More private villa than resort, Pousada Tauma is run by Neville Proenca, the delightful hands-on owner. Built of laterite and other local materials, the eco-friendly Pousada, designed to use minimal resources, features traditional tile-roofed stone buildings set around a pool with a swim-up bar and waterfall.
Review Traveller - The rooms—each featuring a private terrace or garden, satellite TV, and direct-dial telephone—are simply decorated with cotton bedspreads, copper-pot lamps, and colonial-style furniture. The playful, Gaudí-esque bathrooms are covered in shattered, brightly colored tiles. There's also a small Ayurvedic spa run by professional Keralan therapists, and the Copper Bowl restaurant serves good European food and superlative Goan specialties.
Gods of Small Things
Pousada Tauma, Goa
Nobody in Goa knows about Pousada Tauma. Ask around and taxi drivers stare at you blankly. But never has a struggle with directory enquiries been more worthwhile. Pousada Tauma is in Calangute, Goa's former hippy mecca that has suffered the brunt of package tourism with a beach that is dirty and crowded. Few guests will make the 10-minute walk to the sea - except teenagers, who will be grateful for the nightlife. But within the confines of the hotel, you get a taste of Goa before the charter flights: quiet, slow-paced, indulgent.
There are 12 suites well-positioned around a pretty pool with swim-up bar and water cascade. More like a private villa than a resort, Pousada Tauma is run by Neville Proenca, the delightful hands-on owner. The rooms are simply decorated with cotton bedspreads, copper-pot lamps, colonial-style furniture and playful, Gaudí-esque bathrooms covered in shattered, brightly coloured tiles. Each clean and comfortable room has a private terrace, satellite TV and direct-dial telephone. There's a small Ayurvedic spa run by professional Keralan therapists and the Copper Bowl restaurant serves superlative Goan specialities. Reviewer: Sophy Roberts
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