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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

By Sudha Mathew

Welcome to seek&hide’s blog. It’s wonderful to see you here. As this is my first blog post, I’m starting with something that is central to the genesis of this website – why I love staying at small properties.

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A few years ago, when I was frantically hunting for availability in Goa in peak season, I stumbled on a villa rental company, Lazydays in Goa and stayed at one of their villas in North Goa. I’d never stayed at a non-hotel before and went with low expectations. It turned out to be a wonderful experience and one that I’ve repeated many times. We stayed in a beautifully furnished villa near the beach. The biggest luxury was the amount of space that was available.  I loved being able to have my morning cup of tea on the balcony towards the beach and the evening cup on the one overlooking the pool.  My sister could have an afternoon snooze in the bedroom while I read a book on the couch. And we didn’t miss room service because there was a cornucopia of restaurants around at a fraction of five star hotel rates. Best of all, one of the founders, Linda came to welcome us and tipped us off to the best places, helping us escape the usual tourist traps.  We had a fantastic New Year’s Eve at a Greek style bar recommended by Linda and watched spectacular fireworks at midnight on the beach.

After that, came a trip to Coorg in the hill country of Karnataka. Coorg has only a couple of hotels but there are many homestays run by plantation owners. The thought of staying on a green and beautiful estate appealed greatly so I searched far and wide on the Internet and found Sandbanks. It remains one of my favourite holidays till date. Some of the magic came from the beauty of Coorg itself but most of it was because of Sandbanks. Micky and Sapna, our hosts were warm and hospitable, helpful but not intrusive at all.  From making hard-to-find fish for lunch to drawing us detailed maps to telling us about their customs, we experienced the famed hospitality of the Kodavas in full force.  We did leisurely estate walks, bird watching and reading in the hammocks whilst enjoying nature’s beauty. I needed a break from a hectic work schedule and it turned out to be all that and a lot more.

I could go on to describe each of my holidays after that but then it would be more a book, less a post. The benefits of being almost a local in new places, the personalized service and information, the contribution to local economy and the satisfaction of low impact travel means that after these two holidays there has been no looking back. I have stayed in a vineyard, a studio apartment, a cave hotel and other unique properties during my holidays to Turkey, Italy and experienced these countries in a very different manner from most travelers.

However, a downside to the small property option is that it takes a long time and serious effort to sieve through the vast amount of information on the net to find a real gem. Through seek&hide I hope to connect other travellers to these great hideaways and the fantastic people who run them. I only put up properties on seek&hide that I have visited personally and reviewed in detail, special places that I would gladly go back to and stay in. It reduces the work for you and increases your enjoyment. But you will still find discoveries to be made in each of these places, full of charm and character. Here’s Happy Holidays to you!

Cheers,

Sudha


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About me

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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