When at the end of the year, you plan to hit GOA for obvious reasons, you can explore a new boutique hotel, Summertime Villa…Let me introduce you to Summertime villa in Goa, Asia’s Most Romantic Boutique Hotel 2016, winner of World Boutique Hotel Awards in London! A luxury hilltop villa in Goa with tropical gardens, koi pond, and infinity pool. Total privacy in a secluded location, yet close to the famous beaches on the coast of North Goa. Summertime is also a preferred sanctuary for Bollywood celebrities who want to escape the paparazzi for some me-time.
Summertime villa in Goa makes a winning combination of a location close to north Goa’s hotspots yet surrounded by two peaceful acres of lush tropical gardens. This sort of generous private space is simply unheard of in Goa, especially in north Goa. The two acres are spread around the villa in such a way that maximum amount of privacy is assured, as several high-profile celebrities have discovered.
Summertime is built in contemporary Bali style, the preferred holiday destination of the owners. Large glass walls bring in views of the two pools and every window and door opens out to stunning greenery. The double height living room is the heart of the villa. A large rattan and wood sofa flanked by deep armchairs invites hours of convivial catching up with family members and friends. Summertime villa perches on a hilltop just outside Calangute overlooking paddy fields and a lush tropical garden. It is a rare luxury villa which enjoys two acres of private gardens, shared with birds, butterflies and tranquillity which is fast disappearing even from Goa. There is a large infinity pool which overlooks the gardens and the valley, a waterfall and a koi pond.
The three massive suites of 75 sq meters each are all done up in happy colours and hand-picked furniture from Bali and from other places from the owners’ travels. There is a large separate wall to wall wardrobe, exquisitely done large bathrooms with walk-in showers and twin vanities. Just outside the Koi suite is the large koi pond where colourful koi fish await some snacks. A burbling waterfall ends in the koi pond and this presence of water is a huge attraction to birds, both resident and migratory.
Another strong presence is of books, books and more books. In a bright corner of the living room is a Bibliochaise – a chair built around a mini-library. Obviously, the house belongs to big-time readers and their collection keeps on expanding.
The impressive frontage of Summertime overlooks the large infinity pools. Folks who want to do laps can do so in the whopping 14 x 7-meter length while the lazy swimmers can perch on the benches built inside the main pool overlooking the gardens or immerse themselves in the smaller lounge pool.
Summertime is fully staffed with an amazing cook, a very versatile caretaker and well-trained housekeeping staff. The grounds care for three staff members who live in a charming bungalow at the bottom of the property. Summertime’s staff and the wonderful food has also been a huge highlight and just about every guest leaves raving about the quality service and food.
Summertime’s owners also run the Solita, a classic luxury yacht available for exclusive charter. A completely different way of exploring Goa, the Solita will take you out to sea to spot dolphins and down Goa’s secret backwaters and past quaint villages – an experience from a more elegant time.
Both the Solita and Summertime can transport you into a novel world, into the Goa you dream about, one filled with balmy sea breezes, soothing greenery, gently lapping water and birdsong.