Vivenda Dos Palhacos is an immaculately restored Portuguese heritage property just a 15 minute walk or quick bike ride to some of Goa’s pristine, peaceful beaches. Tucked away in a quiet village, it provides an intimate but very sociable stay in a relaxing environment.
The British owners and local staff are extremely knowledgeable about the area and are very willing to provide tips and activities to explore Goa to its fullest. Complimentary bikes are also available to explore the area or cycle to the beaches. Owned by the Hayward family, famed for Haywards 5000 beer (a Goan staple), you can enjoy a drink at the vibrant Lorry Bar known for its fantastic cocktails. Surrounded by small gardens and sun-bathing areas, the 12m swimming pool is a great place to cool off or relax under the shade of the towering coconut palms which dominate the area. Meals must be ordered in advance and are often served communally depending on who is there and your wishes, of course. The skilled chef is able to serve up some delicious Goan, Indian and Western dishes.
Rooms are beautifully designed and dotted throughout several parts of the house, all with differing designs. There is a cottage, a fully plumbed and air-conditioned ‘tent’ along with several other spacious rooms with balconies or garden access. They’re characterful and are complete with colonial furniture, antiques and original artwork.
This is not a beach resort by any means, as it is intimate and slightly inland, however the quiet beaches are easily accessible. It is also located in a village, so you are likely to hear birdlife, church bells and animals (plus the resident pet dogs!), adding to the charm and character of this painstakingly restored portuguese property.
Homestay - What we mean by 'Homestay' is generally a large family owned house, still occupied by at least some members of the family. Interaction with guests is encouraged and is in fact unlikely to be avoided! These places always have bags of character are usually highly charming and can provide a fascinating shortcut towards understanding local life a little better. Facilities can range from the luxurious, to pretty basic and meals are generally taken as a group and served in the local style rather than from a menu. The service is almost always fairly quirky and idiosyncratic. Great fun.