http://matteocharles.com/cart/ Whenever I plan a vacation, Goa always tops the list. I am somehow really fascinated towards all the cafes, slow life, and the hippie culture there. This time I visited Goa with my mum to just spend some chill time doing absolutely nothing, not even being touristy. We skipped visiting main tourist places and chose to spend time at the hotels we were staying at. Champakali being one of the hotels hosting us, was a total surprise as soon as we entered the hotel’s premises. Nestled into the lush green hillside in Old Goa, overlooking the Mandovi river, this boutique stay is a peaceful oasis for travelers looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate avoiding the crowded areas of Goa. It was a tranquil hideaway.. exactly what I needed to unwind after two hectic months of exams and work.
As soon as we entered, we were greeted by Birju who showed us around the property and took care of us like a family throughout our stay. The staff here deserves a special mention. They anticipated our needs before we asked and went beyond our expectations in making our stay as comfortable as possible.
The property is surrounded by lush greenery, fish ponds, and trees. You can spot papaya trees, banana trees and many varieties of flowers there. Their pool has the best location ever. Swimming in there felt like a meditation to me. We used to wake up early every day without any alarms, get wet in rain, walk & cycle around in the greenery and swim for hours. Sounds like a perfect workout, right? It was a HEAVEN and the continuous rains made it even better. This hotel is an absolute must for anyone looking to disconnect from the capitalist zombie-world we like to call life.
I seriously hope these pictures do Champakali justice! I will surely go back.
Some people may not like the location of this property since it is far away from the beach life of Goa but if you need a break from all the hustle bustle, do try to book yourself a stay here and you will love the time you spent at Champakali to connect with yourself and with nature.