Choosing the Hotel – A Surprise actually
Goa needs no introduction, though i have already given a little history about Goa in my other blog – Bollywood Style, Photobombing Goa.
This Villa was selected by my best friend Amanda and her husband Sean as a part of their Post Wedding or Buddy-moon celebrations for three nights.
Hence wasn’t aware about where i was staying or how is it gonna be? It was like a blind date with the villa property.
Airport to Hotel Journey
I landed at 7 pm in the evening and had 3 of my friends waiting for me at the airport and headed straight to the address given in Moira. It took us about an hour and a half to reach our destination. so by the time we reached the inner temple it was already 9.30 pm.
Wow was the expression i had when we reached, Walking through the gate i see this hidden gem which was a massive extraordinary luxurious home-stay in a restored Portuguese Villa, what more could I have asked for in Goa?
I walked through the lush gardens with brown tiling straight towards the villa, and boy could feel the fragrance of the flowers and edible herbs been locally grown inside the villa premises. I could even sight an indoor pool which was lit and was calling me inside, though it was time to first greet my Hosts, the newly wedded couple.
Sean took me around to show the place, and with each passing minute this property was making me fall in love with it.
This was one of those Old Portuguese Villa which had a ceiling height of more than 20 feet. The Villa was designed so beautifully with the whole area wisely utilized for the comfort. The Villa starts with a Veranda, a seating place for the guests, with the dining space and kitchen adjoining it. Inside the villa you walk into one massive living room which is not less than 3000 sq ft. In the center a huge seating sofa is seated for all the guests to enjoy their time. On both sides of the living room there are two fully stacked bookshelves. This living room is the perfect place to meditate and have your spiritual being awaken. They have a Shelf where the Nataraja – Lord Shiva in cosmic ecstatic dancing form, there were three frames Goddess Durga on the wall behind, a beautiful thought because Lord Shiva is incomplete without Goddess Durga and vice versa . And the owners decorate it with beautiful flowers and fragrant candles and scented sticks. They have different music instruments like Tabla and Tribal Dholki kept for the guests to go into a Musical mode of leading a happy life.
This is one of the bestest place to do yoga sessions and or ayurvedic retreats.
There is one more huge common bathroom attached to it.
Suddenly i felt peaceful seeing such a lovely environment.
The villa houses three thematic bedrooms –
1. The gorgeous blue Kamini – named after the Orange jessamine flower which grows abundantly in the villa garden.
2. The earthy yellow, white and brown Champa – is inspired by the beautiful frangipani flowers. With direct access to the verandah, this room is perfect for early morning birds to enjoy the sunrise.
both on the ground floor and
3. Sachchidananda on the upper floor; done-up in warm hues of red, orange and coral, complete with a walk-in closet and a lovely balcony, where one can sip a morning cuppa while watching its white drapes billow in the breeze.
Common to all three are mesmerising mosaic flooring and window-seat enclosures.
The Gorgeous Blue Kamini
The boys were allocated the room – Kamini, which is on the left side of the living room area. And its interior and decor is perfect for boys as its Blue in Colour. The Doors are wooden and restored and kept it to its old feel. When you enter the rooms, you feel like you entering your own home, it never felt like someone else’s.
To the right was a nicely lit and a massive bathroom which had a seating facility, a fan for comfort during summers, A shower and a toilet area along with the luxurious green blue washbasin with artistic mirror on the wall. The walls were painted in white with the addition of blue, green and white mosaic tiles. The toiletries provided were of a Indian herbal brand Neev.
Once you cross the bathroom door that’s where the closet for clothes are made.
Passing through it you arrive to the first bedroom space with a huge king size bed with two side tables, one another table with night lamp.
There is a little dressing table with mirror in white which is truly antique.
The room even had an French Window Seat Enclosures outfitted with comfortable cushions to enjoy daydreaming with the beauty of the nature while enjoying your read and drinks.
The ceilings had Turkish Lights which looked so beautiful.
The bedding and linens used were for the highest comfort and it was perfect for the back.
- The Amenities in the Room were:-
- Air Conditioning
- Non-feather pillow
- Charging Socket near the bed
- Trash cans
- Ironing Facilities
- Bottle of Water
- Attached Bathroom
The Kitchen, Dining Area and Food
They had open kitchen area concept and made the whole place look quite huge and large, We were told the villa owners are known for their hospitality and trust me nothing was trouble for them. We were provided with free breakfast which included a vast range of Seasonal fruits, cereals and eggs. For the vegetarians there was Poha and Dosa’s.
The Dining Table set up was lovely and the plates and food serving bowls made out of clay reminded of being raw and living with the nature.
On one of the days they treated us to a Goan spread for lunch with local favourites like Sol Kadhi, Fried Fish, Goan Rice, Prawn Curry, Chicken Xacuti, Egg Curry, Mixed Vegetables, Yellow Lentils, Potato Bhajias and Juices.
Throughout the day the support staff were there to help us with Tea, Coffee or any other requirements which we had.
The Swimming Pool
The Blue huge swimming pool was the highlight of the Villa as it is known for its Pool and is also named as the Best Private Pool Villa in Goa.
The Pool even has the machine to activate wave pool.
The good part is they maintain it and all 12 of us fitted well in the pool together and we had a lot of pool games to make our trip memorable.
Other Activities and Facilities
On Demand Spa:-
A massage is a perfect addition to a Goa holiday and offers and opportunity to relax and unwind. One can enjoy 5 star spa service in the villa to enhance a more exclusive and intimate spa experience.
Heal yourself through traditional ayurvedic massage and ancient south Indian herbal therapies.
Yoga Retreats & Workshops:-
The living room is converted into a Yoga and Meditation studio for private classes and workshops. Yoga is the best way to re energise yourself and can be experienced during a long stay. The living room is the centre of energy of this villa and the best place to know your inner temple too.
Engage yourself and with your friends in different board game, puzzles and pool table which are made accessible to the guests.
Tv Area with projectors & Ipod Dock Speakers:-
Enjoy a cosy movie with the loved ones or a Friends Season with your friends for memorable time. Or during the night what better then being a DJ yourself and playing some music with Ipod Dock and Speakers.
To Stay connected wifi services are free.
Hidden Areas of the Villa:-
There are many more seating areas which are in and around the villa within the campus so open the doors roam around a little bit, check out the lovely ingrown flowers and herbs, see the various statues kept as decor, feel the oxygen in the morning and make memorable Travelpostcards.
Few Other Popular Goan Landmarks which you can visit during your stay are:-
Anjuna Flea Market
Parra The Coconut Tree Road
The Broken Church
Basilica of Born Jesus
Ciao Bella Restaurant
You can ask the owners to organise transport for you to go to any of your preferred destinations.
Find your Inner Self and Inner Temple
If you are travelling to Goa this place is undoubtedly the best place to stay and experience ourselves.
The Villa is owned and managed by Mandira.
Chantal the caretaker and she is always on her toes to make your visit memorable.
The staff consisting of Babu, Shiva and Renuka are awesome and at all times are at your assistance.
If you wish to find your inner self contact:
The Inner Temple
House no. 851, Near Moira Club Moira, Goa 403507, India