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Divar Island Guest House Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Divar Island B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 December 2013

I travelled Goa last month with my wife and little kid. We stayed 5 nights in main city and chose to stay in Divar Island for rest 2 nights. Most of the travelers to Goa are not aware of this beautiful world named Divar Island as it offers great peace and scenic views. Divar Island guest house retreat is not a commercial hotel however offers you great comfort and homely atmosphere. The best part about our trip to Divar was LUKU the Manager of this guest house, who would make things so comfortable for you that you would not realize that you are meeting him for the first time. For us he was the key differentiator in our overall experience at Divar Island guest house. It’s a must go place for people who wish to stay little away from city's hustle bustle and enjoy peace. We really enjoyed the experience of ferry ride to cross the river while moving towards city and lots of greenery. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would recommend travelers to certainly consider this option during their stay in Goa.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We found this guesthouse by chance when driving through Divar, looking for somewhere to stay. Divar is one of the most stunning places in Goa, far away from the usual tourist hang outs and offering a far more authentic Goan experience.

Staying with the Bostocks is more like staying with old family friends than in a hotel. They try hard to incorporate you into the family, sharing meals and taking guests into town with them when they go for drinks.

The house is beautiful, with lovely common areas and a great pool. The rooms are perfectly proportioned with decent bathrooms and fabulous beds / mattresses, we slept really well.

There aren't many eating options on the island so you will inevitably have most of your meals at the house. Luku - the manager - was amazingly accommodating, even letting us cook our own veggies one night.

All in all, a lovely place, amazing value for money and a warm loving family - just don't stay here if you like to be alone!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank LizzieLucyChapman
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

My wife and I were looking for a quiet and a peaceful place to stay in Goa that was also well connected with Panjim and north & south Goa. And we seriously got much more than we could have ever asked for!
Divar is a beautiful island across Old Goa, separated by the river mandovi, and you if you happen to visit Goa in August, please do not forget to visit the Bonderam festival that happens on the island around this time.
Aarti, Jan and their wonderful family are arguably the best hosts we've ever had a chance to stay with! They have done up their house with a great degree of love and affection, and the same amount of warmth goes in the food that is cooked in the house every day.
My wife and I had made great 'places and beaches to visit in Goa' plans ahead of our arrival. We ended up staying back at Divar for the most part however!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank advisorpandeyji
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

This place is truly a "Home away from home"..The Bostocks are truly a friendly bunch and U have to get them to interest you with all their lovely stories:)Their home is great,clean,comfortable and totally relaxing!!!The pool in the house is a plus point,although u can just hang around and enjoy the quiet...The food is absolutely delicious!!and the hosts go out of their way to have it prepared as per your liking and served at your convenience(we had kids with us)Definitely a place worth a visit

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank AstridCarvalho
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

I was introduced to this place by a friend from Bangalore.That day and today, i coudnt stay anywhere else in GOA!. For me, its a place to get total rejuvenation and peace. Jan, Jean , Aarti and My lil angels, Aanya & Alisha ! These are my family members thr! I cant afford to miss my friends . LUKU (a Beautiful Heart), Sandeep ( Never missed a thing to make to comfortable), Sanu & Deep ( 2 amazing bloody Chefs - Speciality "BANGRA FISH & RAVA FRIED PRAWNS") and my dearest of them all "SIMBA"!

For the guests who are reading this, experience it all by visiting it once. you will understand why i call it "MY SECOND HOME" !

P.s : - This month, i have visited this place for 4 weekends with my girlfriend and i had the best of time every time!

LOVE
Shoki

Room Tip: Pool side view is my favorite!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Shokimalik
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Reviewed 1 September 2013 via mobile

The Bostocks are one of a kind with a smile in everything they do. Its been nearly a month since wee have been there and we already want to go back. It was a wonderful experience overall and deserves nothing else but 5 stars. Please correct the location on thee website from Panjim to divar...........

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

My Husband Ben and I live in Goa and wanted a weekend away in Goa itself. Divar island Retreat run by Jan and Arati is a beautiful old Portuguese style house, beautifully designed and maintained. People are friendly, the rooms are luxurious and the retreat has a nice pool to relax. The food was authentic and served with attention and warmth. This place is an excellent option away from the crowded beaches, very relaxing and a total treat! Strongly recommend even during the monsoons.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MeetuBen
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Address: 45, Piedade, Divar Island 403403, India
Region: India > Goa > North Goa District > Divar Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Divar Island
Price Range: £69 - £119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Divar Island Guest House Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our home and a new state of mindfulness! We believe in ‘now’. Come and experience living in an antique Indo-Portuguese house which behaves like a retreat for the soul. We welcome you to take a holiday or a break at our home and experience the old Goan way of life on one of the last protected parts of Goa in terms of flora, fauna and culture. We do not have a menu and will not give you bills all the time, but we welcome you to wander off to where the Wifi is weak. We are in an island called Divar where the sounds of birds are still more audible than the vehicles and man. The island is accessible by ferries on the Mandovi River from Old Goa, which has the historic capital of the state during the Portuguese times. Our home is a few hundred years old and we have maintained it to hold the grandeur while upgrading it to incorporate modern luxuries as well. We have rooms, a dining hall, a swimming pool, a bar, a shuttle court, a duck pond, a meditation spot and so on for the use of our guest. We do try to remind everyone that this is not a hotel or a resort but a high end home which operates the way an affluent family use to live in the age of the past. The guests have plenty of activities in the house as well as the island from bird watching to fishing and also savouring a fine scotch to a session of Bob Dylan poetry appreciation. We like to live in the now and invite you to experience this through your holiday. We have a program called ‘Mindfulness’ at the Island House and this is a unique mechanism which has been designed for the traveller to live the experience of this holiday to the fullest. If you are interested in knowing more about this program, please get in touch with us. ... more   less 
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