We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Gold standard in hotels; perfect to uplift your body, mind and soul”
Review of SwaSwara

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
SwaSwara
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Gokarna
Certificate of Excellence
New Delhi
Level Contributor
29 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Gold standard in hotels; perfect to uplift your body, mind and soul”
Reviewed 11 May 2011

Not too many properties deserve the tag of being destinations in themselves, but Swaswara in Gokarna, Karnataka does. A CGH Earth resort, it sets standards in hotel design and service. Of course, being set against the beautiful Om Beach on the foothills of the Western Ghats only adds to it attractiveness.

SwaSwara means the inner voice of the self and, if you allow yourself, you can hear some of it while here. Yes, the yoga and meditation sessions give you a helping hand, but it the environment you are in that really makes a difference.

Morning starts with windchimes playing against the fresh breeze - the music touches you deep within. It is all you hear at that time. And then meditation on a hill facing a vast Arabian Sea in front with the sun rising behind only uplifts you further. I had been bothered with a niggling lower back pain for many days. Meditation enabled me to focus on the energy centres on my lower spine; it allowed me to imagine the deep ocean soothing it and the waves massaging it. I am not exaggerating when I say I got cured. Was it the yoga guru, my meditation (it was the first time I meditated in my life) or the place - or a combination of all? Swaswara can claim credit for bringing it all together.

Here is more on the property:

* Accommodation: If they were selling one of their 24 Konkan villas, I would be the first to buy one. My villa had an air-conditioned bedroom with a room over it with lounge chairs for reading. There is an open to sky courtyard, leading down to a semi covered verandah with work tables and chairs, a coffee and tea making bar, a refrigerator and easy chairs to stretch on. It opened into a man-made lake. The bathroom was open to the sky. Made in a traditional style, the villas have high quality furnishings and fittings and all modern comforts.
* Location: A perfect setting along the Om beach in Gokarna. Accessible by air through Goa (170 kms / 106 miles) or Mangalore (240 kms / 150 miles) airports.
* Activities: Life may seem to move in slow motion at SwaSwara, but there sure is enough to keep you busy. You can practice yoga and meditation - you can choose levels and what kind. Yoga includes gentle or advanced yoga, Laughter yoga, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra and Art yoga. You can also go for Chanting Meditation, Trataka, Mind Sound Resonance Technique, Chakra Meditation or Breath Awareness. You can spend time with the resident artists and create something of your own - using clay, colours or mud. And leave it behind for others to see. A massage at the Ayurveda centre can be a great way to wind down at the end of it all.
* What else can you do? Besides the structured activities, you can take a walk in the ‘kitchen gardens’ of SwaSwara where many a chemical free fruit and vegetable are sourced for your meals. Listen to the birds and spot them too. Lie back on the hammocks with a cool drink and a book, or get involved in a game of kabaddi. Swim in the sea, sunbathe on the Om beach or follow a trail through hilly forests to other beaches around. Join the cooks in the kitchen and learn while you help them prepare a meal.
* Food: Swaswara offers you meals keeping the following in mind: “They say partaking of a diet such as ours helps in the development of ‘prana’ or vital energy and spiritual consciousness, while encouraging the development of the higher qualities of peace, love and humility.” So what does this diet include? Chefs mostly use fruits and vegetables grown on their own farms or in nearby fields, all without the use of chemicals and in clean soil. Their said objectives can be met only when their chefs prepare meals “using natural foods grown in harmony with nature, ripened naturally on good soil and cooked in the right manner, with the right attitude.” The menu may not look like something you are familiar with, and some of your taste buds may raise questions, but you will leave the dining room pleased with what you had.
* Shopping: It is easy to be skeptical of high priced shops in hotels, but the one in Swaswara is different. Reasonably priced, it spoils you for choice and quality of goods. You can shop for toys, clothes, gifts, handicrafts and more - it is very difficult to hold yourself back.
* Service: Impeccable. All staff are soft-spoken, well groomed, and always alert to your needs. They are knowledgeable, friendly and will not give you reasons to fault them.

Swaswara may be a catalyst for you to hear your inner voice, but what you achieve depends on you. They may offer yoga, meditation and art, but it is for you to attend or not. The place has energy, it is for you to use it to uplift your body, soul and mind.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
13 Thank Kunzum
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

86 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    67
    10
    4
    1
    4
See reviews for
4
36
22
4
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (16)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Moscow, Russia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2011

We spent 6 days in this hotel and were looking forward to going home. First at all I would like to mention, that we have travelled a lot in different parts of India and we have stayed in lovely CGH Earth Experience hotels before (in Spicy Village and Marari Beach) . This year we decided to stay in some hotel not to far away from Goa airport and the most proper for us was SwaSwara, thus we were sure about CGH Earth Experience hotels quality.

