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“Something different” 5 of 5 stars
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Pousada Tauma
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Porba Vaddo | Calangute Bardez Goa, Calangute, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 99 hotels in Calangute
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Something different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Pousada Tauma is a true oasis and a unique experience. It is on the edge of Calangute - not everyone's cup-of-tea - but the clever design and lush tropical planting mean that you are totally insulated from the hussle and bustle of the crowds. However this proximity does allow you to sample the fleshpots of the town and then retreat to the peace and calm of this unique hotel.

What Pousada Tauma is not is a run-of-the-mill five star tourist hotel. It does come at a premium price but what you are paying for is exclusivity - only 12 suites, personal service - everyone mentions Matthew, a unique style in both the private and public spaces. The photographs don't do the pool and its surrounds justice - it is just like stepping into paradise.

If you want a big five-star hotel, based on an international template - then you won't find what you are looking for at Pousada Tauma. But if you want something a little unique which gives you time and space to think and reflect - then this is the place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

A very special experience. I travelled a lot in India. This is my 18th time, every time for one month, sometimes more.I soent in Posasada 4 nights in january 2013. About it i can say that it is a perfect combination of style and special atmosphere together. All the staff care you a lot. The room is clean and if you need something you have just to ask and it will be true in few time. The position is perfect : silence but in the hearth of Calangute. Ther owner, Neville,and his wife Angelica are people really hospitable and kindly. It is really an oasis of peace where to relax. Thank you to everybody to give me this esperience.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I stayed at Pousada Tauma during December and found the Hotel exceptional. The staff were of the friendliest I have ever encountered. Neville, the owner, was exceptional in his attentiveness to the guests. I can truly say that he touched each one of us every day and made us feel special.
I am at a loss and feel bound to Neville and his devoured team to discredit the "Never Again ! It's a scam! Be careful! " I made my decision to stay there based on previous trip advisors reviews - and yes I can say that my stay was fantastic . It was my second visit to Goa and the first time I stayed a a large 5 star hotel - it does not compare to the hospitality and value which I received at Pousada Tauma. Neville and his team will see me back and have in fact recommended friends to stay at this exceptional haven as well .

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

The negative review below is so, so, so the opposite of my recent experience it just seems so weird and off the mark to me. This place is an absolute delight. I have traveled extensively and this place stands out for me by combining a 5-star experience with simple down home friendliness and caring. The feeling was like being in your own personal holiday retreat with butlers ever ready to handle any little thing you needed. They are not butlers of course, simply friendly and thoughtful staff members who naturally exude world class customer service. It is a special feeling. The resort itself is actually two resorts in one. Where you stay is an oasis of tropical calm by day and a fairy land of star lights by night. The other part of the resort is at the beach with lounges and a cafe and positioned just enough away from other beach places to ensure peace, calm and privacy. Neville clearly knows the hospitality industry and has put it all togehter here to great effect. It is one of those places I'll be talking about for years. Thank you.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Meanwhile I am here since 2003 every year except 2006 and 2011 because for reasons of health.
Before I found this place I have seen together with my husband a big part of the world and luxury hotels at many places.
The only reason that I come again despite of the strenuous traveling - I am not the youngest - is the special atmosphere. Everybody in the hotel give you the feeling you alone are the main person, all your special wishes are noticed, when you really have a reason to complain (I never had) it will be changed in the same moment.
After a gap of 2 years I noticed that Goa is changing like all other places in the world with an increasing Tourismus - but the Pousada Tauma has not changing, to the contrary it has won because of the Beach House, it is a second place for relaxing and the best food from Kevin.

