Sincere apologies for getting this out later than promised; I was laid low by a complete sense of desolation on my return and am visiting shrinks who have just one opinion – that I return for good!
The Only Olive is as you rightly stated prior to booking, a home away from home and the quietest home stay I have ever experienced and yes, Santhosh’s cheerful demeanor and culinary skills made me feel The Only Olive is just the place I needed to relax and rejuvenate.
I enjoyed those 3 days of solitude and thank you again for the tips on the restaurants, infact I loved every place beginning with Arcon, including the pub at Panjim and yes, I’ll get some Mojo the next time I visit.
I did experiment with the crusty bread and meats and yes, it does remind me of Santhosh’s breakfast spread – but for heavens sake, I still feel you cheated me on the recipe for bhajji pav; mine plainly refuses to come out green or taste anywhere like the bhajji Santhosh and you prepared.
I want to look at booking the entire place once every year for a corporate client retreat – I am sure they’ll enjoy it as much as I do if you teach them how to fish.
Stayed for 3 fun filled and adventurous days on Jan 26/27/28 and departed at noon, 29th Jan 2013.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Only Olive – a riverside, charming Portuguese style villa that gets its name from the olive tree in the garden rumored to be a hundred years old - like the house itself. The property has been lovingly refurbished by its responsible owners who have ensured that the villa was restored to reflect its former colonial glory to perfection all the while retaining its inherent Portuguese influences … shell windows and a shared well included. The property is manned by Santhosh who lives with his family on the premises of the villa in his independent house. He's an Aldonian local proud of his village. He speaks Hindi and Konkani and while he's not fluent in English, he can understand and is clever in handling guests. His daughters speak English and step in where required. The villa is in the village Aldona (Bardez taluk) near the Corjeum bridge. It's ideal for travellers who want to experience Goa beyond the beaches in a rustic setting. Baga beach is half an hour drive from the villa. Tinto Market over a km away (walkable) has a clutch of shops including a pharmacy. It has tapris for local food and sweets. The riverside is a delight where you would find the extremely beautiful and calm section of Mandovi River with mangroves. The local people are warm and friendly and always ready to smile (if they find you friendly enough ;) ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Only Olive Goa/Aldona