Sleeps 5. 2 Bedrooms. 2 Baths.
Here is something a bit different in South Goa. Our first floor apartment is in a private house in a quiet residential area of Benaulim overlooking a superb view of paddy fields and palm plantations. It is ideal for those who do not want the usual busy holiday complex with pool and so it is perhaps more suited to the maturer visitor... but of course families with children are more than welcome. It is 5 minutes by tuk-tuk (10 minutes by bicycle) from the fabulous Benaulim beach which is itself in the centre of the 13 mile long 'Queen of Beaches'.
There are many excellent beach restaurants at Benaulim beach with every kind of food available at extremely good prices. In Benaulim itself there are also a number of excellent well-priced restaurants.
The apartment is beautifully furnished with fans in every room and A/C and European style sprung mattresses in both bedrooms. The main bedroom has a King size double bed and the second bedroom has two single beds. There is also a camp bed available with bedding for a possible fifth visitor. We use this spacious apartment ourselves as a home from home for 2 months of the year and so all mod cons are there. Included in these are a washing machine, drying rack, all towels and linen, hob, microwave, large fridge/freezer, Sky TV, DVD player, large free-standing fan, iron and ironing board etc.
One of the most attractive features of the property is the full property length balcony accessed either from the main bedroom, the kitchen or the living room via big French windows. The second bedroom has its own private balcony and there is also a front terrace. From the main balcony there is a superb peaceful 180 degree view from which one can watch the amazing birdlife, water buffalo etc.
On the very sunny roof terrace we have two quality cushioned sunbeds and umbrellas. Also included in the overall price is collection from the airport, use of an Indian pay-as-you-go mobile phone (with far cheaper calls overseas than your own mobile) and a welcome pack of basic food, water and beer in the fridge to get you started. There are two bicycles downstairs should you feel so inspired, as the roads in the area are flat.
The property's owner, a lovely lady, lives on the ground floor and is available to assist at any time if necessary. For a two week stay or more, the apartment would be cleaned and mopped through on a weekly basis. This is included in the cost.
If you are not familiar with Goa, Benaulim is situated centrally in what we feel is the best (for many reasons) part of South Goa which is itself far nicer than the North which is very much more commercialised and more expensive for everything... so if you do fancy Goa then you genuinely could not do much better. It is about 30 minutes from the airport. PLEASE NOTE: COLLECTION FROM THE AIRPORT IS AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE IF WANTED.
Margao, the main city of South Goa, is 15 minutes away by tuk-tuk if you need something that is not available locally and/or want to experience the delightful chaos of an Indian city! It is well worth a visit.
From the UK, Goa itself can be accessed by daily scheduled flights from Heathrow via Mumbai. This is the cheapest way. Direct charter flights into Goa are also possible between the beginning of November to mid April from Manchester and Gatwick. Please note that for charter flights you had best get seats booked early as there are only a limited number of flights per week and they tend to get booked up fairly quickly with regular ‘Goa Goers’.
So if you fancy an apartment in South Goa different from those usually being offered you will not go wrong with ours.
Top Traveller Review
Perfect flat for families
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Guestbook comments from the manager
Lovely first floor apartment with air conditioning! Very clean and well equipped with lovely views onto an area with many birds including the beautiful kingfisher! Great terrace to chill out on and roof terrace for private sunbathing. TV and DVD player. Nice and quiet. About a mile from glorious golden sandy beaches, all of which can be easily accessed using the cheap local tuk-tuks. Really good and welcoming beach shacks serving wonderful and cheap local food. Very colourful local life!
I have already been several times before and am looking forward to returning again in December!
5 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
Perfect flat for families
We had a fantastic time in Goa staying at this wonderful apartment. We appreciated all the help from Sandra and the driving by Franco and his brother. The kids loved the rickshaw rides especially and the beautiful beaches. The flat was perfect for us (family of four with two little kids) with spacious master bedroom with A/C and twin bedroom for kids, washing machine and comfortable living room. We already miss watching the water buffalo and listening to the birds in the morning on the balcony. It was a great location between Colva and Benaulim beaches. With the added benefit of Sandra's considerable help and attention, groceries when we arrived. She and Franco were invaluable for us. Having 2 little kids, we were particularly pleased with having a comfortable home to return to after a long day at the beach or a long car trip to the sights (temples, churches, spice plantation). The little things really made a huge difference-- whether it was the cell phone to ring Franco for a ride, the bike (with a nice basket) or all the pamphlets with things to do in the area. Plus it was so nice to interact with locals on a daily basis and not feel like we were in a bubble!
A wonderfully appointed apartment in a very pleasant location.
My friends & I thoroughly enjoyed our week long stay, and wished it had been longer. The apartment's numerous terraces mean you can always sit in either sun or shade. The rear terrace overlooking the paddy field is particularly pleasant on an evening with a nightly display of Egrets, Storks, Eagles, Kites & Water Buffalo. Sandra & her son William, who live directly below are delightful people & very helpful. The neighbourhood has a few noisy dogs, but the same can be said for most of Goa!
Several beaches are within easy reach, our favourite was the quieter Sernabatim (may have spelt that wrong??) beach.
'Super Goan Apartment'
Lovely first floor apartment with air conditioning! Very clean and well equipped with wonderful views onto paddy fields with many birds including the beautiful kingfisher! Great terrace to chill out on and a further roof terrace for private sunbathing. TV and DVD player. Nice and quiet but only a mile away from glorious golden sandy beaches, all of which can be easily accessed using the cheap local tuk-tuks. There are several good and welcoming beach shacks serving wonderful and cheap local food, Blue Corner being one of the best! There are also some very good restaurants in Benaulim village itself which are nice to frequent in the evening, after a long day on the beach! A very colourful local life, and a interesting wider area to explore!