I hope I can come again next year, to stay here is the best medizin.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We spent 8 days at the Pousada Tauma - wish it could have been 8 weeks.Just sensational.
We agreed that our bathroom needed updating but our decor and four poster bed was traditional, which we loved - all was very clean,the staff were very attentive and the hotel is a haven of peace, quiet and tranquillity and feels so remote from the busy Calangute.We enjoyed our morning and evening meals from a very good menu and in such a beautiful setting. Just perfect.My partner is a swimmer and enjoyed the larger than usual hotel pool to do morning and evening laps.Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the owner and staff - things just happened which is the benefit of a smaller hotel - that personal touch. On the way to Calangute I called Neville and advised that my partner needed emergency dental treatment which he susequently arranged and on arrival immediately drove us to an excellent dentist. We cannot thank Neville or the dentist enough.An additional bonus is the beach cafe which has clean showers and toilets,shade and sunbeds and excellent food and we gave just 10 minutes notice for a car to take us to this wonderful relaxing beach location. So all in all a great stay at Pousada Tauma.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Staying at Posada Toama was an idyllic and amazing experience. I wouldn’t just say it was just a “boutique” or "heritage" hotel, because it defines and surpasses those monikers. It is the only place I would stay at in Goa. I arrived off-season in October and was greeted warmly (an understatement) by the staff by name by Matthew, Kevin the chef, and the owner Neville. I was treated like I was the only one staying there. The property was built partially on the ancestral land of Neville, and is an incredible thing to view. Neville and the staff take considerable pride (as they should) in the unique architecture of the buildings and grounds. I was apparently the first to use the “Yoga Circle”, which is part of an ongoing project of Neville’s to enhance the immaculate gardenscape of the property. I practiced Yoga each morning and then had an incredibly prepared breakfast. The staff arranged trips, at my whim, to their beachside property 5 minutes away, which provides a private, sophisticated oasis on one of the loveliest stretches of beach around. The food and drinks at the beachside are topnotch, and are handled during the day by Kevin. Dinner was incredible, I left the menu up to the chef and was continually impressed by what was by far the best food that I had in India (try the local Feni, a unique aperitif). I travel on my stomach to speak, and have been around the world, and this is one of the best places foodwise and traveIwise that I have ever been. Each course surprised (I even asked for and got the recipe for the PirPiri). Neville is as hospitable as they come, and like me, a jogger. He and the staff informed me on every question I had about the area and more. They arranged trips around Goa (spice plantations, towns, cathedrals, shopping, etc.) and nothing seemed beyond reach. The spa is great and revolves around your schedule. So, if you are like I was and are reviewing all of the places to stay in Goa, I would say that I scored the jackpot with staying here. This is a place connected with the local community and culture, while providing the luxury, personal touches, and the fantastic food that you are looking for.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pousada Tauma

Address: Porba Vaddo | Calangute Bardez Goa, Calangute, India
Location: India > Goa > Calangute
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Calangute
#1 Luxury Hotel in Calangute
#1 Spa Hotel in Calangute
#1 Romantic Hotel in Calangute
#2 Family Hotel in Calangute
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pousada Tauma 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pousada Tauma is the first 12 suite Boutique Hotel to open in Goa in the 1998.Built from scratch from1995 on a two acre plot,it is known for our traditional Goan hospitality,with plenty of privacy ,lots of open spaces and a lush tropical garden .1)Room rates are inclusive of B'fast ,lunch or dinner, excluding the Tax's.2)We never offer packages and we never discount " one rate for all our guests " Requests our guests not call or emails for discounts,special offers ,packages etc.3)Meals are served keeping in mind that most of our guests enjoy the local regional cuisine, prepared from fresh seasonal produce,meals which are included in the tariff Lunch or Dinner are served in the hotel restaurant Copper Bowl and not at the beach front restaurant.4)We are not located on the beach ,but we have our own beach front restaurant "Pousada by the Beach " 2 km away from the hotel which is open from 11.am.to 7.pm.There is a free shuttle service to the beach and back . Pousada by the Beach has deck area with sunbeds,umbrellas shower and changing rooms.5) Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments are available on request.We would request our guests to give us a prior notice if they do wish to have it.6)If non-resident guests wish to dine at Copper Bowl,request to call and reserve ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Pousada Tauma Calangute
Pousada Tauma Hotel Calangute
Pousada Tauma Goa/Calangute

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