This beautiful ancestral home was built in 1926 by Alirio Nazareth’s father, Antonio Jasso, who named it after his wife Alina. Back then, it was built on a deserted Calangute beach and today it feels like an oasis of tranquillity in the midst of the enjoyable hustle and bustle of the surrounding area.
For the last thirty years, the owners regularly spent three months a year at Villa Alina escaping the cold London winter. During this time they worked hard to maintain the house as a most welcoming holiday home for their four children and ten grandchildren who have all grown to love everything about Goa. In March 2006, it was decided that the children would take responsibility for restoring this beautiful Portuguese influenced villa to its former glory but with the addition of some modern comforts.
The impressive private infinity swimming pool, which is exclusive to our guests, now makes Villa Alina a truly luxurious rental with a perfect balance between traditional Goan and modern living. Each of the six bedrooms, all en-suite, are air conditioned and have ceiling fans. Splendid soft furnishings and antique furniture make every room a pleasure to stay in. There is a fully equipped kitchen, lounge areas, satellite TV and a magnificent outdoor dining veranda with seating for 16 people…and more.
We plan to enjoy this wonderful, comfortable ancestral home for ourselves but are also happy to rent it out to guests who enjoy staying in this type of self catering luxury.
Most people who visit Goa for the first time always return and we believe that Villa Alina will have that same memorable effect on all our guests.
We know you will enjoy and appreciate Villa Alina as much as we do.
The best time to visit Goa is from late October to the end of February when the post monsoon period brings long, sunny days with temperatures of around 30ºC during the day and around 25ºC in the pleasant evenings. This period is very popular because of the wonderful weather and the safe swimming by the great beaches. Air conditioning is usually unnecessary until March.
The perfect weather continues until the middle of April when humidity begins to rise sharply and the temperature increases to an average of 35ºC. By May, many of the seasonal shops, restaurants, beach shacks and other facilities that are generally available during the peak season will close down until October. Of course, global warming has had an impact on Goan weather over the last few years, with some rainfall sometimes occurring until the beginning of November.
A former Portuguese colony, the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan.
The state of Maharashtra borders Goa on the north, the state of Karnataka is on the south and east, and the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea on the west forms the magnificent coastline for which Goa is justly famous.
Portuguese merchants first landed in Goa in the 15th century and annexed it soon after. This Portuguese colony existed for about 450 years until it was taken over by India in 1961.
Today, it is not just the familiar remnants of Portuguese colonialism or the picture-book Indian exoticism that makes Goa so accessible; the Goans themselves are extremely welcoming and have a very relaxed outlook on life…….which is happily contagious while holidaying there!
Internationally renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches, Goa is visited by many foreign and domestic tourists each year and has become one of the most popular holiday destinations for European travellers, particularly during the Northern hemisphere winter. There are beaches to suit everyone, from tranquil to lively, with gourmet shack restaurants and a multitude of water sports.
Besides beaches, Goa is also known for its world heritage architecture including the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. The Fontainhas district of Panaji, the capital, is a heritage area where you can still see Portuguese architecture as it existed during the colonial reign. Narrow streets are fringed with old houses sporting the most dazzling colours – a throwback to the times of the Portuguese who insisted that the walls of each house be freshly painted after every monsoon – except for the churches, which got the mandatory white-wash. Goa also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which are classified as a biodiversity hotspot.
The allure of Goa is that it remains quite distinct from the rest of India and is small enough to be grasped and explored in a way that other Indian states are not.
From November to March the weather in Goa maintains a steady, relaxing course, with temperatures staying between 25°C (77°F) and 30°C (86°F).
It is a truly breathtaking experience to watch the hot sun setting in splendour every evening over the tranquil Arabian Sea. Goa is definitely worth a visit and Villa Alina is the perfect luxury villa to rent!