Work from Goa

WiFi, empty beaches and hygge: Why working from Goa is a great option!

If places had a janam kundli (how is it not a thing already?), Goa’s would certainly have Rahu-Ketu in its ‘plans’ house. What else explains people not being able to make it to Goa even after a lot of back and forth?

It all starts with a phrase – ‘Let’s go to Goa!’ – followed by a ‘Yaas!’ from everyone. Transforms into a WhatsApp group. The next step is convincing your parents that you’re “only going there for the beaches” (hah!), realigning your other plans to squeeze this in somehow. However, these beach plans ‘water down’ – literally – because of several reasons. 

  • No leaves pending. 
  • Parents said no. 
  • You forgot you had another commitment. 
  • It’s so close, you ‘can go there any other time’. 

And so, one after the other, people leave the group before it entirely dissolves. You were in for this – you knew it.

But this dates back to the pre-COVID times. Having stayed in for over 100 days, there’s a good enough reason to see this plan finally taking shape albeit differently. Because, if you can work from home, you can work from a private vacation home in Goa, too, right? 

(Did you read our blog about Ways to Switch Up WFH?)

At some point, we have all imagined working from Goa. Starting our day with yoga, followed by sipping on some coconut water, heading over to a cafe for a hearty brekkie and some time with your laptop. Finally, ending the day cycling in the serene, quaint lanes or heading to a pool, before ending the night with a cocktail and some satiating soul food. Aren’t we all yearning for it? We have 6 reasons (read: homes) to ensure that aapke plans ko nazar naa lage

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1.SaffronStays Frangipani, Assagao

Much like the flower it is named after, the home, too, has a tropical appeal. Airy, brightly lit rooms, with sophisticated decor and minimal designs, this one’s a quintessential Goan home. Located in a quiet nook of Goa – Assagao – this Mediterranean-style pool villa has poster beds and breezy balconies that only add to its unparalleled charm. Dominated by whites, greys, browns, and blues the home’s colour palette is only interrupted by pops of colours in the form of bright blooms. 

The premises houses 2 villas – one with 4 bedrooms, and another one with 5 bedrooms. 

Why workay here?, There is a separate room with a projector screen and comfy seating that is ideal for presentations, screenings (think movies) and video conferencing. To unwind post-work, you could either head to Anjuna beach (15 mins), your own private swimming pool or try a backspin shot at the pool table. Working from Goa has its own perks, you know.

2. SaffronStays Tequila Sunsets, Anjuna

The home’s name is enough to give you vacay vibes and leave you with an image of a sundowner. Feet in the pool, a drink of your choice, and some groovy music – add a dash of some cool quotient while you work here. 

Two clusters with a total of 7 private pool villas, it can accommodate up to 64 guests. So while it is perfect for a smaller group, you can even plan intimate celebrations and small weddings here. While one cluster has 3 villas of 3 bedrooms each, the second cluster consists of 4 villas with 4 bedrooms each. Each villa has a balcony, pool, and spacious rooms – talk about balancing privacy and togetherness. 

Why workay here? The home has a steady WiFi connection making it easier working from this Goa home. It is also close to both, Anjuna and Vagator beaches, where you can opt for watersports (as soon as it resumes), chill at the shacks or go shopping to the Anjuna Flea Market. 

3. SaffronStays Pina Colada, Arpora

Coconuty, creamy and fruity – memories of a Pina Colada refresh us and how! Have a similar rejuvenating experience at this pet-friendly private villa in North Goa. Each of the 3 private pool villas can host up to 8 guests in its 4 bedrooms, while together it can accommodate up to 30 people. The pool (+ loungers), cosy gazebo right next to it and greenery abutting the home are sure to elevate your experience in every villa. If you’re a water baby, we’re almost sure you’ll spend most of your time in the azure pool.

Why workay here? Your pets have stayed in with you for far too long. Get them along and have a poolside presentation for your next office video call; the home also has a steady WiFi connection. Start your ‘working from Goa’ day with some delish baked cookies from local bakeries and end it with a recreation of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ at the Chapora Fort, 20 mins from the home.

The Aguada Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, and Arpora Bazaar are other attractions near the villa. 

4. SaffronStays Villa Martini, Candolim

While Martinis are not meant for everyone, this one’s going to be a sure shot crowd pleaser. Located amidst a bunch of palm trees, this is a cluster of 3 villas. While one of them has 3 bedrooms, the other two have 4 bedrooms each. Take a break in-between working from this home in Goa, and plan a pool volleyball match with your family. And because everyone needs some time off in Goa, you can even get your pets along at these pet-friendly homes in North Goa. 

