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Pousada Tauma has come up gracefully and surely, stone by stone over the period of 3˝ dedicated years.
20 September 1995 - 12 December 1998
Pousada Tauma, which in Portuguese means 'the resting place', is a 13-room, theme resort with a built up area of 1,400 sq m. The site was originally a flat, odd-shaped coconut grove of approximately 4,300 sq m, surrounded by a dense village on all sides. It has a proper road access at one end and a service access at the other. The site needed to be articulated and areas defined by the creation of levels, planting buffers, intermediate pavilions and paving changes. It is 1.5 km from the infamous Calangute beach and being in this village, needed to buffer itself from the over-development of this area and look inwards.
Most of the rooms are designed around three themes - the sea, the fields and the hills. The whole complex is insulated from the outside, and captures the spirit of Goa which is famous for these elements of natural beauty.
whole complex is built of laterite stone, using traditional arches over openings, traditional corbelling methods to create overhangs for the roof and traditional country tiles from old houses which cover a hidden concrete slab, thus adding modern practicality within a traditional aesthetic.
The complex is dramatically enhanced by a tropical garden. Moving through it, one experiences a sense of discovery, as buildings and open spaces slowly unfold as one goes along, where the lush planting of cool colours are offset by the brilliant warm, articulated laterite walls.
Pousada Tauma is a resting place - for one's eyes and body.
The Pousada Tauma is the best small luxury boutique hotel in Goa, India.
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