Tucked away down a narrow red mud lane, flanked by a meandering river, Casa Colvale is arguably Goa’s best kept secret. The village of Colvale itself bears the rustic charm of a Goa gone by, covered by expanses of lush paddy fields and the gentle wash of the Chapora river. It is steeped in history as far back as the second century and while it was an important defence station during colonial times, has relaxed into a kind of permanent holiday-like stupor that is bound to charm the socks off any city-based traveller. But it’s not so far from the throb of Goa’s famous nightlife to be completely cut off. Casa Colvale literally offers the best of both worlds.