I have stayed in many homestays, but Arco Iris surpasses most of them by leaps and bounds. This 200-year-old heritage Portuguese Villa is a home away from home, with dollops of design, warmth, the smell of books and some great home cooked food. We stayed in a ground floor room with a very large bath with a beautiful sit-out.
You need a minimum of 3-4 days to enjoy this south Goan village which is about to get a heritage tag. While the house itself is a treasure trove, the surrounding area is very hike-worthy. Our host Beni took us on a 7-8 km walk in the morning to the Zuari river through the village. We saw birds, amongst them a most beautiful Kingfisher I have ever seen; a strange looking mango tree, the local church and cemetery. And fresh croissant and chai at the local bakery.
The house has a relaxing, meditative charm. The food is sumptuous and Beni is a gracious host. She also gives you enough privacy. Ratul the Assamese caretaker is super efficient and Pricilla the cook does a fine job!
Tip : Goa in the monsoons is Not to be avoided; it is to be "embraced".More