'Ooty' at Vivenda Dos Palhacos Majorda Goa
'Ooty' at Vivenda Dos Palhacos Majorda Goa


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1 room

1 bed

1 bath


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1 bed

1 bath

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About this listing

Vivenda dos Palhacos is a one hundred year old modest Portuguese Mansion, carefully renovated and set in the very quiet village of Majorda, in South Goa. The longest beach, with the most beautiful sand in Goa, is about a kilometer away. We have 7 beautiful, uniquely themed bedrooms, the main garden with a 12m swimming pool, private dining and sun bathing areas at the back of the house, and a tent in the high season.


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Description

The space

Vivenda dos Palhacos is a one hundred year old, carefully renovated house set on a very quiet* cul-de-sac in the village** of Majorda, in South Goa. The longest beach, with the most beautiful sand in Goa, is about a kilometer away. Guests are very welcome to borrow a bicycle or grab a lift down there in our customized Tuk-Tuk or Jeep for a nominal Rs 150 per trip.

The rooms are named after the places we have lived in and loved, in Bengal and Tamil Nadu. They all have fans, air-conditioners and en-suite bathrooms. They don’t have TVs or phones. Though either of those menaces can be easily rustled up for children or major sporting events.

OOTY, with its private entrance from the courtyard, has a built-in double bed and sitting area and a mirrored ensuite secret bathroom.

The 12 x 4 metre swimming pool is set in a tropical garden with private sun bathing areas. It is cleaned with Ozone, instead of horrible chlorine, so it is like swimming in spring water. The shallow end of the pool is three feet deep so will not suit very young children. We’d be happy to set up a piddling pool in the front garden for tiny tots.

Our original wine list had twin purposes…past tense…chose the latter. As I discovered that like a priest, I had to drink whatever was left at the end of the season, our wine list is now considerably shorter, simpler and cheaper. If you want something special do ask and it should be possible to arrange with a nominal corkage charge.

Services
Airport pick-up. Sight seeing and shopping tours. Baby-sitting. Bicycles. Laundry. Hair dryer. Around three-quarters-of-the-clock food and drink. Complimentary wi-fi. Excellent visiting masseuses. Advice as to what is worth going to see and what is worth avoiding. A television and DVD player in the sitting room. A very sophisticated 24 hour, native English speaking concierge service. Picnics and parties planned. Weddings arranged, though not necessarily in the desi sense of the word. The spas at The Grand Hyatt and Alila-Diwa are both excellent and almost next door.

Guest access

Guests can access the entire property including the common areas, the restaurant, and the swimming pool.

Interaction with guests

Your Hosts
Charlotte and Simon Hayward (a brother-sister team in case you were wondering) were both born and brought up in India. They are the fourth generation to live in and love India and have spent as much time as possible here. They will be delighted to suggest and help organise side trips and places to stay out of Goa to their guests who may be coming to India for the first time.

Charlotte Hayward.

Charlotte loves India and has traveled extensively in it, though there are still many places left to see. Goa’s cultural heritage makes it an amazing place to live and she looks forward to sharing her experience with you. She has lived and worked in Japan, Hong Kong and London, speaks Hindi usefully and is co-writing a book which she hopes to do more of.

Simon Hayward.

Simon was most recently Creative Director of a large advertising agency first in Bombay and then in Delhi. He has always wanted to do up an old house and turn it into a hotel. What else do advertising people do when they get to forty? Teach? He loves Goa and feels that India is home. He is a budding cook – especially in a kitchen where many willing hands make light work – and his lunch parties in Singapore, Hong Kong, Wellington and Bombay were invariably long and pleasurable.

John Gracias

John has been with us since the beginning. He is an excellent Consultant Goan Chef and would do more painting if he had time. He also plays the guitar. Most of the time though he is busy looking after our guests, the fifteen or so staff we have – and us. He commutes from Chinchinim, about 25 mins south of us.

Hannah and Charlie Hayward.

Hannah and Charlie were born in Hong Kong and bought up in New Zealand. Hannah is now at University at Melbourne and Charlie is at school in Hong Kong.

The neighbourhood

Goa’s recorded history goes back to around 200AD but it was in the middle of the 16th century that it reached its zenith as the Rome of the East. There are consequently a vast number of wonderful old churches, temples, forts and mansions.

We’ll be happy to recommend local restaurants, bars, beach shacks and night clubs.

Golf – a good nine hole links course at the Inter-Continental, about an hour south of us., with good clubs for rent. Several pitch and putt courses.

Go-karting ten minutes away.

