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Igreha Villas is an exclusive estate of luxury villas in North Goa, hidden away within sleepy Siolim Village. Sitting on a verdant hill covered with mango, cashew and banyan trees, this estate is an oasis of calm and its lush surroundings feel soothing and restorative from fast-paced city life.
The estate consists of three gorgeous villas, ranging from two to three bedrooms. While enjoying a back-to-nature holiday, you’ll also be in close proximity to North Goa’s quirky cafes and legendary beaches.
Each villa has Instagram-worthy architecture and interiors. Graphic, handmade tiles dominate the floors, while repurposed vintage doors and windows sourced from heritage Indian mansions and palaces transport you to another era. Tropical textiles and eclectic objets d’art create a contemporary aesthetic you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in Goa. Some villas have ancient banyan trees within their grounds, while others have bamboo pergolas next to the pool or alfresco dining on the roof.
The two-bedroom villa is snug and perfect for a single family. The three-bedroom villas work for groups of friends or multigenerational families. The villas are built over multiple levels and have sun-dappled living spaces and poolside decks for children to frolic and play. Housekeeping services and entertainment options like TVs, music systems and board games ensure that you never feel like leaving the estate premises. And that is to say nothing about the smiling staff and delicious breakfast served in-villa.
You may choose to cook your own meals in the well-equipped kitchen within your villa. Alternatively, a skilled cook can be hired at extra cost to cater to your dining needs. If needed, the staff can also order-in Goan delicacies like Pork Vindaloo and Rawa Fried Prawns from family-owned restaurants nearby. The gentle waves of Morjim, cliffs of Vagator, and trendy restaurants of Assagao are within easy driving distance and transport can be arranged on a chargeable basis.
The Igreha Villas Estate is perfect for family get-togethers, reunions and wellness retreats. They may be rented separately or together, to accommodate large groups. To know more about the individual villas in Igreha Villas, click here - Villa A, Villa B, or Villa D.
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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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- Contemporary interiors complement the surrounding woods. The villas are lavishly furnished with graphic tiles and eclectic decor.
- French glass doors in living areas as well as all the bedrooms give a sense of inviting the outdoors in
- The villas are all air conditioned and have fully equipped kitchens
- All villas feature WiFi, board games, music players, and satellite TVs
- The Igreha Villas are spread over a gentle hilly terrain
- The community is accessible by road
- All villas are connected via charming cobblestone pathways
- Each villa is private and separate
- Private swimming pools in each villa ensure that you don’t need to share facilities with other guests
- Furnished sun decks with sunbeds allow you to catch a tan
- Tropical gardens for the kids to run around in
- All villas come with terraces to host parties, or just to enjoy a sundowner
- Some villas may have alfresco dining, outdoor seating and even banyan trees
- Bright and spacious, with eclectic decor
- Air-conditioned, some with ceiling fans for air circulation
- Large windows looking out towards the pool or lush gardens
- Ensuite bathrooms with separate shower stalls and luxurious amenities
- Villa A has one king bedroom and one twin bedroom, plus a den with a sofa bed for two guests
- Villa B has three queen bedrooms
- Villa D has two kings and one twin bedroom, plus a den with a sofa bed for one person
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