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.