Review Pousada Tauma
Oasis Of Gentility And Charm
Goa Hotel Resort Review - Oasis Of Gentility And Charm - Pousada Tauma luxury boutique hotel, beach villa house and Ayurveda spa resort.
Rating: Five Star
The final destination on our journey through India, having just arrived from beautiful Kerala, with its lush backwaters and hill stations, was the charming Pousada Tauma. Well situated near the bustling roundabout of Calangute, one steps into a cocoon of calm - of waterfalls spilling into the whimsical large pool - of the well kept gardens surrounding the bungalows and best of all, a professional and welcoming staff.
We felt well cared for by the professional, yet relaxed staff. Matthew was our guardian angel. A nice change from many hotels where I never really felt trusting enough to let my guard down. The attention from staff, both on the grounds and in the restaurant, was balanced and of European standards.
Andrew, the chef, prepared Goan cuisine which was superb (the restaurant is highly rated in the 2nd edition of Frommers). The Pomfret and Kingfisher were outstanding. Our last night, my partner and I shared the Seafood platter which was also wonderful...and at prices that were more reasonable than we had heard from other travelers eating elsewhere. Oh, and don't forget to try the fried okra appetizer - we hadn't enjoyed that so much since Bukhara.
I'd suggest a massage by Ravi as well. He blends an Ayurvedic approach with Swedish techniques. Your close to the shops in Calangute - there's an amazing antique store down the street which houses an entire attic of Indian objet d'art. You could spend hours there. Matthew will arrange transport to Asvem beach, which is lovely. It has a tasty tapas restaurant nearby...but go back to your hotel for dinner after arranging your special requests that morning.
There's a new area that is being built with a pond and sculptures surrounding - which promises to be quite nice. So, after a busy day of shopping at the massive Wednesday market, or basting on the beach, or even better, just sitting by the Pousada Tauma poolside, treat yourself to the Oasis of Gentility and Charm that P-T has to offer.
Place of Residence: Berkeley, California
Date: 08-May-2008 -