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National Geographic, December 2014

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At Capella, curl up with a book by a palm-fringed courtyard.

Its only a short drive from the bustle of Baga and yet Capella is a world apart. Nestled on a forested hill in Parra, the homestay combines Portuguese-style architecture, antique Parsi furnishings, and the culinary skills of Julie, the Goan cook, to create a sanctum where delicious slothfullness reigns supreme. Its a welcome break from the honking, hollering crowds of Goa, but close enough to the ruckus and the beach, should you crave an athletic night out.

Capella feels like a homestay. Its tastefully furnished, and impeccably maintained, but has the warmth and cosiness of a lived-in home. The walls bear old photos of the family, the couches are gently concaved, and there are bookshelves in every room - full of dog-eared books, many inscribed with intimate notes from aunts and friends. The living room, flanked by the bean-shaped pool on one side and the open, palm-filled courtyard, is my favourite space, and I spend much of my time sprawled on a planter's chair in a corner, reading an Agatha Christie novel I found in my room.

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