A short stroll from one of Goa’s finest beaches, Vivenda dos Palhacos is south Goa’s first boutique hotel. The beautifully restored hacienda was transformed with an atmosphere of filmset enchantment by Bengal-raised siblings Simon and Charlotte Hayward. Staying here feels like a house party in the beautiful home of well-travelled friends. Everything is completely relaxed and perfectly executed from the delicious breakfast to the excellent evening cocktails.
The colonial Portuguese mansion’s airy rooms are dotted with modern art and tongue-in-cheek details: Indian marriage ads in the garden bathroom; a bar made from the back of a truck. Sophistication and individuality permeate the seven bedrooms, garden cottage, pool and elegant drawing room.
RATES: Doubles start at Rs 4,400, including breakfast.
HOW TO GET THERE: the property is less than half an hour’s drive south of Goa’s airport at Dabolim and twenty minutes from the main station in the second city of Goa, Margao.
TIP: Book The Chummery, a garden-set room with two private verandas and a giant library.
Vivenda dos Palhacos
Costa Vaddo, Majorda, Salcette
Tel: 0091 832 322 1119