A lot of Goans have now opened up their homes to host visitors and share their Goan heritage. We have found the five most beautiful ones, with hosts that will make you feel right at home.
Goodbye Hotels: Five Gorgeous Homestays In Goa For An Amazing Holiday
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is the most charming and serene secret you will discover amongst the beautiful village of Saligao. This warm, idyllic and immaculately kept 200-year-old ancestral home of Derrick & Helene Menezes is a lovingly restored tropical paradise. Their 3 rooms have charming curios and artifacts, a private swimming pool amidst a beautiful garden, 3 adorable & well-behaved dogs all add on to the experience. Start your day with an amazing breakfast, with Helene’s special omelet or freshly baked breads or even fresh vegan options. The warmth and attention to detail shows in every aspect of this homestay, and you can book it for rates starting from INR 4,500.
Capella is the luxurious home of Ayesha and her son along with her coterie of cats and dogs that they have opened to discerning visitors. Located on a hill overlooking the lush paddy fields & hills, this homestay is a paradise for nature and bird lovers. The house is designed in the tropical style with many open spaces to let you enjoy their lush garden that they have filled with Gulmohar, Mango, and Jackfruit trees. And whilst you are lazing by the pool, don’t be surprised if you are paid a visit by peacocks, golden orioles, bulbuls or woodpeckers. To book, rates start from INR 7,500.
Casa Menezes is 300-year-old home of the Menezes family as the name states. Located close to Old Goa, in the susegad village of Batim, the bungalow sits majestically on a sprawling property. It has stately rooms with vintage 4 poster beds, traditional arched windows and balconies that wrap around the house. The homestay and a restaurant across the road are all managed beautifully by the hosts David & Pamela. Take one of their cycles to visit the nearby church of Our Lady of Guardalupe or the Batim Lake which is again a hot spot for birds. Or try your hand at salt harvesting at the local salt pans nearby. This is Goa like you have never experienced before and rates start from INR 5,300.
Vivenda Dos Palhaços
The British brother sister duo of Simon & Charlotte, are your hosts at this charming 100 year old property in South Goa consisting of multiple homes. As soon as you walk in, their 3 furry friends will welcome you in to this property that is the Haywards (of the famous Haywards Beer) family home. Lavishly decorated, with each room having a theme and a gorgeous pool that they have nicknamed Simon’s Folly, this property also does some amazing meals. Cycles or even better a quirkily customized Tuk Tuk that is kept exclusively for guests who want to visit the beach that is just about a kilometre away. Vivenda Dos Palhacos is a revelation in more ways than one with rates starting from INR 4,700.
Caravela Homestay is tucked away in the Latin Quarter of Fontainhas. These narrow streets, colourful buildings and storefronts are on view from this Portuguese mansion themed on a 15th century Portuguese ship. Just a hop away from the Mandovi River, this is a good budget option if you are looking to stay in Panjim, the central point to everything you may want to explore across Goa. A café that serves delicious Indo Portuguese food is an added bonus. Rates start from INR 3000 for a stay here.