Wednesday, November 15, 2017

7 vibrant and quirky home décor ideas to pretty up your home

Hola friends! Here’s a post for you girls who wish to give your apartment a quick makeover, all by yourself. It sure is one of the toughest task, considering you’re not sure what to keep and what to let go of. How about adding a little colour and a little drama by adding these quirky items for that instant pop of colour. As long as you don’t overdo it, you’re good to go! 

Vibrant cushions for your cozy corner

Cushion covers are one of the easiest ways to change the look and vibe of your room. How about adding some bright pop of colour to your living space by throwing in some vibrant cushions for your couch or bay window sitting space? The ones with quirky prints and tassels are what boho dreams are made of!

An arty side table lamp

A table lamp will instantly brighten and perk up your room. Though it’s the most clichéd way to brighten the room, adding a pop coloured shade or a decorative stand may change the look of your room.

A pretty tea set

Whether you’re hosting a tea party or just sipping on some coffee, a pretty tea set is a must-have! Imagine the joy of pouring your morning cuppa from this pretty tea pot. A great start to a day indeed!

A recycled frame to hold your memories

Adding a monochrome photo frame with photos of the memories you want to hold on to is the best way to give your side tables and walls an instant makeover. How about this recycled cutton photo frame?

Colourful bed sheets and cushion coordinates

You can instantly revamp your bed room by changing the bed and pillow covers. Get a light pastel shade covers with a pop coloured pillow covers. Throw in some bold printed cushions to perk it up more.

A vintage candle stand

How we love illuminating our room with candles? How about getting a vintage candle stand which won’t just hold your candle but work as a decorative piece. Probably pick some scented candles too. Bliss!

Quirky painted jars for your dining table

Add these artwork based jars to your dining table to give it a pop of colour in seconds. Use them to store your condiments, preserves or chokies. You’d probably want to keep other accessories on the table in solid or coordinating colours to avoid looking gaudy. 

Shop all of the above items online at Freedom Tree or visit their store at House No 78, Mae De Deus, Chogam Road, Sangolda in Goa or Bandra Breeze, Plot no. 57/A, 23rd-28th Road, Bandra (W) and Block 31, Laxmi Woolen Mill Compound, Shakti Mill Lane, Off E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi (W) in Mumbai.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Malaka Spice now has Mamak and Nyonya cuisine on their celebration menu (in all outlets across India)

Malacca – the Portuguese colonial state in South-Western Malaysia – like Goa, has some great culinary offerings, most of which is an amalgamation of the cuisines from different cultures. Malaka Spice does justice to it with a lot of inspired South-East Asian cuisine on the menu. They went a little ahead this time and launched their celebration menu, since they’re completing twenty years of existence. The menu which is available at all the Malaka Spice outlets until December, honours the innovative and timeless Mamak and Nyonya recipes, of course, with their own local twist to suit the Indian palate!

The Nyonya Cuisine is a rich mix of Chinese and Malay flavours, teamed with hints of Indian and Thai. The Nyonyas are Malay descendants of marital unions between the Chinese traders and the local Malay women. The Chinese came to Malaya for a variety of reasons and obviously preffered Chinese food and flavours. But since they weren’t able to find the required fresh herbs and vegetables in the humid tropics, these Chinese settlers started teaming their traditional cooking techniques with local produce, blending distinct Chinese flavours drawn from five spice, fish maw, soya sauce and fermented soybeans with the zesty Southeast Asian herbs, coriander, galangal, lemongrass and kaffir lime, which gave rise to the classic Nyonya cuisine was born.

The Mamak Cuisine on the other hand, is influenced by people from Southern India (especially Tamil Nadu) who arrived in Malaysia as indentured labour during British colonisation. They bought along with them their culture, ingredients, spices and styles of cooking. This cuisine is a fusion of Malay and Indian cooking. I am told, this food is a very popular street food option to be devoured while in Malaysia. Noted! But at Malaka Spice, we got to try all the Nyonya and Mamak recipes in Goa!

Since soups are often a highlight in Orinetal cuisine, I was pretty excited when we started our meal with a soup called Kanji Kedah @ Rs 270/-. Let me admit at this point, most of the names I heard were my first time, since I’ve never been to Malaysia. The piping hot soup was an amalgamation of South Indian rice porridge and some Nyonya spices, topped with shrimp, vegetables and coconut milk. It was yumm!

