Igreha - Villa D
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Translated as ‘Church Village’, Igreha Villas is a community of luxury villas set in a sprawling complex in Siolim, North Goa. The gated community is surrounded by a vast forest and each of its villas is interconnected with a cobbled walkway. Despite being in the heart of North Goa, the complex is quiet and secluded, offering the tranquil vacation you’ve been craving for.
Characteristic of all the Igreha Villas, Villa D has high ceilings, cream walls, and idiosyncratic tiles, while being around a cluster of mango, banyan and cashew trees. The living room is central to this home, with an inverted balcony looking down upon it from the entry passage. A circular, eight-seater dining table is the place to sit back, relax, chat, perhaps play some board games or enjoy music with friends and family.
For those who like their TV time (or ‘me’ time), there’s a den with a balcony facing the pool and garden, where you can happily while away many afternoons. The den has a sofa bed which can be pulled out to accommodate one extra person (additional charge). The pool deck is fabulous for parties, with provision for alfresco dining and a bar. Lined with green plants, the alfresco dining area is soothing to city-weary eyes.
Cook your family’s favourite dishes in the villa’s well-equipped kitchen or leave your dining needs to the staff. A cook can be hired at extra cost to provide delicious Indian, western and Asian fare.
The entry-level boasts an idyllic balcony overlooking the pool and surrounding foliage. With plenty of seating and eclectic decor like wooden masks, antique mirrors, potted plants and daybeds, it is a favoured spot for evening cocktails and chit chat.
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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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- Long, sun-dappled living room with blue-coloured sofas and air conditioning
- Elegant dining for eight guests on one side of the room
- Walls covered with picture frames and wooden mirrors
- Entertainment options including televisions, a music player and board games
- Fully equipped kitchen to dish out delicious Goan and international fare
- Powder room to freshen up
- Den with a flat-screen television, sofa bed and balcony
- Expansive, manicured tropical garden with a Banyan tree as the centre piece
- Enchanting covered veranda by the pool with a bar, daybed and sofas
- Alfresco dining area with table for eight
- Private swimming pool with a pool deck dotted with sunbeds
- Garden view room on the entry level
- Spacious and airy, with large windows
- King-size bed for a good night’s sleep
- Sitting area with colourful sofa seating and coffee tables
- Refurbished wooden chest of drawers and white cupboards
- Ensuite bathroom with a separate shower stall
Guest bedroom 1
- Located at entry level, near the master bedroom
- Bright and airy, with colourful decor and eclectic tiles
- Comfortable armchair for reading books
- King-size bed with garden views on one side
- Ensuite bathroom with a separate shower
Guest bedroom 2
- Located one level down, near the living room
- Done up in shades of white and brown
- Twin beds, ideal for friends or children
- Desk, wooden chest of drawers and refurbished wardrobe
- Ensuite bathroom with a separate shower
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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