It was a pleasant stay at Villa Olive Goa, the hospitality was upto the mark, we had flexible check in & out timings too; perfect getaway staycation. The accommodation facility was decent enough and the overall experience makes me wanna visit again.
Increasingly visitors are ditching the beach and heading inland for a more authentic flavour of Goa. Be it living, food, culture or history, travellers with nomadic instincts are seeking alternate experiences in traditional Goan villages and local culture. And The Only Olive is one such truly immersive experience in Goan village life. It's quiet, quaint, and quintessentially Goan. Stayed here twice between February & March 2019 and would be back again soon.
Very homely accomodation, well located yet away from the hustle bustle of Goa. Inland Goa offers a host of activities to indulge in, and the Only Olive is a great place to do that. Definitely recommend staying here.
We stayed at The Only Olive during the first week of October 2017. We had a fantastic time as a family. We had the run of the house since the other rooms weren't occupied at the time. We were particular about staying away from the regular haunts and The Olive Olive fitted the bill admirably. Santosh and family did a fabulous job taking care of us. He set a very good vegetarian table for every meal, checking with us before-hand what we would prefer. The only suggestion -- It would be good to have a geyser in the bathroom; the solar heater does not stand a chance during the monsoon. Consecutive cloudy days and we do not have hot water for bath. With multiple beach visits, the kids needed the hot water and the bathtub sort of became redundant. Although Santosh managed to heat up some water on the stove, it just was not enough for the family. All in all, it was a very good stay and I thank the Linger team and Santosh for their hospitality.…
The Only Olive is a beautiful heritage villa with a fantastic garden in a rather calm neighbourhood. The bedrooms are spacious and clean, the living room is perfect for hosting dinners. We've especially enjoyed the presence of the caretaker, Santosh, and his family. Thank you for a memorable stay!
I stayed at the Only Olive for three days in December 2016. The other rooms weren't occupied at the time, so I had the run of the house and the beautiful garden, making my time there particularly peaceful. My room was comfy, the bathroom was luxurious, and the place had a relaxed vibe. Although Santhosh -- the amiable longtime caretaker who lives out back with his wife and several daughters -- rustled up a decent poi-and-omelette breakfast, I was glad I felt comfortable making tea for myself, or buying a few beers to stock in the fridge. I ended up having my meals outside (It's the perfect place to imagine what living in Goa might be like.
We went to the Only Olive in February 2015 and I think it was my favourite accommodation of the whole trip. It was just what we needed after a hectic time in Mumbai and Karnataka. The property was absolutely beautiful with dark wood furniture, grand old beds and a lovely garden. We had the whole place to ourselves which was a bonus!! Highly recommended for a moment's peace amongst a busy travelling schedule.
We had the house to ourselves and really felt like royalty. The caretaker and his family are great and owners were checking on the via WhatsApp the whole time.. along with helpful suggestions of local food and things to do. It is a great place to explore the villages of Goa and interact with the locals
Although we've visited Goa many many times before, I can truly say, this was the first time we experienced Goa The Only Olive, a beautiful Portuguese villa became our dreamy home for a week. And what a home it was! Airy rooms with shell covered windows, beautiful antique wooden bed, the 10 seater dining table...oh the stories that table could tell us if it could! My favourite was the rustic table and bench outside, at the back of the house. Many a breakfast we cherished there...Poi, eggs and the farmer's staple, spicy bean curry. Lip smacking cooking by Santosh. His lunches and dinners...sumptuous home food was mouth watering...local boiled rice, fish curry, fish fry, a cooked vegetable and salad...simple, wholesome and absolutely delicious. If the crowded, party scene (that most of us are used to) is what you're looking for, then this is not for you. But go stay (or rather 'live' at the The Only Olive if you actually want to see Goa..beautiful quaint villages with their old homes full of character, the village square with little shops selling local goodies and sweets, local market 15 mins away. And if you want a day at the beach...baga is half an hour away. The Mapusa market, a 10 minute car ride away, was wonderful. I could explore it for hours...from cashew to kokum to local sweets, popular masala pastes to bring back home...I could go on and on. But Goa is best experienced and The Only Olive is the place to start …
If your only idea of a Goa holiday is a haze of hard partying, the latest It bar list and the mandatory bob marley plastered, psychedelia encrusted beach shacks, you probably won’t like The Only Olive. But should you crave for a taste of old time goan susegad, where time stands still, pretending you own a gentle old house, ducked into a meandering nowyouspotit and nowyoudon’t, tree lined lane in a sleepy picturesque goan village, then The Only Olive, is as close as it gets. From the walk up the treed lawn, past the butterfly and everything-pretty-that-flies populated insect-castle olive tree that gives this home its name, through the shell windowed balcao with its planter's chairs into the high roofed living room opening into a generous dining area with its grand ten seater family table, down the sunshine splattered bamboo covered back verandah to the back yard and garden with its great, wise and wonderful mango tree, everything about The Only Olive feels like a homecoming. The bedrooms dominated by deep romantic goan shell windows that let in just the right amount of afternoon filtered light, have the right mix of homey simplicity and comfort. The room with the olive tree bed doesn’t have an en suite, but the most atmosphere. The room with the old goan bed has, well, the beautiful bed (my favourite) while the largest room, is the most comfortable, with its own giant attic for kids to trip up and down to. Santosh the house caretaker, will soon have you, in fish and prawn food heaven if you have a taste for goan food (half the reason to be in goa, in my book). You tell him what you’d like in the morning and a trip down to the riverside or the local market has him bring back the goodies. Breakfast can be dangerously indulgent - the local bakery has addictive patties, cakes, rissoles in a variety of meats and fills. Santosh also gets you the other Goan treasure, poi and fixes eggs and chai just the way you’d like it. For variety, there's Andron an award worthy goan food restaurant - the roast pork was so good that we tried to work through the whole menu in the days we were there - if you call them, Santosh nips down and gets the packed order for you. Lounge around the house, verandah or garden with a book and chilled Kings beer or take an ambly, lazy walk along the riverside (maybe with a hook and line to join village folk, dreamily shooting the breeze as they wait for a bite along the waterline). Wander through the village drinking in the lovely balcaoed details of its pretty and grand old houses. Head to the church grounds, set on a spectacular waterfront square dominated by the dramatic edifice of the old church with its storybook churchyard and intriguing glimpses of river crossings, that you’ll find yourself planning to explore the next day. Its a haven for kids- even whilst being right sized enough to keep a comfort eye on them - the attic, garden, tree, Santosh's lovely kids, the river, fairy tale walks and daily little adventures - ours ran wild and happy enough for us to believe that was reason alone to be here. Adrian, our genial host, turned out to be truly old school Goan, glad to share his deep knowledge and warm pride for the village and tradition. He let us into other discoveries; the local tavern for a little tipple, the source recipes for urak and feni in season, the best walks and insider mapusa market tips, the neighbour aunty who makes delectable goan bebinca and sweets to order to carry back home and much more. His passion for this home and need to return to his roots is probably what makes the Olive a special experience. Be warned again, the tourist scene and crowded beaches are a half hours drive away, But if you have the right reasons to come home to The Only Olive, you’ll find yourself dreaming of returning even before you leave.…