The menu has a balance between the number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes. So well, for the appetisers, in veg, you could pick from the Spicy Pumpkin (Mamak) or the Sambal Steamed Okra (Nyonya). The Spicy Pumpkin @ Rs 260/- definitely has South Indian and Malay influences, with inclusion of curry leaves, garlic and shallots in addition to Guilin chilli sneak gourd rings. I loved the Sambal Steamed Okra @ Rs 260/-with a spicy sambal belacan and soy sauce dressing is full of umami flavour. In the chicken, you can pick from the Kam Heong Chicken, Chicken Debal Curry and Kurma Ayam, all @ Rs 330/-.

The Dalca @ Rs 470/- was my absolute favourite. It’s essentially a meat and lentil stew flavoured with Asian spices, making it the right amount of spicy and tasty. It goes well with the Tissue Roti, also known as the Roti Helikopter @ Rs 130/- which looks super interesting and is paper think. You could also go for the Udang Tumis Petai @ Rs 590/- which is essentially stir fried prawns and beans tossed in Nyonya spices.

I love rice in general and happened to try both the recipes on the menu and I must say, they are absolutely delicious. The Nasi Bokhari @ Rs 330/- is their spicy chicken rice with an Indian influence. The wedding rice Samabal Terong and Nasi Kemuli is flavourful and delectable.

For the desserts, they have the Dodol, Nyonya Pancake and Pudding Raja, all at @ 190/-, and all super interesting. The dodol was locally sourced (since it’s common to Goan and Mamak cuisine), but served differently. The Nyonya Pancake, similar to Indian modaks are pandanu crepes stuffed with a coconut stuffing. The classic Mamak dessert – Pudding Raja – a caramelised banana sweet served with jaggery syrup and ice cream.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The cuisine about tandoors and kebabs from the North West Frontier Province comes to Le Meredien Goa, Calangute

From the North West Frontier Province comes the famed Peshawari cuisine, one of the legacies of undivided India. This authentic, evocative cuisine can be best defined as rustic and robust. The simple, nomadic flavours of the delectable frontier cuisine evoke the enduring romance of a place and a time that saw many a community come together over a crackling fire, grilling shanks of meats and evolving a robust and characterful style of cooking – tandoori cooking – that has left its mark on the culinary map of many cities across the world.

Latest Recipe at Le Meridien Goa, Calangute presents the culinary repertoire of the North West Frontier in a 10-day festival from November 10th to 18th, which lets one savour the culinary delights of the erstwhile North West Frontier Province. The North West Frontier was established as a province by the British in 1901 and from this Province arises the famed Peshawari cuisine, one of the legacies of undivided India.

Chef Nishesh Seth and his talented brigade of chefs at Le Meridien have curated a festival that showcases the vibrant variations in the cooking methods, flavours and offerings of the North West Frontier cuisine. One look at the menu and you know a lot of thought has gone into crafting it. It doesn’t bombard you with items, which can often be a very confusing decision; but provides a selected few options through their A la carte menu.

To start off your meal you can opt for Murgh Chapli Kebab, Ajwani Machi tikka, Bharwan Khumb Peshawari or Dahi ke kebab. The Ajwani Machi tikka – fish marinated and grilled to perfection, is succulent and leaves you wanting for more. The marination might sound bland but reserve your judgment till you bite into it.The flavours are simple and the fish is a delight for seafood lovers.

Ajwani Machi tikka

It was my first time trying Dahi ke kebab and I was impressed with how tasty the simple curd kebab can be. Though originally they were made of only hung curd and Indian spices, now they need to use potato and paneer as a binding agent considering the curd isn’t as thick as it was earlier. The soft kebabs with a creamy inside are absolutely delicious.

Dahi ke kebab

As the binging proceeds, what is most impressive is that the basic ingredients – the lamb, chicken, lentil, vegetables – are not swamped by overabundance of spices and oil; instead the intrinsic taste triumphs. Take for example, the Raan-e-buzkashi which was my favourite of the night is simply pieces of whole leg of baby lamb soaked in masala and griddled. The meat was marinated overnight and cooked for long, which made it tender and absolutely delectable.



Our main course comprised of a delectable vegetarian fair served with Ajwaini Parantha and Ghee wale muttar pulao (green peas rice in clarified butter) which made a great combo. The aromatic pulao with subtle flavours was delectable and so different and so much more buttery than the pulao we usually have. The rich chicken gravy – Murgh Kandhari – comprises of a cashew gravy and is absolutely delicious.

