Doesn't This Boho Homestay In South Goa Look Straight Out Of A Fairytale?
Long before we grew up to see the not-so-pleasant side of fairytales, we used to dream of living in a fairytale home and Casa De Xanti is a sweet reminder of that. A Portuguese cottage full of colour and good vibes, this one combines the quiet of the South Goan village life with city comforts. It can house between 4–9 people in its two AC bedrooms.
What Makes It Awesome
If you know us even a little, you’ll know that we’ve always had a soft corner for homestays. A part of it comes from knowing that you’re staying inside a home where the hosts bring in their personal style, dinner-time tales and lovingly cooked meals. At Casa De Xanti (House Of Peace), the decor speaks volumes about the hosts’ personal style with carefully picked colours and textures, lending the whole house a whimsical feel. The kitchen (with a microwave, crockery, fridge and an adorable dining area) is all yours to have untimely meals too! Oh, and like hotels, their housekeeping staff even cleans up after you (try not to stress them out though).
Their garden has to be our favourite spot under the sun — since they’re pet-friendly, your doggo might love it just as much. When the time comes to hit the bed, you’ll be happy to go back to your room; they’re both that beautiful and come with effective air-conditioning (summer, boo you!). The Xanti folks have two double beds and five single, so if you’re a big family, that's no trouble either. Naturally, the tariffs go up depending on the number of guests.
The ideal thing to do at this homestay? Nothing. Rent bicycles and loaf around the village roads, head over to The Chikoo Tree Project for some doggie cuddles and cafe food or spend a lazy afternoon sipping wine and napping in the hammock.
Alternatively, if you like more sightseeing, you can drive off to Agonda beach or visit Cabo De Rama Fort, both within a 30–40min drive. In Cuncolim itself, if you’re up for some whisky tasting, hit up India’s first distillery tour and tasting of Paul John Whisky.
What Could Be Better
Much as we’d like to have just driven down for a night here, they take bookings for a minimum of two nights with tariffs for 2 adults starting at INR 11,000 (for two nights).
ATMs aren’t easy to spot around the South so carry enough cash also because the homestay only accepts cash payments.