Summertime Villa

Calangute, Goa, India Book from Book from £375 per night

A peaceful, tranquil villa for 2-7, surrounded by tropical forest but close to Calangute town and North Goa's famous beaches
Perched atop a hill, with nothing but 180° views of North Goa’s green skyline, you’d never know you're under 10 minutes' drive (or a 30-minute walk) from the bars and restaurants of bustling Calangute. In fact, it’s thanks to Summertime Villa’s total seclusion that it has become popular with Bollywood royalty. Sprawled across 2 acres of luscious gardens, this double-storey, open-plan, Balinese-style villa allows guests to fully spread themselves out and soak up the peace and tranquility. Birds and butterflies flit between bamboo, banana, mango, tamarind and champa trees, while a waterfall provides a mellow background tune.

A small team of staff, who have been with the owners for years, operate the villa like a well-run home. The 3 bedrooms (2 doubles, 1 twin/double) and sprawling living areas are kept spotless, meals are available on request, or taxis can be summoned to reach a long list of local dining options. Golden Calangute Beach is near but you'd be forgiven for wanting to just laze at home and enjoy the peace and infinity pool.

Highs

  • An idyllically quiet location, yet walking distance from Calangute town; very rare
  • Owners Hans and Sucheta, who live next door, are wonderfully jovial and welcoming hosts
  • Far more space for your money than staying at a hotel
  • A huge infinity pool, surrounded by nothing but tropical canopy as far as the eye can see
  • No need for a hire car; arrival transfers from the airport are complimentary, and you can get around in cheap taxis

Lows

  • Lunch and breakfast menus are a little limited, though dinner is superb
  • No stag/hen or similar parties allowed, and no outside guests
  • You're requested not to use the enormous (and very inviting!) Balinese baths to avoid water wastage

Best time to go

You'll find the best weather between November and February when the days are dry and hot and the evenings cool. The Christmas and New Year period, whilst hugely popular, can feel unpleasantly busy in Calangute, though if you just plan to stay at the villa this would be an amazing place to spend the festive season. The build-up to the monsoon, April and May, can become very sticky, with little to do as much of this touristy state shuts down for the end of the season. That said, the drama of monsoon, and the cooler temperatures, can be a welcome respite, and Hans can recommend restaurants that stay open all year. June and July usually see the heaviest downpours; during August and September the rains are starting to ease up and you have more chance of warm and sunny days.

Our top tips

If the odd evening in with a movie sounds like pure bliss, bring along an HDMI cable so that you can watch all your favourite films straight from your laptop. Alternatively, there are board games and a DVD library (each bedroom has a flat-screen large TV with satellite connection. The Koi Suite has a DVD player).

Great for...

Beach
Family
  • Boutique Villa
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Breakfast + other meals on request
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room: Koi Suite

Rooms

Each of Summertime's 3 rooms - Koi, Coral, and Sunflower - are of an equal size; that size being absolutely gargantuan. Even their ensuite bathrooms are bigger than most hotel rooms. They are decorated in vibrant colours, with lamps sourced in Pondicherry and capacious bathtubs from Bali. Paintings of local birdlife by acclaimed local artist Carl D’Silva add some character to the walls, whilst jaunty cushions and personal knick-knacks make it feel like a home.

On the ground floor, the Koi Suite, named after its private sit out next to a bubbling koi pond, is totally relaxing, and very in-keeping with the villa’s Balinese influences. Upstairs, the Sunflower Suite has separate twin beds (ideal for kids sharing, though they can be joined to make a palatial 8.5-foot bed if you prefer). The Coral Suite has a gorgeous four-poster bed, whimsically romantic, with cascading white drapes. Ensuite bathrooms have showers and separate tubs, though you're asked not to use the tubs to save water.

Downstairs is an open-plan flow of light-filled living areas: a bright coral lounge of wicker sofas; indoor and outdoor dining tables, then terraces surrounding the infinity pool.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Fan
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

Much of Summertime's fruit and vegetable produce comes from their organic garden, so menus are full of seasonal options. It’s home-style cooking, but this can be a great contrast to dining out for a few meals. Breakfasts are included in the price; start your day with healthy fruit platters and moreish homemade granola, and of course, eggs to order. Or, if you’d like to try something a little different, an Indian breakfast of masala dosa and idli is available with prior notice. A simple lunch menu of sandwiches, spicy pakoras, and chicken kathi rolls is ideal for snacking by the pool. Dinner is, without doubt, the main event, a choice of Asian and Continental dishes. Fish, with buttery mash and organic vegetables or even better, home-cooked Indian dishes, the likes of which you will not find in touristic towns: butter chicken, blackened daal, paneer curry, kingfish rawas, and stuffed rotis.