Murgh Kandhari 

Ajwaini Parantha

Ghee wale muttar pulao

Lentil is a perennial North India favourite, but unfortunately more than often it is doused with so much butter and cram that the after taste is more of the dairy products that leave behind a greasy trail. Interestingly none of the food at the festival was greasy! We tried three different vegetarian items along with it and what was surprising is, all of them are unique and alluring.

Makhmali paneer gulgule 

Dal Bukhara

The Dhingri muttar masala – tempered mushroom & green peas was as simple as it could be. The Dal Bukhara – black lentils cooked overnight with tangy tomatoes was delicious with no overpowering flavours. The Makhmali paneer gulgule – pillowy soft cottage cheese balls dunked in white gravy is super interesting. Though the food is vegetarian, you will thoroughly enjoy it! For the dessert, they have a Pista malai kulfi served in a matka. Yummm!  The festival is on till the 18th of November. For reservations call: 91- 7410066040

Dal Bukhara

Pista malai kulfi

Monday, November 6, 2017

Note to self: Know that you're stronger and better than the people who judge you

"Thanks for constantly talking about me behind my back. You're right where you belong, 'behind me'!"

Recently, I was laughed upon, judged, body shamed and slut shamed for posting a photo in a swimsuit online. This isn't the first time I have posted a swimsuit photo, but somehow the previous ones went unnoticed by trolls (probably they had a job back then). The photo revealing my bronzed skin after a nice beach vacation covers appropriately and doesn't show any cleavage or the like. However, Instagram had to go crazy over it. Not just comments, I got DMs about it, my friends have been bullied about it and I've been publicity taunted about posting 'that photo'.

For a moment, I almost accepted that posting a photo in a swimsuit is a problem, because one lady even went ahead and told me if reflects on the kind of upbringing my father has given me. It was disturbing and it took me a while to understand that there's no problem in my upbringing, but in the upbringing of these men who have filthy things to say, of these women who cannot accept their body the way I can, of the men who find nothing wrong in objectifying a woman and the women who shame other women.

Let me narrate another incident. I. Posted a photo of me against a stunning sunset at Anjuna beach. Mind it, it was a silhouette. And someone comments - you look full full sexy. That's when I knew that someone has to teach men like these manners and English at the same time. It's probably inappropriate upbringing that they haven't been taught how to react to a woman's photo, or perhaps they suck in English and aren't sure of the vocabulary to use while talking to/about a woman.

I even had a friend tell me, you need to be ready for comments of this sort when you post 'that kind of photo'. Wtf? It's out of my understanding what according to creeps and perverts is 'sexy'. To  be very honest, I don't even know what they mean by all the 'hot' and 'sexy', because many a times I see the word getting used out of context. For example, in the silhouette photo. According to me, it'd a stunning shot or a sexy shot. Not 'you look full full sexy'. I've also had men and women - including close friends - tell me that I'm 'fat' and I look 'ugly' in photos. Mahn, I know I am fat and no, I won't put in any effort to pull down because you find me fat; I will pull down when I feel like it. What I don't get is, how is me being fat any of your business?

Like do you get it? Men need to have better control over the bodies and their senses, and their vocabulary. Women need to teach their sons that they aren't superior and women are equal (which many mothers fail to do). And women need to stop shaming other women. The world would be a way better place to live in, not just for you and I, for everyone. To you pretty ladies who have been slut shamed and body shamed, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what they think of you. You're way stronger than their negativity and hate. You're way better than any of those who judge you. Work harder towards your goals and let success do the talking!

"You never knew that it would take so long to understand you're right where you belong!"

Here are some pointers I'd like to share with someone who has had disturbing experiences like these:

#1 Understand that trolls are everywhere and it's impossible to escape them

#2 Realise that people judging you, gossiping about you and saying shit to you are insecure and don't have the balls to say anything to your face

#3 Know that the lifestyle you live and the choices you make (which might scratch many bums) isn't yours or your parents fault; it reflects on their upbringing, not yours (though they try very hard to say it differently)

#4 Know that you're beautiful. If you feel fat, work out. Don't work out because someone calls you fat. It should be your choice and it should be something that makes you happy

#5 Grab and munch on a pack of nachos (like I am), rant (like I have in this post) and catch a movie (like I will after posting this). Trust me, it helps

#6 Respect humankind, others bodies and others choices 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Here's all you need to know about The Beer Circus 2017

The name ‘Beer Circus might’ confuse you, but it has got nothing to do with circus. However, it’s everything about beer. Designed on lines of the popular Oktoberfest in Munich – The Beer Circus 2017 promises a weekend of drinking and understanding beer on November 4 -5.

