About Saraya Eco Stay
The vision of Saraya’s guest accommodation was inspired and influenced by the landscape which it sits within, and the materials that were directly available to us. Many of the construction materials are natural, such as mud, clay, bamboo and leaves. We offer our guests two types of eco-stay/natural living accommodation- earth houses and tree houses. We built these structures around the existing trees on the land, keeping the environment intact, and incorporating the plant life into our living spaces. The workforce that built our accommodation was comprised of members from all over India, which resulted in a rich culmination of knowledge of, and experience in traditional building methods and the construction of sustainable living environments.
Our natural living accommodation features four earth houses and three tree houses. The design of each house is intrinsically linked to a large palm tree, which is often the main support for the structure, linking each house to its natural environment through necessity and thankfulness. Traditional building methods have been employed to create the mud walls of the earth houses, while the tree houses are completely elevated structures, made from bamboo and woven wood. Even all of our door handles, windows and other featured furniture is made from natural materials like tree branches or palm, or from recycled or reclaimed items.
Each guest house features a roof made from heavy duty, transparent plastic which has been reclaimed and recycled, and is necessary to protect our guests from certain harsh weather conditions that can be a part of every day life at particular times of the year in Goa. The plastic is covered with palm leaves, to give shade and add authenticity to the experience of staying in a natural environment. Each of our houses is designed to be an interesting and inspiring space, whilst offering the common amenities of any hotel and the excitement of being at one with nature.
Inside each earth house there is smooth clay flooring, a double bed complete with mosquito net, bespoke shelving made from local wood and tree branches, and a simple bathroom with a bath and shower and clay sink. The tree houses feature a bamboo ladder staircase up to each property, and a balcony, also constructed of bamboo, where guests can sit and gaze over the local scenery, featuring woodlands and paddy fields.
There is communal seating in the accommodation area where guests can unwind, relax, work or play, and guests are also welcome to walk up the main house where the art gallery is located and spend their time there, or sit by our meditation pond, which is a great place to sit in reflection during the afternoon, and maybe dip your feet in the water as fish swim by.