Remember when Goa used to mean a real getaway, instead of meeting the same people you wanted to get away from? Well, that still exists. At Summertime, a luxury holiday rental villa, there are no intrusions into your bubble of privacy – other than birdsong.
Secluded, yet very easy to get to from Calangute beach, Summertime perches on a hill, overlooking paddy fields and two acres of lush tropical gardens, shared with birds, butterflies and peace. A large infinity pool overlooks the gardens and the valley, a waterfall and a koi pond.
Inside, a double-height living-dining area is filled with light and breeze. The three generous master suites have palatial bathrooms and the choicest of furniture sourced from our travels to Bali and other places in India. Fully staffed with a cook, gardeners and security, Summertime is perfect for a family or a group of friends. Though Summertime has been designed to give six guests a serene experience, the views and its abundance of delightful nooks make this villa a perfectly romantic getaway too.
For that reason, Summertime has just been awarded Best Romantic Boutique Hotel 2016, a global award presented by World Boutique Hotel Awards (WBH) – and that for a villa not designed by professional hoteliers, but by two fans of travel (and Goa!) who simply wanted to share the Goa they knew, in a manner that was natural, private and relaxing, but also sumptuously comfortable.