a path that only Elsewhere and they can use for the beach. It’s pretty great! It’s about a 5 minute walk and someone can escort you there.
Perfect garden space
The grounds at Jamboree Creek have the most amazing gardening. It made me feel so relaxed. It’s the perfect place to stay and do yoga in the mornings, but still a good base to go out and party.
PS my candles are stocked here ;)
Want to book?
- Rooms fill up around high season, Dec/Jan, so book early. Jamboree is listed on airbnb (use my referral code and get $25 off your booking if you haven’t signed up before.)
- You can also look at the Jamboree Creek website and get in touch by calling 0832.2247.111, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Amenities: laundry, WiFi, room service, pool, car hire, massage, dolphin trips
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