SHUNYA, GOA



NOI VARO

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An early guest Saul Nasse of the BBC described Noi Naro as being a " lovely fusion of old and new".

This remains an apt description for this century old Portuguese era heritage home in North Goa. Noi Varo is redolent with heritage ambience and yet very contemporary in design. The interiors combine handcrafted furniture and lighting installations with state of the art technology and contemporary design.

For example:
The WC's are designed by Phillippe Starck ; the laundry baskets are hand woven in bamboo by local village women; the rain showers are by Hans Grohe.
With three luxury suites, 3 luxury bathrooms attached to the suites, 2 sleeping lofts and several common indoor and out door lounging spaces, including a tree house, Noi Varo is perfect for group of a maximum of about 10 people. More can muck in if privacy is not an issue.

Pros: Superb location within easy driving distance of the best beaches and night life in North Goa. Unmatched heritage ambience. The interiors have not lost their old world charm as in most heritage resort renovations. Great in house gourmet food cooked by a resident chef and served by a butler. Many common lounging spaces.

Cons: A bit pricey though great value for money if you can afford it. Not a good all night party place. While the thick heritage walls allow you to play loud music indoors as late as you want, partying by the pool is not an option after 10 pm. Not walking distance from the beach.

SELECTED REVIEWS

Saul Nasse, BBC: " a lovely fusion of old and new "

Barrie Mowatt, Founder Vancouver Art Biennale: " on par with the finest star hotels but exceeding them in privacy, exceptional food, individual attention and design..."

Kavita Bhartia, Designer and Owner Ogaan, Elle and Elle Decor India: " you have created a real oasis "

Fiona Caulfield: Author 'Love Travel' series: " the comforts match most five stars and the design exceeds them... "

Vivek Oberoi, Bollywood Star: " What an incredible experience... perfect spot to unwind with family... pampered by the wonderful staff... "


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KAJU VARO

Ashwem beach is arguably the most exclusive, jetset-trendy, happening beach in North Goa. Kaju Varo is almost inarguably the most exclusive 9 bedroom luxury facility in the region.

Pros:
It provides a perfect tranquil escape from the hectic social activity of the beach just 400 m away as the crow flies. Perfect if rented as a whole for Yoga Retreats; Family Reunion Holidays, Corporate Workshops, Small Niche Weddings and just for any group of about 18- 20 people. (When not rented as a whole individual villa-suites may be rented for very reasonable prices by luxury standards. you can even have your own private swimming pool and dining area Get in touch with us and we will help you cut a deal.) Arguably Goa's best fine dining courtesy resident master chefs. Several outdoor pools and lounging places, so larger groups can split up and not be in each others faces 24x7. Child Friendly with baby cots and baby sitting by appointment.

Cons:
Not suitable if you don't like nature. Its located in an orchard with scores of trees and birds and even the occasional troop of monkeys swinging through. Privacy can be impaired if you don't rent the whole place and have a noisy neighbour in the next villa. ( Still very exclusive by beach standards, but not the same as having the whole place to your self.) Definitely not the place if you are a starred hotel resort type who wants reception rooms, manicured gardens and swimming pools with blue tiles. Kaju Varo offers designed minimalist rustic luxury. Its not bang on the beach and has no sea views. You need to walk about 3 minutes to the beach. W actually do not advise staying bang on the beach because of sound pollution at night which makes normal sleep impossible.

REVIEWS:

Conde Naste Traveller: " Best for boutique lovers... "

I-escape.com (award winning site, uk): " Zen Gem "

Harper's Bazaar: " offers the best in luxurious tropical lifestyles...The friendly staff ensure that you every need is catered to, and there is a gourmet chef who churns out the best marinated fish you would have had in a long time. "

Metro: "Kaju Varo is a peaceful gem ...It is the brainchild of an Indian social entrepreneur and a Scandinavian interior designer and the reworked traditional Goan houses are designed with clean lines, minimal decoration and comfy, king-size beds. The head chef knows his fusion too, serving dishes such as mackerel in pomegranate and tequila."

Hotels We Love: Luxury Vagabonding in Goa by Fiona Caulfield : Kaju Varo is the perfect base for a beach holiday. It's a five-minute walk to the beach and ten minutes to the superb La Plage restaurant and glamorous beach boutiques on Ashvem Beach. Vikram and Loise, who created the project, describe the design as minimalist, rooted in functionality and meditative Zen values.

A refined take on the hippie hangout - The Independent (www.independent.co.uk ): ...design-led loft suites with cascading plunge pools...




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