THE Indian coastal town of Goa is very much unlike the vibe in India’s busier states. Continually bathed in sunshine, Goa seems to promote a sense of carefreeness, and on hotter days, indolence.
Expectedly, it’s also a place where couples visit for a bit of quality time. With the range of white-sand beaches, freshly grilled seafood, and sultry bars, Goa is a textbook destination for honeymoons and anniversaries.
And because of its natural waterfront setting, it’s worth splurging on a lavish beach resort that looks out to the breezy shores. Here are three to consider on your next trip out.
Among the cluster of five-star operations is Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, a luxurious beach hotel that’s become something of an institution in the state. Set within 45 acres of immaculately manicured gardens and overlooking shimmering waterways, the hotel is an authentic Goan experience in itself.
The hotel’s unique pousada-style village architecture is emblematic in all 248 guestrooms including 12 suites. You can choose between many private balcony views, including the soothing pool, glittery lagoons, landscaped gardens, or the majestically vast Arabian Sea.
The hotel’s Wellness at the Park package gives you the option of booking spa-and-room deals alongside a host of Ayurvedic rejuvenation programs. Through an intense program that includes yoga, meditation, customised dry massages, and medicinal supplements, you’ll leave the hotel feeling restored and balanced.
The breezy beach is a stunning backdrop for which to practise your downward dogs. The hotel’s morning yoga and meditation program will give you clarity for the rest of the day. Plus, the free-form hotel pool is one of the largest in India and is landscaped over multiple levels. The lagoon-style design means you have privacy for your quiet pool time date with a good book. Read more…
This ravishing Mediterranean-inspired operation on the windswept shores of southwest Goa is set across 56 acres of lush greenery. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the property will have you yearn for the golden yesteryears, a time when the clocks never seemed to rush.
The hotel is divided into the main building with large and deluxe luxury rooms, and villa rooms where whole units can be booked for large groups. Throughout the property, influences of old-world architecture are present, as are charming flower-lined patios and tranquil atriums.
Rooms are spacious and earth-toned, and let in plenty of warm Goan sunshine for a postcard-worthy seafront experience. As its name suggests, the Premium Seaview Rooms look out to the sea and are ideal for hours of siestas on your private verandah. The Premium Villas, meanwhile, come with personal plunge pools.
Unsurprisingly, the resort is a popular one for weddings where couples can exchange vows amidst palm trees and against the vast backdrop of the sea. If you’re visiting on honeymoon or for an anniversary, the Afternoon Tea experience features plenty of basking in the grass-fronted lounge with the special Taj Exotica tea blend.
Inspired by a colonial past, this South Goan resort is a still portrait inspired by the yesteryears: swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, vast rice fields, and emerald-green waters. The property’s exquisite architecture – complete with high-pitched roofs, wide verandahs, and tranquil courtyards – will make you hanker for the past.
The hotel’s excellent Alila Suite is perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary with its private terrace and bathtub for two overlooking the palm-fringed views. The Diwa Club Suite is more communal with a separate living room, an additional sofa bed to accompany a king-sized bed, and a calming view of the Diwa pool and gardens.
During your stay, it’s worth submitting to treatments and therapies at Spa Alila, inspired by the age-old traditions of Ayurveda. The signature Warm Stone treatment helps melt stress away by using hot stones to stimulate the body’s natural healing potential. Meanwhile, the Shirodhara treatment is known to regulate sleep patterns and control blood pressure.
One of the best things about Alila Diwa Goa is its commitment to sustainability. Indigenous ecosystems are preserved using local materials and working with natural landscapes. The hotel also supports local communities by providing training and employment opportunities, while local village youth help in maintaining a beachfront area of the property.
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