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“Portuguese hospitality + No. 1 heritage. Goa doesn’t gets better than this”
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Pousada Tauma
Ranked #12 of 110 Hotels in Calangute
Certificate of Excellence
AIIMS , New Delhi
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5 reviews
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“Portuguese hospitality + No. 1 heritage. Goa doesn’t gets better than this”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

We went to Goa on our last week holidays. In our 7 days trip we stayed in Pousada Tauma, Calangute for 3 days.Bookings were done from Viagoa.com as they give good deals on Goa stay & Air .
Calangute is famous for the largest beach in North Goa. winteris the peak season for tourist so we already had our bookings. Pousada tauma is boutique hotel located on the west coast of India. I found this hotel to be one of the best hotels in my whole trip.
Although we went to Goa in the peak season but as we entered the hotel we really feel very comfortable, it’s a nice place for peace lovers. The atmosphere in the hotel was flawless. We had a very warm welcome and when final check-in process was over we were accompanied to our suite. There were suites with different themes. They give us the option to choose our theme suite at the time of booking and we choose the sea theme suite. There were 3 sea theme suites- the shell suite, the aquamarine suite and the coral suite. They gave us aquamarine suite.

The suite has its own private dining area, bedroom with dressing table, wardrobe and patio with private garden. The rooms were beautifully decorated with antique furniture. The coral and aquamarine colors on the walls, the matching curtains, the marine plants and aquatic motifs in the floors. The rooms were decorated according to their theme. They were neat and tidy. The staff was highly personal and friendly. They were treating every client as their family and always on their toes to help us.
We visited the beach and enjoyed swimming for hours. Also the marvelous pool in the hotel allowed refreshments. We also enjoyed the ayurvedic spa.
The meals were fabulous in the Copper Bowl restaurant. The breakfast was included in the package. Romantic evening tea and dinner in the beach restaurant…. Wow!!!! In the entire hotel is a very nice place for stay in Calangute.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Laguna Beach, California
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

After traveling for 20+ days in India and staying 1 night per hotel, we arrived at the Posada Tauma in Goa for 3 days before going home--later than expected due to airline delay but we were treated like princesses. Our room was beyond perfect, full of fresh flowers and the grounds were gorgeously green tropical. We immediately had dinner beginning with the Best carrot/coconut salad and the most tender freshest calamari ever (which I had all 3 nights).
The owner, Neville, was exceptional, drove us around to sightsee and shop but it was his expertise and philosophy of India that really impressed and taught us so much. Service (Matthew) and chef (Kevin) were also exceptional. Cannot wait to return. Everyone who visits Goa needs to have this experience. It is a private oasis but also walking distance to so much fun street shopping. Forgot to mention the amazing private beach which belongs to the hotel. Paradise plus.
Linda Humes

Room Tip: We loved our room with the frogs. Bathrooms are great.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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3 Thank 11202012zz
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Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

A paradise find in an otherwise hectic Calangute. Arrived here on the off chance there would be availability and WOW I'm glad there was!! I cannot agree more with all the other awesome reviews. The paradise of the poolside the surrounding beautiful buildings the service, we were blown away! Neville greeted us warmly and took us down to the beachside during our stay. He was attentive without being intrusive and utterly charming. Matthew looked after our every need and absolutely nothing was too much trouble for him. Kevin, Glynn and Biscuit kept us happy at the beach. Food is amazing and we loved not being restricted by service times enjoying our lazy leisurely breakfast at 11am!!
The villa on the beach will be an incredible asset and my friend is dreaming about her wedding there as I write!!!
I enjoyed the yoga and felt all the stresses of a busy lifestyle slip away whilst relaxing poolside.
My only problem was that our stay was too short but I know we will certainly return, the sooner the better.
Thank you so much!

  • Stayed October 2012
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3 Thank Kezla12
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

we cannot wait to return to this wonderful place. We miss the amazing food, the expert and friendly service and the attention to detail. Everything is so professional and everyone is incredibly welcoming and the decor very unique. This is a real oasis where everyone is made to feel special.

Room Tip: All rooms are different
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

For a really special occasion, we eventually stayed in Pousada Tauma, after experiencing the fabulous food and surrounding gardens for many years.

We were made to feel really special on our anniversary, and as always the service was par excellence, the food as always wonderful, and the rooms are something one should not miss. Each one different with everything you should wish for, and strolling around the wonderful gardens in the cool of the early morning was blissful. You would never know that the town outside actually existed - all the noises drowned out by birds songs.

We would love to go again.

Room Tip: It does not matter what room one stays in.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Our experience in India during our easter holidays was spectacular. We visited numerous cultural sites and enjoyed the weather and culture! A final highlight was the stay at Pousada Tauma in Calangute, on the west coast of India. The atmosphere of the hotel was immaculate! The highly personal and friendly staff looked after us during our 5-day stay. We visited Goa and enjoyed the beach (at least 4 or 5 hours a day ;-) ) with the superb waves, alowing body surfing and lots of fun. Also the splendid pool at the hotel allowed for frequent refreshments! The rooms were tidy and fulfilled their pupose (some newly renovated) and were not unnecesairily overfilled with decoration. Outside a close to jungle like acumilation of flora improved the atmosphere in the hotel greatly!

The meals were of high standard, with local and international specialities. The learned cook was also willing to prepare anything else. (you HAVE to try the bruschettas!!!) Once again I can only stress how personal the owner and the staff were, willing to help with anything.

If desired one can be chauffered to the hotels own beach restaurent. (to swim, eat or relax) Here the cook was also ready to prepare any of the splendid meals!

I can trully recomend this hotel to anyone travelling through India and wishing to enjoy the local armosphere (markets, points of interest, etc.) or just to relax (at the beach, pool or hotel)!!!

Thank you for the wounderful time,

Luis

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

My wife and I chose the Pousada Tauma to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary because we are attracted to small, luxury hotels with local charm and not large chain style hotels that are the same the world over. We do love the intimacy a small property offers and the opportunity to be pampered. We have traveled extensively all over the world, and often have our three children in toe. It had been two years since we had been away together, so we were very excited about our first stop, a week in Goa. On making our reservation, Neville, the wonderful owner of Pousada Tauma did warn my wife, that our travel dates did coincide with the beginning of the wet season, but given that these were the only dates we were able to travel, we took the risk.

The Pousada Tauma is a small hotel with 13 rustic and locally inspired rooms. They are large and practical, decorated with authentic local antique furniture. The hotel is constructed from local stone and has a charming feel. The landscaping provides guests with a wonderful tropical oasis to retreat to when you need to escape the madness of Goa, which starts right outside the front gates. Our plane from Dubai had been delayed by several hours, so we ended missing our connecting flight from Mumbai to Goa, so after spending the night at an airport hotel, we took the first flight south, and were collected by one of the hotels drivers at 6.30am. We were very grateful that he was at the airport, as he to would have had a long night, as our flight was due to arrive in Goa at 11.15pm the previous night, and the Hotel is a 1 hour drive from the airport. Upon arrival, we were shown to our suite, offered breakfast and allowed to sleep, this was such a lovely introduction, no one troubled us with administrative forms etc.

We didn't realise that our tariff included breakfast (this we knew) but also lunch or dinner at the hotels Copper Pot Restaurant. Given that the vast majority of the restaurants in Goa had now closed due to the wet season, the restaurant was excellent and we now have a far better appreciation for quality Indian food. We had one lovely lunch at the hotels Beach Cabana located about 2km from the main hotel, however, we found we tended to be very happy by the pool. The food and service at the beach was equally good though, and at a better time of year, we no doubt would have enjoyed many more meals by the beach (a complimentary driver is happy to take you between hotel to the beach restaurant).

The staff could not have been more helpful, friendly and attentive. Neville, and particularly Matthew who looked after the majority of our requirements, was extremely knowledgeable, and nothing we asked was too much trouble. All the staff made us feel like we were one of the family, which is just what we appreciate from a small hotel.

The only downsides for us, which are few and far between, are that we were the only patrons in the hotel for our entire stay which was slightly strange at mealtimes, as we were the only ones in the restaurant, which was very quiet, some background music would have been lovely to listen too. Additionally, the rooms, though very clean and comfortable did lack the usual touches of a luxury boutique hotel such as bathroom amenities, turn down service, in-room dining menu, information regarding local attractions, and modern TV's, sounds systems etc. These are the little things that really make a boutique hotel luxurious, but despite the simpleness of the accommodation, we had a wonderfully quiet, peaceful holiday, and that's entirely due to the heavenly atmosphere in the grounds of the hotel and the wonderful care given to us by our host and his staff.

If we were ever to visit Goa again (in the dry season!), this is the only place we would stay and we would most definitely recommend this hotel, particularly as the location is so perfect.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are very nice and lighter
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pousada Tauma
Address: Porba Vaddo, Calangute 403516, India
Location: India > Goa > North Goa District > Calangute
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Calangute
#2 Family Hotel in Calangute
#5 Luxury Hotel in Calangute
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Calangute
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pousada Tauma 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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. ... more   less 
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