Shopping – excellent jewelers in particular who can clean or mend old jewelry and make new designs before delivering them to you at the house.

Fishing. In local rivers as well as the sea. Apparently deep sea fishing for the mighty Marlin is possible, though reports are still unconfirmed.

Scuba diving courses.

Backgammon, Chess, Liar Dice & cards.

A variety of board games.

Reading – books that are printed in India are very good value and if you give us a list of books you would like to buy, we will try to have them waiting for your arrival. We also have something of a library ourselves.

Bicycling. A guided tour of the old part of Panjim sounds interesting.

Various water sports.

Yoga Courses.

Ayurvedic treatments.

Complete health check at Appollo Hospital.

Dentistry & Tooth whitening.

Bird watching.

A National Park.

The floating Casino.

Tennis, Squash, Badminton, Billiards and Pool at local hotels and Boules chez nous.

Getting around

Plane

We are less than half an hour’s drive south of Goa’s airport at Dabolim. Goa is a fifty-minute flight from Bombay and Bangalore. There are frequent flights on a variety of India’s excellent new private domestic airlines (see Links) connecting Goa with India’s main tourist cities including Jaipur and Agra. The flight from Delhi is under two hours and Calcutta is two and a half hours away.

Train

We are twenty minutes from the main station in the second city of Goa, Margao. The daily overnight train to and from Bombay, The KonKan Express, is recommended in one direction if you are feeling adventurous. We would be happy to suggest places to stay and things to do in Bombay for a couple of nights at the beginning or end of your trip. Or further afield if you would like to combine a relaxing week in Goa, with a more rigorous trip elsewhere in the sub-continent.

It is sometimes possible, if you book far enough in advance, to spend a night or two en route in a beautiful old club instead of your average, characterless five-star hotel. The Tollygunge Club in Calcutta, The Royal Bombay Yacht Club, The Ooty Club, The Madras Club or Delhi’s Gymkhana Club are all highly recommended.

Automobile

To maintain our privacy, we have absolutely no signage up on the main road. The easiest way of finding us is to head for the Majorda Beach Resort. When you get there, turn around and come back to the junction of Beach Street and the main road, where there is a large poster for the Majorda Beach Resort “Where the fun never sets!”. At this junction, with your back to the Majorda Beach Resort, go straight on and take the tiny little first lane on your left, opposite a sign for a little shop on your right called ‘Nel’s Creations’. We are 300 metres down that lane on your left. We are fifty minutes south of Panjim, the capital of Goa.

We are five minutes from the Grand Hyatt and Kennilworth Hotels at Utorda.

This is what one of the travel guides has to say about the area we are in : -

“The presence of the big five stars seems to have inadvertently shielded the area immediately inland from other kinds of development, with the result that once out of sight of the resorts, you find yourself in a pleasantly uncongested, traditional belt that will appeal greatly to anyone seeking peace and quiet within walking distance of the longest beach in Goa.”

Other things to note

Services
Airport pick-up. Sight seeing and shopping tours. Baby-sitting. Bicycles. Laundry. Hair dryer. Around three-quarters-of-the-clock food and drink. Complimentary wi-fi. Excellent visiting masseuses. Advice as to what is worth going to see and what is worth avoiding. A television and DVD player in the sitting room. A very sophisticated 24 hour, native English speaking concierge service. Picnics and parties planned. Weddings arranged, though not necessarily in the desi sense of the word. The spas at The Grand Hyatt and Alila-Diwa are both excellent and almost next door.


House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Check-in time is 12PM (noon) - 10PM.
Check out by 11AM

Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Safety card
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Devesh User Profile
January 2017
Descent accommodation, try to stay at the rooms, instead of the tent.

Aditya User Profile
August 2016
Place is really nice. Perfect for a weekend getaway away from crowds and noise.

Jacques User Profile
March 2017
Superbe séjour dans la maison de Simon et Charlotte qui sont des hôtes très accueillants. La maison est merveilleusement décorée, et les repas cuisinés par le chef excellents. Le personnel présent est attentif et souriant, et le coin piscine très agréable. Chaque chambre a sa propre décoration, toujours originale, ce qui donne envie d'en changer chaque jour. Nous y retournerons sans problème dans les années futures. Et un grand merci à Charlotte pour ses conseils avisés.

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Simon User Profile

Ex advertising writer now runs Vivenda Dos Palhacos with his sister Charlotte. Both born in Calcutta and grateful to be at least half Indian with OCI cards. One or the other of us are usually here at the hotel. We look forward to meeting you.

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