Om Beach, Donibhail
“Crafted in colours of the Earth, and in harmony with the land that nurtures her, SwaSwara is designed for holistic and transformational experiences; a space where the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga embrace you to rejuvenate body and spirit.” CGH Earth
SwaSwara is a luxury wellbeing location for those seeking wellness, healing, rejuvenation and a path to self-discovery. Set in a very scenic location on the western coast of India, the resort boasts stunning views of Gokarna’s pristine hills and beaches, with direct access to Om beach.
Stay in a traditional Konkan villa, modern yet austere, amid acres of greenery, with a yoga deck of your own. While Ayurveda and healthy organic cuisine recharges your body, a regimen of yoga, meditation and art therapy refreshes your mind.
- Traditional villas
- Aryuvedic and organic cuisine
- A wide range of Yoga, meditation and art therapy
- Direct access to the beach
- Three comprehensive healing programmes: Swa Wellbeing (5 nights onwards), Ayurveda Rejuvenation (7 to 14 nights), Ayurveda Detox and Panchakarma (14 nights onwards)
“While nature nourishes life at SwaSwara, the community sustains the culture. We have created an eco-system that coexists with the land that surrounds us.”
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Rooms & Amenities
- 24 Konkan villas with private courtyard gardens
- Wellness cuisine
- Freshly caught seafood
- Yoga center
- Meditation Deck on the Cliff
- Swimming Pool
- Library with Wifi Connectivity
- Yoga and Meditation Hut
- Art Studio
Things to do
- Experience nature on guided bird watching tours or boat rides
- Visit the temple town Gokarna
- Swa Wellbeing Programme – the interactive cooking session involves cooking Gourmet Healthy Cuisine
- Ayurveda Rejuvenation & Ayurveda Detox and Panchakarma – the interactive cooking session involves cooking Ayurvedic Cuisine
- Express yourself through art
- 3 holistic programmes, ranging from 5 to 21 nights
The Story of a vision, CGH Earth
CGH Earth is a hospitality and wellness brand which comprises of nineteen sustainable and eco-friendly properties in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, all in Southern India.
What began as a small hotel catering to the local Port’s visitors in 1957, has evolved into a large experiment in a form of tourism that’s immersive, yet respectful of nature and local ethos.
Entirely owned by the Dominic family consisting of six brothers, this business was started by their late father Mr. Dominic Joseph as a single small hotel. The family was previously involved in agriculture.
The company went through a transformation when in 1988 it won the contract to reconstruct and operate the government owned hotel on Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep, after which came Spice Village in 1991. The others followed soon enough. Every hotel is its own unique experience, allowing nature and community to replenish you.
CGH EARTH’s business model is based on sustainable and responsible tourism. Every action is a direct outcome of this commitment to protecting the environment, benefitting the community and adopting the local ethos.
SwaSwara and its Green Initiatives
The three R’s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle have been put to use effectively and have helped in operation of the resorts.
Focus has been set mainly on:
- Conserve nature
- Do not let the presence of the hotel impact adversely on nature and its goodness
- Use locally sourced materials as much as possible
- Reduce dependency on fossil fuels as much as possible
- The presence of the resort has to benefit the local community as much as possible
In order to achieve the above, the resort practices the following in detail.
- Flora and Fauna
- Water Consumption
- Energy Consumption
- Waste Management
- Social Responsibility
- SwaSwara’s design is a tribute to the terrain, ecosystem and the spirit of the land that surrounds it. The landscape seamlessly blends with the topography of the destination.
- The Konkan villas are crafted in colours of the earth, using locally available material such as laterite and coconut thatches. Building materials are selected on the basis of conserving energy and water.
- The 24 villas have an open-to-the-elements aesthetic, with an open inner courtyard and bathrooms that are partially open to the sky.
- Only the bedrooms are enclosed and air-conditioned, while the rest of the villa gets you in touch with nature directly.
Flora and Fauna
- SwaSwara preserves the natural flora and fauna by planting only indigenous plants, rescuing snakes and releasing them in the forest, and creating gardens where butterflies can breed and flourish.
- The hotel has created an eco-system that coexists with the land surrounding it.
- It sets great value upon preserving a striking feature of the Gokarna landscape, the huge Banyan trees and the associated pocket of vegetation.
- The hotel uses herbal, completely non-chemical pest control.
- SwaSwara houses a unique bird life of Munias, Sun birds, Barbets, Fan tails, Treepies, Eurasian golden Orioles, Coppersmith barbets, Indian pied hornbill in the bushes; Magpie robins, wagtails, kingfishers, Brahminy kite, Plovers, Oriental sea eagles, egrets, Water hen, herons and the Indian Pitta.
- SwaSwara has a policy of favoring suppliers who follow the best environmental and social practices
- On World Environment Day, the hotel carries out awareness projects to further extend awareness and education on the fragility of the earth amongst local schools and colleges, various governing bodies, the Rotary International, vendors and NGOs.
- As the infrastructure is eco-sensitive, the only sources of water are three big reservoirs collecting water during the monsoon.
- The rainwater is treated and used for drinking and cooking.
- The infrastructure also comprises of wastewater treatment and biogas plants.
- This makes the hotel self-sufficient in terms of water supply and lessens the burden upon the local water tables.
- The hotel uses hydroelectric power, the generator only kicks in for about an hour everyday during outages.
- Power is switched off for an hour every month to reinforce the idea of conservation; money thus saved is used to provide a renewable energy light source to a needy member of the community.
- The monthly pollution control reports – related to ambient air quality, noise level, untreated and treated domestic effluent samples – are always well within the median parameters set by the pollution control board.
- Food waste is converted into cooking gas or manure which is then further used for cooking and in the organic farms respectively.
- All non-citrus food waste goes into the biogas digesters where it is converted into methane. If released into the atmosphere, methane would deplete the ozone layer; however under high pressure it can be used for cooking.
- The citrus food waste is converted into manure in the Effective Microbial (EM) composting pits.
- By means of vermin-composting dry leaves and organic waste are turned into quality fertilizer.
- Jointly with the local Governing bodies the hotel ensures that there is a robust garbage collection and disposal system on Om Beach.
- Water conserving toilet flushes
- The toiletries are biological and biodegradable
- The linen in the guest rooms is changed once in three days unless requested by the guest
- Use of lime to white-wash the walls instead of paints
- Use of organic pesticides only (diluted citronella and neem oil)
- The property is a plastic-free zone; recyclable glass bottles instead of plastic water bottles
- The philosophy behind the cuisine at SwaSwara is that the food ordered will be cooked the way it was traditionally meant to be – organic, wholesome, seasonal and local.
- The fresh produce are sourced from the hotel’s own organic farms as well as the villages surrounding it. Food and consumables are purchased from certified vendors.
- Team members are from the local communities in and around Gokarna
- SwaSwara gives back to the society by supporting local schools and promoting community welfare programmes such as a free weekly Ayurveda clinic in the village and yoga classes.
- The hotel has provided technological support to small businesses and educational institutions to create small scale rain water harvesting systems as well as grey water recycling units, with the aim of eventually raising the water table for the entire area.