Per­fect sun-dap­pled des­ti­na­tion

The Asian Age - - Spotlight - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Sum­mer­time re­sort Goa run by Hans Tuin­man, a Dutch­man to­gether with his wife Sucheta has re­cently won the award ‘Asia’s Most Ro­man­tic Bou­tique Re­treat 2016’, from World Bou­tique Ho­tel Awards (WBH) in Lon­don.

This three suite villa nes­tled on a hill­top over­look­ing paddy fields and a lush trop­i­cal gar­den is ad­ja­cent to Calangute and Can­dolim beaches.

Talk­ing about the award, Sucheta says, “It was very un­ex­pected yet very re­ward­ing. It feel amaz­ing to be recog­nised in this way after just one year of op­er­a­tion as a very spe­cial place to stay, as a place that has char­ac­ter, an in­ti­mate feel and most im­por­tantly, a place that of­fers guests a unique ex­pe­ri­ence. All this is es­pe­cially hum­bling as we are not pro­fes­sion­ally-trained hote­liers or ar­chi­tects, and Sum­mer­time is sim­ply our per­sonal idea of the per­fect hol­i­day home: re­lax­ing from the mo­ment you en­ter the gates, but also sump­tu­ously com­fort­able.”

Talk­ing about the idea of the re­sort, Sucheta says, “The years of trav­el­ling around the coun­try, look­ing for spe­cial places to stay for our clients have given us a good in­sight into what makes for a great place. We de­cided to make a small villa, with all that we ever would like from a hol­i­day villa, and thus was born Sum­mer­time. Built with min­i­mal in­puts of ar­chi­tects and zero in­te­rior de­sign­ers, Sum­mer­time has a fresh­ness about it. The lux­ury is in the large spa­ces and panoramic views.”

Be­ing pro­tected from the noise and crowds makes the prop­erty the choice of the pa­trons, shares Sucheta. “We en­sured that we have a big gar­den space for the guests to en­joy. Full of colour and fra­grance, the gar­den is also at­trac­tive to a large num­ber of birds and but­ter­flies. It is a haven for na­ture lovers.”

Sum­mer­time re­sort re­cently won Asia’s Most Ro­man­tic Re­treats 2016 award

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