For the last two years me and the man have been happily trundling down to Goa a few times a year for some fresh air and a recharge.
We have a favourite beach. It's not much to speak of really, just under three kilometers of clean sand, a few friendly cows and a few more friendly dogs.
Accommodation on the beach is mainly huts. Some are a little swankier than others, I've heard tell that some even have hot water. There are restaurants dotted along the beach with very decent food and lovely cocktails to be had all for prices that would make a Mumbaiker choke with delighted surprise.
That's it though. There are no beach hawkers, no fire twirlers, no dance parties and precious few sun loungers. There's a road that runs through the village which is pretty bumpy at one end and might entertain the thrill seekers.
It's one of the most relaxing and friendly places I have every stayed and one of the few I've returned to time and again.
However, I'm writing this with a little sadness. Tripadvisor have just named it Number 1 Beach in India and Number 2 Beach in Asia. Bugger! I sense change afoot.
If anyone knows of a similar spot please drop me a line. I promise I'll keep the location a secret.