Cannot forget my yoga holidays last fall. I had 7 day retreat, ended up staying for extra. Sami and Manav are great teachers as well as hosts. All team is so helpful and nice. Yoga classes are great and teachers always pay attention to capabilities of participants. They are quite pushy in a nice way, so participants can discover they can do the things they never thought being able to do.
Food is delicious, sometimes was too good and you really need self control not to overeat every time you are at the table.
Housing was awesome, i had my own bamboo hut, with a fan, shower and toilet, hammock outside. It gets really hot inside, during day time, but it is one of the reasons not to stay inside.
There are lovely areas to take a nap or relax during day time in public spaces within resort.
The vibe of whole resort is great, relaxing.
Area is kinda quite, means not too many tourists, it is literally on a beach. Altho busy touristy town is only 10 min away by tuk-tuk or 30 min beach/jungle hike away.
Unique experience I definitely recommend going there at the low season, means not too many people around, yoga class groups will be smaller (we were 3 - 7 people) and nature is greener, housing is new every begining of the season which is AMAZING.
Samita and Manav at Lotus Oasis Yoga, Patnem Beach are the kind of Indians doing the kind of thing that is turning India from a great ancient country into a great modern country. They are excellent teachers - extremely clear, personable and warm but disciplined and focussed too They ask for feedback and receive it very professionally. I did 39 classes in 20 days! They were demanding classes, taught at a high level and I loved their uncompromising and serious approach to yoga. And yet all levels are welcome and I saw them adapt very smoothly to varying students each day. I arrived sceptical about Ashtanga but I left too many classes too profoundly altered to remain unconverted. They also provide Hatha and Yin classes and I learned several new Pranayama exercises too. My practice and outlook have been transformed by Samita and Manav and I am very impressed and humbled. If you do what you''ve always done, you'll get what you've always got. Their accommodation is expensive, I would stay elsewhere, but the yoga and general vibe of the whole place is excellent. And I'm not easily pleased! Highly recommended.
We stayed here over the Christmas period and what a wonderful time we had! We arrived at night so it wasn't until the morning yoga class where we were able to enjoy the wonderful views of the beach from the yoga shala.
Being able to do yoga every morning and afternoon with the sea right in front of you, firstly, was amazing. Manav & Samita, who are both special human beings, who own Lotus, also teach the yoga classes. Both are wonderful teachers, and in the week that we stayed I was able to excel in some yoga poses that I've been trying to crack for some time now and able to fully release pent up emotions in the slower classes.
To say the food is amazing is an understatement! We couldn't stop eating and would always go back for more! Christmas Eve was special, they created a table on the beach with the fellow guests, it felt like a home from home.
The staff are wonderful too! Always there to help with any issue you need help with. Such great service! Can't praise them enough.
The weekly entertainment was great too. Saturday nights, live music night, is our fave, even so that when we checked out of Lotus, we came back the following Saturday to enjoy the live music!!
I can't recommend this place enough! We definitely stumbled upon a hidden gem at the south end of Patnem beach. Until next time! X
En primer lugar destacaria la calidad humana de Sam, Manav y su equipo que hacen que la estancia y el retiro sean inolvidables. Realmente Invitan a volver. El entorno es paradisiaco, se respira tranquilidad y seguridad. El alojamiento es sencillo, completo y muy limpio. Se disfruta de buena comida. Todo ello crea una atmosfera de companerismo, sin distincion de edad ni nacionalidad. En resumen, se trata de un establecimiento altamente recomendable al que pienso regresar.
First of all I would highlight the human quality of Sam, Manav and their team that make the retreat a wonderful and unforgettable experience. One really wants to return. The location is safe and relaxed, a paradise. The huts are simple, all basic things needed are there and very clean. Good food is available.
This helps creating a friendful atmosphere where nor age or nationality matter. In short, I would highly recommend the place and in fact, I hope to visit again.
I really loved being in Lotus Oasis! There's really was nothing to dislike about! The staff alone make this a truly incredible and unbelievable experience. Not only is Sam and Manav Great host`s,also the staff, Harri and Ravi, make sure that your every need is attended to- from the daily activities, they help to coordinate to the delicious meals they serve.
When i arrived the atmosphere was warm and cozy. Make you feel 100% at home from the moment you arrive to moment you leave.
The location is amazing if u like relaxing and peaceful staying. U are living like in the private beach, not so many people around.
It's best when you wake up in the morning and get out of your bungalow (wich was really clean and nice) and see the ocean. You walk into the kitchen and there await`s you fresh juice and Chai tea.
You can enjoy the sea and have a drink of coffee or tea.
Food was also fantastic. If I could get this tasty food at home what i got in Lotus Oasis.. I'll would eat it every day!
Yoga classes were great. Manav and Sam are great teachers and really talented. I learned so much more than I expected.
After the morning yoga there was enough time to chill out or go around the places. And you still have time to go afternoon yoga.
On Fridays and Saturdays there were live music and fire performances.
I stayed for twelve days. I could have stayed at Lotus Oasis a lot longer. I definitely will come again and recommend it to my friends too.
A really magical place!
Namaste Sam & Manav and the whole Lotus Oasis Team! :)