Villa Alina is located in a quiet lane in Goa's most visited tourist neighbourhood, Calangute. As an ancestral property almost a century old, it is a destination of old world charm - bedecked in predominantly white and blue colours on the exterior, and heavy wooden and earthy accents in the interior. Although the property was renovated in 2007 to incorporate modern comforts, the original Indo-Portuguese flooring still remains, so does a suite of antique furniture over these years.
Available to be rented only as a whole, Villa Alina complex of two adjoining buildings can host up to fourteen guests at a time, across six spacious bedrooms. One of the owners is usually in residence in a seperate area within the premises.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING
Villa Alina is made up of two sections, the traditionally themed main villa with four bedrooms - Nallah Room, Palm Room, Sunset Room, Monsoon Room - and the adjoining beach house with two more bedrooms - Beach room and Ocean Room, with a contemporary theme. All bedrooms have king size beds with en-suite baths and plush furnishings.
A large verandah overlooking an expansive infinity pool forms the center of this villa complex, which is surrounded by an orchard, a grove of palm trees and bougainvillea. The alfresco dining area boasts of a long table setting and a swing acquired from a Maharaja's palace, whereas the pool area is punctuated with sunbeds, cabana-style lounger and a pool bar. A balcony via a spiral staircase offers stunning sunset views. Guests can also relax at the newly introduced Shanti Space in the garden below the pool area.
Across the walls in the main villa is a living room with satellite television, a fitted kitchen with granite worktops, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, fridges and water coolers.
In 1926, on the then deserted beach of Calangute, Antonio Jasso Nazareth built a villa for his wife, Alina and named it after her. Over decades, the house has been a getaway for their four children and ten grandchildren, who usually spent a few months every year to beat London's cold winters.
Now, as their family is spread across the world, one of their daughters Julia Nazareth has moved to Goa to carry on the family legacy while sharing their love for Goa and their ancentral villa with discerning guests. Essentially still a family run business, Villa Alina regards an initmate memorable experience as the core of its buisness philosophy.
With the operation under young hands, the villa was renovated to add on modern comforts which include amongst others, an infinity pool - a first for any villa in North Goa. Villa Alina also happens to be one of the very few remaining villas in Goa to be located on the beach.
The location and setting of Villa Alina lends itself well for film and fashion shoots amongst other instances which require privacy. It has recently hosted families of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Raveena Tandon.