Joie De Vivre - A Boutique Villa Resort
on Mar 28, 2017
Joie De Vivre, nestled in the idyllic village of Nago, Goa is a boutique villa resort which exudes warmth and charm the moment you step in. The extra touch of hospitality that seem missing in any luxury five star properties can be witnessed here. Added features also include special attention.
One of the most beautiful places I've ever visited!
on Jan 11, 2017
I had a splendid time with my darling husband on our first trip to India and joie de vivre made us feel right at home with their marvellous service and great food. However, we were inconvenienced by frequent power outages, resulting in our spending most of our time in the dark. Maybe it was my imagination, but we certainly did hear some bizarre screeching sounds throughout our stay, which made it incredibly difficult to sleep. Overall we had a great experience.
Quiet holiday in a serene place
on Nov 15, 2016
A well thought off and executed establishment. The villas are unique and appropriately furnished. The staff are courteous and the service is great.
The swimming pool could be a little bigger though. On the whole a nice to spend you holiday as it's well distanced from the madness of Baga.
Not as good as the pictures make it out to be
on Oct 13, 2016
Villas are a bit tacky and dirty. the sheets are not super clean and the beds are musty. The blankets are not washed regularly and were smelly and musty. The entire vill was not exactly so clean.
The room i was staying in was missing a fan regulator so either the fan was on and on full speed or off no in between.... so we were forced to use the ac despite not really needing it. The room was missing lights and despite having so many points and lights the lights were either broken or not working so only 1 light was working in the whole room and the same in the bathroom. the Geyser switch was inconspicuous and you never knew which one was the geyser and it was a hit and miss getting water. the other room had a linked geyser so you had to put the geyser on in another room to get hot water in yours.
There was no wifi in the villa nor was there any mobile coverage. so when your at the resort you are completely cut off. The food was okay and quite expensive. The service was quite terrible because there was no senior management and the whole place was run by a bunch of boys who doubled up as waiters house keeping and managers..... very poor service.
Overall the stay was not bad but for the money you are paying you can get far better. don't expect to get what you see in the pictures.
Lovely and peaceful place to stay in Goa
on Feb 3, 2016
First I'd like to say that all the people involved in this resort, from the owners, the booking admin and all the staff that run the villas day-to-day are fantastic and take excellent care of their guests. The villa we stayed in was lovely and a true home away from home, only better in many ways! The villas are of a very decent standard and are furnished with lovely antique furniture. Not everything was perfect by any means, and I will come to a few points on that shortly, but overall we had a lovely stay over Christmas. The site is located in a very quiet part of Goa but still very accessible to any of the places you would want to visit around mid and Northern Goa. The South is quite a distance away but I guess you choose your location accordingly to what you want and what suits you. If you want to be near but not in the capital of Panjim or Mapusa then this is the perfect compromise. The villas are in their own walled and gated premises, which are more than pleasant and there is an adequate shared pool right in the middle of the 'U' shaped arrangement. There isn't much of a buffer between the premises and surrounding buildings and some apartments overlook the villas, so it is not as private as the large hotels tend to be. Not that there is anything wrong with being close to the locals, they are lovely people, but the villas would be better if they were not so close to rural living areas. One of the negatives I found was that, as in most rural parts of India, the locals dispose of their rubbish by burning it, not a very environmentally friendly practice and certainly not pleasant when you feel like you are being fumigated out of your luxury villa. Particularly nasty is the toxic smoke from the burning plastic bottles, which filled the upstairs rooms of the villa we were staying in - not really something you want when your 4 year old is trying to sleep at night, when many of the fires are lit. However, these fires were also lit during the day, when we were out trying to enjoy the pool area and I have to say that this was a big negative for me. However, I guess we have to appreciate that India is a developing country and still maintains many environmentally polluting practices that we have mostly eradicated from our way of life. Goa has generally become more busy and dirty over time anyway and as a consequence of its commercial success as a holiday destination and this is evident throughout. The WiFi access was only available around the pool area and was of such poor connectivity that it proved to be more of a frustration than a benefit, sometimes disappearing for entire days at a time but when it was available it proved to be so slow that it just drove me mad anyway. I found the beds quite uncomfortable as the mattresses are not very supportive at all but they are probably more than adequate for local tourists. Also the pillows were another bone of contention for me. Although the villas were cleaned and the bedding changed daily, including the pillow cases, the pillows themselves were yellow and stank - even with fresh pillow cases on they were not pleasant to use and they should be changed immediately. One nice touch in the villas was that all the basins in the bathrooms were served with filtered water, so that brushing teeth with the tap water was safe. However, the tap going into the kitchen used led piping, which added a sickening taste to the water if you used it to brew the kettle or for cooking purposes. This is another toxic health hazard that really concerned me and one that could be avoided simply by swapping out the led pipe for more modern plastic alternatives. As the villas were only built 9 years ago I don't understand why they were constructed using such toxic materials in the first place when we have known for decades that led piping is not something that should be used in any part of water distribution! There is an onsite cafe' that does breakfast and good snack food but for a more substantial meal you would either have to cook for yourself or go out to one of the many restaurants. This never proved to be an issue as we enjoyed the cafe' food as well as cooking for ourselves and enjoying some of he many great eateries in and around Arpora, as well as the beach shacks. As we were a large family we made the most our time at the villa but smaller parties tended to just use it as a base and go out to different parts of Goa every day, only coming back in the evenings. We had the run of the property for most of our stay and were the only guests around when we first arrived, which made it so peaceful and even more enjoyable than it otherwise would have been. The site is not huge and it crams a lot into a relatively compact space, and as previously mentioned it is not isolated from the local inhabitants. All in all a good place to stay and I would happily visit again but hope the owners can improve upon the underlying quality that is already there. I have only scored it three because of the issues mentioned but if those things can be improved upon then this would be a 4 star rating all day long.