Elsewhere is located in north Goa on a remote spit of land that almost turns it into its own private island. Accessed by a small bamboo bridge over a creek, this whole area is almost exclusively there for the guests of Elsewhere. There are just four cottages, all positioned perfectly by the beach, and there are also three tents overlooking the creek. It’s not surprising that so many guests return here year after year and that booking well is advance is absolutely recommended. To many, Elsewhere is their little secret, a place to escape to and relax. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, and if you like fluffy towels, room service, rain-forest showers and turban-clad waiters at your beck and call, Elsewhere won’t be right for you. If you like your luxury to be exclusive, understated and back-to-basics, then you should read on.
There are just four 19th century cottages at Elsewhere, all right on the beach with fabulous views over the sea. They have from two to three bedrooms and are always taken exclusively except for the Bakery which can be booked per room. Just imagine delving into your mini-bar and getting a cold beer before sitting on your veranda as the sun sets, not a soul around and the view is yours alone. Pull out a deck of cards, sit back and smile for that much sought after sense of simplicity in life has returned, and that is why Elsewhere offers its own very unique sense of luxury. The cottages admittedly simple, and if you like 5* hotel rooms, flat screen TVs and room service at your fingertips, then there are of course many other choices in Goa. Elsewhere is simply for those who like something different.
The Bakery has two rooms, and is air-conditioned and each bedroom has its own separate entrance and private veranda. The Piggery has two rooms and is always taken exclusively and opens out onto a lovely sit-out. The Captain’s House has three bedrooms (with two of the bedrooms sharing a bathroom), and is not air-conditioned. The Priest’s House has three bedrooms, all en-suite, each opening out onto a balcony. All rooms have double beds and the cottages are taken on a per week basis, although in low season they could accept shorter stays. The Otter Creek Tents face the creek and have lovely sit-outs and feature four-poster beds but are not air-conditioned and have fans.
The main dining ‘shack’ is located around 5-10 minutes from most of the cottages and serves wonderfully fresh Goan fare (do try the Goan prawn curry). If you are one for checking your emails, there is WiFi available here, but not in the cottages.
The beach is one of the best in Goa, and the sea is great for swimming. In season, you can expect to see turtles laying eggs and as the tide goes out, it leaves a little tidal pool which is great for children to have a swim in.