For a change of scene, try A Reverie, Cafe Chocolatti, and Pousada by the Beach, all minutes away in Calangute.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • In house cook
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activity:

Activities

  • Relax. Swim in the infinity pool, then sunbathe, then cool off in the lounging pool with its sunken benches. Sit and read in the unique bibliochaise (a chair built into a bookcase!). Practice your sun salutations in the gardens (yoga mats are provided). Book an in-villa massage with a local therapist
  • The Solita, Hans and Sucheta's 42-foot yacht (the first of its kind in Goa), can take guests on private trips around the region's lesser-explored backwaters
  • Two of Goa's most popular beaches (Calangute and Candolim) are a short drive away, with golden sands, shack restaurants and bars, and watersports
  • You needn't travel further than your own sun terrace to spot Goa's colourful birdlife - we saw black hooded oriole and a white throated kingfisher (there are binoculars and birding books in the villa). Ardent twitchers can also visit Salim Ali's Bird Sanctuary, one of India's finest, with woodpeckers and purple herons
  • Half an hour away, Panjim’s Latin Quarter, Fountainhas, is a quaint and colourful reminder of the city’s colonial past. Or visit Old Goa, where towering churches give a sense of Velha Goa's heritage significance as the seat of Christianity in Asia
  • Vagator and Morjim beaches are under an hour's drive
  • Calangute is fun for a night out, with bars and nightclubs

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

Families are warmly welcomed, the hotel is free for under 6s and there's a maximum occupancy of 7 people. Though not specially tailored towards children (no kids clubs or activities) Summertime Villa is an ideal family stay. Ample grounds and a lovely pool give plenty of space for everyone to spread out. Feed the koi fish, swim in the pool, get sandy on the beach, or explore Calangute on foot; high-speed internet will keep teenagers happy.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

There are 2 kingsize bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom, which are all of equal size, and each has a separate dressing room, space for an extra bed or baby cot. For older children the jolly Sunflower Suite (twin beds) is the best option, for parents with a baby or toddler we suggest the ground floor Koi Suite is best

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cot
  • High chair
  • Potty
  • Night light

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The chef can whip up kids meals on request, staff can serve an early tea for children and parents of younger kids. Guests have access to a blender and microwave if needed. Food is available all day

Kids Activities on site:

  • Large swimming pool plus a shallow leisure pool
  • Pool toys and loungers
  • Sprawling tropical gardens to explore
  • Feed the fish in the Koi pond
  • Bird watching (bird books and binoculars are available)
  • Children's DVDs
  • Lots of toys, games, books, puzzles to share
  • Paints, crayons, colouring books

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Summertime’s own private Solita yacht offers dolphin & backwater cruises
  • Waterpark (15 minutes)
  • Go Cart Track (15 minutes)
  • Flea market (10 minutes)
  • White sandy beaches (10 minutes)

Families Should Know:

Some of the landscaped slopes may be slippery for toddlers. The swimming pool is unfenced and children must have an adult supervising them while swimming

Distances:

  • Airport: 45 minutes' drive (Goa)
  • Shops and restaurants: 5 mins' drive (Calangute)
  • Hospital: 5 mins' drive (Calangute)
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Location

Summertime Villa is set on a hilltop just outside Calangute (one of North Goa's most popular towns) and 5km from Candolim beach in the Bardez province of Goa.

By Air
Dabolim International 38km/a 45-minute drive) is the closest airport. Arrival transfers from here are complimentary, and you can book return transfers with Hans.

By Train:
If you're already in India, you can reach Goa by train. See Konkan Railway if you're coming from Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mysore, Pune or Hyderabad. If you're coming from the south of India or Kerala, visit Indian Rail for timetables and fares.

Getting Around
The villa can arrange cars with drivers for local excursions and day trips.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to Goa and getting around

Airports:

  • Goa Dabolim 38.0 km GOI

Other:

  • Beach 5.0 km
  • Shops 4.0 km
  • Restaurant 4.0 km

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