Beer Circus is sure to give you a taste of extensive craft beers along with some commercial brands in India. They have some of the finest breweries – from Goa and other cities of India – on board! You can enjoy a chilled beer with some themed food dishes prepared by home chefs. All coupled with great live entertainment throughout the two days by bands playing different genres of music.

What’s also very interesting is the Brewniversity – the learning zone at TBC which will have renowned brew masters impart interesting beer knowledge and conduct various beer tasting sessions for the interested F&B community in Goa.

In addition, they have the flea market, where you can pick knick-knacks and souvenirs to cherish your time spent at the festival. Set inside Stone Water Eco Resort – the festival lets you indulge in beer while soaking in the Goa vibe. You can engage in other activities and meet other beer lovers from all over! How cool right?

Did I mention you can stay at the log cabins at the festival venue? It can’t get better than this! Pack your bags, because Goa is hosting its beer festival that promises tons of beer and fun! Who am I seeing at the Beer Circus? Find tickets here. Follow The Beer Circus on their Facebook page or Instagram

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa sojourn: Three-days weekend getaway to Taj Fort Aguada, Sinquerim

Hey guys! How you all doing? When I posted a story on Instagram and Whatsapp about my staycation at Taj, everyone kept asking me for details. Here are all the details you need to know!

The weekend staycation

You know that feeling when you’re working five or six days and week and unwind during a long weekend? I do enjoy travelling, but here’s a post about my brief staycation at the heritage luxury resort – Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa in Sinquerim, which is recently rebranded and re-launched from it’s earlier name Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada.

Spreading across a picturesque 42 acres, it meanders into the ramparts of the 17th century Portuguese coastal fort Aguada and spreads on the sea front along the Sinquerim to Calangute beach stretch.  It was a wonderful weekend and the best part was, I was there with my best friend Isha! As you read on, you’ll know who we spent our three days at Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa.

Though we were still in Goa, it was pretty much a holiday – a vacation that we both desperately needed. Everyone needs a break once in a way. This was our break – our means of unwinding and before we took on the next week on Monday! We checked in on Friday afternoon and checked out on Sunday afternoon. Technically it was two nights, but I consider it three days, because... we did so much in those three days spent at Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa!

Entering the world of Taj

The luxury resort has recently been revamped and rebranded, and I was more than happy to explore the luxurious experience they have on offer. Tajness is something that I’ve heard of, but experiencing it first hand was something out of the world. There are so many things that distinguish Taj from any other property in the country and I always had a certain expectation of a heritage Taj property in my mind. And Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa lived up to those!

What I absolutely love about the Taj properties (all over India) is the fact that most of them are heritage properties located inside the ruins of a fort, palace or any other historic monument. The rich sense of history and heritage associated to the five star properties makes it all the more enticing to me.

There are certain activities as well, that distinguishes Taj. For example, the afternoon tea ritual, which is common in all the Taj properties. In this case, it was a Goan inspired high tea. Secondly, the sunset rituals – where the Taj staff gets together to light lamps and create a tranquil atmosphere within the resort. They also have the wakeup ritual, which includes a yoga session at their spa.

Here’s why Taj Fort Aguada is special

Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa where we stayed at, showcases the spirit of Goa. AND it’s the first luxury hotel in Goa. One can explore the horizon as one looks over the waters of the pool, beyond the 16th century ramparts of the Portuguese Fort, and wave back to the tide as it works its way across the Arabian Sea, to greet the Sinquerim beach.

Not just that, the entire resort is a township in itself. Once you cross the main gate and enter the resort, you are transversed into a different world altogether – the world of Taj! Romantic, charming, vibrant... It has history woven in its walls. This is where royalty, heads of government agencies and the biggest celebrities are known to frequent.

The resort has a number of deluxe, superior and premium rooms – garden facing and sea facing, suites with a terrace, cottages with a garden view and villas with garden view, bay view and sea view. They even have a three bedroom presidential suite to accommodate VVIP guests. All the rooms are well-equipped and tastefully designed. The villas, rooms and suites are renovated annually, and the cottages are constructed just this year!

