We stayed at Bougainvillea for two days in May 2014 and found it to be an absolute haven of comfort, quiet, and beauty, plus an outstanding (and unusual) level of hospitality. The bed was large and comfortable, the room was exceptionally clean, the air conditioning was equal to the challenge of the very hot weather, and the entire building is charming and picturesque. We stayed in other places in India that cost more for much less -- we had such a wonderful time that we'd pick Bougainvillea again in a heartbeat!
It is a short walk to the beach and old Fort buildings -- very scenic and beautiful.
The food was great -- a standard English breakfast (we were a little surprised that there wasn't an Indian breakfast option), and then a custom prepared dinner designed in consultation with the chef! He asked what we liked and came up with some truly delightful dishes: a shrimp curry and some really excellent grilled fish. Everything was made to order! Lovely!
The owner, Lorenzo, and all of the staff were genuinely friendly, taking an interest in helping us enjoy our stay to the fullest extent. The ocean sands was a bit polluted with tar from a recent rain, and Lorenzo was quick to offer kerosene to effectively clean it off our feet, personally supervising. One evening I mentioned an interest in ice cream, and he immediately offered to drive us down to Baskin Robbins and wait while we bought ice creams! Wow! He always had time for the smallest concern. We wished that our entire visit to India could have been at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bougainvillea Guest House Goa is built with a Portuguese colonial mansion in mind, the perfect luxury for your holiday. This idyllic location is one of North Goa's very much sought after holiday destinations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bougainvillea Guest House Goa Hotel Candolim
- Bougainvillea Guest House Goa Candolim