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 Bel Azur, Assagao

SaffronStays Bel Azur, Assagao

Airy, brightly lit rooms, with sophisticated decor and minimal designs, this one’s a quintessential Goan home. Located in 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 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 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.

6. SaffronStays Casa Citrine, Assolna

SaffronStays Casa Citrine - Assolna, South Goa

A 7-bedroom private pool villa in South Goa near Cavelossim Beach, this 230-year-old home is designed in the majestic Indo-Portuguese style. While there are 4 contemporary rooms, the remaining 3 are heritage rooms with high ceilings, poster beds and period furniture. Up-to-date with mod-cons such as split air-conditioners, king-size beds, furnishings and modern bathrooms, the villa has a common dining room and a large living room. The room connects to a long balcony through tall Georgian doors – something so typical of houses of that era. When in Goa, eat like the Goans do. Relish home-cooked Goan, Pan Indian and Continental cuisines.

Why workay here? The sublime quietude of South Goa is an antidote to our city-bred souls. With WiFi, it gets easier to work from the home. The covered pool deck that overlooks the lush rolling countryside, a lounge area next to the pool and an in-house library, you can switch your workspace as often as you want to. The villa is close to the Cavelossim Beach, Mobor Beach and Sal River. On a more relaxed day, you could head over to the Dudhsagar Falls, Cabo de Rama Fort, Colva, Varca, Palolem and Butterfly beach that are 30 minutes to an hour away from the home.

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