“Perfect Goan get away” Having stayed in India a number of times and in a large variety of accommodations both on business recently and before the children came along, I was initially apprehensive as to what to expect of Goa and our villa rental especially as we were travelling with our children and India could be perceived a little out of the comfort zone. Goa has changed and developed significantly since we last visited 15 years ago.
It can be rather numbing trawling through the internet for the 'right' place to stay. I am so glad we chose an independent villa rather than a large hotel complex as it gave us the opportunity to take our holiday at our tempo.
First of all I would like to mention the problem free booking process and excellent communications and services provided by Archie and Jane. They have a wealth of local knowledge and always willing to provide clarifications and advice. This really helped to ensure we had a relaxing holiday.
The villa was perfect, very clean, well serviced by Amelia and had everything we needed. This is not a 5 star complex as this is a complex of independent villa owners, but in my opinion luxurious by Indian standards and should not disappoint the average European customer recognising you are not in Europe! The villa has air con and ceiling fans, water purifier, flat TV equipped with Indian Sky and good standard of furnishings inside and out. The villas have a large shared pool which was also well looked after and less than 10 metres from the villa. It was never very busy even with all the villas occupied over the Christmas period. The beach is 200 metres away and in my opinion probably one of the best stretches of beach in Goa. Although I have to mention that Varca beach is probably one of the quietest parts of coastal Goa. Similarly the villa is in a quiet location, very peaceful although a bit quiet in the evening, especially for eating out. We normally took a walk along the beach to the next villages or took a short taxi ride finding some fantastic restaurants. This variation adds to the overall enjoyment.
We was a little concerned that my children might find the location a little too quiet, but they loved the pool, beach, wildlife and especially the sea and body boarding the surf.
Goa is an enchanting destination, friendly locals, excellent food and a great place for a relaxing holiday. My family had a wonderful time in a great villa that had everything we needed. Our holiday exceeded our expectations and this was no doubt due in part to the problem free rental experience, the accurate description of the villa and the great support provided by Archie & Jane. We did not want to leave and would love to return.
“Ideal getaway” We stayed here for 10 nights and had a very peaceful and relaxing break. It is a small complex just a short walk from the beach. A small shop is close by as well as a restaurant if you don't want to spend time cooking and the prices of the meals are embarrasingly cheap! The main village is a short taxi ride away where there is a larger shop with a greater variety of goods and taxis are readily available just outside the complex. Archie and Jane are very friendly and approachable and the internet was easily set up at a small extra cost which was well worth it. There were a few short power cuts and one longer power cut during the night but this all added to the sense of adventure! This is an ideal location for anyone wanting a quiet break with guaranteed sunshine but without the formalities of a pricey hotel.