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Arco Iris Boutique Homestay

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A homestay experience in one of the villages in Goa is quite something memorable. Acro Iris in South Goa is one boutique hideaway set in one of the hills in Curtorim.

The house itself is styled along colonial Portuguese lines with a high plinth, imposing columns, high ceilings and offers excellent year-round natural ventilation. The house has been restored and renovated, true to its heritage and without compromising the modern day requirement for convenience and comfort. During the restoration process, all efforts have been made to preserve the original materials which have gone into the construction of the house by using them, at times, for alternate purposes. The end result is a house which reflects a judicious and tasteful blend of the modern and the traditional.

The balcao or the balcony, is the most social part of the house where any daily activity, be it catching up with neighbours, reading the morning newspapers, eating or just plain lazing can be carried out. The sala or the high ceilinged living room is reserved for formally receiving and entertaining visitors.
The dining room is dominated by the dining table which can comfortably seat 8. Incidentally, once you see the dining table, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that it was originally one of the doors in the house.

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Arco Iris houses four bedrooms. Three of the bedrooms are located on the ground floor and open into private balconies. All the bedrooms and the lounge have been suitably modified to accommodate ensuite bathrooms with all modern amenities. The colours of the bedrooms have been picked keeping in mind the colours of the rainbow, and therefore we can offer you a choice of yellow, blue, green, violet, orange and indigo rooms.
  • Spacious A/c and Non-A/c rooms
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Hot and cold running water in the bathrooms
  • Tea/ coffee machines
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary daily newspaper
  • Welcome drink and fruit basket
  • Common TV/ DVD
  • Library access
  • Complimentary Broad band connectivity
  • Laundry service
  • Board games
  • Luggage holding facility
  • Doctor on call
  • Car rental
  • Airport transfers
  • Home cooked lunch/ dinner at additional cost
  • In-house Moderation Bar
Reach Margaon on NH17

Directions from Margaon

From the Big Foot-Bolshe circle take the road leading to Raia. Continue along the Raia Road and cross the Sonsodo Garbage Disposal yard. Take the right immediately after Sonsodo and continue towards St. Alex Church, Curtorim. After the Church, continue along the Macazana Road till you reach Carmel High School and Church, about 1.5 kms from St. Alex. Take the left  directly opposite Carmel High School and proceed for about 0.7 kms along the perimeter of the Corjim lake to reach Arco Iris which will be on your left if you are on the right track.

Curtorim is about 10 kms from the Margao Bus Terminus.

Curtorim is about 12 kms from the Margao Railway Station.

Curtorim is 32 kms from the Dabolim Airport.
Activities nearby
  • Walk to St Alex Church, about 2 kms from Arco Iris along tree lined country roads. The church, which dominates the topography of Curtorim is one of the oldest churches in India having been built in 1597. 
  • Cycle to Rachol seminary , about 8 kms from Arco Iris, crossing the Curtorim and Maina lakes along the route. The seminary is one of the oldest in Asia and affords an opportunity to interact with the seminarians. The seminary also houses a library which boasts an extensive collection of books on philosophy and theology.
  • Visit to Braganza Mansion, a magnificent country mansion in the village of Chandor and take a guided tour of the mansion.
  • Cycle to Chandor and go for a heritage walk in and around Chandor which will cover places of archaeological value. Chandor is about 4 kms from Arco Iris. 
  • Walk to the Zuari River and go on a boat ride with a local gondolier
  • Visit to the Big Foot museum and Ancestral village in Loutolim and drop in at the Figueirado's for tea.
  • Visit the 400 year old Palacio De Deao, about 15 kms away from Arco Iris. The garden around the palace is possibly the best in the state. With prior appointment it is possible to have a cozy candlelit dinner.
  • Spend an evening at the Colva/ Benualim/ Varca beach. Colva, the closest beach is about 12 kms from Arco Iris.
  • Visit the famous Mangeshi and Datta Mandir temples
  • Picnic on the banks of the Zuari
  • Wildlife safaris in the protected areas of Cotigao, Mahavir, Bondla or Mhadei.
  • Birding around the Maina, Curtorim, Corjem and Carombolim lakes
  • Walking in and around Curtorim
  • Fishing in the Zuari river along with local fishermen
  • Light trek around Raia, Loutolim, Chandor, Margao
  • Nature Photography
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