Arco Iris is a truly wonderfully restored Goan villa, away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal resorts is a really welcome retreat. Beni, Ganesh, family and staff make you feel like you've come home. We booked originally for two days, but very quickly decided to extend for a lot longer as we realised it wasn't going to get any better than this (... and we had been staying at a very nice all inclusive hotel the week before). The family and staff are wonderful hosts and the doggie Feni (always ready for a jolly game) made it even more special. The house has been done to a really high and tasteful standard - full of interesting ornaments, carvings, a very wide variety of books, music and antique furniture. For two well travelled people, we realise that its a very rare thing when you find such a lovely place to stay and such genuinely welcoming hosts. You leave Arco Iris the better for having stayed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arco Iris means “Rainbow” in Portuguese, and was built on a sprawling, 1.5 acre terraced property which overlooks a seasonal lake. This supplements the water requirements of the surrounding paddy fields. The proximity to the lake and the Zuari, the abundant greenery in and around the property, ensure a picturesque Goan setting throughout the year. The house itself is styled along colonial Portuguese lines with a high plinth, imposing columns, high ceilings and offers excellent natural ventilation throughout the year. It has been restored, true to its heritage and without compromising the modern day amenities that have come to be associated with the changes in lifestyle since the early 19th century.During the restoration process, all efforts were made to preserve the original materials which had originally gone into the construction of the house by using them, at times, for alternate purposes. The end result is a house which reflects a judicious and tasteful blend of the modern and the traditional. With a built up area of around 7,000 sq feet, the house comprises an “entrada” (foyer), “sala” (living room), dining room, four guest bedrooms with attached bathrooms and a fully equipped modern kitchen. Three of the bedrooms open onto private balconies. It also has a “balcao” (balcony) in front and a courtyard at the rear. The “balcao”, is the most social part of the house where any daily activity, be it catching up with neighbours, reading morning newspapers, eating , or just plain lazing can be enjoyed. The “sala” or the high ceilinged living room is reserved for formally receiving and entertaining visitors. The dining room is dominated by the dining table which can comfortably seat 8. All bedrooms have been suitably modified to accommodate attached bathrooms with modern amenities. The bedroom colours have been chosen keeping in mind the colours of the rainbow.There is plenty of space to read in the lounges, the dining room, or outdoors in the verandah. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Neemrana's Arco Iris Noble Home Goa, India