Feeling good in Palolem

When we were choosing the destination in South Goa everyone were telling us how wonderful Palolem is. So that’s where we went,  we hopped into a taxi, left Ashwem and headed to the South.


I had booked a cottage from Ourem Palace which is situated on the cliffs next to the beach . I thought it would be nice to try something different and stay in a cottage on the rocks, but once we got there my first impression was quite awkward. First of all the rocky hills lacked colors. After our beautiful lush garden cottage from the previous days the contrast was drastic. Also the hills were home for ravens that were croaking from the coconut trees and it felt more like a Hitchcock movie than Eat Pray Love. And once inside our cottage I discovered that we had a wonderful view on old abandoned toilet seats that were actually quite far from us but because of the altitude we could see all that beauty from our room. So now you must wonder why the title of this blog is “Feeling good in Palolem”, well it happens the first impression doesn’t always count! We actually loved Palolem and the neighboring town Patnem!

Palolem had a nice mix of foreign and Indian vacationers enjoying the beautiful beach and laid back atmosphere. People there were less party oriented and more into wellbeing. I loved the fact that a guy next to us in a raw food cafe just casually meditated at his seat while waiting for his breakfast or that we could just hop into an Ayurvedic center and get massages on our way to the beach. We stayed two nights and saw two beautiful sunsets, one of them from the warm Arabian Sea where we swam when the sun went down. And I had the best sleep in our Ourem Palace cottage!  FYI I couldn’t see any abandoned toilet seats from the bed.

A haven in North Goa, The Jamboree Creek

Our perfect little home in Ashwem

You couldn’t imagine the feeling of relief and happiness once we arrived to Jamboree Creek in Ashwem. It was only a few kilometers from our first place in Arambol but it felt like we had arrived to another planet. But you need to know that we both suffered from a quite severe food poisoning that had started the night before and traveling (even it was only few kilometers) in that state was quite interesting to say at least… 

The cottage was cozy and it had the best open air bathroom that was protected with a mosquito net 

The cottages were surrounded by a kitchen garden growing tomatos, peas, pineapples and so. It felt refreshing to see some greenery around us and while B was recovering from the food poisoning inside the cottage, I was reading next to the pool in a hammock or on our porch.


Garden and pool area where I could spend all day

Even though I thought I could never eat food again (I couldn’t even hear the word food pronounced without feeling sick and referred to the subject just saying the letters F O O D if I had to) luckily The Jamboree Creek had a café/ restaurant inside the resort. It served simple fresh food that they cooked according our wishes and they literally brought us back to life meal by meal and smoothie by smoothie. 


Detox breakfast platter was my go to meal in the mornings 

The resort was In Ashwem, a quite chic North Goan village, and the beach was just incredible. We had a private acces to the beach through a little nature path and  a bridge that crossed a small bay. Just going to the beach was really lovely. 


The way to the beach by our private bridge

We had reserved two nights at first on Airbnb but decided to stay a third night before heading to the South Goa. We didn’t really go to the Ashwem village, but I did go see the chic beach stalls next to the French restaurant La Plage. Jade Jagger has a boutique there and of course I had to go and see how it was!

Ashwem had a more sophisticated feel to it than Arambol for instance. The beach was very clean and not crowded which I liked a lot. Again we found this place to have it’s own unique atmosphere. Living in Europe we are so used to mass market, chains, trends and fashion to be the same everywhere that I was surprised to see each Goan town so different from one another. A traveler’s bliss! 


Chic shopping on the Ashwem beach

Hippie style in Arambol

Sunset in Arambol 

Arambol Beach

Our Goa trip started in Arambol. We were exhausted after the long flight and the 1,5 hour drive from the airport and when we finally arrived to our room and got changed we started to realize that we’re on vacation. The whole process of preparing the trip was a bit stressful for me with the visa applications and vaccinations (I’m completely allergic to any administrative work and doctors) so I was happy to finally have my feet on the Goan sole. 


View from the Noname Guesthouse  

Way to the village

I had chosen The Noname Guesthouse for the first 3 days and it was conveniently  next to the beach, clean, with internet (which worked on and off ) and we had really nice neighbors too. Only problem was the extremely loud music from the restaurants next door but actually the first night we were so exhausted that we didn’t hear anything, the second night we were maybe a bit annoyed and the third night we both suffered from a food poisoning and the loud music was the least of our sufferings, so in our case the music wasn’t an issue.

The feeling when we finally arrived to our destination 



The dwell at the back of our guesthouse 



The Arambol beach is quite animated with a lot of restaurants, tourists, cows and dogs. We had a lovely candlelit dinner on the first night on the beach, breakfasts we took at the German Bakery and for lunch we headed to a Tibetan beach shack with a lot of Russian customers. But the best thing in Arambol was the beach during the sunset. Artists, hippies, tourists and locals gathered there to spend time, sell jewelry, snacks and all sorts of things relevant to a hippie lifestyle. When thinking of Goa I have this a bit romantic idea of an alternative lifestyle, exotic beauty of nature and magical atmosphere and maybe I could have got a glimpse of that during the Arambol  sunsets! 

 

Sunset in Arambol Beach 

A trip to Goa

goa panorama

This winter B and I went to discover Goa in India for the first time. This destination has been in our travel bucket list for a very long time and I’m so happy we finally made it there!

Goa is the easy going relaxed destination in India. The weather is warm, people are nice and we felt safe during the whole trip. It was a perfect two week getaway from the European winter.

The itinerary

Paris – Mumbai – Goa with Jet Airways

Arambol – The Noname Guesthouse

Ashwem – Jamboree Creek garden cottages

Palolem – Ourem Palace

Agonda – Harmonium Resort

Bogmalo (Goa airport) – Silk Cotton Resort

Our days were filled with long walks on the beach, swimming in the sea, discovering the local markets and shop stalls and eating out. Each town had it’s own vibe and it never got boring. I’ll get more in detail of each place, what we did, what we liked and what not so much, but in general WE LOVED GOA!

Goa map