From the long, palm-dotted beaches teeming with tourists to luxurious Portuguese-style heritage buildings, Goa is a fine balance between the old and the new – a heady mix of a serene city and an enchanting tourist paradise with its greenery still preserved in good measure. It’s just the right place to own your private villa in typical Portuguese style. A compelling reason why most celebrities would love to own a luxury villa in Goa.
It’s also why Goa has long become a hot destination for property development. The trend was kick-started by the small-to-medium segment, but in recent years has gained more traction after the affluent segment jumped on the luxury or private villa-buying bandwagon, most notably celebrities. These luxury villas in Goa serve twin-purposes: both as a great retreat and as an excellent avenue for investment.
One of them is Aftab Shivdasani, whose luxury villa is situated in Nagoa, near Calangute. His long-cherished ambition had been to own a luxury villa in Goa complete with all the furnishings reminiscent of the colonial times and fine tastes. He purchased his private villa in 2006-07 at Rs.70-75 lakhs. Within just a year, it doubled in value and has since been appreciating.
Another celebrity to own a private villa is Marc Robinson. His luxury villa is located where Aftab Shivdasani’s is. They both bought their villas from the same promoter. Marc Robinson’s other interests include directing beauty pageants and grooming, underscoring his passion for beauty. Perhaps it is his quest for all things beautiful that made him gravitate to Goa, and his private villa.
Next on the list is Akshay Kumar’s private villa, at Casa Del Sol in Anjuna. Bought at a whopping cost of five crores in 2008, the private villa located in North Goa was more than 75 years old when acquired. It boasts a large, landscaped garden and a beautiful patio.
Not to be left behind, Vijay Mallya, the liquor baron, also owns a flashy luxury villa in Goa. There is no denying the fact that Mallya’s villa is among the most attractive and biggest luxury villas in India. Measuring a whopping 17,000 square feet, it also housed a fleet of luxury cars and an army of hospitality staff in its heyday.
Yet another celebrity on the list is Priyanka Chopra. She owns a luxury villa in Baga beach, a popular tourist destination in Goa. Bought in 2013, the bungalow has been her perfect spot for winding down from her excruciating schedule where she makes it a ritual to get up in the morning and soak in the sea breeze. It also doubled as a training spot for her role in Mary Kom.