(nope, that’s not a type-o, it’s how we say hello in Dutch)
We are Lenny and Anouk from The Netherlands and we look forward to meet and greet you at our beloved Jungle Melody.
We decided to start a restaurant and bar nestled deep in the jungle of Goa, India. Combining the experience of Lenny’s years of travelling and Anouk’s interest for nature and different cultures, we aim to create not just any run of the mill hang out place. Besides it being a chill place where fun loving free spirits hang out, connect and express themselves, we also want to serve a higher goal.
We want to contribute to a brighter future by making Jungle Melody a place where we create awareness for a greener and cleaner planet, and lead by example through living a self-sustainable life as much as possible.
We build everything ourselves – with any help we can get from likeminded souls who kindly offer their skills, time and energy to us – made from natural and sustainable materials. We work with solar panels and our future vision is that we will serve dishes in our restaurant made from freshly grown ingredients from our own garden.
We’d love to meet you and see you soon!
For the ones following us on Facebook and Instagram this won’t be new. But as not everyone uses that, we will give an update of the last month.
We have been working quite hard and most of the building is finished. We made a nice natural roof, so now we have shade. We finished the second floor and the view from here is mindblowing. You can watch over the jungle and see the faraway mountains. Especially after dark, this spot is awesome for the most breathtaking stargazing.
We finished the first bar, completely made out of bamboo and wood. We are still struggling with electricity, so we had to cut everything by hand which was hard.
But in the end it was worth it 🙂 The bigger the effort, the bigger the reward.
Lenny turned 30 last week, so we held our first party at Jungle Melody. It was really nice to see people enjoying our place, making music by the bonfire, drinking at our bar and stargazing on our second floor.
We, with the help of friends, also started painting our walls with as much animals as we can think of. We will show the result when it’s finished.
A new workawayer arrived, with a very much appreciated and needed extra pair of hands for the coming weeks. That is really helpful, because there’s still so much to do. At the moment we are building the toilets and are decorating the place.
But – most importantly – we are enjoying the ride. Especially now that we see it’s all coming together and people really like our place. This all was not possible without all your help (people who donated), so thanks again❤️
We have had some volunteers from Workaway helping us out during our current construction process.
We finished building the walls and plastered it, so we can start painting now.
We started building a second floor from which there’s a killer view to the stars and galaxies beyond. The second floor is almost finished, it only just needs some small corners to properly finalise it and make it safe for use.
We are already using the kitchen for preparing our own food, and it’s working great!
A lot of people ask us when we plan to open. This is a really difficult question as not a single day is the same in India and things take (some/a lot) more time than back home. We don’t want to stress ourselves, and put a hard deadline. We just keep showing up and put in work every day, so progress is there. Up until now it’s going well and… we open when we are eady to open…
We are so very grateful for all the support we are getting. This makes us really happy!
Now that Anouk is also in Goa, we decided it was time to move back to our jungle hut. Over the last period Lenny had stayed in an apartment, due to the bad weather and a passing cyclone. But now it was time to move all our stuff back to the jungle. The first night back in the hut treated us with huge thunder and rain. We got a little wet, but things improved since then and the weather is a lot better.
First thing we did was removing the huge bamboo trees that fell down during the cyclone. We also started with the entrance of our restaurant, which means a lot of digging to make beautiful stairs. A lot of work, but Anja, Anouk’s friend, is staying with us and this is a big help! We still enjoy it and walk around with smiles on our faces!
Thanks again for all the support ❤️❤️
The frame and the floor of the restaurant are finished. Unfortunately it’s still raining, and that’s hindering the pace of our work, but we do everything we can. The rain is supposed to stop in a few days.. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Everyone here in Agonda is really enthusiastic about our project. People talk about it, ask questions and are coming over to see what we are doing or help us out. Really nice!
Coming Monday Anouk is flying into Goa again. Extra hands means faster building and a faster opening of the restaurant .
We will keep you posted!
Lenny & Anouk