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My villa stay in Goa
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

By Sudha Mathew

February has brought travel back into my life after quite a while. Instead of one post, I have decided to do two about my recent trip to Goa this month. The first half of my visit was very different from the next. The first four days were a business trip to meet with Sue and Linda of Lazydays in Goa whose villas in Goa are showcased on this site. Since quite a few villas have been added recently, I went to check them out.  I also stayed in some of the villas to get a better feel for them.

The charm of waking up to a quiet villa and hearing the sounds of everyday living around is unbeatable. I would wait to hear the bread man’s bell on his daily round and if I was quick enough, then I had fresh poee bread with my breakfast. I made endless cups of tea brewed to my taste and enjoyed a glass of vino in the garden while watching the sunset. Although I have been a guest at Lazydays villas on many occasions, the charm of a villa holiday only seems to increase each time and reinforces my belief that there’s no better way to holiday in Goa.  I prefer this to staying in a conventional hotel in Goa

It was quite hectic to stay in three villas over five days but I was keen to experience the different areas of Goa. The first was Waterlily in Parra, a quiet village in North Goa. My favorite bit about this villa was swimming in the gorgeous blue private pool. Waterlily is surrounded by fields with the Chapora hill in the background and from the pool you see only quiet green spaces. I am posting a pic of the view from my bedroom balcony of coconut trees fringing the road.  Beautiful!

The next stay was at a gorgeous riverside villa in Saipem, also in North Goa. Casa Saipem faces the river and in this case the garden with its river view is the highlight. I could’ve spent hours sitting on the wooden deck watching the light change on the water throughout the day. I wish I had the time to go by canoe from the villa to Amigo’s, a tiny seafood place by the river. By the way, both these villas are great for birdwatching too.

The last villa was Rockheart in Candolim, North Goa which I really really wish was mine. It is built in a traditional style making it look much older than it’s actual age of twenty five years. There’s a lot of wood work and traditional architectural elements used in Rockheart. The doors and windows are in the old Goa style and look stunning. Rockheart is actually on the beach so you can see the blue sea shimmering in the distance from the garden or from the deep terrace on the first floor. The house is owned by an artist and so has a lot of art on display. It reminds me of holidays in Kerala at my grandparents place where I would spend the summer reading my way through piles of books.

I was too busy with meetings and dinners to properly enjoy the villas but I know that even if I stayed for a week I would still feel like it was not enough.

The next half of the holiday was radically different as I stayed in a beach hut on tranquil Patnem beach in South Goa. More about that in the next post.

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Posted by Sudha at 12:33 pm
    Comments ( 1 1)
  • Azzi

    June 7, 2012

    Great hotel would like to visit this place.

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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell


My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.


While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

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