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Located in a quiet, secluded part of one of North Goa’s most happening beaches, Anjuna, Villa Branco offers tranquility and yet is just minutes away from all the entertainment that the area has to offer. With an inviting all-white facade, this five-bedroom villa is built to accommodate up to 12 people and is perfect for those looking to disconnect from the outside world.
With wide, expansive open spaces that are ideal for families with young kids, the villa makes for the ultimate family vacation in North Goa. Entirely done up in neutral shades of white, beige and brown, and with round white columns, Villa Branco evokes memories of the Mediterranean - but with local architectural touches like vintage doors sourced from old Rajasthani palaces and jaalis (carved screens) in the passages reminding you of the glorious heritage of India. The five bedrooms are large and airy, with plenty of natural light and modular fittings to ensure your comfort is never compromised upon.
The villa has a large private pool surrounded by a covered gazebo, where you can avoid the tropical heat of the day and enjoy a sunset cocktail at dusk. With its brown tiled roof and white walls, the villa is reminiscent of traditional Goan-Portuguese homes. Amenities and entertainment options here are aplenty and will keep even the fussiest kids (and adults busy). Choose to unwind with soft music by the pool, playing on the villa’s in-house music player, or enjoy family time with the many board games on offer. A fully equipped kitchen and daily housekeeping ensure that all your needs are well taken care of.
There’s also a coffee machine and complimentary breakfast on offer for guests to enjoy on the massive wooden dining table. The five bedrooms include a master bedroom, four bedrooms with king-size beds, and a foldable double bed. The villa is a short five-minute drive from Vagator and Anjuna beaches and just one hour and 10 minutes away from Goa’s Dabolim Airport. If you’re looking for a place to recline in the lap of luxury, or to celebrate a special occasion with your loved ones, Villa Branco is just right for you.
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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 bespoke furnishings
- A spacious and elegant dining room seating up to 10 guests
- Entertainment options including televisions, a music player and board games
- Fully equipped kitchen to dish out delicious Goan and international fare
- Cool, quirky artefacts, handmade tiles and stunning interiors
- Expansive, manicured tropical garden
- Private swimming pool with stone flooring, for you to cool off after a day at the beach
- Gazebo for sunset cocktails
- Sitting area surrounded by lush greenery
- Large and bright, with white walls and Aegean vibes
- King-size bed
- Ensuite bathroom with a separate shower stall
- Louvered doors for a colonial feel
Guest bedrooms 1, 2, 3 & 4
- King-size beds in each room
- Ensuite bathrooms with a separate shower
- Some bathrooms may feature a bathtub
- Light hues and bright interiors interspersed with splashes of colour
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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