“The rooms all vary but some really hit the top for boutique style”- Lonely Planet
“I nourish but one desire, to suggest that without great cost, good will, patience and savoir faire, it is possible to transform a room into a tasteful and elegant nest where the passions are calmed, where pleasant suggestions enter the mind, where feelings come to the surface and noble ideals mature, where one finds in the surrounding gracefulness an efficacious aid to education.” â€“ Floriano Barreto, Goan poet of the early 20th century.
The Goan-Portuguese house evolved during the 500 years of Portuguese rule, and as described in ” Houses of Goa” (Heta Pandit and Annabel Mascarenhas), they best exemplify Goaâ€™s expression of its own ethnic identity. Many influences from Europe, Africa and British India crept into the building and embellishments; yet amazingly the houses have retained their Indian roots and community way of living as expressed in their courtyards, granaries and kitchens.
Laguna Anjuna was built in what was a field with a grove of many coconut and fruit trees, a farm and a large Portuguese style family country mansion. The award winning architect Dean Dâ€™ Cruz, inspired by Sri Lankas Geoffrey Bawa, designed Laguna Anjunaâ€™s rooms around the many large trees, leaving common and private courtyards in spaces.
Laguna Anjuna has been built in Goan Portuguese style and with local eco friendly materials. The walls are of thick laterite stone with carved lintels, and the roof is a continuous one of terracotta tiles on coconut wood rafters and battens, which dips, curves and swoops in graceful lines. With its white lime washed walls, stone and oxide hued floors, Venetian plastered bathroom walls, paved pathways and courtyards, stone pillars and arches, and its trademark high ceiling brick domes, its architectural pedigree is established. Guests are delighted with its huge and comfortable rooms, all in different shapes and individual features.
The interiors feature designer wrought iron furniture and lamps with a bias towards the Bauhaus era. With its graceful Thonnet dining chairs, comfortable Le Corbusier sofas, beautiful stained glass pieces, and other tastefully chosen bric a brac, the place speaks of relaxed style and easily graceful choices.
We would like to emphasize however, that we are built in country house style and living in the midst of a wild kind of natural lush tropical setting-insects, small animals and all. We realize that not everybody may be comfortable with that. Especially so during the monsoon, when Goa sees something like over 100″ of rain. People who aspire to the modern ceramic kind of five star or “boutique hotel” may be better off making another choice.