“Experience the splendour of a 17th-century Indo-Portuguese casa palacio, or the warmth of a cosy village annexe, tucked away in a charming north village, off the tourist trail”
On the doorstep of Siolim village and the Chapora River, the grand old manor whisks you back to the days of Portuguese Goa. But the rooms are splendid and the atmosphere is easy, laid-back and homely - the ideal place to relax and unwind away from the crowds (the nearest beach is a 10-minute drive). There are pretty gardens and a swimming pool. Alternatively you could opt for Little Siolim, a short walk through the village, which offers a villa annexe with 3 more rooms.
- Most of the rooms (including the bathrooms) are vast, with lovely tiled floors and high beamed ceilings
- Set in lush gardens on a quiet back road, it’s a world away from the beach-crowd touts and tourists
- There's a lovely blue-tiled pool and a spa pavilion - the latter offering good-value Ayurvedic massages and treatments
- It’s more home than hotel and its laid-back nature engenders a house-party atmosphere where you can kick back and enjoy good, home-cooked meals (at reasonable prices)
- The staff, overseen by the efficient house manager Alex, are friendly and attentive
- Since our visit we've heard mixed reports about some aspects of the service
- Some of the fittings may look a little dated, but the building’s heritage status makes it difficult to go too slick or modern
- You'll need a car to reach the beaches and nightlife, if that’s what you want
- Nearby Little Siolim is right on a busy through road and can be quite noisy, particularly during the day
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Bicycles Available
During Varun Sood’s careful restoration, the manor’s original 24 rooms were remodelled to create 7 large guestrooms, all are different and all are named after historical seaports.
Elegant and airy, all are furnished with tiled or polished wood floors, beamed ceilings, antique tables, wardrobes and objets d’arts. Contemporary four-poster beds are draped in muslin and dressed with embroidered silks; hand-painted friezes on the whitewashed walls are a reflection of the patterned terracotta floor tiles. There are ceiling fans and air-conditioning in every room, plus a natural breeze to keep the place cool.
The equally large ensuite bathrooms have showers - some of them with pretty sculpted walls, all with modern western fittings. Telephones and minibars have purposefully been left out of the rooms to maintain the atmosphere of a private period manor. Tea and coffee-making facilities include a little Chinese box containing a mix of teas.
Of the 3 suites, the huge first-floor Macao Suite is favoured by honeymooners. The main room is truly vast, with 6 tall windows overlooking the front garden. The ground-floor Malabar Suite, has 2 large bedrooms, so it's ideal for a family or groups of friends.
Nearby, at the entrance of the village, is Little Siolim, a separate 3-bedroom villa. Here you can book an individual room or exclusive use of the whole property. Inside are the same hallmarks of the owner's eye for design: gorgeous fabrics, sleigh beds and some antique furniture. Each of the 3 double bedrooms has air-conditioning and an ensuite bathroom (the Superior Suite has a funky sunken bath on a tiled platform). All lead onto a courtyard with a pool (beautifully lit at night), which is open to the sky. This flows into a semi-outdoor sitting/dining room with terracotta floors and wicker loungers. An island unit separates the living space from the well-equipped kitchen. The villa comes with a housekeeper and the optional use of a cook (groups can self-cater if they prefer).
- Air conditioning
- Coffee tea making
- Cots Available
Siolim House centres on an inner courtyard surrounded by open corridors. On one side is an open-plan dining area with chairs and tables; on the other is the kitchen (just pop in and meet the cook). You can dine undercover (with ceiling fans whirring overhead) or, in the evening, out in the garden, where candles are set on the tables.
Breakfast is a choice of English or Indian. Lunch and dinner are prepared upon request, so advise the staff in advance if you want to eat in. There's usually a set menu (3 courses) - typically soup, fish or prawn curry with rice or a Goan thali, and a sweet - but you can make special requests if you give plenty of notice. All the food is purchased fresh each day and prepared more or less to order. Available fresh fish includes pomfret, snapper, sea bass, crab and mussels.
Teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes are available from a help-yourself bar in the dining area in the mornings and afternoons.
Guests at Little Siolim also get breakfast included in the rate. For lunch/dinner you can make use of the well-equipped kitchen (with refrigerator, microwave, gas hob, toaster, juicer, hot plate and water filter), or spoil yourself with a private chef for an extra cost. Alternatively, guests can opt to eat lunch or dinner at Siolim House.
- Coffee tea making
- Dinner by arrangement
- Lunch by arrangement
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Relax by the pool, laze on a lounger in the garden, or hang out in the cool inner salon
- Non-touristy Siolim village is on the doorstep, complete with local shops for local people, the cathedral-like St Anthony's church and country walks through quiet lanes to the fishing quays of the Chapora River
- Visit some of Goa’s famous beaches. The nearest are Morjim and Arambol (a 10- to 20-minute drive to the north), or Vagator, Baga and Calangute (a similar distance to the south). Beware of strong currents if you're swimming
- Book yourself an Ayurvedic massage - Siolim’s in-house masseur hails from Kerala and does a wonderful full-body rubdown
- Visit the famous flea market in Anjuna on Wednesdays, or the regular town market in Mapusa on Fridays. There's also a fascinating night market at Arpora
- The hotel can organise various sightseeing trips and offers affordable rates on car hire (with a driver) for a few hours or a day. Options include Old Goa (a World Heritage site, famed for its churches and the tomb of St Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa), Fort Aguada and Panjim. The latter, the Goan capital, offers shops and markets, as well as walks along the Mandovi River and through the quaint streets of the Bairro das Fontainhas (the old Portuguese quarter)
- Take the children on a local boat trip to see dolphins or crocodiles
- Bikes and motorbikes are available to hire
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Ayurvedic treatments
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
Children are welcome at all of Siolim Collection's properties.
Family friendly accommodation:
The ground-floor Malabar Suite (with 2 adjoining bedrooms) is ideal for families. Standard Suite Damao can fit an additional bed. Larger families, or those looking for more privacy, could book the whole of Little Siolim (3 rooms). Most rooms in Siolim House and Little Siolim can fit a baby cot.
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots are available on request (Siolim House has a beautiful antique cot which is provided for babies)
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking