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The Postcard Velha, Goa

Named after the Portuguese for ‘Old Goa’, The Postcard Velha enjoys an incredibly peaceful and private location atop the vast Champakali Estate.  

Set away from the general hustle and bustle, with just eight rooms to its name, The Postcard Velha is a place to truly relax. A wonderful place to end any luxury, tailor-made holiday in Southern India. From the hotel, it’s just a short walk to Old Goa’s historic centre where you can soak in the atmosphere of colonial-era monuments like the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The hotel can also arrange heritage walks with a local guide, surfing lessons and birdwatching in the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. 

The guestrooms, which sit in the shade of the forest, have private balconies where you can relax with a cup of tea as you admire the gardens (in the middle of which lies a 300-year-old banyan tree) and valley beyond. The interior decor is described as modern, minimalist and tropical, with rich wood carvings, traditional fabrics, lots of living space and an abundance of natural light. Not relaxing enough? The hotel’s resident Ayurveda doctor us on-hand to provide you with a complete personalised plan of treatments.

The Postcard Velha, at a glance

  • Ultra-private hilltop boutique hotel set in lush gardens in Goa
  • Located on the two-acre Champakali Estate 
  • Just eight guestrooms with private verandas that lead out to lush lawned gardens 
  • Bright, modern decor and facilities 
  • Conveniently located 15 minutes from the historic centre of Old Goa 
  • Meals are served in picturesque dining pavilions overlooking the Zuari river
  • Dine of fresh seafood as well as traditional Indian dishes with a French twist 

For leisure and pleasure

  • Swimming pool 
  • Indulge in personalised Ayurvedic treatments 
  • Set out on fascinating heritage walks to discover Goa’s ancestral homes 
  • Go birdwatching in the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Try your hand at surfing lessons 
  • Cycling tours to discover nearby paddy fields, ancient temples, churches and caves
  • Learn how to prepare traditional Goan recipes using ingredients you source yourself from the village market 
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