Tucked away down a narrow red mud lane, flanked by a meandering river, Casa Colvale is arguably Goa’s best kept secret. The village of Colvale itself bears the rustic charm of a Goa gone by, covered by expanses of lush paddy fields and the gentle wash of the Chapora river. It is steeped in history as far back as the second century and while it was an important defence station during colonial times, has relaxed into a kind of permanent holiday-like stupor that is bound to charm the socks off any city-based traveller. But it’s not so far from the throb of Goa’s famous nightlife to be completely cut off. Casa Colvale literally offers the best of both worlds.
Casa Colvale is the ideal location for an intimate destination wedding in Goa. There are sprawling lawns at the entrance of the hotel that will be simply perfect for a quiet ceremony and celebratory meal for family and close friends. The hotel also has massage rooms with a separate shower, toilet and steam room with a view of the Chapora river.
It’s hard to find fine dining at your doorstep when you’re off the beaten track, but at Casa Colvale you never have to worry. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Riverview bar shaded by coconut palms, and long lazy dinners at the Riverside restaurant that offers a range of Italian, continental and Indian fine dining. Breakfast is best in the common lounge where the view of the river adds a zest to each fresh new day, but really, you could have it anywhere you please.