Frommers 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. www.aashyanalakhanpal.com ; 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. Ajai one of a few savvy beach lovers who's turned a piece of prime Goan real estate into a luxurios hideaway, providing the ultimate getaway for the fortunate few. The gorgeous five-bedroom villa has every imaginable luxury - beutiful pool, romantic sleeping quarters, elegant furnishings, and decor that's a careful mix of mansion. Rates include breakfast, airport transfers, and a private staff. Ajai also has two more villas: Aashyana Casinhas, which consists of three cottages, each with two bedrooms (Rs 45,500 - Rs 144,500 per week), and Villa Venus, a three-bedroom villa ( Rs. 174,300 - Rs. 249,900 per week).