Frequently Asked Questions
Summertime is located on a gentle hill just outside the village of Calangute. It is quite a hidden location on a lane with very little traffic which means peace and privacy for our guests. Of course, when you make a booking with us, we will either give you precise directions or arrange transport for you.
We are located in North Goa, just a few minutes away from bustling Calangute, Candolim and Baga beaches with all their fun restaurants and shops, not to mention long stretches of sandy beaches. A 20 minute drive takes one to either Mapusa or the capital city of Panjim. The beautiful churches of Old Goa are about 45 minutes drive. We are a little over an hour's drive away from Goa's Dabolim Airport.
Best time to visit
The best time to travel to Goa is between November and March, when the weather is dry and relatively cool, the sea is calm and clear, and all the facilities, from resorts and restaurants to beach shacks and night markets, are open for business.
From April until the monsoon rains break in June, the weather gets increasingly hot and humid but on the hill where Summertime is located, there is always a fresh breeze. And then there is Goa monsoon. Almost like clockwork, within the first ten days of June, the rains arrive accompanied by thunderstorms. The monsoons are truly a spectacular experience from the height and comfort of the villa.
Period of operation
Summertime is open all year around!
Just write us an email giving the dates you are looking at and the number of guests with their names and age. Once we receive your enquiry we will check availability of the villa and advice you the price.
If you decide to proceed with the booking, we will send you the booking form and other details.
You will need to pay 30% in advance either by Credit Card or through a Bank Transfer and the balance 2 months prior to your arrival date. We generally only accept bookings for 3 nights or longer. If you have fallen in love with Summertime, but can only come for a shorter time than 3 nights, get in touch – we may just have a gap between two longer bookings where we could accommodate you!
Car & driver
We provide a complimentary arrival transfer for all guests who arrive in Goa by flight at Dabolim airport of by train at either Thivim, Karmali or Margaon railway station. We operate the transfer with a maximum of two air-conditioned cars. The drivers will be instructed to transfer you directly to the villa.
Summertime uses the services of a reliable car rental agency that can provide you with a car and driver (or, if you prefer, a two wheeler) so that you have the freedom to visit the beach or in the evenings sample the many restaurants, night markets or famous clubs in Goa.
You’ll find a folder in the villa in which we have compiled a list of useful information about the interesting things that you could do in Goa.
The villa sleeps a maximum of 6 guests in 2 double and 1 twin bedroom. In order to preserve the spacious feel, we can provide an extra bed in only one of the suites (at extra cost). This makes the maximum number of occupants 7.
Apart from that, we can accommodate one extra child below 6 years old complimentary provided the child shares the bed with the parents or, if the child is under two years of age, in our baby cot.
Smoking is permitted outside in the veranda and gardens. Please do not smoke in the bed rooms and living areas.
The two acres of gardens have landscaped bits, fruit orchards, walking paths and an organic vegetable/herb garden across the road. All of this can be enjoyed by our guests at Summertime. As also the pools (large one for swimming and an adjacent one for lounging), pool deck, pool pavilion and waterfall are open for the guests.
Under the pools is a private apartment - with its own entrance and gardens. This area is clearly marked as private and we expect guests to respect that. Our caretaker has his self contained room just off the kitchen. We ask you to respect his privacy.
Our staff includes a caretaker/manager, cook, house-cleaning staff, gardeners, pool cleaner and security guard. Most of our staff members speak and understand basic English. All of them will help to make your stay a beautiful experience.
The caretaker stays in a room adjoining the kitchen. This bedroom has its own attached bathroom and a television. The caretaker looks also after the kitchen area.
The staff will serve breakfast between 8-10 am, lunch between 1-3 pm, and dinner between 8-10 pm. Please DO NOT ask the staff to serve meals outside these timings. Our staff will rest during the day for 2 hours between 3-5 pm and they will retire by 10 pm at night.
Summertime provides a complimentary breakfast. This includes a wholesome breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea, eggs to order, bread, butter & preserves, cereals and milk.
Goa is all about eating out, and we encourage our guests to explore its variety of local and international cuisine.
If a home cooked meal is desired, we can arrange this (provided we receive sufficient notice ) at an extra cost of Rs 450/- per person for lunch and Rs 750/- per person for dinner. Our lunch menu is light whilst our dinner menu is more extensive. Each day we serve a set menu which is either Goan, Asian, Indian or Continental. All these are our family’s favourites and we are sure you will enjoy them.
The kitchen has a purified water system (Reverse Osmosis) and this will be available free of charge.There is a facility to make hot water and coffee/tea which are also complimentary. The fridge will be stocked with a number of soft drinks, fruit juices, beer and wine. These drinks will be available at extra cost.
In order to protect the swimming pool, you are requested not to take any glass bottles to the pool deck or pavilion but to use only plastic glasses which we will make available to you.
