Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vivanta by Taj - Holiday Village Goa - Magical Monsoon Break

View from our balcony

Nearby bar for pre-lunch Feni-based drinks

Gorgeous Banyan Tree near the Thai Restaurant - Banyan Tree

Breakfast tea at beach side Caravela

View of the Fort Aguada pool from Il Camino

Last monsoon, a friend and I went to Goa taking advantage of the great value all-inclusive 3 night package. Since the monsoon has just arrived, I thought I’d share our experience so those wanting to experience Goa in the rains can consider this sylvan, luxury, beachside property. The deal we got was such a steal that the whole hotel was booked!

Our “Superior Twin Room with Sit out and Garden view”  was on the 1st floor  (top floor) – the sit out was  shared it with the other room on the top floor. We’d have our morning tea/coffee there enjoying the bird song from the garden.

The room was spacious, the bathroom had a tub – no shower stall – I thought the bathroom needed modernisation.  The toiletries were top notch.

What I loved about the package was that we weren’t restricted to eating just buffet meals. Instead we could go to any restaurant in the Holiday Village or Fort Aguada complex – each of them offered a multi course fixed menu for those on the all-inclusive package. During our stay, we managed to eat in all the restaurants including Beach House (Coastal/Goan) and Banyan Tree (Thai) at Vivanta  and Il Camino at the Aguada property. Breakfast was always at Caravela where we saw the sea in all its fury.

The food was excellent at all outlets.

We hung out by the pool and had some amazing cocktails there.

Highly recommended – especially in the rains when there are deals available.

As our meals were included we ate here but partied elsewhere. We went out every morning to get our daily quota of feni based drinks, hung around the pool in the afternoon (cocktail hour)  and went partying at night – Cohiba, Cavala etc

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