Nestled within lush forests and surrounded by beautiful green hills of Siolim-Bardez, our piece of heaven is our pride and joy away from the maddening rush of everyday life. Hi! We are a retired couple in our early 70s and this is our piece of heaven we like to share with you. Originally from Kolkata, the once busy first capital city of India during British occupation, we are settled in Delhi for the last 35 years and come over to experience Goa as much as we can.
The Villa Maria apartment complex of which our home is a part of, is surrounded by a lush green forest which makes it a very calm and quiet place to stay. The only sound you hear are of the varied species of birds who sing along mesmerizing you all day. The complex itself has a rich variety of flora and fauna which include and is not limited to Mango, Berry and Palm trees, Bougainvillea and Chrysanthemum bushes and a variety of beautiful flowering creepers.
This European styled apartment complex built by Acron, a well-respected developer in Goa for over 20 years, boasts of a full length pool, a decked up club house with a full loaded and functional gym, sauna and Jacuzzi, and a beautiful open private terrace for hosting your social gatherings. There are beautiful manicured gardens, a long clean driveway devoid of any dirt or dead leaves providing ample parking space along the entire stretch of this well maintained apartment complex. Additionally, the entire area has 24 hr. security.
Our, or should we say your home designated E5 & Sundeck E7 Villa Maria is the highest point of the complex with a big beautiful private sundeck offering a panoramic view of Goa, with the beautiful birds chirping away on the Mango and Berry trees. On occasions you can see the monkeys swinging past from tree to tree while beautiful parrots and spectacular blue Kingfishers fly by as you take a break enjoying the morning sunshine with a lovely cup of tea going through the daily journal. For days when you have that extra energy you can dive in to the full length pool for a cool relaxing swim, have a run in the fully equipped gym or just laze on any of the sunbeds near the pool.
There is piped gas, solar water heater, 2 split air conditioners one each for the living area and the bed room, 2 attached balconies one each connected to the living area and the modular kitchen, and powder coated iron grills with attached mosquito nets at the entrance of both balconies and the bed & in-suite bathroom windows.
Siolim is close to all the most frequently visited spots in and around North Goa. It takes only 15 minutes to reach the Calangute and Baga beachs. World famous night markets like INGOs and Mackie's, clubbing zones like Tito's, Mambo's , Club Cabana etc., Vagator (where the SUNBURN FEST and WOODSTOCK INDIA BIKE WEEK are held) with its innumerable restaurants serving local and international cuisine are all within a few minutes' drive.
The local market place and larger restaurants are just a short hop away by bike or car. World famous beaches like Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim are towards the south and calm unexplored beautiful beaches like Morjim, Ashvem, Querim, Mandrem, Arambol and Tiracol are to the north of our home. The beaches are equidistant on either side and are reachable within 10 to 25 minutes driving in the same order.
Go fishing by the Chapora River or buy sea fresh fish alive in Siolim market right from the fishing boats or hire a house boat (seasonal) and go sailing in the Siolim backwaters. If you are looking for a little adventure, go trekking to see a small church perched atop the mountain close by and also see a panoramic view of the surroundings. Beaches, pubs, discs and go-karting, rock climbing, scuba diving, kite surfing and a variety of other adventure sports are all within reach.
Goa has all the swaying palms and white sand beaches you could ever want, but to go beyond he beach and you'll find hidden delights.
Portuguese mansions and Hindu temples, bike rides among shimmering rice paddies, walks through lush spice plantations. Discover the tropical indulgencies of India's most laid back region'.
Goa is found midway down the Western Coast of India, tucked between the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. It is the smallest state of India being just 3700sq km.
Goa is full of attractive beaches, luxurious silvery sands, attractive churches, great temples and magnificent flora and fauna. Seafood, coconut milk, rice, and local spices are main ingredients of Goan cuisine. The area is located in a tropical climate, which means that spices and flavors are intense. Goan food is considered incomplete without fish. Goan culture has been shaped mainly by the Hindu and Catholic population.
People are mostly easy going ('sossegado' in Portuguese). It has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture (email: hidden)racts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year (including about 400,000 foreign tourists)...Read more
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