I have no idea what my holiday cost me,as it was a gift from my daughter, but presumably it matches the more upscale 5-star resorts, because you get what most people want on holiday - personal attention when you want it or need it, to be left alone when you want to be left alone and total unwind. Elsewhere is all this and more. The beach on the edge of the property meanders gently straight into the Arabian Sea and with a very long walk of about half a mile into the Arabian Sea at high tide if you feel like it before you need to swim. Water is clean here, unlike in the area around the delta of the Mandovi and Zuari.
Location, approach and the rest of it is secret. They are selective about their guests. One very efficient and friendly lady runs the place, I;ve forgotten her name, and the rest of the staff are brilliant. Nobody hassles you for tips!!
Though the security guys, the uniformed guys on the periphery, will play peeping tom if you sun-bathe is what one other visitor told us. Luckily, some of us come with built in tan, so that was not an issue. But when you step on the beach, it is better to look straight ahead - or wear dark glasses so that people can not see you looking at them.
We stayed in one of the two-room cottages (I forget the name, but walking South from the main block, this would be the second last one.) Mobile phone works, sort of, but not the data card so if you want to ruin your holiday and work on the internet, you have to hike to the restaurant, where you can hook on to their wifi.
The cottages are air-conditioned and with all mod cons, but from an era gone past, it is smarter to use the mosquito net on the four-poster, and as far as we could make out - house keeping was just perfect. The cottages are in the forested part of the property, and this is pre monsoon spring, so the chorus before the birds go to sleep AND when they wake up is amazing.
(I would suggest the cottages, since the tents have the privy in the main tent itself, which makes it - not privy. )
Food is, hmmm, geared for the European palate. But you can ask the cooks to pump up the Goan spices and local specialities, it would be better to give them some notice. No room service, which in my opinion is how it should be, though they have a minibar in the room. And if you are really all that hungry then go on the beach and 24x7 in season though at some distance the world rocks on.
I wish they would keep the place open in the monsoons for travellers who like the rainy season in Goa. This is the kind of place where you will want to shout back into the wind during the Indian monsoons. Yes, Elsewhere is something else again. I hope it doesn't get spoilt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four beautifully restored Beach Villas and three luxury tents on one of the most beautiful, tranquil beaches in Goa. Very comfortable and clean, Elsewhere runs like a little hotel with full service and great food available at the little in-house restaurant. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elsewhere - The Beach Houses Hotel Morjim
- Elsewhere - The Beach Houses Goa/Morjim