Welcome to Goa! Know from its popular beaches, stretching from Baga to Palolem to quiet laid- back fishing village such as Agonda. But beyond the glamour, lies a rich cultural history – what makes Goa such an alluring state. As we know, Goa has long history associated with Portuguese when they were ruling it. Even today, it is evident with the well preserved 16th century churches and the Old Portuguese homes which some of them still exist till date. If you dig deeper, Goa has to offer on a platter for the world to know her thorough. Did you know, Goan cartoonist Mario Miranda is synonymous with Goa? No trip is incomplete without experiencing some of his well known illustrations that depicts Goa’s laid back lifestyle in a humorous way. Don’t miss out the exhibit of his work at Reis Magos Fort. Don’t be surprised on this one! Given the hordes of tourist on beaches, you will be in surprise to see a group of cows, enjoying the warm sand and the cool Goan sea breeze. The more you love Goa, is the more she will let you explore her! This pint-sized Goa, welcomes everyone with its open arms!
Some of the few known attractions worth trying
The mere thought of diving into the deep sea to explore the ship wrecks is fascinating. Goa, has plenty of shipwrecks near Grande Island. The surreal experience lets you unravel the mysteries of the past where the foreign ships were blown into the Goan waters in 1943. You will be awestricken to find some ships wrecks from the Second World War. So, put on the gears and scuba dive to see the sunken beauties, if not in favour doing so, you can always snorkel. There are plenty of flora and fauna underwater waiting to be explored. The best way to explore this little beauty is on two wheelers. Check out the fresh water springs that possess medicinal value. Head towards the sleepy village of Pomburpa, and get into the warm spring. It is very rare to find something like this in Goa.
Alila Diwa Goa
Set amidst serene lush green paddy fields, this chic resort with high vaulted ceiling and stylish interiors that depicts traditional local décor is 2.5 km from Majorda railway station and 1.6 km Majorda beach. Whether enjoying an intimate retreat or a getaway for the entire family, this resort offers haven of comfort, space, serenity and privacy. It has 153 well furnished air conditioned rooms and suites categorised as Terrace Room, Family Terrace Room, Loft Room, Family Suite and Alila Suite. Every room has a 40 inch LCD TV with satellite channels for entertainment and leisure. A large walk-in wardrobe to store guests baggage and clothes. For business travelers who wish to work in privacy, there is a separate work space inside the room. Soak yourself in the tub of warm water after a long outing day. There’s a private terrace or a balcony for guests to sit and enjoy the surrounding view of paddy field or the manicure gardens or just enjoy the view of the infinity pool.
Suites are also available at Alila Diwa Goa with amenities like Wi-Fi, DVD player, iPod & docking system, mini bar and ironing board. The five star property is well laid out with restaurants: Vivo, Spice Studio, Bistro and Edge Bar and Lounge letting guests to experience various cuisines.
Lose yourself in sheer indulgence at Spa Alila. Enjoy the treatments and therapies at the hands of experienced staff. Relax and energise!
Grand Hyatt Goa
One of Goa’s high-end hotel with direct access to Bambolim beach, it is 7km from Goa State Museum. Nestled in the midst of green nature overlooking the calm waters, the hotel offers all modern amenities to ensure comfortable stay to its guests. This lavish 5 star hotel spreads across 28 acres of beautiful tropical garden and lush green lawns that roll right down to the water’s edge. The hotel offers accommodation which are air conditioned and well furnished installed with latest amenities to make guest feel at home. Each room has a private balcony boasting of amazing view of the sea. Every marbled bathroom has tub and separate walk-in rain shower. Amenities include a 37 inch LCD TV with satellite channels, as well as high speed internet Wifi and LAN. Espresso and Coffee maker are provided for guests to have their hot brew and make them feel at home.
Grand Hyatt Goa has an elegant grand ballroom for hosting extravagant weddings and family get togethers. The function room on the ground level with a pre-function area is ideally equipped to hold receptions and mehendi ceremony. With expert chefs and selected authentic recipes savour the traditional Indian flavours at Chulha, five course world cuisines at The Dining Room, the finest seafood at The Verandah. The popular Capiz Bar or Pool Bar and Grill offer a unique ambience to its guests. For a quick bite or coffee or idle chat head to Bay View or Confeitaria. Indulge and rejuvenate yourself, your mind and soul at Shamana Spa. International products like diamond, pearl and seaweed are used in the treatments that are exclusively available only at Shamama Spa.
With five star accommodations, along with ultra modern amenities at these luxurious properties, ensures a wonderful trip to the beach paradise called Goa!