We are regulars to Goa come rain or shine, just 7 hours road trip, it’s proximity to Poona makes it an ideal getaway. Poona has a growing no of residents owning 2nd homes in Goa and are fast edging out neighbouring Bombay who were the earliest to invest in properties. Delhites are the next wave migrating to Goa and I foresee a mass exodus in the future.
As for us owning a slice of this paradise in Goa has been lost opportunity, we contend ourselves to a home away from home. Gone are the days we would check in at some sterile Hotel reservation and not savour the sights and sounds of Goa. A chance recommendation by Rajan Eklahare who owns TheJungle Resort at Amba, to shift to Olaulim Backyards in North Goa, made us fall in love with the concept of Home Stays. We have never stepped inside the confines of a Hotel ever since and even though we have listed out numerous home stays in Goa, Olaulim Backyards has been our 2nd home for all seasons.
Most Portuguese HOMESTAYS , some over 200 years old are often restored and staying in these HOMESTEADS bring back nostalgia and great experience of Portuguese heritage. Arco Iris is one such luxurious, elegant , over a century old restored homestay in South Goa. The present owners have painted five of the spacious rooms in different pastel colours of the rainbow to which Arco Iris derives its name. After Holy spirit Church in Margao, continue straight via Gogol towards Curtorim . Facing Arco, a narrow road leads right upto a seasonal lake when filled up makes up a picture perfect postcard and birders haven. Home cooked Goan and Portuguese cuisine is meticulously supervised by owners Bennita and Ganesh reflecting the true spirit of homestay.