Ben was in the back of the omni saying, “I don’t think this is right…” while I followed the map and drove us to Wildflower Villas. He made a good point. It seemed like we were in an industrial area we weren’t allowed. But just as Google promised, we saw the big white gates and pulled up. The manager told us later we came the back way (I mean, duh, I consistantly go places the weirdest way possible) to this Goa eco resort.
The kind employees greeted us at the car and held umbrellas, took our bags and walked us up to the front desk- which is in a giant old white Portuguese-looking house accented with light shades of green and blue.
Wildflower Villas: the property
Wildflower Villas caught my attention as soon as I heard of it, because of the name! I’m obsessed with wildflowers and flower headbands ever since I hear the song “wildflowers” by Tom Petty as a kid. The 7 villas at the resort are all different sizes with rooms for 2 or even a whole family, regardless you get a WHOLE villa when you stay here! They are all about being green and clean and offer “peace, privacy, and personalized service”, and that they did!
They have cute names like Evening Primrose, Desert Marigold, and Red Poppy. We stayed in Lemon Mint. There are spread out over 8 acres at various heights. The property is located near Candolim (full details below) on the Siquerim River. When they made this resort, they planted over 1,500 trees in the area. It feels like being right in the jungle and is perfect for bird-watchers. They recycle any fallen trees into furniture! They also grow herbs and medicinal plants here.
Lemon Mint Villa: our little home for the night
Lemon Mint (is this name not making you want a mojito…) had two cute pups laying outside, Pollo and Max. The little runts stole my shoe but the employee found it for me. If anything makes me feel at home, it’s a dog misbehaving like my devil dog, Huck. Plus, anytime there are dogs, I’m happy. It means no snakes for sure!
The entry room has a little set up for coffee, breakfast, and a desk to get some work done, although there is no internet in this villa. To get Wi-Fi I have to go up to the restaurant or pool or I can just use my data on my phone.
A second set of huge double doors opens into the spacious bedroom with tons of natural light coming through and landing on a big comfy bed. It is RARE to get a soft bed in India, even when you’re shelling out the big bucks. We don’t even have one in our house. Soft mattress, big fluffy duvet, A/C, feather down pillows, and a linen canopy make me a happy camper at night. The also have hot water by using solar-water heaters
Luxuries I Loved at Wildflower Villas
The giant mud tile bath tub! Ahhhmazing. The floors were made of this tile which makes me feel like I’m in Greece!
Infinity pool with a pool-side bar. You can never go wrong with this combo.
Awesome attentive staff keeping my cup full of lemongrass tea.
flower headband I made in the U.S. and a skirt by fave designer: Doe Designs
There is no room service for food; part of their eco resort rules because of crumbs drawing in bugs which equals spraying chemicals. For anything else room service is available. Staff was reliable. As I mentioned one guy went searching for my shoe in the rain, they supplied eco-friendly bug spray when asked, and when I couldn’t get the TV working it was fixed promptly. They will assign you on car and set up tours for you.
Mimosa: the in-house restaurant
We went up to the restaurant for lunch for some chicken kadai, rava fry fish, and paratha. I made sure to take a dip in the infinity pool. After a relaxing day we had some snacks of homemade (*mouth-watering) fried cheese sticks with sweet chili sauce and chicken nuggets. So much for my diet; I’m a sucker for all things deep fried!
For dinner we split entrees having the chicken biryani and a chicken club sandwich with fries. Ok, ok, I’ll admit we had more cheese sticks. I will go for a run later and work those off… maybe. The continental breakfast had eggs, chicken sausage, cereal, fresh fruit and juice, tea, and assorted local breads.
Many times when you stay at a “resort” the food is over-priced and of lower quality because they know you’ll eat it regardless. I was so relived to see this wasn’t the case at Wildflowers. The food was delicious and they had Indian options plus pastas and intercontinental snacks.
Who will love Wildflower Villas:
First off, I will say this is a place is highly recommended for monsoon. There aren’t so many parties and great restaurants in North Goa at this time of year, so it’s a good time to get away from it all and stay somewhere that shows the OTHER side of Goa. The side that us all year dwellers get to see.
Falling asleep to the sound of rain is perhaps my favorite looking out the villa windows into the lush green monsoon fauna was beautiful. It’s a great get away if you want some peace or need to get some work done. I brought my nail polish, some books, and work to do.
Even for those who have families and want to go to the beach but not keep their kids around the party scene would love it here. It’s only a few miles from the Candolim beach, so one could easily spend the day and and come back to the Villa to relax at the end of the day.
Honeymooners will find this a perfect match as well as nature-lovers of ALL kinds. If you’re having a large family reunion, these villas would be ideal!
In case you’re curious, people who won’t love this place are the ones coming for the trance scene, but I think you have already drawn that conclusion.
Things that would have been the cherry on top:
At first I couldn’t think of one thing to say, but I dug deep so that I make sure I’m telling you the whole story and all I could come up with was…. more board game options in the recreation center. I mean, c’mon the place was so lovely! Plus, by the time you guys go the board game selection will be a 10/10. Maybe on my next review I’ll find something better to bitch about ;)
Booking Wildflowers Info:
The Lemon Mint Villa ranges from Rs. 4,500 per night up to 11,500 at peak season with included complimentary breakfast. 12% Luxury tax and 7% service tax added (as at all hotels in India). Check-in 1 PM, Check-out 11 AM. See Wildflower Villas website for other villa rates.
Location: 1709/A1, Saipem, Candolim, Goa, India, 403515. FYI:Google Maps will also find it for you; it’s 3 km from Candolim and 41 km from the airport.
Contact Wildflowers: e-mail [email protected] or call +918322407329, +919822459584, or +918550910290
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Rachel Jones is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches on Goa, India two years ago where she is now a Thai masseuse, candle-maker, and travel writer. Her award winning website gives advice on the other 28 countries she's been to but has become the go-to site on India travel, focusing on off beat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine & was voted by Flipkey as one of the top 25 female bloggers to follow this year. You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google plus.
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