The goal of our stay was to relax after 10 days in Radjasthan region in a small, quite and high class hotel next to the beach. We do like to swim in the sea

What we did like: green area, only 24 villas, very nice architecture, villas are just wonderful and cleanliness is a top. Selection of the yoga and meditation classes for all levels.

and what we didn't like at all:

1. Beach area: the hotel has private area next to the public beach, but it was awful! That nice photo on the internet site of the hotel "relaxing in a hammock under the serene coconut palms" in the real life looks completely different. The area looks like some backyard of the farm, where people store their all the trush. There was an old building (may be it was new, but it looked like used-up) with quite a dirty WC and towel storage. Next to the building there was pile of decomposed coconuts. There are some palms, but because the ground was crush-rock ground there doesn't grow any grass (nobody do anything for that) and everything looks very sad. An old beach chairs doesn¨t make a picture better.

There is no service at the beach, you can't order even drinking water (we took it every morning with us from the reception). During the day there are 2 security man looking after the area and doing nothing, but they won't help you with the getting a beach chair or towels... self-service
Once again in Marari Beach everything was completely different: very nice private area next tto the beach, service, very helpful personnel at the beach.

Next to the private beach area there are some fields of the hotel. During our stay there were field works continually going on: first day there people were burning some old grass and the beach area was in a smoke for a many hours, next day we spent in traktor engine noise, when I finally at 3.40 pm called to the reception and explained that actually we stay in this hotel, because it is far away from Goa, it should be quite place for relaxation and meditation and asked them to stop that noise I was told, that the field works will be finnished at 4 pm, thus good news for me, I have to wait only 20 min more! Next day was quite, but on the fields they put a dung and the smell was wonderful. I would say that farm and hotel in the same place isn¨t the best combination if you are not agrotourist.

2. Food: 4 days of poor food and 2 day of good food. Bad food, made by using very cheap ingredients. We love Indian cuisine and we knew that there will be vegetarian food. First 2 days I couldn¨t eat anything else, except a fresh fruites and juices, because of very very bad taste. The lunch and the dinner you can choose only from 2 dishes: vegetarian and non-vegetarian (but both with curry, fortunately we do like curry). The breakfast: Indian or European. Despite the sea is next to the hotel, the fish was tasteless. In the hotel they tell you that they have a creative chef and they use only those ingredients, which are growing in the radius of approx 5 miles of the hotel. That’s fine. In Spicy Village in Periyar, they have quite a similar concept, but the radius is 50 miles. BUT the vegetarian dinner in Spicy Village was just fantastic and in SwaSwara I was eating only because I had to eat something.

They do have a restaurant at the beach used for the dinners, but during our stay there was only 1 dinner, all other times we were in the main building. Pity.

3. Only hotel in India where wasn’t any cultural program at the evening (on the internet site of the hotel they do mention, that they have a different program, like music, dance with participation of the local artist).

4. Ayurveda – so-so

I can’t recommend this hotel to anyone. I know that there are many who liked the place – good for them. I would say that this is a too big price for yoga course and nice villa with cheap tasteless food, bad beach, tractor noise and smell of the dung. At same price there are many other nice quite and quality places in India to stay.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
28 Thank IDMoscow
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cambridgeshire
Level Contributor
18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2010

I spent two weeks at SwaSwara in October of this year. Having never been away by myself before, and having never been as far from home as India, I was terrified before I went, but it turned out to be the best thing I ever did!

SwaSwara is a wonderful place – the villas are so beautiful, luxurious and spacious, the food was always amazing – I felt like I was eating in a top restaurant morning, noon and night (I’m still missing the food now, especially the breakfasts!), the resort is so picturesque and I was surprised at how lush and green it was everywhere (I repeat what others have said, the photos really don’t do SwaSwara justice). I had never tried yoga before I went to SwaSwara and I really got into it – I was so unflexible to begin with, but by my second week, with the encouragement and support of the wonderful yoga teachers I felt I’d really improved and I’ve been carrying on with yoga back in England.

The daily treatments were wonderful and relaxing and I also had a great time doing the early morning nature walk, had fun being shown how to cook some of the recipes in the interactive kitchen and loved the couple of relaxing afternoons I spent in the art gallery (despite me being the most un-artistic person you could ever meet!).

But the thing that really made my holiday to SwaSwara so special, and the reason I’m now saving to go back next year, were the people that worked there. They genuinely are some of the kindest, funniest and most intelligent people I’ve ever met. Being on my own over there, I wasn’t ever lonely for a second – I was always chatting to someone. They really looked after me and have became good friends.

I would highly recommend SwaSwara to anyone. If you’d like to get in touch to ask me anything further about SwaSwara, please feel free.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
10 Thank LH2010
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
152 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2010

I went here with my wife who loves yoga, meditation, ayerveda, etc. This review is written from my perspective, a guy in his 30's who doesn't really go in for that, but enjoys massages and chilling out. The resort is very beautiful and our villa was huge with inside and outside parts to it. There is a lovely pool where plenty of people sunbathe, and it is a 5min walk to the evocatively named om beach. Staff are all very helpful and friendly. So far so good.

Where it begins to get weird is that the food is very healthy, so there is no meat, eggs, etc and it is low sugar, salt, etc. There is no choice either, you get what everyone else has. I was fine with this, but after a few days you begin to crave choice.

