Frommer's India
Villas, Goan-Style
Goa's reemergence as a more fashionable, suddenly trendy Arabian Sea hangout has much to do with the launch of world-class villas such as Ajai Lakhanpal's awesome AashyanaLakhanpal*** (Escrivao Vaddo, Candolim: Tel 0832-2489225 or -9276. ; Rs. 199,500 - Rs. 622,650 per week), a haven of impeccable style and sophistication that attracts utterly savvy world travellers, aristocrats and their favorite dinnertime campanions.  Readmore


Goa has seriously moved on. Forget the happy-clappy scene – now Kate Moss, Peter Lindbergh, Mick Jagger and Daniel Craig are all going. Lady Hamlyn (who famously refurbished chateau de Bagnols and was ticked off by her husband for blowing the budget - what budget?) has bought a fort in Reis Magos. All the kaftan-wearing, champagne-sipping thirty somethings are renting stylish, funky houses that equal the places they love in Ibiza and Morocco. Readmore


Vanity fair
In Goa, at the glorious Aashyana Lakhanpal villa on Candolim beach. You swim in a diamond blue pool being dive-bombed by dragonflies; a mongoose washes his whiskers; butterflies skim the water to drink. One is having a Scheherazade moment on the edge of the Arabian sea.   Readmore



Alexander Frater, Author

Used to be The Oriental in Bangkok with its Writer's Room, powerful historical resonance -Joseph Conrad once moored his ship off the end of the garden - and suites so luxurious even the butlers had butlers, But   Readmore