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Your first impression of Villa Verde is bound to be that it’s a haven for city dwellers. Specially designed for those who don’t want to get out into the bustle of touristy Goa, it is located on the border of Anjuna and Assagao in North Goa. An expansive courtyard with a private pool greets you the moment you enter the villa through the refurbished entrance door. You’ll see proof of refurbished antiques throughout the villa, including in the pool’s lion-shaped water spout.
The courtyard is wide enough to host a yoga retreat and the ample area can also be effectively utilised to throw a pool party. A covered gazebo and two sunbeds offer respite to those who don’t want to dip their toes, but rather sit by the cerulean water with a drink in hand. The courtyard and pool are flanked by traditional-style structures on three sides where you will find the living room, study and four bedrooms, each of which features wooden furniture and eclectic decor, including mirrors, photo frames and a chest of drawers.
High, sloping roofs give the rooms a sense of space, while large glass doors can be opened up to allow in breeze and sunlight. The decor is pleasing, with eclectic pieces such as upholstered armchairs breaking the complacency of pastel shades. If you have an eye for design, you will love how chevron tiles have been used in various places to add a bit of spunk into the charming interiors. Outdoor dining under leafy trees is what evenings in Goa should be all about, cocktail in hand of course.
The fully equipped kitchen is stocked with crockery and cutlery, in case you’d like to cook your own food, though a cook can easily be hired at extra charge. With so many amenities and space to accommodate a large family or group of friends, Villa Verde is the perfect place for a tranquil escape from the city.
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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 and cream walls
- Bespoke furnishings in subtle shades, interspersed with elements such as funky armchairs
- An elegant dining corner with a circular 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
- Cool, quirky artefacts, handmade tiles and stunning interiors
- Study on the first floor, next to the master bedroom, furnished with a desk
- Manicured tropical greenery around a stone courtyard
- Private swimming pool for you to cool off after a day at the beach
- Water feature in the pool in the shape of a lion’s head
- Side-open sitout for sunset cocktails
- Eight-seater outdoor dining table for breezy, alfresco meals, surrounded by gardens
- Vegetable patch and herb garden
- Very large and airy, with white walls and chevron tiles
- Located on the first floor
- King-size, four-poster bed in distressed wood
- Two rattan armchairs against the backdrop of a Tibetan painting
- Air conditioning, ceiling fans and quirky chest of drawers
- Ensuite bathroom with a separate shower stall, double vanity and plenty of wardrobe space
Guest bedroom 1
- Located on the ground floor
- White louvered doors that open onto the verandah surrounding the pool
- Twin beds and bedside tables with lamps for night-time reading
- Ensuite bathroom with a separate shower
Guest bedrooms 2 & 3
- Located on the ground floor, next to the swimming pool
- Queen-size beds in both rooms
- Ensuite bathrooms with a separate shower
- Light hues and colonial-style interiors
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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