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12 Classy Homestays In West India For An Idyllic Stay

You love to move around exploring the unexplored, yet the cozy comfort of a home never really leaves you. Tending to all your accommodation woes are homestays in India that make a perfect escape, way better than conventional hotels. The modern homestays are far too modish; luxe enough to give leading hotels a run for their money.

Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat comprise West India. Besides budget and luxury resorts and hotels, there are a number of homestays in West India, a few of which tower above the contemporaries. Their scoring points could be anything, from comfort and luxury to the way they treat their guests and the customized activities they offer.

Also, most of these homestays keep a distance from the chaotic city environment. A mere look, feel of the property, and offerings could tempt you into a stay there.

Here are the best of West India homestays.

1. Capella – A boutique homestay tucked in the forested hill

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Forested hill, secluded space, and a slumbering village in sight! Capella guesthouse in North Goa is an escape into the wilderness in the Mecca of Indian holiday destinations. The homestay’s close proximity to Calangute, Baga, and Anjuna Beach reiterates the fact that you aren’t too far from the city.

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The homestay has all the amenities starting from spacious AC rooms, coffee dispenser, swimming pool, board games, and library. Other luxuries can also be availed by paying extra charges. There are three types of rooms offered:

Magnolia – room overlooking the courtyard with private balcony and a private gate opening into the forest

Heliconia – room overlooking the pool, mountains, and nature beyond with a separate seating space

Frangipani – room on the ground floor exclusively for couples, preferably sought after by those traveling with elderly parents

For more details on their website.

Activities: Bird-watching tours, dolphin/backwater river cruises, foot massage, South Goa heritage homes tour, South Goa spice plantation tour.

Tariff: INR 3000 per night onwards approximately

About the host: Jamshed and Ayesha are the hosts at Capella. Along with them their 13-year-old son and an assortment of pets live in the house.

2. The Secret Garden – Slip into the home of peace and tranquility

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Thinking of lying on a hammock while reading a magazine, listening to the chirp of birds around, and allowing the sun to play hide and seek from behind the shredded pine leaves! Live your fantasy at The Secret Garden. A stay here means you would be treated to some exceptional hospitality and great in-house services.

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Other facilities include hammocks, lounges, library, swimming pool, and wifi come. More details can be found on their website.

Activities: Private yoga, Latin dance classes, BBQ, Private heritage tours, scooter and bicycle hire, and water activities are available.

Tariff: INR 4000 per night onwards approximately

About the host: Helene – Derrick Menezes and their children Harvey and Havana-Kay are your hosts at The Secret Garden. The homestay is Menezes’ ancestral home.

3. Casa Serendip – Feels so homely in the heart of Mapusa

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At Casa Serendip, all the cottages look unique. They are designed and decorated differently, but look equally pretty and homely. Located on the ground of Portuguese Villa in the Mapusa town of North Goa, the homestay is enclosed by a lush green garden with mango, palm, banana, chickoo, and bamboo trees around.

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The dense garden ensures the property is well-shaded from all around. The gracious rooms are well-maintained, tidy, and offer a homely environment to its guests, which underlines the fact that Casa Serendip Homestay is a popular stay option when you are in Goa. The home containing antique furniture has a history of over 600 years.

Tariff: INR 4000 per night onwards approximately

About the host: Pinto-Braganza family run the Casa Serendip Homestay. The village happens to be named after them.

4. Olaulim Backyards – Another secluded escape near Panjim

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At the end of an exciting day in Goa, you will always want to return back to a comforting retreat that soothes you and takes away all the weariness. Olaulim Backyards, located in the Olaulim village, some 11 km from Panaji city, is that kind of a place. The homestay run by the Indian-Finnish couple has a set of 3 pretty cottage well adorned with antique and decor. The unique views of paddy fields and coconut groves create an awesome spectacle around; a sight that you can keep watching all day long.

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This pleasant stay by the Goan backwaters is the perfect place to hang out if you are looking forward to a different stay experience in Goa. And your favorite beaches – Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Anjuna, Vagator are a 30-minute drive.

Activities: Swimming, kayaking, fishing, canoeing, cycling, nature trails, and bird watching

Tariff: INR 4500 per night onwards (October to May) and INR 4000 per night (June to September)

About the host: Pirkko and Savio Fernandes are the owners at Olaulim Backyards. The couple has 2 children Manuel and Shameena and 3 dogs for their company in the house.

5. Mawi Infinity Villa – What-a-pleasant stay in Arambol!

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Arambol is certainly one of the most popular beaches in Goa. The fascinating sunset view and mud bath in Arambol make it an eye candy for tourists. If you want to stay in the vicinity of the beach, you can’t overlook Mawi Infinity Villa, which is a 2-minute walk from the beach. The sea facing villa in the traditional Fisherman’s Village (that’s what Arambol is locally known as) offers most of the basic in-house facilities sought by a traveler.

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The huge living space has an attached kitchen that tends to all your gastronomic cravings, while outdoor eating space provides a perfect dining experience in the company of refreshing sea breeze. Not to forget the plush interiors of the home will make your stay pleasant one. A swimming pool in the campus and a perfect rooftop with majestic sea view and pool view make Mawi Infinity Villa the stay you have been looking all this while.

Tariff: INR 14,500 per night for couples – single room
INR 50,000 per night for 8 guests – whole villa

About the host: Marry is the host of Mawi Infinity Villa who has been a thoroughly amazing host, tending to small needs of the fellow guests

6. Casa Tropicana – Villa Caroline – A home away from home

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Tucked in the picture-perfect surroundings of Dona Paula region, the Casa Tropicana Villa Caroline homestay has all the requisites to make your stay a pleasant one. The homestay grants splendid views of Dona Paula Bay and the ships around the Mormugao harbor.

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Sophisticated interiors and the large sit-out area must be mentioned, for they enhance the aesthetic beauty of the homestay. Other noteworthy features include en-suite bathrooms, wireless internet, mini-bar, outdoor swimming pool, and sundeck garden. You can always contact them on their website for more a detailed information.

Tariff: INR 15000 per night onwards

About the host: Enjoy one of the most comfortable stays in Goa in the able hosting of Bryan.

Remember, the rates of the homestays in Goa vary according to the season. Don’t forget to check with the respective owners of the house or before you make a booking.

Homestay in Diu

7. Heranca Goesa – For a quick access to the best of Diu

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If you are looking for a homestay in Gujarat in budget range then Heranca Goesa homestay could be your best bet. Comfortable space, quiet and relaxing environs and wonderful hosts make your stay in Diu a memorable one. The homestay is run by a sweet fun loving Indo-Portuguese family who is known for their prompt service.

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Activities: As you plan a stay here you get an uninterrupted access to caves, virgin beaches, the Diu Fort, bus terminal, and Portuguese Churches nearby. The only renowned homestay in Diu is truly a traveler’s delight. Read what happy travelers on TripAdvisor said about their stay.

About the host: Gomes & da Cruz family are the perfect hosts who treat you like one of their family members taking care of all your little requirements.

Homestays in Maharashtra

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