Saudades is a private beach house, with resort facilities, located at the beach in Candolim, North Goa .Candolim , famous for its stretch of clean and beautiful beach, is a verdant, laid-back, coastal village, that typifies the Goan attitude: the ideal place to escape to. With this in mind, the owners bought the house as a second home and the interiors were done up stylishly to provide a comfortable weekend retreat for the family. The ample use of teakwood, marble and granite around the house along with the well tended garden enhances this hideaway ambience. Built as part of the attached Resort, the residents have free access to the facilities available, like swimming pool, gym, etc.
The house is a two floor structure, built in a split-level design:
The ground floor includes a sitting, dining area, lounge area, the guest bathroom, a well designed kitchen and an utility area in the back. The sitting and dining area is attractively furnished with comfortable sofas, rugs, lamp shades, bookcase, cable television with VCD/ACD and other accessories. A wooden dining table, topped with bevelled glass, seats six. The kitchen has beautiful red granite counters and is tiled all over. It is equipped with two refrigerators, cooking hob, gas, and microwave. Also included are other conveniences such as a mixer, blender, water purifier, juicer, toaster, sandwich toaster, percolator, rice cooker and an oven-toaster-griller. Open the wooden cabinets and you'll find a complete supply of dishes, storage containers, casserole and microwave dishes, cutlery, glasses of all types, and cooking utensils. A door in the kitchen takes one out into the backyard, where, come sunset, one can light up the barbecue. Here a little utility area, designed with granite, contains a sink and a washing machine. Hot water is available at both the kitchen and utility sinks. A wooded area stretches beyond the backyard compound wall. At the other end, the front area of the house begins with a HIGH BLACK GATE that opens into the garage and walkway. This section has been converted into a lounging area complete with table and chairs, loungers and a comfy swing. The entire space is covered with an awning. Two small ceiling fans provide cool air. A high wall made of palm matting, running the length of the compound, provides guests with the privacy they deserve. The lounging area, a favourite with guests, is a cool place to stretch and relax after a sun soaked day at the beach. A typical goan balcao (balcony) overlooks this area and opens into the hall. On one side of the house a trimmed lawn stretches from the backyard to the front. The perimeter is lined with plants to give one a faraway-from-the-hustle-bustle-of-the-city-feel.
The upper floor has three air-conditioned bedrooms with bathrooms en suite. All bathrooms have hot water geysers and are fitted with both wall and ceiling tiles. Two bedrooms have bathtubs. The bedrooms are cozy and furnished with cable television, a double bed with a comfortable mattress and pillows, lampshades, paintings, wardrobe, telephone for local calls and a writing desk with mirror. One bedroom opens out on to a small terrace and one has a balcony that overlooks the garden. The third bedroom overlooks the wooded area in the back.
Although the locality is peaceful and crime free, the house is secured with iron grills and strong teak doors. A bolted down safety vault safeguards your passport, important documents and cash. A walk-in loft can store your empty bags so they don't clutter your rooms. The linen closet has ample linen, sheets, towels, etc. Pick up those special beach towels provided and walk to the beach or check the swimming pool at the resort. A housekeeping maid and a gardener endeavor to provide the guests with a chore-free holiday; looking after garbage disposal, house-keeping, change of linen, laundering of guests' clothes, cleaning of dishes, etc. Back-up electricity and fresh water is available all day. Check the fridge out for some complimentary foodstuff and drinks, and avoid the hassle of running around for stuff when you arrive. Additionally, items like tea, coffee, sugar, salt, spices, etc are stocked for your use. Once you recover from the jet lag, take a leisurely stroll down the road to find super markets, wine stores, restaurants, small shops, phone booths, cyber cafes just walking distances away. Many restaurants provide home delivery; the attached resort provides room service and a ten percent discount on foods and beverages. Use the several phones around the house to make local calls free of charge. If you want to let your hair down and hit the night spots, the neighbouring villages of Calangute and Baga will not disappoint. At the end of a tiring but fun filled day, you'll be appreciative of the soft beds with crisp white sheets.
For your safety and comfort, smoking is only permitted in the lounging area.Ok , so you are thinking, blah, blah, will someone please tell us how far is the damn beach: Exactly 60 seconds after you have closed that HIGH BLACK GATE behind you.