I booked to stay here for one night and was persuaded by Luku and Nana to stay for a second. It was not a decision I regret making. This beautiful house with its welcoming staff and family (only Nana was around as the rest of the family were on holiday) was the perfect way to spend my last two days in Goa. The rooms are modern with fantastic showers (surprisingly important to me!) and big comfy beds. I swam in the pool every day which was clean and a perfect temperature. Luku was so accommodating and helpful which, as a solo female traveller, is priceless. I was shown the island and the gorgeous church on the hill - get a peek inside, it's breathtaking! I had never stayed in a homestead before and love the concept of it - home cooked food and I really enjoyed meeting the other guests. Would love to come and visit again.
The island retreat offers very comfortable stay! All people here are quite warm, friendly and courteous! The bar guy (sorry, don't recollect his name) has lot of mocktail etc. varieties to serve. One can enjoy a great time at poolside as it is very relaxing. It's a perfect place to stay with family. Only thing is if coming by private vehicle, need to check ferry point and location of the guest house from ferry point. The food served is quite homely and hygienic. Excellent stay!
When visiting Goa, I'd urge anyone to think outside the box. Lots of tourists are seduced by the beach resorts in the noisy north and the sultry and secluded south. If that's your thing then fine, but if you want an introduction to the real, rural Goa, then you could do no better than this wonderful rambling guest house on Divar Island.
The island sits in the Mandovi River opposite Panjim and Old Goa, with ferry connections almost as good as a bridge due to their frequency. As a destination this works really well, because you can relax and enjoy Indian village life as much as you wish, but in 20 minutes or so, find yourself in a World Heritage Site (Old Goa), or in Panjim, a bustling, vibrant town. and if like us you wanted to visit a beach for the day, an affordable taxi will get you there in around 45 minutes.
Divar Island Guest House is a family-run home-stay experience second to none. An exotic, large and comfortable house, redolent of a bye-gone age, and filled with quaint and interesting antiques and curios. We were made warmly welcome by the owner's family and staff and really did feel totally relaxed and at home. It's a great way to understand more about Goan life and also to meet and make friends of the other guests during your stay. Finally a mention for the food, which was lovely and varied throughout our week on Divar.
So if you're looking for a comfortable (fabulous beds!), clean, friendly place in a great location, and with superb food, no point considering anything else......
We wanted to relax as it turned out this was the perfect spot for us. It's quite but surprisingly well connected via road and ferry to main tourist attractions. Facilities were great and I got to see some card magic tricks. Would happily plan to stay again.
This is an amazing house very tastefully decorated . The house is located on the Divar island which can only be reached by a ferry, once off the ferry you enter a land of peace and tranquility. The hosts are amazing, warm and accomidating. A must stay if you want to take a break from the city rush.