The SpaceChampakali is two homes on a hill by the river in Old Goa.
We combine the comforts of a plush home with the lush beauty of the Mandovi river delta. Our principle is generosity: the warm giving-ness of the Goan landscape and the fresh openness of a champa flower.
We’ve left the city and the beach and gone inland — we’re deep in the heart of Old Goa. In return, we’ve opened up all our doors and windows to the great outdoors. Our bedrooms sometimes feel like tree houses. (With really comfortable beds.)
You won’t see the sea here — but you’ll hear the river, the calls of birds and the rustle of wind through tall teaks. The beach isn’t in walking distance; the Basilica is. Our pool is in a grove of trees. Our big old banyan has a natural seat. Step off the patio: there’s crabgrass to cushion your feet.
Our two villas are called Banyan and Teak. We love them both equally: one’s just closer to the banyan tree. That, and the floors are different.
Each villa has three bedrooms, with bathrooms and verandahs attached. Every room has a unique personality, with eclectic, handpicked furniture, linens and art. (They’re all gorgeous. Trust us. You’ll want to try them all.)
Both homes have beautiful common spaces — patios with easy chairs, courtyards with lily ponds, covered gazebos with fans, and living rooms that open up on three sides — where you can read, paint, contemplate, have a long meal or a leisurely tea, all while enjoying the feeling of being outdoors.
Champakali lives on two acres of farm-orchard land. We’ve landscaped just enough that you can walk around freely, but not so much you feel you’re on a golf course. Think of it as a soft landing into Goa’s lush landscape.
There’s a pool to take the edge off the afternoon heat, with plenty of sun and shade around it for tanners and burners.
Readers are in luck: our little library is eclectic and personal. But good luck figuring out where to sit. There are verandahs and gazebos, couches and deck chairs — even banyan branches — to choose from.
There are no fixed breakfast hours. We’ll serve it early if you want to walk down to the Basilica of Bom Jesus before the heat hits, late if you had a long night.
The coffee is single-origin from the best South Indian plantations. The tea is loose-leaf and diverse. The poi is bought fresh every day from a bakery down the street — it’s better than sliced bread.
If you would like to have lunch or dinner, let us know by the morning of the same day. Our in-house chef will make you a delicious Indian meal.
And if you’d like to mind your own business, our pantry is stocked and open to you at all hours. Wander in for a piece of fruit, a sandwich, a biscuit while your tea’s brewing. Make yourself at home. Guest AccessGuests can access the entire home, the swimming pool, The lush garden and all other common areas. Interaction with GuestsMy team of 9 personnel will be personally available at all times to ensure you have a luxurious and comfortable. The NeighborhoodA five-minute walk from Champakali is the iconic Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount. Fifteen minutes in the other direction are all the highlights of historic colonial Goa, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, and the churches of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Augustine. Take a good guide, or a good guidebook: there’s a ton of history around.
Short taxi and ferry rides away on the Mandovi river are the Divar and Chorao islands, ideal for long walks or bicycle rides. Birdwatchers will enjoy the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on Chorao, still off the beaten path.
20 minutes in a taxi gets you to a beach. 45 gets you to the thick of North Goa’s nightlife. An hour and a half gets you to South Goa, intensely local, less overrun. For everything else: Panjim is a 15-minute cab ride away.
Organized by us along with our local travel partners, our managers can guide you to preferred beaches, local attractions, restaurants, markets & nightlife.
Walk through Old Goa. Explore Old Goa churches. The Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi right across it. The area is dotted with several other historic gems that may not always be on the tourist trail. The Church of St. Augustine, Chapel of Mount Mary, the Statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Viceroy Gate are some spots worth visiting.
Go island-hopping: Just off the mainland from the Old Goa area of Ribandar are Divar and Chorao islands, within close proximity of each other, they are lush green areas, and a short ferry ride away. Ideal for enjoying long walks and cycling with out the bothersome traffic.
Check out the still not very popular is the Salim Ali Bird Park on Chorao Island. That it is located in a protected estuary covered by a mangrove forest makes it rich in flora and fauna and home to several unusual species of herons and other water birds, crocodiles, crabs and mudskippers. Still off the grid as far as tourist attractions go, the bird park is a calm spot for birders and conservationists to visit. Getting AroundCar service available through our partner taxi company. We assure the highest standards of safety are maintained by all drivers & vehicles. Please consult with our manager for tariffs.
Scooter and Bike rentals can be arranged for your use around town. Other Things to NoteThe Champakali team is always on hand to service all your requests and answer any questions you may have. Sit back, relax and enjoy your stay…
For your comfort
Complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout our premises and in every room with unlimited usage free of charge. Connect to the network “Champakali old Goa” and enter the password “banyan”.
An electronic safe located inside your cupboard for your precious valuables; the instruction guide can be found next to the safe.
A laundry bag provided for your clothes that cleaning. We will be happy to wash and iron your clothes every day of your stay. Free of cost.
Two mineral water bottle (1litre) per room will be provided complimentary per day.
Yoga mats accessible on request for the health conscious travelers for exercise. To be returned at the end of your stay.
We also provide in your room a kit with a hair dryer and torch. To be returned at the end of your stay.
Daily newspapers, journals and magazines available in our living room for your reading pleasure. Also in our music room is a house library with a collection of novels, guide books and coffee table books on India; feel free to borrow one.