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Goa may be In­dia’s back­packer hotspot, but it is home to a num­ber of lux­ury re­sorts, too. Join­ing that list this month is W Goa, the brand’s 50th ho­tel world­wide and first In­dian prop­erty. It’s set to wow, not just with its prime lo­ca­tion on Va­ga­tor Beach but also its stylish de­sign and ameni­ties. The five-star ho­tel’s 160 guest rooms, in­clud­ing vil­las, chalets, a Mar­vel­lous Suite and an Ex­treme Wow Villa (the brand’s ver­sion of a pres­i­den­tial suite) boast a trippy, kalei­do­scopic de­sign in keep­ing with Goa’s fa­mous party cul­ture. Rooms are painted in bright shades of pur­ples and blues, and have chan­de­liers that look like the lights are melt­ing from the ceil­ing. In­spired by the baths of Pom­peii, the ho­tel’s un­der­ground Spa by Clarins has an Oxy­gen room, eight treat­ment rooms and a sauna room and vi­tal­ity pool. On ground, there’s a Wet pool deck, Fit gym and F&B out­lets – Pan Asian restau­rant Spice Traders, all-day din­ing restau­rant The Kitchen Ta­ble, the Wet deck bar, Woobar and Rock Pool. The W ho­tel is also tap­ping into Goa’s po­ten­tial as a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding lo­cale with the 386m2 Great Room, and an ad­di­tional out­door venue called the Back­yard sits be­low the 500-year-old Cha­pora Fort. W Goa too of­fers the brand’s What­ever/ When­ever concierge ser­vice that helps guests make the most of Goa’s sights and events. Rooms from Dh783; visit W-Goa.com.

Plan­ning a wed­ding in Goa? The ho­tel’s out­door land­scaped area, called Hori­zon, cov­ers 418m2 of ocean­front and is aimed at cel­e­bra­tory events

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