We stayed at the Only Olive on invite by its owner, the very affable Mr Adrian Pinto. There for an overnighter, the homely feel and the relaxing hospitality made us overstay our welcome, without a second thought! As we arrived at the restored, old Goan cottage - that looks compact from the outside but expands all the way back into the open kitchen -- we were served the best fish curry, assorted greens from the kitchen garden and some fried fish that my friend thinks is as good as his Konkani mother-inlaw's, and that's saying a lot.
The place slowed us down for sure, even though we had a shoot just a few hours away. It was quiet, with high, tiled roofs and rooms done sparely by the owner with old furniture bought locally to retain the old Goa vibe. You won't even register anyone else around you, you might as well be alone there sitting on the porch staring at the Only Olive tree at the entrance.
Breakfast comprised eggs sunny side up with the local Goan Pao dusted with husk in the back verandah overlooking the old well from where the sweet water for the morning tea came.
Town was a beautiful 20-minute drive through quaint Goa via a narrow road along the river.
A great place for families or anyone planning an extended stay in a quiet corner of Goa.
- 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