Vivenda dos Palhacos, Goa, India
Just a short walk from south Goa's loveliest white, sandy beach, Vivenda dos Palhacos is a beautifully restored Hindu-Portuguese hacienda with bags of character. Tucked down a coconut-fringed cul-de-sac in the peaceful village of Majorda, it has just five ensuite bedrooms, a self-contained cottage and a tented room in the grounds, as well as a graceful Grecian pool complete with wooden sun loungers.
Walk for 10 minutes and find yourself at a long talcum-powder beach, visit the legendary Doodh Sagar Falls and enjoy sociable breakfasts around the large outdoor table. Come evening, feast on authentic Goan dinners by candlelight under vaulted rafters.
Rates: Rooms from £56 per night (plus 16% tax), based on two sharing.
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