Nilaya Hermitage: Boutique luxury in Goa
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Nilaya Hermitage: Boutique luxury in Goa

GOA’S leading boutique hotel needs little introduction for those in the know, and it really is second to none. From the moment you enter the 20 acre parkland in which the hotel lies, you leave the rest of Goa and the known world far behind. Nilaya, meaning abode in blue heaven, is a real oasis of luxury and elegance. 

Owners Claudia and Harry utilised the wonderful skills of famed Goan architect Dean D’Cruz to create Nilaya Hermitage. The three year process produced 10 elegant rooms, each unique from the other, that have a combination of Moghul, Mediterranean, Portuguese and Spanish elements.
Nilaya Hermitage: Boutique luxury in Goa

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What makes it special?
Everything about the Nilaya Hermitage is special. Laterite stone was sourced for the walls, the 33 metre long swimming pool feels like diving into a jungle lagoon, the blue domed communal hall is like walking into a cosmic setting, the Ayuverdic treatments are heaven itself and the food is a wonderful blend of western and eastern tastes.

Nilaya has refused to bow to any conventions and they let you take dinner where and as you please and have dispensed with formalities such as a reception or room numbers – rooms are named for eastern cosmic elements such as the sun, moon, earth and fire and are designed to reflect these qualities.
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What to expect?

There’s a lot of attention to detail at the Nilaya Hermitage. The owners have picked out various Gujurati or Rajasthani bed spreads for each room and sourced colonial furniture from the bazaars of Mumbai. Even the menu is hand crafted from the chef’s own blend of Eastern and Western flavours. However you are also welcome to request specific dishes.
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What is there to do?

It’s unlikely you’ll ever tire of the services on offer at the Nilaya Hermitage. Not only are there steam baths, oil massage treatments and yoga but an onsite gym, some jogging trails, tennis and badminton courts and the swimming pool. For those that want to be less active there’s also a book and DVD library. 

Should you wish to venture further afield a car and driver can be provided and itineraries arranged. Nilaya also has its own 65 foot long wooden dhow that can be booked for boat cruises or other excursions. The hotel will also arrange bike rental if that interests you.
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What’s the damage?
Luxury like this doesn’t come cheaply and staying at the Nilaya Hermitage will set you back a few rupees. They quote the rates in Euro, perhaps because of the high volume of European visitors. Room rates are Euro 300 per night (US $397) for two people but that does include an airport or hotel pickup from North Goa if you are staying at least three nights. It also includes breakfast and a sumptuous three course dinner, plus access to the health and wellness facilities at the hotel. The room rate does include all applicable government taxes but they charge a five percent gratuity to the bill.
Higher rates are applicable over Christmas, while low season rates may be discussed from May to October. It’s possible to add children or extra people to your room for an additional cost. You may also book the entire property for specific events.
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