Thursday, October 20, 2011


By Eva Fydrych


Renting a private villa or a holiday apartment can be an interesting alternative to staying at the hotel. If you are looking for privacy, comfort, and home away from home feeling while still enjoying all the hotel amenities, it may be a perfect solution for your holiday in Goa. The market is growing rapidly so there is a wide range of variety depending on your budget and expectations. Probably the best way to rent your dream villa is to contact one of many travel agencies who will help the process run smoothly. You can also try to contact the landlords directly, which can be a cheaper but more time consuming option.

Source: India Travel Next

For breathtaking sunrise to sunset views try Zuari View Villa located at Dona Paula peninsula. Containing of three bedrooms & three bathrooms this amazing property has stylish d├ęcor which will satisfy the most demanding guests. You can spend a lazy afternoon by the swimming pool, admire the River Zuari view from the roof terrace or try water sports at Dona Paula Jetty beach. Professional and helpful staff will be happy to assist you with planning your tours and excursions. There is a private vehicle with a driver available for hire.

Amenities: Fully equipped kitchen, Cable / Satellite TV, Broadband,  Bikes rental, Roof terrace, Laundry & Ironing service available at extra cost.

Dona Paula Jetty Road
Goa 403004, India

If you are looking for something smaller, try this modern two bedroom open plan apartment located in a privately owned apartment blocks in Arpora. Surrounded with beautiful gardens, in a peaceful location, the complex is just minutes away from local bars and restaurants. There is 24 hour security patrol, communal swimming pool and a gymnasium. The owner can arrange a taxi transport from the airport which is approximately 1 hour drive away.

Amenities: Satellite TV, Fully equipped kitchen, Iron / Ironing board, Shared swimming pool, Own private balcony.

Arpora, Goa, India
Phil & Sue Hetterley

A stunning house and apartments near Palolem Beach in South Goa make a perfect holiday spot for those looking for a picturesque, but relatively deserted beach. The house consists of three separate apartments: the Garden Apartment, the Studio Suite and the Panoramic Apartment which can be rented individually, as a combination of apartments or as a whole house. Excellent location, beautiful tropical garden with exotic trees and an easy access to clean white, palm fringed beaches – all guarantee a superb experience and a stress free stay you will never forget.

Amenities: Large patio and garden, Hammocks, Garage, Satellite TV, Air Conditioning / Fans, Water purification system. Guest can also use the located nearby International Hotel facilities at a small cost.

Palolem Beach, South Goa, India

Nikkis Nest is an independent two bedroom villa located in Vagator, North Goa. Known as “The Sun Kissing Beach”, it is a popular holiday destination only 22 km from Panaji. There is a Portuguese fort built in the 17th century in a nearby fishing village Chapora which is definitely worth visiting. The villa itself is set in landscaped gardens, within a private residential complex. There is 24 hours security, large swimming pool just in front of the building and a private car park. Excellent place if you are looking for some privacy in a luxury but relaxed environment.

Amenities: Car / Scooter / Bikes rental, Private parking, 24 hours security, Swimming Pool, Daily maid service, Iron / Ironing Board, Emergency Lantern, Goa guide.

Vagator, North Goa, India

Useful tips:
  • Best time to visit: from early October to early March when the weather is steady and dry with temperatures between 25-30 °C.
  • Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. Visit some historical sights, temples, churches, old houses with beautiful interiors.
  • Visit Panaji, a state capital, which has an interesting Portuguese heritage.
  • Go to a festival – it’s a great way to have an insight into Indian culture. (Try Feast of St Francis in December, which is almost as big as Christmas or Pop and Jazz music festival, held in February).
  • Try local Goan food which is a blend of different influences.
  • Visit Goan home to see how the locals live. You will be surprised with their hospitality and friendly laid-back attitude.
  • Hire a motorcycle to get around Goa. It’s a great way of travelling as buses tend to be overcrowded. Make sure you have all the necessary documents with you.

Palolem Beach (Source: Tourism News Info)

Did you know?
  • Goa sees around 1.38 million tourists each year.
  • Goa's history stretches back to the 3rd century BC, when it formed part of the Mauryan Empire.
  • Goa was ruled by the Muslims for about 60 years.
  • Around 1510 it was invaded by the Portuguese.
  • Goa became world famous for it’s trance parties and still attracts partygoers from all over the world.
  • Goa is well known for its beautiful scenery and is often described as a “Tourist Paradise”, “Rome of the East” or “Pearl of the Orient”.
  • Goa coastline is about 100 km long.Goa became a state in 1987. It’s a 25th state of the Indian Republic.

Source: Lonely Planet

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