The grand welcome at Taj Fort Aguada

When we entered, we were greeted by smiling faces at the lobby. We were welcomed with a shell necklace placed round our neck, and I realised it makes a great memento of your stay at Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa . We were seated and a towel presented to us. Water and a welcome drink (juice) soon followed. Meanwhile, there were men strumming the guitar and singing Goa songs to welcome guests to Goa! All this while the staff got your check-in formalities done, as you are seated. Yup! Taj ensures a no-hassle check-in.

What I absolutely loved right from the beginning was the fact that everything about the place screamed Goa. For example, the welcome ritual consisted of typical Goan hospitality. The men singing wearing tropical printed beach which associates to the beaches and Goa and the shell necklace which again signifies the ocean and the beach!  Even the decor, ambiance and everything about the place ensured it felt like you’re in Goa.

Home for three days: luxurious Hermitage Villa 504 with a garden view

Very soon we were escorted to our Hermitage Villa and voila! We were in for a surprise. The villa was so spacious; and honestly, I didn’t expect it to be so good! The blue and white villa was so spacious and luxurious, I could live here. The beautiful stand alone villa has a bedroom and a living room, a private lawn and garden furniture with parasols.

I absolutely loved the serenity and the sense of calm at the place. Since it was a standalone villa, we had the lawns for ourselves. We could just open the blinds of the large doors and windows overlooking the manicured gardens and it felt blissful. Since the villa was fully air-conditioned, we didn’t really leave the doors open.

I loved how the rooms had a tinge of the Portuguese era. Right from the entrance, the room numbers were carved on Azulejos, the famous blue and white tiles, an art tradition inherited from the Portuguese. Every room had vintage artefacts that you see in heritage houses. It was more like a modern version of a colonial Goan bungalow.

The king sized bed and the little corner in the bedroom were my favourite spaces. I spent so much time by the window. I even had my breakfast there! The villa had a Treat Yourself minibar, DVD player and LCD televisions (one in the living room and bedroom each). They had a wardrobe and an electronic safe, ironing facilities and other amenities. The state of the art full bath comprised of sinks, shower cubicle, toilet and bath tub! Yayyy! I loved every bit of it!

All the food you can indulge in at Taj Fort Aguada

Once we settled in, we headed for lunch at their restaurant – Morisco. They have four restaurants and bars – Morisco and Martini Bar are adjoined, then there’s SFX bar lounge – all of which are casual dining. They have their Italian restaurant Il Camino, which is more of a classy diner. And Kokum Kitchen – which is their all day dining restaurant. The nouvelle restaurants showcase the master craftsmanship of their seasoned chefs who teases your palate with their epicurean delights. I have a separate post with details about all the restaurants and my experience there. Read it here.

Some yoga therapy by the sea

During your stay at Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, you can indulge in some stress busting activities like yoga and meditation. At Jiva Spa, they offer yoga under the guidance of the Bihar School of Yoga, a holistic form of Yoga achieved through an amalgamation of physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of our lives. You can pick from one among the many yoga practices, or just attend a complimentary class that is conducted from 8 am to 9 am every morning.

I attended the yoga session and set against the backdrop of the tranquil Taj architecture and landscape, the experience is truly transcendental. It indeed was a great start to the day. We didn’t just focus on getting the postures right, but focused on the overall wellness of the body and mind.

A relaxing spa session at Jiva Spa

Taj’s award-winning spa brings the essence of the Indian wellness traditions and the promise of spiritual rejuvenation in a serenely luxurious space, right across the beach. While at Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, we happened to visit the spa and unwind in the best way possible – with a relaxing body massage. Read all about my experience at Jiva Spa here.

A dip in the pool

I was a bit disappointed by the placement of the pool though. It’s pretty convenient if you’re staying at one of the rooms (I guess!). But to get there from the villa – by calling the cab, walking past the lobby and by the pool side wasn’t the best thing. We still had a great time soaking in some morning sun by the pool! A slight relief was the outdoor furniture in our private lawn outside the villa where we could chill in the evenings!

The beach is so close. They have made a walk to the beach very convenient through the gate beyond the pool, next to Morisco. You can just walk down a flight of stairs and you’re at the Sinquerim beach. There are several water sports activities you can indulge in while at the beach or just relax and feel the sand in your feet and wind in your hair.