I have already been several times and am looking forward to returning again in December!
I would highly recommend it to anyone!
Benaulim my second home.
My next visit will be my 8th to Benaulim one day I hope to spend the winters there, I never tire of this beautiful part of the globe.
Teresa's and Nigel's apartment is lovely, close to all amenities and the beach, yet far enough away to be peaceful, set amongst old colonial houses, the views from the back of the property are stunning, overlooking marshland, rice fields and greenery, hours can pass by watching the water buffalo, kingfishers and wildlife, the large verandah is the perfect place to start and end the day, sometimes it's hard to move!
Benaulim is a village in southern Goa set behind 17k of beach, it is a riot of colour,activity and untouched beauty, the beach has many and varied shacks all offering wonderful dishes at ridiculously cheap prices, also the village has some fine restaurants. Of all the shacks Blue corner is my favourite, over the years the owner Raj his sister Shila and all the staff have become good friends, this year I will once again be spending 3 weeks with them all.
Walking for miles along the beach is a must do, as is getting up early at least once to watch and help the fishermen drag the nets in while they chant.
Discovering the rest of Goa is easy and cheap, scooters for local bombing about on and taxis for longer trips, both are very cheap and the driver is yours for the day.
To sum up Teresa and Nigel's Goan home, it's a hidden treasure and is rapidly becoming my second home, one of which I will never tire.
Goa in November 2014
Cris and Gary Moore
This is the third time we have stayed at this apartment and the experience is one of absolute relaxation and comfort. The apartment is really top drawer with all the facilities of home available. It is very spacious, comfortable and is equipped with air conditioning.
The apartment is the complete upper floor of a large house that is established within its own walled gardens. There is a further sun terrace on the roof area, which all together provides substantial, peaceful holiday accommodation that boasts wonderful views across the wetlands where an abundance of wildlife can be watched in the early evening light as you relax with a nice cold drink at the end of your day.
The short trip to the beach is easily completed either on foot, or with the services of Franco the taxi driver, who will be at your service with a phone call or by arranging with him your pick up times. He is very reliable and very friendly, a define asset as he will assist in arranging for day trips out to the Spice farm, Panjim city, the Dudhsagar falls, night markets and fishing boat trips as required. He will also take you to other areas of Goa such as the north beaches of Candolim etc. You can negotiate the price for these excursions and we can attest they are not expensive at all.
Booking the apartment is very easy done and there are no surprises or problems to be found. Franco is at hand waiting for you at the airport to take you to the apartment and this makes the hustle and bustle of the airport arrivals area very easy to cope with. We are looking forward to visiting again soon and would have no hesitation at recommending this apartment in Benaulim, as a very special holiday destination in Goa.
Lovely apartment with free pick up from airport
I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends and family. The apartment is clean and tidy and includes many extras and personal touches such as essentials (including beer!) in the fridge on arrival. The free pick-up from the airport is a huge bonus and makes the transition much easier as the airport is very crowded and can be confusing, with lots of people offering to carry your luggage for you and then wanting a fiver for the privilege – even though it is only a few meters to the carpark. Our driver met us at arrivals and led us easily thought this crowd to the waiting car.
The apartment has 2 bedrooms with air conditioning (1 double and 1 twin), 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies and a sunny roof terrace. There is a washing machine and the kitchen has full mod-cons, the TV has sky and there are many DVD’s to watch and books to read. The apartment is managed by a lovely lady called Sandra who lives downstairs and is happy to assist with anything you might need.
It is in a quiet residential street - away from other tourists, with beautiful countryside views yet only 5mins by tut-tut from Benaulim town centre and the beach! You could easily walk it or use the 2 bicycles provided, but as the tut-tut was so cheap and the driver, Franko, so friendly we arranged all of our trips through him on the local mobile phone provided with the apartment.
Goa is an amazing holiday destination and the beach at Benaulim is just gorgeous and I spent most of my time there – my favourite beach shacks were Blue Corner with the entertaining Del-Boy with his cockney accent, and The Mahal which had better prices and just as friendly service – but without the cockney accent! I would recommend the early morning (8.30ish) dolphin spotting trips, and visits to Dudhsagar waterfall and nature reserve, Anjuna market in the north for bargains galore (Wednesday’s only), the historic houses, and the spice plantation tour where you can feed/wash/ride an elephant! All arranged through Franko who also has access to an air-conditioned car for longer journeys. There are plenty of notes and guides to local attractions left by the owners to help you make the most of your stay.
We went at Christmas which is just as popular in this catholic part of India as it is here. It was lovely to see all the ‘cribs’ (Nativity scenes on a grand scale) by the roadside made by local groups unveiled on Christmas Eve. We had curry on the beach for Christmas Dinner :-)
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
25 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season 2017
1 May 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- bird watching
- sight seeing
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- Main bedroom en-suite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bathroom is a 'Wet' shower room (i.e no specific enclosure)
- Bathroom adjacent double room - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Comprises Toilet, Wash basin & hot water 'Wet' Shower area
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, Child bed is a sturdy camp bed (available from storage)
- Main Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, Has double wardrobe, 5 drawer chest, dressing & bed tables
- Bedrooms have fully sprung European style mattress... not the usual Indian style mattresses that thin and as hard as a rock!
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