Why workay here? The villas have a steady WiFi connection. Add to this, they are only 50 metres from Candolim Beach. Kickstart your day on a good note with a quick football match by the beach, or a walk with your pets. The home is near several other well-known spots including Sinquerim Fort, Baga and Calangute Beach.

5. SaffronStays Alohomora, Siolim

Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Siolim, this Portuguese-style private villa in Goa has a vintage touch. A large, lavish pool, inner courtyard, wide lawns, a cosy wooden cottage, carved wooden poster beds, and antiques lend an ethereal charm to this private vacation home in Siolim. It has a mini library for bibliophiles, a massive collection of DVDs for movie buffs and a separate space for indoor games. With a forest behind the villa, one can not only hear birds chirping at all times but also see them (Psst! There are stories about how, during summers, peacocks come by for a casual stroll and use the pool water to keep themselves hydrated.)

Why workay here? The inner courtyard is where people would end up spending most of their time. If your job involves seeking inspiration from whatever’s around you, this is an ideal creative retreat in Goa; it’s got WiFi too. 

Working from this vacation home in Goa has added benefits. It is located very close to major tourist attractions like Morjim and Anjuna Beach, and Mapusa market from where you can shop for antiques, clothes, spices, pickles, authentic Goan delicacies and fresh cashew nuts. 

6. SaffronStays Saanuki, Candolim

Bollywood lovers, if you’re looking at a place for a long-term stay in Goa, this should certainly be on your list. Located in the heart of Goa, 5 minutes from Candolim beach, this 3-bedroom pet-friendly villa has several frames and decor pieces that will appeal to cine buffs. Located in a gated complex with 24-hour security, this home is ideal for families with pets and those travelling for work. 

Why workay here? Owing to its proximity to beaches, it helps as a good unwinding spot post a long day at work. Candolim, Calangute and Baga beaches are less than 20 mins from here. Go for a leisurely walk, catch the setting sun or take part in some water activities. The home is 22 minutes from the Aguada Fort and located close to the night market from where you can shop for local specialities.

7. SaffronStays Celeste, Siolim

Witness an immersive, celestial experience at this 4-bedroom eco-conscious home in Goa. Located 90 mins from the Goa airport, you can find hints of the moon in its design. The minimal decor here evokes a sense of Portuguese architecture in a modern, Goan context. The entrance hallway leads to an expansive living area where one can closely experience the home’s surreal vibes. The living room and top floor bedroom are connected to an adjacent wing via a floating hallway. As you walk on the curved walkway, which overlooks the pool, you can also see the home’s key highlight – an open-air observatory deck from where you can go stargazing! Curated spaces here discreetly open into courtyards, gardens and vast living spaces. 

Why workay here? With continuous WiFi, the crescent-shaped pool of this private vacation home in Goa serves as a central axis around which each area of the home unfolds and reconnects. The home exudes a calm vibe that helps build a healthy work environment. While isolated from the chitter-chatter, it is also located in the heart of Goa. Thalassa, a popular haunt almost synonymous with the State, is only a 3-minute drive from the home. Some other well-known spots around the home include Antares, Olive, Ciao Bella, Gunpowder, Project Cafe, Sakana and more. In the mood for some shopping? With plenty of brands to choose from, Assagao is only 15 minutes from the home.

8. SaffronStays Helios, Siolim

This sprawling 4-bedroom infinity pool villa in Goa offers a tinge of the tropical. With open-roof gardens, top-deck, courtyard ponds and an infinity pool it has private access to the Chapora River. 

Elegantly fusing the indoors with the outdoors, the living area offers a view of the river-facing infinity pool. A swerving staircase in the living area leads you to the upper floor bedrooms with private balconies that offer breathtaking sights of the greens, the pool and river. The spaces here are interspersed with modern art and minimal decor in muted tones. Use of reclaimed wood like the sculptural installations made out of repurposed Jaisalmer teak wood not only lends a touch of panache but also adds to the home’s overall earthy appeal. 

Why workay here? WiFi, a top-deck to enjoy some top notch views, two private courtyards, spaces that extend towards the river, bedrooms overlooking the striking landscape, and a large gazebo for outdoor dining… there’s enough & more to inspire you to work from here! Add to this, those beachy coconut trees are just right for your Goa state of mind! On a clear night, try tracing the constellations at the open-air observatory. Thalassa, the popular Goan restaurant is barely a 3-minute drive from the home. Antares, Olive, Ciao Bella, Gunpowder, Project Cafe, Sakana are few other popular eateries around. Beach please? The home is close to Morjim and Vagator beaches, which are 22 mins and 18 mins from here, respectively.

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