Igreha Vaddo - Villa A
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Goa means different things to different people. Some come for secluded yoga retreats in the deep south, while others enjoy concerts in its dense forests. If you want a flavour of Goa’s colourful colonial past, and the vibrancy that makes it the most popular tourist destination in the region, head to Igreha Vaddo, a pretty, Portuguese-style village in the north. Literally translating as Church Village, it an exclusive community of villas promising an idyllic holiday in a tranquil, green location that’s also close to the action. The Goan village of Siolim is known for its lush landscape and heritage Portuguese mansions. Close by, you will find the sandy beaches of Ashwem and Morjim, the cliffs of Vagator, and the bustling markets of Anjuna.
With two bedrooms and a den spread over two floors, this villa is perfect for a family or three couples. The picture-perfect bar by the poolside is surrounded by bougainvillaea and potted plants. An elegant living room opens out onto the bright blue pool. Bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, graphic tiles and vintage-style light fixtures. Head upstairs to discover alfresco seating surrounded by trees, perfect for lazing away as you sip wine or play board games with the kids.
The villa offers parking, security and housekeeping attendants, who will present a complimentary breakfast every morning and keep the villa in order. Amenities like coffee machines, TVs and a music system will complete your vacation.
Goa’s most happening bar, Thalassa, is now in Siolim - so head there if you enjoy foot-tapping dance music. If you’re looking forward to a relaxed family dinner, Coco’s Kitchen whips up some delicious Thai street food and is within walking distance of Igreha Vaddo. Villa A is a great base to enjoy Goa’s beaches, seafood and groovy live bands.
Within an exclusive villa estate
Gorgeous terrace with bar & dining
Exciting bars & restaurants nearby
Private pool with shaded gazebo
Rates and availability
- Large air-conditioned living room with sofas in cream upholstery
- A circular dining table seating up to eight guests
- Entertainment options including televisions, a music player and board games
- Fully equipped kitchen to dish out delicious Goan and international fare
- Den, with a television and sofa bed for two people
- Powder room to freshen up in
- Cool, quirky artefacts, handmade tiles and stunning interiors
- Private swimming pool with a water spout feature
- Gazebo at one end of the pool, with cushioned seating
- First floor terrace, with views of the pool, eight-seater outdoor dining and sofa seating
- Outdoor bar on the first floor terrace, with four bar stools and surrounded by lush greenery
- Located on the first floor, up a flight of stairs
- King-size bed with bedside tables
- Starry tiles on the floor, giving it a cheeky vibe
- Refurbished wooden doors that lead onto the terrace
- Two comfortable armchairs and a desk
- Ensuite bathroom with a separate shower
Guest bedroom 1
- Located on the ground floor, near the living room
- Twin beds, perfect for children
- Ensuite bathroom with a separate shower
- Light hues and bright interiors interspersed with splashes of colour
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.
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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