Tucked away down a narrow red mud lane, flanked by a meandering river, Casa Colvale is arguably Goas best kept secret. The village of Colvale itself bears the rustic charm of a Goa gone by, covered by expanses of lush paddy fields and the gentle wash of the Chapora river. It is steeped in history as far back as the second century and while it was an important defence station during colonial times, has relaxed into a kind of permanent holiday-like stupor that is bound to charm the socks off any city-based traveller. But its not so far from the throb of Goas famous nightlife to be completely cut off. Casa Colvale literally offers the best of both worlds.
Accommodation: Here you have a small boutique hotel furnished with beauty of dcor and locale. Casa Colvale offers two categories of rooms Star and Favourite all fully air-conditioned with LCD televisions and a choice of gorgeous views of the river, pool or forest. Hand-picked furniture from antique stores and other collectibles make each room unique, and common areas such as the lounge and restaurant are gifted with excellent vistas. Star rooms at Casa Colvale open out to private pools and youll find tranquillity at every corner.
Dining: Its hard to find fine dining at your doorstep when youre off the beaten track, but at Casa Colvale you never have to worry. Enjoy cocktails and hors doeuvres at the Riverview bar shaded by coconut palms, and long lazy dinners at the Riverside restaurant that offers a range of Italian, Continental and Indian fine dining. Breakfast is best in the common lounge where the view of the river adds a zest to each fresh new day, but really, you could have it anywhere you please.
Facilities: Casa Colvale is the ideal location for an intimate destination wedding in Goa. There are sprawling lawns at the entrance of the hotel that will be simply perfect for a quiet ceremony and celebratory meal for family and close friends. The hotel also has massage rooms with a separate shower, toilet and steam room with a view of the Chapora river.
Activities: It might be Goas best kept secret, but Casa Colvale has tons to offer. Just 30 minutes away is the famous Baga-Calangute strip, and not much further you can watch the sunset at La Plage in Ashvem and head on to nightclubs like Marbela for a riotous evening. You could float down the river in a houseboat, watch crocodiles basking in the sun or spend some time fishing. And if youd like something extra special, break open some bubbly on a sunset cruise all the way to Morjim.Get the full listing »