North Goa, India
Elsewhere Goa is the epitome of barefoot simplicity, offering just four picture-perfect beach cottages on a remote stretch of beach in northern Goa. If you want to get away from the pace of the modern world, then Elsewhere should be your destination.
At a Glance
A collection of four 19th century Goan beach houses in a remote corner of Goa
The epitome of barefoot, understated luxury - quiet, peaceful and off the beaten track
Amazing verandas and sit-out, ideal to spend a few hours in the evening watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean
Superb Goan cuisine
Think Goa, and you might think of a coastline packed with nameless and somewhat tacky beach hotels, countless tourists, people and noise. Think again, as Elsewhere is your fitting antidote to all of this. Elsewhere is located in north Goa, away from the hedonistic beaches that you may have heard about, and is located on a remote spit of land that almost turns it into its own private island. Accessed by a small bamboo bridge over a creek, this whole area is almost exclusively there for the guests of Elsewhere to enjoy and escape to. There are just four cottages, all positioned perfectly by the beach, and there are also three tents overlooking the creek. It's not surprising that so many guests return here year after year and that booking well is advance is absolutely recommended. To many, Elsewhere is their little secret, a place to escape to and relax. It is not everyone's cup of tea, and if you like fluffy towels, room service, rain-forest showers and turban-clad waiters at your beck and call, Elsewhere won't be right for you. If you like your luxury to be exclusive, understated and back-to-basics, then you should read on.
There are just four 19th century cottages at Elsewhere, all right on the beach with fabulous views over the sea. They have from two to three bedrooms and are always taken exclusively except for the Bakery which can be booked per room. Just imagine delving into your mini-bar and getting a cold beer before sitting on your veranda as the sun sets, not a soul around and the view is yours alone. Pull out a deck of cards, sit back and smile for that much sought after sense of simplicity in life has returned, and that is why Elsewhere offers its own very unique sense of luxury. The cottages admittedly simple, and if you like 5* hotel rooms, flat screen TVs and room service at your fingertips, then there are of course many other choices in Goa. Elsewhere is simply for those who like something different.
The Bakery has two rooms, and is air-conditioned and each bedroom has its own separate entrance and private veranda. The Piggery has two rooms and is always taken exclusively and opens out onto a lovely sit-out. The Captain's House has three bedrooms (with two of the bedrooms sharing a bathroom), and is not air-conditioned. The Priest's House has three bedrooms, all en-suite, each opening out onto a balcony. All rooms have double beds and the cottages are taken on a per week basis, although in low season they could accept shorter stays. The Otter Creek Tents face the creek and have lovely sit-outs and feature four-poster beds but are not air-conditioned and have fans.
The main dining 'shack' is located around 5-10 minutes from most of the cottages and serves wonderfully fresh Goan fare (do try the Goan prawn curry). If you are one for checking your emails, there is WiFi available here, but not in the cottages.
The beach is one of the best in Goa, and the sea is great for swimming. In season, you can expect to see turtles laying eggs and as the tide goes out, it leaves a little tidal pool which is great for children to have a swim in.
There are four cottages at Elsewhere and three Otter Creek Tents. All of the cottages have a small refrigerator with a selection of beer, drinks and wine. For those who like a G&T on their veranda the staff can direct you to the local village shop who will supply you. They also have a kettle for tea and coffee, iPod docking stations, laundry service and mosquito repellent. The cottages are preferably taken for a week long stay although shorter bookings are also accepted depending on availability. They range from two to three bedrooms.
|The Captain's House||
The Captain's House has three bedrooms and is not air-conditioned (although it does have fans). Each room opens out onto a balcony. The Master Bedroom has its own bathroom, with the other two bedrooms sharing a bathroom. There is a little pantry, a luggage room and an iPod docking station.
The Piggery has two bedrooms and is always taken exclusively. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and each room opens out onto a balcony, and each has its own en-suite.
|The Priest's House||
The Priest's House has three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and two bathrooms are open to the sky. The house is not air-conditioned, but does have fans.
The Bakery has two en-suite bedrooms, which can be booked per room or as a whole cottage. Both are air-conditioned, and have separate entrances and balconies to ensure privacy.
|Otter Creek Tents||
The Otter Creek Tents are located towards the back of Elsewhere, so around a 5-minute walk to the beach and have a delightful setting overlooking the creek with glorious sit-outs, a four poster bed and western en-suite bathrooms. Do note they are not air-conditioned but do have fans.
Elsewhere has a dining shack at the center of the property with superb Goan cuisine and western breakfasts on offer.
Location & Directions
North Goa, India
Elsewhere is located in the north of Goa (far past the very touristy areas!) on a quiet beach.
When to go
The monsoon season begins around June, when the hot temperatures of summer are cooled with an influx of clouds and rain. On average, the hottest months of the year are April and May. The best time to visit Goa is between late October and early April. The peak tourist season is from mid-December to mid-January, when the weather is near perfect, with daytime temperatures rarely going beyond 32°C.