Fonteira - Villa A
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Part of the Fonteira Villas complex in North Goa, named after traditional Goan villages or districts, this three-bedroom villa is a delightful holiday home for families. Set in Assagao, the ‘Beverly Hills of Goa’, the villa sits pretty on a quiet stretch of land, a short drive away from the bustling beaches of Vagator and Ashwem.
Surrounded by cashew and mango trees, Fonteira - Villa A is tastefully done up in soothing shades of white, beige and brown. Interiors have natural tones and rustic finishes such as wrought iron and jute chandeliers and earthy upholstery. You will be enamoured with the different kinds of tiles used in various spaces - vitrified tiles in the living room; vintage-style, colourful cement tiles in the bedrooms, and dramatic, black-and-white Indian marble in the powder room.
Your entire group can spread out, there’s plenty of space here with three comfortable bedrooms. In addition to the terrace on the upper floor, the rooms too open up to views that delight, allowing you to see the green side of Goa, a personality different from the party town and beachside that tourists are usually familiar with.
Small touches like music players, WiFi, a selection of board games, and coffee machines ensure that there’s never a dull moment here. And how could there be, with delicious food being served to you, courtesy of an in-villa cook (extra charge) adept at local, Asian and western cuisines? Meals may be relished at the dining table set in a corner of the living room, which seats eight, while snacks can be enjoyed alfresco by the pool or on the terrace.
Catch a tan by the pool or while away your day swimming, reading or sipping on your favourite cocktails. You’re in Goa, it’s always cocktail time here. If you do feel like stepping out for a change of scene, you’ll find several entertainment options nearby, such as Escobar, a local bar stocking Goa’s famous craft spirits; sports bar SORO; and SEA restaurant, which plays live music on Thursday nights. Transportation can be arranged for you on a chargeable basis.
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North Goa is loved for its beaches, village settlements, award-winning restaurants and live music spots by both local and international travellers. It is located 40 kilometres from Dabolim Airport. There’s so much to discover that travellers feel compelled to keep coming back, year after year. A string of laid-back beaches marks this part of the state. While Anjuna Beach is famous for its vibrant nightlife, Assagao is a quaint village with plenty of entertainment options hiding within its leafy lanes dotted with ancient, Portuguese mansions. Vagator is known for sublime, cliffside sundowner spots where you can spend hours staring at the flaming sky, cocktail in hand. Meanwhile, Ashwem and Morjim are popular with families and international tourists for its flat terrain and gentle waves. Finally, Siolim is a quiet village with historic churches, homes with traditional architecture and a lush landscape.More information for Things to do
Your Guest Relations Manager and his team have a wealth of information about Goa and can recommend everything, from local food spots to curated walks. They’re a great resource for live music gigs and the music festivals that Goa is so well-known for. A car and driver can be hired for the day (on extra charge) or shorter periods, as required. Here are some choice activities based in North Goa:
- Panaji’s award-winning restaurant, Mum’s Kitchen, has now opened doors in Maravilha Resort in Assagao. Owners Suzette and Rony have painstakingly collected grandmothers’ recipes passed down through the generations in traditional Goan kitchens and hired local women to cook them. Bestseller dishes include Cauliflower Caldeen, Chorizo Chilli Fry and Pamphlet (pomfret) Kodi with Poi (traditional Goan bread).
- Ping’s Bia Hoi is a Vietnamese beer garden which stocks fresh, local beers like Eight Finger Eddie and Goa’s famous craft gins, Stranger & Sons, Greater Than and Hapusa. A menu of Asian street food like dim sum and baos, salads and mains accompanies the drinks. Drop in for Sunday brunch when the atmosphere is buzzing and there’s a live band playing peppy tunes.
- Goans love their music and there are plenty of spots to catch live gigs in North Goa. Cantares in Saligao and The Rice Mill in Morjim are where you’ll find locals listening to jazz, Toro Toro and The Lazy Goose have great bands playing old-school covers, and restaurant Mahe has funky fusion vocalists.
- Vayu Waterman’s Village is an entire complex of watersports and wellness activities located beyond Ashwem beach. They offer surfing, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, SUP and private boat excursions. After a strenuous lesson, you can head to their Prana cafe to sip on healthy smoothies, eat local seafood and finish up with some vegan chocolate mousse.
- Culture vultures looking to embrace village life should book a curated tour with The Local Beat. This responsible travel company lets you experience Goa through the eyes of a ‘gaunkar’ (villager). You’ll discover picnic spots, tiny little towns with heritage structures, and an abundance of natural beauty ranging from zorrs (natural springs) to lakes, mangroves and islands.
- Goa’s hills and forests are an undiscovered treasure that you can explore with Khoj-Aao! Adventures, who specialise in backyard biodiversity. The company organises interactive wildlife walks and talks, waterfall hikes in Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and more. Sign up for their backyard nature trail in Assagao, which takes you up a hillock and through a shrub forest and you come back enlightened about indigenous flora, birds, butterflies and more.
- Swan Yoga Retreat is located on a hilltop in Assagao and managed by sanyasis (hermits/monks) who’ve trained at the Bihar School of Yoga. It offers daily drop-in classes for Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga and also has a vegetarian restaurant, boutique and library. There’s a spa spread across open clay cottages with ayurvedic therapies, a flotation tank and a herbal steam treatment room.
- The quiet lanes of Siolim are full of surprise gems like Siolim Cooking Classes, located in a traditional Goan-Portuguese house. French founder Lucie Masson starts the session with a trip to the fish market, where you learn to pick the freshest catch and then head to the school premises to make authentic Goan preparations like Prawns Caldine, Chicken Cafreal, Pork Vindaloo and Goan Pulao. The hearty, communal meal that follows is a feast for the senses.
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- Large air-conditioned living room with high ceilings, vitrified tiles, and white, sheer curtains
- Elegant dining area in the living room with seating for eight guests
- Entertainment options include televisions, a music player and board games
- Fully equipped kitchen for you to cook your favourite meal, or let the local chef take care of your dining needs
- Powder room with dramatic, black-and-white Indian marble flooring
- Manicured tropical gardens for kids to play in
- Private swimming pool with pool toys
- Upper floor terrace, featuring a relaxing gazebo
- Lavish king-size bed for a comfortable night’s sleep
- Colourful cement tiles on the floor
- Ensuite bathroom with all mod cons and facilities
Guest Bedrooms 1 & 2
- Queen-size beds in each room
- Ensuite bathroom with and separate shower stall
- Vintage-style flooring with colourful cement tiles
The diversity of cuisine in India is unparalleled and no visit to one of our India villas is complete without sampling the delicious fare on offer. It is well-known that the best food in any country is homemade and cooked in the kitchens of the locals. At Elite Havens, we bring the experience of home dining to you, albeit in style. Relish local and international fare cooked to your taste by a private cook who will craft meals to delight you, day after day.
From breakfast until dinner, appetizers to desserts, dining promises to be a memorable affair at an elite haven. It is a common misconception that Indian food is spicy. Discover the myriad flavours of the various regions of this ancient country, cuisines that go far beyond Chicken Tikka Masala, and try age-old recipes passed from generation to generation. When you seek a bit of comfort, our cooks will be happy to revert back to international dishes of your preference. Come, indulge your senses in a way that only India can promise.View a sample menu
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