They also serve no alcohol other than wine. No beer, no gin and tonics, no whisky. Also no coke, sprite, schweppes, etc. This is fine for about 3days, but then begins to get boring. I snuck a big bottle of Tanqueray in with me.

The service is excellent. Sam, Anil and Prince are stars.

This place, is all about the yoga (my wife said it was excellent), the meditation (wife says some good, some odd) and the ayerveda. We had a consultation with an ayerveda doctor who prescribes a course of massages. My wife got the oil in face thing, while I ended up being pummelled with hot oil bolus. Not very indulgent, but therapeutic apparently.

I read other reviews and saw that there is lots of nakedness and showers with massage girls who rub you down. I was looking forward to this, sadly, as I am a guy I had male masseurs. It is weird being naked with him, but you get over it quickly, and you actually need him to wash the gallons of sticky oil off your back.

Oh, forgot to mention, when I arrived I was the only male guest. It is full of girls. A few guys turned up later, but loads of women.

No guy would come here on his own (unless he was looking to pick up single yoga bunnies of which there are many), so if you are reading this and are male, your partner has probably suggested it. You should not fear this place, however take some precautions before you arrive - stock up on beer, spirits, soft drinks and salty snacks before you arrive.

You don't need to do yoga, but some of the meditation was fun. Give it a try. Don't believe the ayurveda mumbo jumbo, just ask the doc for relaxing massages and you will be ok.

I'd probably give this place 4 stars, but I was just accompanying my wife who absolutely LOVED it and she was the target market. What swung it for me was the superb staff.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
20 Thank Alistairio
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2010

Stayed for 5 nights at SwaSwara. The food was great- the bulk of which is locally sourced and Ayurvedic (which means there's only veg or fish). The service was also extremely personal and very friendly. The rooms are open air villa style: The bedroom is enclosed in air conditioned, glass walls, while the rest is covered (including the bathroom, reading/tea/desk areas) and you have your own private, terraced miniature courtyard. A really spectacular design. BUT- being that most of your accomodations, except the bedroom, are exposed to the outside, if you don't enjoy insects or frogs at nigh, you might want to adjust expectations or look elsewhere. To us, this was the charm of the place. We had our own tree frog that hung out in the bathroom and the wardrobe closet.

Every night, turn down service includes a tidy of the bedroom and a fumigation of the outside area which included frankensense (yes, the kind from Catholic mass), a mosquito coil for the covered area. We thought these to be very thoughtful, non-toxic, and satisfactory for bug control.

The services provided are very well done- from the Ayurvedic clinic, to the very gentle yoga practice sessions,

Let's face it, with activities that include yoga, meditation and art (they have their own resident artist) classes and pretty pricey Ayurvedic treatments, SwaSwara caters to the more mature, affluent travellers looking for a very quiet getaway and introspection and isn't offering a lot of dynamic entertainment from the resort. That being said, you can arrange for excursions outside the resort, which includes walks to nearby beaches or a visit to the nearby village.

The food, as mentioned was excellent and while there is only two menu choices for lunch and dinner (veg or locally caught fish/seafood), they will make some accommodations for modifications. The food is primarily Southern Indian. Do not expect any western fare.

Om beach is not very large and fairly quiet, is located about a couple hundred meters from the resort, just down some steps and across SwaSwara's Veggie paddies and their own beach side courtyard area.

They do not have an exercise facility, but they have buildings that house their various yoga and meditation programs, which are free and are excellent for those interetested in learning of the practice. Highly recommended.

Internet is only available at one terminal and it's not the fastest I've seen, but it it works. WiFi is not available.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
11 Thank Vic-20
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Gokarna
2.5 km away
Sanskruti Quality  Resort
39.1 km away
Jungle Lodges Devbagh Beach Resort
0.6 km away
Arthigamya Resort & Spa
Arthigamya Resort & Spa
#3 of 8 in Gokarna
31 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
3.0 km away
Om Beach Resort
Om Beach Resort
#4 of 8 in Gokarna
120 reviews
2.0 km away
Zostel Gokarna
Zostel Gokarna
#1 of 32 in Gokarna
148 reviews
1.0 km away
Kudle Ocean Front Resort
Kudle Ocean Front Resort
#3 of 32 in Gokarna
37 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to SwaSwara? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about SwaSwara

Property: SwaSwara
Address: Om Beach, Donibhail | Gokarna, Gokarna 581326, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Dakshina Kannada District > Gokarna
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Gokarna
Price range (per night): ₹ 18,667 - ₹ 29,195
Hotel Class:3 star — SwaSwara 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At SwaSwara, which means "My Inner Sound," you can start a journey - to your self. A journey for your mind body and soul. The well being holiday offerings from this CGH Earth Experience include yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, naturopathy, nature walks, art yoga, swimming pool,organic farming &interactive kitchen.SwaSwara is a celebration of simplicity and purity. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, ClearTrip, Booking.com and Agoda so you can book your SwaSwara reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Swaswara Hotel Gokarna
SwaSwara Gokarna, Karnataka

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing