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“"A little piece of heaven"”
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Pousada Tauma
Ranked #20 of 124 Hotels in Calangute
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Possibly our best holiday ever!!! Pousada Tauma (or our little piece of heaven) was incredible. Everything from the staff, service, location, food, accommodation was perfect. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful hotel. Magnificent landscape personally maintained by Neville (the owner). He was always around to make us feel so very welcome. A very special person with a big heart and nothing was ever too much trouble. He has a small but dedicated team who are absolutely amazing. I cannot point out the individuals as they were ALL unbelievable. So very gracious, attentive but never intrusive.

I just love my food and this was the first time we've stayed at a hotel where we were very content to eat all three meals in the hotel. Chef Kevin is a master and I couldn't get enough of his peppered calamari. I was trying to find a way to smuggle him home with me.

The hotel has a magnificent beach restaurant/private beach only 1/2kms from the hotel. This is where we spent most of our days lazing around - eating and just taking in the gorgeous scenery - a little gem. We were always kept company by Biscuit (Labrador), who is so precious. The late afternoons were spent chilling at the hotel pool where you can spend hours taking in the beautiful view and listening to the cascading waterfall.

We were very sad to leave this beautiful place and will cherish the memories of our stay at Pousada Tauma forever.

Thank you Neville and team for making our holiday so very special!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

A lovely boutique hotel with a family villa atmosphere. The service is really personal with all the staff making our stay feel really special. The food is fantastic with a great choice at both the hotel and the beach side restaurant. The beach restaurant is a gem with great gardens and with a beautiful view of the beach, this was our favourite spot for relaxing. We stayed during a quiet period in November which meant we had the hotel to ourselves so we were a little bit spoilt. Neville is a great host offering insights into Goan way of life and happy to show the sights of the area. We had a fantastic relaxing holiday! Thanks to the Pousada Tauma team.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Perfect service and unbelievable beautiful place. Hotel is at a walking distance (1 km away, transfer on demand) from the private beach. Which is amazingly beautiful and clean. Perfect vacation place. Special thanks for Mathew. He was very helpful and very kind . It was my first visit to Goa.
Really thankful

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Kubix
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

On my first visit to India, I had the good fortune to have stayed in Pousada Tauma. An intimate setting tucked away in an idyllic tropical landscape created by owner Neville Souza Proença.

Pousada Tauma is a gem of a hotel with 11 rooms and suites located in Calangute, Goa. The thoughtfully designed buildings of carved lava rock with traditional Goan tile roofs are located around a pool complete with a waterfall fashioned like a grotto.

The entire staff were gracious and always attentive yet never bothersome. The Head Concierge, Mathew would magically appear at all the right moments to attend our every need.

Neville arranged all of our airport transfers and tours of local churches, shrines, and temples. He drove us personally to his private Goa Beach Restaurant and Cabana, where we could spend a lazy morning or afternoon lounging at the beach with food and drink service under the private cabana. And as a bonus, we were warmly greeted by sweet (Queen) Biscuit, Neville's Labrador Retriever who happily kept us company and reminded of our dear pet at home.

If your looking for a five star, all inclusive retreat in Goa, and enjoy privacy with personal attention of a small hotel, Pousada Tauma is the place to stay.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Martin L
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

we had a lovely time there, so good service and wonderful place to stay in goa. we stayed there for 2 nights. we were sad to leave goa after a great time we had. my wife is so happy. sure we will be back again to have a wonderful time again.

Beautiful place to stay....

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Lampoose
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

We have struggled to find opening words to describe this beautiful boutique hotel situated in Calangute-Goa, beautiful, amazing, perfect are just some words that can be used. Anyone concidering visiting Goa must look no further, read no further reviews as this hotel has everything a guest could possibly want and a lot more you probably have yet to experience.

Its obvious that the very charming owner ''Neville'' has put much thought and effort in developing a paradise oasis for his guests with every little detail covered. The grounds are not only interesting but very well maintained, with daily attendence from cleaning through to gardening and security. The rooms are all separatley themed and a treat for the eyes, they contained everything needed for a comfortable stay and were cleaned every day with a fresh supply of linen, towels and water.

The hotel restaurant was simply divine, cheif Kevin cooked us superb meals everyday, we looked forward to food time! the calamari, their signiture dishes, their squid toast, I can go on and on.....we simply couldnt bring ourselves to want to eat anywhere else than here in the whole of Goa!
One person that needs a special mention is ''Matthew'' our waiter and general person in charge for looking after guests. This gentle well mannered man needs to be clonned and sent to all hotels in the world! we have never been served with such perfection and delicate manner, he wouldn't even raise his voice beyond a certain decibel or tone in fear of disturbing us or the wonderful ambiance the hotel surroundings offer. Matthew made us feel so special with his lovely service, flower arrangements and of course cocktails!

The hotel has recently started to develop a beach guest house which accompanies their private beach and restaurant, which the hotel offer a free shuttle everyday at your leisure. The beach is beautiful and the restaurant divine and the added bonus is you have the sweetest labradore ''Biscuit'' to keep you company everyday, I'm not a fan of dogs but I was quite tearful leaving Biscuit after 3 days, she's quite a character!

Overall, Pousada Tauma is a hotel in a category of its own, its special in every way and that's exacty what the guest feel after spending even a few minutes in the grounds. It has everything a guest could wish for and more. We would highly recommend it and will so to any one going to Goa, we certainly wish to return. Wishing the team every success, keep up the good work!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Iz Y
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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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5  Thank Mayank C
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Additional Information about 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
#9 Luxury Hotel in Calangute
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Calangute
Price Range: $200 - $400 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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