Found my piece of heaven
Submitted: December 1, 2011
Stayed: November 2011
I have just returned from staying near Dona Paula in Goa
and thought I should share my experience with fellow travelers to this area.
Being from within the hotel industry the last thing I wanted to do was to stay in yet another hotel and was seeking a peaceful break were I could come and go as I pleased and find solitude when needed or the company of others or the experience of a different culture , landscape or adventure when the need arose.
As a base I selected a property called Tamarind house, a private residence that is for hire and is set in Vainguinim Valley the house has its own pool, lounge, kitchen etc is well maintained and comfortable with as I was to find importantly air conditioning available in all rooms. Tamarind has a beach approx 300 yards away and close access to two large hotels within walking distance. What a delight.
One of my main worries was how transportation would work and how and were to shop if I found I needed anything or fancied staying at home and making my own meals, the answer was there to meet me in the form of Durga and his family who look after the house and answered my questions, put me at ease and even went shopping for me, One day his wife went to the local port very early, bought me some freshly caught fish and made me a delightful authentic king fish curry. I had heard Goan's were famous for their fish dishes and I was not let down. When I needed transport, no problem a taxi was summoned for me at very reasonable prices.
Having access to the same driver for most of my stay also worked well as he was an informative tour guide also and took me crocodile spotting, to a spice farm with Elephants you can interact with and to the famous landmarks in the area and then to the Anjuna Wednesday market to buy my gifts for home, I think I got quite adept at haggling by my return home.
In summary I can highly commend this property, its staff and the area to anyone seeking similar experiences to me
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