Goa, being one of the major tourist destinations in country, is abundant in accommodation options. Since accommodations of every shape, size, and budget are readily available in Goa; you might not really have to hunt for a stay that will not only delight you but also fit your pocket. After all, all you need is a sac to hit at night, isn’t it? But is that honestly what you want? How about a stay experience that would never have imagined? How about staying in a property that not just comforts you but inspires you to innovate? What you’re about to witness are some out-of-the-box properties in Goa that won’t fail to blow your mind!
It surprises me to see how Chogm road has developed with so many artsy outlets that have come up over the years. Among the class-apart home décor stores and eateries emerged a property that redefined hotel construction and room appointment making a robust statement when it comes to environmental sustainability. Saraya is an amalgamation of an art gallery, pizzeria, café, and a bed & breakfast stay. From the contemporary gothic art that is featured here to the fact that the all room are ecologically built with materials from the very land it’s built on, Saraya has a lot to offer when it comes to uniqueness. So hop in here if you would want to stay in a mud hut or a tree house because you might not get a chance to unless you have access to a time machine.
- Leela Cottages
Ashwem is undoubtedly one of the most talked of beaches in Goa and makes for an ideal getaway for a vacationer who’s looking at something exotic yet lively. By the Ashwem beach nestles a very distinct property that’ll make you feel like a Jungle man. No, you don’t have to wear cheetah skin and swing from tree to tree but just unwind amidst a tropical jungle Simulation by the Arabian Sea. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to compromise on luxury. The accommodation they offer is an eccentric combination of rustic luxury and vintage décor with antiques from all across the country. You can choose from 24 cottages and whichever one you choose, your stay experience at this boutique property will get embossed in your memories forever.
- Stonewater Eco Resort
Located along the Santarem beach in south Goa, Stonewater Eco Resort offers a blend of ecological architecture and modern day luxury. The resort is reminiscent of a somewhat crude essence when it comes to landscaping giving its lush greenery an astonishingly pure and natural appearance. The wood work that marks the eco-friendliness of the property further adds to its rustic charm. Warm earthy colours and wooden textures characterize the 25 wooden chalets spread over the rolling green acres. Cozy and comfortable, each chalet is a curious mix of modern amenities and ancient charm. The understated furniture in the chalets complements the décor while a patio outside offers sunset views to die for. As you wake up to the melodious chirrups of the birds around and watch the sun come up as you sip your morning tea; you’ll soon realize that all you need is all you’ve got.
- La Cabana Beach and Spa
Another gem on the scintillating Ashwem beach, La Cabana is boutique luxury beach resort which won’t only mesmerize you with a sparkling ocean view but also spoil you to the guts with exceptional service. La cabana is an ideal getaway for city dwellers as well as vacationers who want their vacation to be as lazy and alluring as possible. Blending splendidly with the natural beauty of Goa’s longest beach stretch, this secluded hideaway offers a fabulous selection of tastefully decorated wooden cottages, beach facing villas and luxury Swiss tents. Lit up with tiki torches in the evening, La Cabana also makes for a romantic seaside setting that your sweetheart will most definitely adore. The resort also boasts of a superb restaurant, swimming pool, a state-of-the-art spa and services designed to enliven and revitalize your stay even further.
- Off The Grid
In the depths of the winding Western Ghats lies one of Peninsular India’s largest undeveloped forests (approximately ,300 sq. km. in size). Here, in this evergreen forest and on the edge of the Goa- Karnataka border, you will find one of the most isolated properties you can imagine, namely, Off The Grid. Over the last six years, fallow land has been gradually farmed and a modest but cozy farmhouse has taken shape on the five and a half acres holding. Dense forest rich in wildlife and amazing biodiversity surrounds the farm. Not just that, there are private waterfalls that almost drip into the property. It’s equipped with tiny systems and homemade gadgets like gravity fed water supply from the spring, portable solar LED lighting, and homemade cooler boxes with a five-day chill capacity.
Text: Shubham Gupta
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