Greg De Roeck

Siolim House

  • Where:Goa
  • Why:South Indian getaway.
  • When:January 2015
  • Who:Me and my boyfriend.
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Tropical pool.

Our room, the Malabar suite, with its Havisham-vibes four-poster bed.

Tasteful decor, and a peek at our suite’s second bedroom, which would have come in handy if we’d had children. Or an argument.

Approximately a tenth of our ballroom-sized shower room.

My favourite design detail: the window shutters are made of irregular slats of cut oyster shells, which let in beautifully filtered light.

Antique furniture in the drawing room.

Pretty floor tiles in the lobby.

Siolim House’s garden courtyard, where breakfast is served.

Hand-painted mural selfie.

Siolim House gives good façade.

Highs & Lows

  • Scale was not compromised in the house’s restoration; the superior rooms and their en-suite bathrooms are huge.

  • Plenty of cozy lounging areas too, such as the upstairs sitting room, and a tree house-like nook overlooking the pool.

  • Kate Moss once rented Siolim House for a week. Which shouldn’t count as any kind of relevant incentive to stay there, and yet it does.

  • No reception desk and laid-back staff meant we had to walk into the kitchen to find someone to check us in on arrival.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Heritage boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    17th century Indo-Portugese colonial palace.

  • Location

    Charming north Goan village.

  • Rooms

    7

  • Music

    Nope.

  • Year Opened

    2000

  • Designed By

    Brought back to life from ruin by the current owner, Mr. Sood.

  • Pool/Gym

    One pool + massages and yoga available.

  • Restaurant

    Home-cooked Goan specialties served in the garden.

  • Bar

    Not as such, but you’ll be offered drinks wherever you happen to be lounging.

  • Minibar

    No

  • Children

    Well-behaved ones, yes.

  • Price

    The 3 superior rooms average £150 per night and are worth every penny.

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