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Best out-of-the-box places to stay in Goa

Capella, a homestay with a lush garden and courtyard.
Image courtesy: Capella homestay

Capella: This homestay is situated in the picturesque property called Boquenchi Arrady, not too far from Baga. It has three tastefully done-up rooms attached to a library, as well as an infinity pool. Capella also has its own vegetable garden and offers breakfast and lunch.

Villa Rosa Cruz (ph 9822124239): This 100-year-old house, the residence of architect Dean D’Cruz, is located in the lush green hillside of Saligao. There are two large guestrooms with private sitting rooms adorned with original Goan furniture and decorations, and a private kitchen.

Arco Iris: Arco Iris, meaning ‘rainbow’ in Portuguese, is a wonderfully renovated 200-yearold house offering tastefully decorated rooms with toilets bigger than many peoples’ living rooms! The Conjem Lake, Rachol Seminary and Menezes-Braganza House are a few kilometres away.

View of the Mandovi River backwaters from Olaulim Backyards.
Image courtesy: Olaulim Backyards

Olaulim Backyards: Just 11km from Panaji bridge, near the village of Pomburpa, Olaulim Backyards has three beautifully designed rustic cottages on a sprawling property adjacent to the backwaters of Mandovi. You can go kayaking, cycling or birdwatching in the nearby Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary or just relax in their infinity pool.

Vivenda Dos Palhacos: Vivenda is an old Portuguese house owned by the Hayward family, who in the past brewed the famous Haywards 5000 Beer and Doctor’s Brandy in Calcutta. It has seven rooms, a verandah with an old barber’s chair and toilets decorated with matrimonial advertisements. The bar is inspired by truck decorations.


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AUTHOR'S BIO: Subodh Kerkar has created a niche for himself in the field of land and conceptual art. He has an art centre, Kerkar Art Complex, in Calangute.