If Goa is your destination of choice for your next getaway, then look no further than these private, boutique properties- heritage homes, riverside retreats, restored villas – to rent out for a relaxed, rejuvenating stay which brings you closer to the heritage and spirit of Goa
Goa is on everybody’s yearly list for a beach pilgrimage. And to get your own out of the otherwise crowded scene is quite an effort during the peak season. So, if you are the one looking out for quiet luxury and an authentic Goan experience then we suggest you check out some of the Villa rentals which will redefine boutique luxury before your very eyes while showing you a side of Goa that is all about private beaches, fishermen’s villages, hillocks and rivers, balcaos and high ceilings. Check out our list below for some of our recommended properties to rent out.
Villa AashyanaLakhanpal, Candolim
Green and white, stark and spacious, luxe and laidback are the impressions one collects during a stay at AashyanaLakhanpal, the principal villa, a stunning two-storey, five- bedroom home tucked away at the end of a quiet lane, off the bustling main road to Calangute. The spacious verandah runs along the entire ground floor, with built-in seating areas in the traditional Goan-Portuguese style. With a very conscious attempt to make this property a tranquil retreat, there is no ostentatious décor or design coming between the guests and the nature that surrounds the property. Also inside, the contemporary décor offsets select pieces of furniture from the owner’s prized art collection. There is the fully trained resident staff, providing comprehensive service and personalized attendance as one is spoilt for choice. The al fresco lunches or candle lit dinners under the stars in the garden make for many memories one would want returning to.
The VeritasChâteau, Vagator
This splendid villa, built in 2005, with 5,000 sqft of awe-inspiring space is spread across multi-levels in a 10,000 sqft magical landscape. Being one of our most well maintained and luxurious villas, set in the posh neighbourhood of North Goa, in the midst of greenery and celebrity homes of this elite locality of Vagator, is a stone’s throw from the popular beach, Ozran.The combination of sophisticated Italian style and Balinese influences is seen throughout the interiors which are spacious and splendidly outfitted.The entire villa is air-conditioned, beginning from the spacious living area, to all 3 of itsensuite bedrooms. Also available is a well equipped kitchen with private cook and nanny to hire. This and its surrounding villas are a great option to choose if you are travelling in bigger groups.
Casa Colvale, Chicalim
Tucked away on the unspoilt backwaters of the River Chapora in North Goa, is Casa Colvale – a mere twenty minutes by car or speedboat from the palm fringed beaches that have made Goa famous. You are greeted by lush tropical landscapes which heightens the sense of repose that combines with this property’s understatedluxury and personalised service. Originally designed to be a private estate, and retaining the feel of an elegant luxury villa, Casa Colvale houses twelve luxurious bedrooms, all individually styled in a fusion of contemporary and antique south-east Asian designs. The rooms come with glorious sit-outs or private terraces with breathtaking views of the backwaters and the abundance of widlife on the riverbanks and island stretching out before you.
The Only Olive, Aldona
The Only Olive is situated on a hillock with lovely views of the surrounding village. This is the only village surrounded by rivers on all three sides and that too in the shape of a horse shoe. It is a colonial villa set in a sprawling 18000 sqft estate and renovated to retain the ‘Goanness’ making it a visual delight with the rustic and contemporary in harmony.The typical Goanbalcao that greets you as you enter from the well-kept pavement is your space to relax and sit sipping your drink while watching the trees and birds around. Itsairy and lighted three bedrooms, porch, dining and living area have high-ceilings. The interiors boast of heirloom furniturewith four-poster beds and bathtubs. Host and owner, Adrian Pinto, is a friendly presence and loves to pitch in with recommendations (such as fishing and barbecue nights) to make your holiday one to remember.
Wildflower Villas, Betim Road
This is a boutique resort located on an 8 acre hilly property, overlooking the Sinquerimriver and the Aguada bay. Wildflower Villas nestles in a green cocoon which offers peace, privacy and personalized service. There are 13 rooms in 7 independent villa where each cottage, built like a Goan home, offers a balcao, a large verandah, semi-open bathrooms with ample natural light and. The doors of your room open onto the verandahs over looking the gardens, the river, paddy fields, salt pans and blue skies – making it the ideal vacation stay from where to sit and gaze as life passes by (even as Candolim and Calangute are only few kilometres away).
Ahilya By The Sea, Nerul
A short walk from the Coco Beach and the beautiful Dolphin Bay, lies Ahilya By The Sea, a heritage hotel built in 2006 by Leela Rao Ellis, a Goan who now lives in New York. The villas available for renting are made of hand hewn local red laterite rock, and surrounded by lush gardens with 2 lap pools, one next to the sea wall – the ultimate infinity pool – and one surrounded by coconut palms and rare tropical plants. With art studded interiors, the seven well-appointed rooms are cosy dens from where to look out over the garden with its metal and wooden sculptures, the gargoyles by the poolside or the Arabian sea stretching out like a lazy dream. Peace and quiet resound at Ahilya by the Sea, even as it is close to the bustling beaches of Candolim, Baga and Calanguteand the fisherman’s beach – Coco Beach.
Villa Jardim, Assagao
Villa Jardim is situated in the private garden behind the mansion – Villa Goa, and has been restored to bring alive the Indo–Portuguese style unique to Goa, with a veranda and terrace overlooking the lovely infinity swimming pool, and the lush sub-tropical garden. There are two roomsleading to a large terrace and the veranda over-looking the garden. The sumptuous bedding, clean interiors and wooden flooring are all part of the luxe charm. The European chef in the kitchen is there to whip up some superb Mediterranean cuisine for an al fresco dinner arranged on the terrace for the courteous staff. The exclusive use of the swimming pool with staff in attendance make this cosier, smaller villa a great option for a romantic getaway.