If you have any special requests, you must advise us at the time of booking. Although we will try to accommodate such requests, we regret we cannot guarantee requests will be met.
Our villa has features like swimming pools, steep steps, unfenced drops and undulating gardens so we advise you to fully investigate the suitability of the property before you book. Summertime will not be responsible for any injury arising from any fall etc while you are in residence.
Please also be aware that swimming pools are used at your own risk. Since there is no lifeguard, you will be responsible for your own safety and the members of your group.
We welcome families with children but we must impress that care should be taken at all times, particularly for young children. Some of the landscaped slopes may be slippery for toddlers without a grown-up accompanying them. The swimming pool area is unfenced and there is no lifeguard. It is self supervised and children must have an adult supervising them while swimming. It is advised not to use the pool at night. Please shower before you use the pool.
Elderly or the disabled
The Koi Suite is located on the ground floor and has its own sit-out deck overlooking the waterfall and the koi pond. This suite is ideal for the elderly or disabled.
Even though Summertime is located on a slope of a hill, the villa is designed in such a way that a person in a wheel-chair can also enjoy it. There is a ramp for entering the villa from where you can access the living/dining, the outside dining and of course, the ground floor Koi suite.
The pool pavilion can be accessed by a wheel chair, with an attendant. Help will be needed to go to the pool deck though, where the wheel chair will need to be lifted and taken down/up.
We are sorry that we don’t allow any pets to accompany you. The exception to this is Bubbles. She is a spirited little dog who belongs to us and who cannot be kept away by any fence! She has the run of the grounds but isn’t allowed inside the villa.
The policy at Summertime is not to allow outsiders inside the property. This rule is to ensure the privacy and security of the property and its guests. This includes any outsiders, including friends, casual visitors or any trades-people.
Utility Usage and Environment
Our home is your home while you are on vacation. In an effort to be friendly to the environment, we ask you to think carefully about electricity usage. Air conditioning should never be left on in rooms being unoccupied as it takes just a few minutes to cool a room. Again, AC should never be switched on in rooms with either doors or windows open, this not only defeats the purpose of putting on the air conditioning, but can also lead to premature failure of the air conditioning units as they will be over-working trying to cool a room to a desired temperature that it will never be able to reach. Fans should also be switched off when the room is not being used, as should lights and other electrical items.
The monsoon has been deficient this year in India and Goa is no exception. We therefore request you to refrain from using the bath tubs as they consume a large amount of water. Your cooperation in conserving water is appreciated.
Mosquitoes and other insects
Summertime is located in a well wooded area. Also there are extensive gardens with trees and shrubs. These also attract a number of insects – we love them and call them cute bugs. Inside the house you may at times see some moths or dragon flies and some geckos. These are totally harmless and we request you to let them be. If you are particularly scared of something, one of our staff members will remove it for you.
Like all well wooded areas, Summertime too gets its share of mosquitoes. We request you therefore to keep the doors and windows closed at sunset for an hour which will help prevent the mosquitoes coming indoors. We also burn incense (dhoop/lobaan), a natural mosquito and insect repellent at sunset.
Should you need medical aid, doctors and hospitals are close by. It is always a good idea to carry the medicines you normally need.
There is a yoga centre within easy drive from Summertime. Please ask for timings of classes.
At Summertime, we provide you with fresh bed-linen 3 times a week. We also provide you with pool towels. But do bring along beach towels if you plan to go to the beach.
We're equipped to do light personal laundry for a nominal fee. Dry-cleaning facilities are close by.
Voltage & Power supply
Like elsewhere in India, Goa has 220 volts power supply. Unfortunately, the power situation has not improved much and frequent outages continue to occur. Summertime guests have nothing to fear though as we have a 24 hour full power backup generator.
We provide free Wi-Fi internet access in all the rooms. The reception is reasonably fast but can at times be erratic.
India's currency is the Rupee, abbreviated as Rs. Modern 24-hour ATMs are now found all over Goa. Credit cards are wide accepted, particularly those of MasterCard and Visa. For the safety of your personal belongings, there is an electronic safe in each bedroom of Summertime.
Summertime is our home and therefore is filled with furniture and artefacts that we have collected from round the world. These things therefore have not just monetary but also emotional value to us. We request you and your guests to use the villa and its belongings with care.
All breakages or damages to the accommodation must be reported immediately and these must be paid for locally before vacating the villa. We also reserve the right to charge for damage or breakages not reported and found after departure.
Summertime is located in a quiet and peaceful green and forested area full of birdlife. We kindly request you to respect the environment and keep your noise to acceptable levels. If you wish to play music in the evenings then please do so in a considerate way. Loud music should not be played under any circumstances after 10:30 pm.
The possession and/ or taking of drugs is a serious offence followed by many years in an Indian jail even before a trial. We do not allow drugs to be brought into Summertime for whatever reason. If we suspect that this has occurred, we reserve the right to ask you to vacate the premises without notice.