Is there a good time to visit Goa? Well, we Mumbaikars just need to get free from this maddening city, and when its a long weekend there is no looking back. So rain or shine, Goa here we come!
Goa doesn’t disappoint one bit, its simply special and breathtaking in every way.
From church bells to the quaint flea markets. From the misty beaches to the long bike rides. From the scrumptious seafood to the intoxicating kaju fenni, Goa has something for everybody.
Just three days in Goa and I wanted to make the best of it. Read on for a step-by-step account of the dazzling time, we, a mother-daughter duo had in Goa.
Landed at Goa airport after facing the wrath of the rain Gods and survived the bumpy air ride. We were staying at Treebo Santiago Hotel. Settled in, a quick bite, changed and all set to visit Marriott for a splendid evening.
At The Marriott Hotel and Spa – The sprawling property, scrumptious local food, and trademark Marriott http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/goimc-goa-marriott-resort-and-spa/ hospitality is how I experienced my Sunday evening there. The Marriott staff received us with a delicious cool welcome drink in the lobby area. Aah!! The good life.
Spa time – The Quan Spa felt classy and opulent. There was a beautiful scent that got me into the mood for a pampering massage. The therapy rooms are spacious with all the amenities you need to pamper yourself. The small things were taken care of, from hair dryer to disposable under garments. It was time to unwind with the Aroma Fusion massage therapy. My feet were soaked in a tub filled with hot water and rose petals, later the massage began. Perfect pressure applied by the masseur, everything was spot-on. The cup of refreshing herbal tea after I was done, made such a difference. Wow!!
Stand Up Comedy Show – We were privileged to catch Atul Khatri Stand up comedy show at the hotel. The hall was packed but lucky enough we were sitting right up in front. Atul Khatri is one of India’s most successful Stand-up Comedian and YouTube personality. He was rated among the top Indian comedians by CNN-IBN. We were actually rolling on the floor with laughter on his Sindhi jokes. Hope he gets to dance with his St Theresa School crush and strike it off his bucket list.
Dinner at Harbour Bay Restaurant – But the best was yet to come at the dinner table. Chef Pavan spoke about Goan food, kinds of Goan curry and spices and the use of coconut to enhance the flavours. Each dish was unique in taste and had that authentic Goan flavour. The thali had all of my favourites including Chicken Xacuti, Mutton Sukkhe, Prawn Curry and a awa coated kingfish fry. Chef Pavan also stirred up with pride, a delicious Goan Sausage Pulao on occasion of #PulaoBiryaniDay and paired it with a local Ros Omelette Curry. One of a kind delectable taste combination, you can only understand on tasting.
We retired happy with a belly full of Goan delicacies and excited for the next day.
Stroll around the property to get started by a friendly Gecko, admire a bunch of crazy rain crazy ducks and dapple in the pool. after having breakfast and showering, it was time to visit the one of a kind W hotel.
Ventured out to Chapora fort, which is located on a height overlooking the Vagator beach. A climb up was steep but totally a DIL CHATHA HAI moment!!
At The W Hotel
Time to visit the prestigious Youth Hotel,W Goa, http://www.w-goa.com/ special in every way. True to it’s reputation, W Goa is chic & stylish – lovely colours & swanky furniture! The property itself is huge and one needs golf carts to commute from one place to another. The beautifully landscaped grounds, rock pool and special Kiddies area stood out for me.
Lunch at Spice Traders
Spice Traders at W Goa is an Pan Asian restaurant, so perfect for a special date or group dinner. But no amount liking for the cuisine or starving could have prepared me for the variety of food I was about to witness. The food styling, plating and flavours have to experienced.
The top dishes of the day were – Tuna pizza served on a tortilla base, Tangy pomelo salad, The fantastic mushroom sushi, the Tempura style prawns coated with edible charcoal and a mango wasabi mayo and the stunning orange cheesecake with a brilliant dark chocolate-almond base. Thank you W Hotel for your impeccable hospitality.
Headed straight to Mapusa Market for some local flavours of Goa. Be it shopping for fresh local produce, wine, Kaju, pork rosary sausages, jewellery, pottery or little knick-knacks, the market has it all.
Did a round of Baga Beach despite the crazy rain. The beach during sunset was beautiful, with sand in my feet and salt in my hair, it was paradise. However a ernest request to all fellow tourists to keep it clean and not litter this pretty white sand beach.
We had our dinner at Bottle Bay on Baga beach. Most of the shacks shut down in the Monsoons. We had a few beers and Goan Prawn curry rice. Walked back all the way and dropped dead in our cosy beds. morning really got up fresh and hungry.
After Breakfast and a dip in the pool was refreshing. We ventured out again to do some last minute shopping and then all that packing. Haa haa!!
We indulged in a quick lunch at Infantaria, the all day diner. It has an old school charm and is quite popular with locals and tourists. Selectively trying out two Goan dishes we ordered pork fried rice and beef chilli, both lip smacking and well spiced with local masalas.
As we headed back to the airport, I sat back for the last time to enjoy the beautiful roads and magic of quintessential Goa.
Wish to be back real soon, Goa a perfect place for a holiday or a place to chill out and relax or even recharge. http://www.brandedbawi.com/ for this awesome experience, I will cherish all my life.
Hip hip hooray to yet another #SweetBranded Holiday.