Tranquility Cottage Resort in Goa, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 5, 2019

Review of Tranquility Cottage Resort in Goa, India.

Tranquility Cottage Resort – Something different: wooden cabins up a hill and within a riverside jungle.

Well-named, these are the essence of serenity: at the end of a dead-end street, up a slight hill, and almost lost among a pristine jungle. However, they are more like cabins than cottages: made completely of wood, and featuring a balcony facing the thick foliage. Inside, they are comfortable, if a little undersized, and feature contemporary art and full-length windows. Amenities are modest (e.g. pool) or non-existent (e.g. gym), but it’s all about the setting and tranquility. Just off the road and near the convenient bridge along Baga River, this area is distant from the seaside crowds and relentless traffic, but only 1km from Baga Beach.

Tranquility Cottage Resort – The Location

  • Address: In an area called Arpora or Baga River (Creek). About 1km from Baga Beach, the northern extension of the main tourist area of Candolim/Calangute in northern Goa. The turn-off is signposted along the main road that runs parallel to the Baga River, almost opposite where Baga Bridge meets the main road. The resort is at the finish of a 200m dead-end lane.
  • Area: In the more bustling (but still sedate) part of the river. Quite a few decent cafés and restaurants nearby.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (40km, 75-minute drive), there is little choice except overpriced pre-paid taxis. The bus station at Mapusa (for connections across Goa) is 9km away (20-minute drive). The nearest major train station is at Vasco da Gama (43km, 80-minute drive).
  • Handy to: Baga Beach.

Tranquility Cottage Resort – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly foreign couples who relish the serenity.
  • Views: Each cottage features a balcony that looks straight into jungle-like trees and plants.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzi: Certainly not expected (or provided) at this sort of resort in Goa.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Nothing on-site as it’s up a hill. Parking just outside the gate would be safe enough.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 7888 083666
  • Email: Send a message through their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/tranquilitycottage
  • Website: tranquility.co.in

Tranquility Cottage Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: On the highest level up the hill. Could do with some more chlorine and shade, but decent enough. Fenced-off area for young children.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not provided, but not a surprise at this sort of place.
  • Other Facilities: Laundry.

Tranquility Cottage Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Modest café overlooking the pool. Serves breakfast as well as drinks and light meals all day.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Limited and during daylight hours only.

Tranquility Cottage Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: All the same, but views and positions differ so they’re called Upper Level Cottages or Mid Level Cottages.
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in or anywhere near the rooms. They’re made of wood!
  • Best Room: For even more tranquility, choose a cottage on the higher level and at the end of the row.
  • For Families: Rooms are too small for extra single beds. The only option is 2 adjacent rooms, but better options are available elsewhere.

Tranquility Cottage Resort – Local Transport

  • Walking: Fabulous strolling experience along the riverside road in both directions. The bridge at the turn-off to the hotel heads to Baga Beach, which is walkable at about 1km.
  • Public Transport: The very useful public buses that go along Candolim and Calangute don’t reach here. Also, no metro or any local trains of use to tourists.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: No auto-rickshaws or metered taxis. App-based rides, Uber and Ola, don’t operate anywhere in Goa, but the local alternative – Goa Miles – is worth trying. However, the only real options are unmetered private ‘taxis’ which hang about the bridge at the turn-off to the hotel. Rates are overpriced but negotiable.
  • Cars & Motorbikes: Goa is the only place in India where renting a car or motorbike is feasible. No internationally-recognized agencies are present, so renting at a local shop presents obvious risks. Best to organize this at the resort. Rides on the back of a motorbike (called a ‘pilot’) are possible; ask around.

Tranquility Cottage Resort – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    These places are along the riverside road, heading away from the bridge, and within 500m of the resort.

  • Jamies Goa – Classy bistro at the turn-off to the resort. Family-friendly, nice garden courtyard, and pleasing prices. 1-minute walk (90m).
  • Mayonna Creek Side – Excellent food at low prices, with seats inside under the fans or along the river. Casual, friendly, and great value. 3-minute walk (260m).
  • Toro Toro Goa – Unusual but pleasant Greek-style setting. Mediterranean cuisine, with focus on grills and seafood. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • Royal Enfield Garage Café – Inviting bistro but more of a museum and shop dedicated to the iconic motorbikes. Popular for trendy music, western food, and cocktails. 6-minute walk (550m).
  • Meiphung Northeast Bar and Resto +91 95613 12044 – Casual and authentic Thai, next to the Royal Enfield. 7-minute walk (550m).

Shops

  • A few minimarts and souvenir stalls along the riverside road, but nothing else.

Tranquility Cottage Resort – The Hotel

The resort is located in a dead-end lane.

The resort is at the end of a dead-end lane that starts from along Baga River.

The resort has a lush, jungle-like setting.

With plenty of tropical plants and trees, the setting is almost like a jungle.

Accommodations are in wooden cabins.

All accommodations are in wooden cabins in 4 rows along 2 levels.

The pool is located at the highest level.

At the highest level is the pool.

The pool deck features several sunbeds.

The pool lacks shade but there are enough sunbeds for the limited number of guests.

The café/bar is alongside the pool.

The café/bar at the guesthouse faces the pool on the highest level.

The accommodations seem more like cabins.

The accommodations are more like cabins than cottages.

Cottages come with individual balconies.

Each cottage features a sizable balcony.

The slightly compact cottages are better than those offered by rivals nearby.

Cottages are a little undersized but likably different to anything else offered in Baga or the nearby beach regions of Candolim and Calangute.

The wooden cottages tend to get hot inside.

Cottages are completely made of wood, so they can get hot inside at times.

The contemporary design includes splashed of color.

The décor is contemporary and features splashes of color around the walls and in the bathrooms.

The balconies offer lush green views.

A standout feature is the balcony with views of an almost jungle-like setting.

The classy but casual Jamies bistro is close to the resort.

At the turn-off to the resort from the main road, Jamies is a classy but casual bistro.

The Mayonna Creek Side café offers river-side seating.

The Mayonna Creek Side café offers tables on both sides of the riverside road.

Toro Toro Goa has a Greek decor.

One of the finest cafés in the area is Toro Toro Goa, which features a décor reminiscent of a Greek tavern.

Royal Enfield Garage Café is a classy place near the riverfront.

One of the classiest places along the riverbank is the Royal Enfield Garage Café.

Royal Enfield Garage Café features a shop and a museum.

The Royal Enfield Garage Café also features a shop and museum dedicated to these iconic motorbikes.

Meiphung serves authentic Thai cuisine.

Next to the Royal Enfield Garage Café is the authentic Thai restaurant, Meiphung.

The resort is located in a dead-end lane.

The Tranquility Cottage Resort is quietly set at the finish of a dead-end lane.

The resort is along a quiet lane away from the main road.

The cottages are about 200m from the main road via a quiet and shady lane.

There are several signs leading to the resort.

The cottages are signposted along the main road, almost opposite the Baga Bridge.

The Baga bridge is a useful landmark for the resort.

A useful landmark is the bridge to Baga Beach and Calangute further south. Where the bridge meets the riverside road is the turn-off to the resort.

The river in front of the resort is busy but not that noisy.

The resort is close to the busiest part of the river, but still very quiet compared to the beach areas nearby.

The neighborhood only has a few minimarts and souvenir stalls.

There are a few minimarts and souvenir stalls along the riverside road, but little else to excite shoppers.

An iconic Goan church is by the riverside road.

Along the riverside road is one of these iconic Goan churches.

Baga River is often called Baga Creek.

Baga River is often (perhaps more accurately) called Baga Creek.

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