At the end of Agonda Beach, where there is nothing but the sound of waves, is a perfect little hideaway with views of the sea.
Agonda is maybe my favourite place on this wonderful planet of ours. The beach goes on for miles and miles, the locals are friendly and it’s quiet compared to other, more popular areas of Goa. It’s a place to reset the soul, to sit back with a beer and nothing to do but put on some suncream, practice some beach yoga and cool off in the sea.
At the far end of the beach, away from the busy sun beds, bars and restaurants is Velvet Sunset. From the backroad, you’ll approach through a maze, guided by lit-up balloons with your new home’s name scrawled on, to a welcome of cosy beach shacks, a treehouse and what I’d go as far to say to be the best food on the beach.
Our room, the stilted treehouse, had views of the sea and sunset by the evening, was the perfect place to enjoy our time at the beach. There were no other hotels or shacks around Velvet Sunset, meaning that days, and nights, here are as quiet as can be.
Now, we need to talk about the food. The food which, although took a long time to come out of the kitchen, was the best Indian cuisine I had ever eaten. Deep flavours and beautiful textures, all spiced to perfection, are lovingly made by the boys that run the place. Not one item of food was a disappointment, and although we had every intention of eating out more, the food was so good that we rarely wanted to.
Mornings at Velvet Sunset were pure perfection, with yoga by the lovely Amber Peony in the shade under our hut every day. This class was a lovely way to start each morning before breakfast and Amber is a great teacher – if she’s back on Agonda’s shores next season, keep an eye out for her!
Velvet Sunset have two luxury lodges which are right on the beach, and come complete with open-air showers so you can wash under the sun, huge and comfortable beds and a private outdoor seating area.
All the staff were exceptionally friendly, always had smiles on their faces and were always more than willing to help out if you ever asked for it!
How to get there
Hop in a taxi from Goa Airport to Agonda Beach. From here, tell your taxi driver to just keep going along the road until the end – if you go over a bridge you’ve gone too far. You will see a sign on your left where you can stop and unload and a member of staff will be on hand to help with your luggage.
There are rooms at Velvet Sunset which can accommodate any budget, and can range from 800 rupees a night in the cheapest room in low season to 5,500 rupees for a beach front hut in December. You can check here for rates, availability and booking.