Other fun activities

As I mentioned earlier, Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa is spread across 42 acres and gives you the best of both worlds, the beach and the hills (and a bit of heritage too), considering it’s located on a hillock within the rampants of the fort, with the sea on one side. As a result of which, there are several fun adventure activities you can engage in while at Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa.

Their professional adventure team can guide you through a range of adrenaline-pumping activities like rappelling up the fort façade and jumarring – rope-assisted climbing –  at the custom-contoured rock face within the property. They also offer snorkelling and deep sea diving.

We had some fun on the high rope activities. Oh well, for a moment it felt like MTV Roadies tasks. But fun nonetheless. We began with net walking which was the simplest. Followed by Burma bridge crossing which got slightly tougher, though we managed with ease. Probably also we had support and we could hold the ropes on both sides.

The next set got a bit tougher compared to the first two. I somehow managed the Monking bridge. But the tyre obstacle seemed very tough. Thankfully my long legs came to the rescue, but I kinda panicked when the set up began moving with the wing when I was right in the centre. That’s when I decided to cross it quickly and faired just well.

Zip lining was the most fun! The best part about these activities were, we had our safety gear and all the activities were conducted by trained professionals under supervision. And everything took place within the property – very close to the ‘bay view point’. This is a point where you get a view of the entire bay and it’s wonderful from atop – while you’re zip lining. A short walk and you reach the sunset point, which offers you a picturesque view of the sea and the setting sun at the horizon. Blissful!

My thoughts on the Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa sojourn

I’m so glad I took this opportunity to explore a bit about Taj. All we see from the outside are the tall walls gating the resort. On several occasions, while at the beach, I wondered what it’s going to be like on the inside. And experiencing TAJness with Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa it was such a great feeling.

The luxurious room, state of the art facilities, pristine garden, well trained staff, amazing food and great service made my stay such a memorable one. I loved the colour theme, the pretty bay window and the flooring of the villa; and can’t get over how beautiful the villa is just yet. I guess the bay window was my favourite part of the villa! Thanks Taj for this wonderful experience.

Details, tariffs and bookings:

For anyone interested in details about Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, the room tariffs, activities and experiences they offer, packages and restaurants, kindly head to their website:  Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa. You can also book online through the website.

Check out this photo story for a glimpse of what my staycation at Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa was like...


The grand welcome - with Goan music and welcome drink

The pretty living room of the villa we stayed at 

Villa 504 - our home for the weekend

Just soaking in some sunshine

How pretty and spacious is the bedroom

So arty! Loved the colours and decor

So so pretty and lavish

This is how we were welcomed in our room - a personalised note, fruits and wine

The lobby was so beautiful...I spent so much time here too

Beautiful piece of art I noticed on my way to the restaurant 

Lunch at Morisco

The kids play and activity zone

One of the pretty cottages

The view from Bayview point. You can just spend your evening here!

The lush lawns hardly has any activity and is so pristine

On our way to sunset point

I just can't get over how pretty the villa is

...and couldn't stop posing with it in the background

The bathroom was so spacious and had all the amenities

...and there was a bath tub too

That's what was in the welcome note!

The decor in the living room of the villa

A shot from the sunset ritual

Le me posing in the dining area

Chilling at SFX Lounge Bar

...with some cocktails before we headed for dinner

Dinner at Il Camino

Spent a looooooong time in the bath tub

And spent some time taking mirror selfies in this pretty mirror

...and some reading

...and watching TV

Good night


Good morning

Sipping tea in the balcony with the view of the beautiful garden

A jog in the garden outside the villa run

...and then some yoga by the sea

Trying to learn some yoga postures

...followed by a dip in the pool

Getting in the vacation mode

...all smiles

...some beach time

Breakfast in bed

But I loved the bay window well

...decided to have breakkie here

Some vintage vibes

Absolute favourite space in the villa

View of the pool in the afternoon

...sipping tea with that view

Chill time outside the villa

The man playing the piano during tea had such a calming effect

The view is so pretty, right?

High-tea with a view during the afternoon tea ritual

Then we headed to a relaxing spa session

The whimsical dinner under the stars was like a fairytale 


Can't get over how beautiful this was

Last day in the villa

Setting for breakfast...again

Then it was time for some adventure activity 

I did quite well

...but Isha struggled to cross the bridge 

Look at the view...

The activity was so much fun!

The waves hitting the rocks on Sinquerim beach

There was a slight drizzle just then
Time to bid adieu to this beautiful villa which was our home for three days! 

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