My Indian Visa form is asking for a referee in India, can I put your name down?
Yes, of course. The details you need are:
Yogamagic EcoRetreat, 1586/1 Grand Chinvar, Anjuna, Bardez 403509, Goa, India
Phone: +91 0832 652 3796
Names: Phil Dane, Juliet Leary or Sally Bowden

Is it easy to get to Yogmagic from the airport / station?

Yes, the best thing to do is to let us know your flight or train details. We will send a taxi for you, that way you will have a driver who knows where we are. Pay the driver directly Rs 800 (around £10)

How far away is Yogamagic from the beach?
We are about two kilometres from Vagator and Anjuna beaches, both of which are easily accessible by taxi or walking about 35 minutes. Aswem & Morjim beaches are quieter and about 15 minutes by taxi.

Do I need to bring / Do you supply mosquito nets?
The tents are effectively large mosquito nets in themselves as their windows are made from mosquito netting, so you don’t need to bring one with you. Do bring some mosquito repellent though as you will need it when you are out at night.

What clothes should I wear?
Goa is very used to westerners and their dress, or lack of it, so you are fine with standard holiday-wear in most places. Obviously if you want to visit a temple or a church, you will need to cover your shoulders and legs out of respect. If you are planning on travelling outside Goa, or go off the beaten track, you will feel more comfortable with more cover as bare skin tends to attract a lot of attention.

If you are planning to ride a scooter then more substantial clothes are sensible. We advise guests to wear helmets at all times.

During December and January, the evenings can be quite cool, so bring something warm. You will find that you have to slip your shoes on and off as it is considered good manners to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home, an enclosed area or a temple.

Can I use my hairdryer?
There is nowhere for you to plug in appliances in the tents. Why not try and go ‘au natural’ for your holiday?

I am worried about the eco-toilet, is it difficult to use?
Not at all! The eco-toilets are like standard squat toilets but with two compartments - one for liquids, one for solids. You need to aim well, rinse down the front portion with water, then spray with natural, organic EM (effective micro-organisms), which immediately starts the composting process. After that, just cover your deposit with woodchips and spray again. You will soon get the hang of it … and it doesn’t smell!

  Do I need to take Malaria tablets?
The English NHS website advises that Goa carries a ‘variable risk’ of Malaria and antimalarials should be taken - Homeopathic antimalarials are available -

Which injections do I need for Goa?
The NHS website advises that courses or boosters are taken for Diptheria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis A, Typhoid -

Is the water safe to drink?
It is not recommended that you drink tap water anywhere in India. Our water comes from our own well and is safe to shower in. We also supply triple filtered water for you to drink as much as you like. Please bring you own refillable bottle, we do not supply plastic water bottles.


  Can I do yoga every day?
Yes! We have a comprehensive programme of classes at Yogamagic from various traditions including meditation, pranayama and chanting. Classes are at 8am everyday and 5pm some evenings. We also plan art and music expression sessions with our resident artist and musicians.

Do I need to bring a yoga mat?
By all means bring your own mat if you wish. We do have mats available for guests to use during their stay with us.

What should I wear for yoga?
You need to be able to move easily in whatever you wear, be comfortable. It can also be warm, so cool, unrestrictive and comfortable are the key things to consider.

Can I book massages or yoga in advance?
There is no need to pre-book as the facilities are here primarily for hotel guests. When you arrive, we will discuss your requirements and book accordingl

  Can I change money at Yogamagic?
We can arrange a local travel company who will come to the hotel and exchange CASH (minimum £100) for you. Travellers cheques can be changed either at the bank or a local money changing outlet. Your passport will be required.

Can I get money from an ATM?
Yes! There are a couple of ATM’s within a 5 minute taxi ride and more in the nearby towns of Mapusa and Calangute. Don’t forget to tell your bank that you are travelling to India so that they don’t block your card when they see an unusual transaction.

  Be courageous and unplug, We believe that less is more and encourage our guests to "power-down" and immerse themselves in the restorative vibe of yogamagic

Can I charge my laptop / mobile phone / camera?
Yes! We provide a secure recharging cupboard in reception.

Do you have an internet connection?
Yes! We do have a wireless connection for anyone who has their own laptop or handheld pc. This is a chargeable service at a premium rate to discourage use. Maximum time is 15 minutes and all proceeds are given to charity.

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Yogamagic eco retreat – Goa, India. A sustainable tourism venture: eco hotel with swimming pool, luxury tents, eco lodges and boutique suites. Well-being; nature; mind, body and soul; eco yoga retreats; spiritual and yoga holidays. Meditation and Hatha Yoga asana classes from Ashtanga, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Scaravelli, Yin, Kundalini and Iyengar... an opportunity to practice yoga in India. Organic vegetarian restaurant. Healing, Ayurvedic massage and Ayurvedic massage training courses.