Apartment in Benaulim, Goa, Unique, Stylish And Chintz Free With Stunning Views Towards Beach And Paddy Fields
- english, Hindi, Gujarati (Call Amir and Kala)
About Shaff Prabatani
We are the Prabatani family: Amir and Kala both retired now and our son Shaff and daughter Shelina. Having lived in the UK most of our lives, we always dreamed of having a place in the sun. We fell in love with Goa and beautiful Benaulim and so decided to combine our resources buying a second family home which we also rent out to holiday makers such as you. All of us have been heavily involved in working with the charity, public and NGO sector. We hope when you visit India that you take an interest in the rich culture and way of life there, as well as the plight of those less fortunate then ourselves. When you visit Saffron Nest we really hope you enjoy our hospitality even though we can't be there to greet you in person!
Shaff Prabatani purchased this Apartment in 2010
Why Shaff Prabatani chose Benaulim
We bought this apartment in Benaulim because we love this small village. It's the best of all worlds, far away from the crowds and the touristy hassles of the North Goan beaches it still has the charm and friendliness of a community by the sea. The Beach is stunning and always peaceful, the food shacks and restaurants offer delicious local sea food and the locals and fisherman remain friendly and warm to the fewer visitors to the area. Its also nearer enough to the buzzing town Margoa so you can always pop into town to get some home comforts or check out a Bollywood film. The charming complex is also brand new, so not battered by countless Monsoons yet!! It has excellent security, and staff are always on hand to make sure the pool and facilities are always spotless and well cared for.
What makes this Apartment unique
We wanted to furnish a place to our taste, contemporary yet Indian! not to be overly fussy, full of old world clutter and chintz. We also wanted the furnishing to be light and soft to provide our guests with home comforts and relax atmosphere to enjoy their stay at Saffron Nest. If you are looking for a very affordable apartment that is fresh, clean, simply designed yet comfortable and equiped with every modern convenience then Saffron Nest will certainly stand out. In addition we offer different artists the opportunity to curate a small exhibition that we display at the apartment. This year photographer 'Pinky Binks' displays mesmorising images and portraits of Indian life. You can purchase prints if you wish, in which a portion goes to our local charity for street children.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 6
First trip to Goa
The apartment is in a perfect location for the beach, town and numerous shops and restaurants. Lovely quiet pool. Fantastic, well organised communication from the owners and the house manager, Myra.
Dear Juliet. Thank you for your lovely review and glad you had an enjoyable stay with us. Please come back we would love to host you again sometime soon!
Warm regards from the Prabatani Family
We have recently returned from a 3 week stay in Saffron Nest and are already planning for next year. We had a wonderful time and are hoping to return. Our favourite place was sitting on the balcony watching and photographing the wild wild life, with the French doors, front and back, wide open causing a through draught. We know the area very well, as we have been going to Benaulim since 2005 and found the accommodation to be the best we have stayed in. It’s well furnished and cupboards and drawers well stocked. Myra, the apartment manager and her daughter changed the bed linen and towels and cleaned as we requested and were very easy and nice to deal with. We would highly recommend this apartment.
A really comfortable apartment in a great location
We enjoyed our holiday enormously, as we always do, having stayed there quite a few times now. The apartment is well furnished and spacious, with two good sized bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each morning and evening, we sat on the balconies watching storks, herons, kites, kingfishers and a variety of other species all going about their business - a great way to start the day and an equally great way to see the sun go down. The apartment is on a gated estate with a central swimming pool area, all very well maintained. We particularly enjoy the fact that the estate is quiet and relaxed, with a friendly atmosphere. The shops and restaurants of Benaulim are just a short walk away and the beach is within easy reach. We’ve been going to Goa for a few years now and in this apartment we have found the ideal place to stay.
Clean Property in a Great Location
Stayed at this apartment for nearly Three weeks and enjoyed
each day. Apartment conveniently situated for a trip to the Beach
and also all the amenities were within walking distance. Variety of
Restaurants and Shops were located within 5 Minutes walking from
the apartment. The apartment itself is located in a secured and
quite location. Recommend a stay here for all.
Owner and Lady servicing the apartment are very easy to get on and
a source of great information for the Local area. We thank them both
for making our stay and Holiday a memorable occasion.
Great apartment in a charming village
The apartment is clean, safe and light, with wonderful views. Benaulim is a busy, delightful village, close to the beach but not overwhelmed by visitors. Extensive selection of restaurants, cafes and shops. The pool was open (though we didn't use it). Myra (the caretaker) is responsive and can recommend local drivers. We used Edwin, who is reliable, friendly and helpful to a fault. Highly recommended. The beach is a short walk away and the village is well-placed for a wide range of other day trips. A wonderful holiday.
Thank you Mike you were the perfect guests. Glad you enjoyed the apartment and Benaulim and were able to explore Goa's cultural heritage too!
Come back soon. :-)
Special interest holidays:
There is a full range of water sports available in Goa, plus paragliding and sailing. Indian cooking classes are available in many restaurants. Yoga, meditation and massage classes are also taught. Uniquely you can undertake Ayerverdic treatments locally too.
You can walk everywhere between the beach, shops, and restaurants. Walking to the beach is approx 0.7km, about a 15 minute walk from the apartment or a 5 minute rickshaw ride.
Benaulim is about 27km from Dabolim Airport and 8km from Margoa Railway Station. It’s easily accessible by all modes of transport.
Reliable gov licenced (fixed rate) taxis are available from the airport. Return taxi's are easily available locally for your return journey. If you require us to organise your taxi transfers for you we can do for an additional fee.
If you would like to explore the area you can hire your own bicycle or scooter/motorcycle on the main road or from the Benilum Cross road. If you have a license, please bring it with you.
The apartment is only five minutes walk from many restaurants, shops and services. Turn right out of the complex and head towards the main Benaulim Cross Road where you will find everything you may need in one convenient bustling hub including internet, money exchange, supermarket, pharmacy, bakery, taxis and rickshaws. Turn Left and you can take a meandering stroll through Goa's breathtaking countryside and take the quiet route to the beach past the fishing nets.
While in Goa make sure you explore the surrounding area. There are a variety of tours to different attractions in South and North Goa such as Anjuna Market, Old portugese towns Old Goa and Panjim as well as other beaches. Trips to local sites such as churches, temples, national parks, water falls and fishing villages can also be visited easily by taxi or scooter. Alternately local travel agents offers organised tours to places of interest.
With a considerable proportion of Indians living in abject poverty, it is important to reflect on the fact that as tourists we are fortunate. The Prabatani Family supports ’Stepping Stone’ – a day centre and night shelter for street children. It is run by ‘El Shaddai’ street child rescue charity. We frequently visit this inspiring project, based in Margao. If you are interested in supporting this project, a visit can be arranged by request.