“Feel at one with nature in these restored 19th-century Portuguese dwellings on an idyllic beach (each sleeping 2-7)”
The 4 villas are situated under swaying palms, a short sandy walk from the beach, and are widely spaced for privacy. Interiors share a soothing, rustic palette of red, ochre and white. Cobalt-blue bathrooms are eco-friendly and open to the sky.
Of the 3-bedroom villas, The Priest's House is the most luxurious. Within its old ochre-yellow walls you’ll find all ensuite bedrooms and lots of character. That said, The Captain’s House is more private (set 150m from the other villas), and has a distinctly romantic feel. The master bedroom has an ensuite; the other 2 rooms share a bathroom.
The Bakery and The Piggery, both with rust-coloured walls, have 2 ensuite bedrooms each, plus better sea views. Because of its layout, with a separate entrance and veranda for each of the 2 bedrooms, The Bakery is let on an individual-room basis.
None of the houses have central living rooms, but each has its own spacious veranda with hammocks and wicker chairs. Excluding The Bakery, all have music systems with iPod docks and most beds are wooden four-posters with muslin drapes (more romantic than mosquito-proof, but mozzies aren't really a problem except at dawn and dusk).
Meals are served in the tented beach shack restaurant (shared with Otter Creek Tents), in the coconut grove behind the The Captain's House.
As you'd expect given the location, seafood features prominently. Dinners range from exotic European to traditional Goan - we sampled lime-drizzled poppadums dipped in tomato, onion and chilli, as well as tasty chicken xacuti (a local curry made with coconut milk and spices). Tandoor chicken, veggie dishes and Indian breads are also on offer, as are fresh fruit juices, local and international wines, Italian coffee (a real treat in India) and coconuts plucked straight from a nearby palm. If you fancy dining à deux, secluded tables can be set up underneath the banyan and cashew trees.
Breakfasts are mainly Western-style - fry-ups, pancakes, fruit salads, a spicy 'Indian omelette’ - and lunchtime snacks include bruschetta, pasta and grilled meats. Each house has an honesty fridge full of cold drinks, plus facilities for hot drinks, too.
If you want to eat out, there are lots of beach restaurants serving international dishes within a 10-15 minutes' walk. One of the best is La Plage, to the south, a French restaurant serving great steaks and seafood.
The beautiful setting is great for children, especially budding naturalists. During our visit, the kids were all having a blast running around the coconut groves.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Captain's House and The Priest's House are the largest, each with 3 double bedrooms, and extra space for a bed and baby cots. For smaller families, The Piggery has space for 4 (2 double beds), plus 1 child and 1 baby.
Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
No official children's menu, but there are plenty of simple Western dishes (sandwiches, pasta) on offer.
Lots of board games and beach games are provided.
Children will need to take care when using the bamboo footbridge leading to the property.