My girlfriend and I have both travelled a lot in Asia, but had always talked about visiting India one day in a bit more style. A few years ago a friend of ours got back from a luxury yoga retreat in Goa and loved it. She recommended the travel company she booked with (KOKOindia) because they arrange lots of different kinds of holidays. And so for the first time, we decided to approach a travel consultancy - and didn’t regret it for a moment.
Joanna (the owner) helped us put together a perfect trip in Rajasthan that suited our budget really well i.e. a good mix of friendly, royal style homestays along with some pretty swanky hotels, which was exactly what we wanted. A couple of our favourites were Samode Palace and Alsisar Haveli in Jaipur. She also gave us a lot of cool tips about places to check out when we were there. (She knows some great restaurants!)
The main thing for us with a limited holiday time of two weeks was that we wanted everything to run as smoothly as possible and India can definitely be a bit unpredictable at times. We felt incredibly looked after and the holiday was one we will never forget. We have been looking into a return trip later this year, this time for a Goa break, and saw the mention of KOKOindia. We will be booking through them again and cant recommend them highly enough. Apart from anything, KOKOindia know some seriously romantic places ;-)
Parvati beach huts are located on Palolem beach in south Goa at the quieter northern end of the beach. They have seven beach huts and ours had a spring mattress with our own attached shower/wc room. Free WiFi for the guests. They were clean and fairly priced.
Goa home rental is a upmarket charming villa in north Goa close to the Mapusa-calangute road on the edge of Parra village in Guirim village.
I recommend it as its a spacious three bedroom villa in a gated community (with 24hr security) with a pool for adults and kids. The villa itself has shinny furnishings, furnished kitchen, nice bathrooms. Staff are friendly and were ever willing to please our needs e.g. taxi, sightseeing trips etc.
Location is walking distance to bus stop with easy access to beaches, night and Wednesday flea markets, churches, restaurants, pubs, etc.
We were three couples and each had a bed room/shower to ourselves, pretty spacious. In the mornings the local breadman would bring in fresh Goan Pao (local bread). We were dining out every evening even though there were ample cooking pots, pans, cutlery, crockery etc. Dining in Mapusa Market was at a coffee shop called Xaviers serving Goan dishes mainly, lovely shakes, chilled beers, nice food and fantastic prices. Brittos in Baga has nice food including souza lobos on Calangute beach.
9 White Square Nirvana, Demello Vaddo, Parra-Guirim Road, Guirim 403507, Bardez,Goa
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