Ayurvedic programmes and holistic therapies available
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.
Housed in a modern colonial-style mansion at the heart of Old Goa, The Postcard Velha is an oasis of calm just a stone’s throw from the Portuguese churches, vast cathedrals and lively streets of this UNESCO world heritage town.
At the heart of the Postcard philosophy is creating hotels with soul and a true sense of place. Along with delicious fresh fruits and continental breakfasts, the cuisine at The Postcard Velha is created with Old Goa’s heritage in mind. Feast on freshly prepared fish dangar, pork feijoada or spicy prawn balchao, regional specialities of the former capital of Portuguese India, whilst overlooking the Zuari river and the lush tropical gardens. For a truly authentic glimpse into life in Old Goa, stroll out of the hotel and visit the atmospheric relics of this once great city, from the imposing Sé Cathedral to the elaborate Basilica de Bom Jesus. The staff at The Postcard Velha can suggest the best ways to explore this UNESCO listed town on foot, or arrange a private guide for an in-depth exploration.
Just eight rooms are spread throughout the old mansion, some located on the ground floor with private verandas, and some on the first floor with balconies and tropical views. The ground floor Banyan Rooms are modern and simplistic whilst honouring the colonial history of the building. Light and airy, they each look out across the gardens to the ancient banyan tree at its heart, with a private veranda complete with a chaise longue for relaxation. The upper floor Mandovi Rooms are breezy and bathed in natural light, offering views across the grounds and swimming pool from the balconies. Stylish décor with splashes of colour and hand-woven fabrics complete the picture, with luxurious bathrooms and amenities ensuring a truly comfortable stay.
With a vast expanse of space and only eight rooms, a stay at The Postcard Velha is an intimate experience, allowing total seclusion and privacy from the hustle and bustle of Old Goa. Dine on one of the hotel’s many private dining platforms overlooking the gardens and the river delta beyond, sampling some of the local delicacies prepared by the expert chefs. The swimming pool sits at the heart of the property, amongst perfectly manicured lawns and twisting banyan trees, perfect for a cooling dip after a long day exploring. For true relaxation, allow the experienced Ayurvedic practitioners to create a bespoke programme based on the 5,000-year-old practices of Ayurveda, leaving you completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
Join a private guide for a walking tour of Old Goa, visiting the Sé Cathedral, Viceroy’s Arch and numerous Portuguese churches and monasteries. Explore the local markets, enjoy a cooking lesson or head to the coast for a surfing lesson with a local expert in the warm waves of the Arabian Sea. Bird watchers flock to the sleepy backwaters and mangroves of the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, home to a myriad of stunning bird life and the perfect place to explore by boat in the company of an expert.
The Postcard Velha it tucked away amongst 300 acres of coconut plantations on the outskirts of Old Goa. The famous Viceroy’s Arch and the enormous Sé Cathedral are within a short walk of the hotel, whilst Goa International Airport is approximately 45 minutes away by car.
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