About a month ago, my partner and I decided to head to Goa for a quick getaway. It was monsoon season and we weren't really sure what to expect. What we did know was that we didn't want to be staying at party central (not that there was much of that anyway as it was monsoon season) but still wanted to be close enough to good restaurants and beaches.
We couldn't have been happier at Hotel Soraya.
Forget the other more renown boutique/heritage hotels in Siolim, Panaji or Goa's beach shacks. If it's a romantic, secluded getaway in a tropical paradise that's close to fun fun fun that you want to be at, then Hotel Siolim is it!
We stayed at a little cottage on the property equipped with two four-post beds, a fully functional kitchen and a private garden. And because it was off season, we had a good sized-swimming pool surrounded by lush foliage and little stone elephants all to ourselves. It couldn't have been more lovely. (For some reason, the property, especially the garden area reminds me of Satis House in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, only difference is that this one is well kept and loved.)
To top it off, the hosts of the property Atul and Pierre were extremely accommodating, thoughtful, funny, friendly and fun! As cliche as it may sound, they made Hotel Siolim feel like home -- a private, secluded home that a lot of thought and care was put into.
TIP: Rent a car for about Rs 850 a day and drive to all the way to Paradise Beach and Fort Terakol, or head down south to Panaji and the Old City. Atul will help arrange for one.
PS. If you do stay there, ask Pierre or Atul to tell you the story behind the white elephants on the property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the main road going north towards Morjim Beach is Hotel Soraya (guesthouse), has 4 bedrooms, sleeps up to 8 persons, although 6 is ideal. , situated in 1 acre of peaceful tropical gardens. Also situated in the grounds is "The Bungalow", which sleeps 2 persons, and has its own entrance and garden.Siolim is 5km from Morjim Beach (an Olive Ridley turtle nesting site), and 5km from Anjuna and Vagator beach.The Main House is a magnificently restored Portuguese house with high ceilings and a spacious verendah, with a huge tropical garden with a swimming pool. Also in the grounds is The Bungalow built in the traditional Portuguese style. Maid service and breakfast included. A relaxed way of life awaits you. Shops nearby in this lovely village. Siolim village is surrounded by coconut groves and sunset coves, ideal for biking. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Soraya Siolim, Goa