Novo­tel Goa Donna Sylvia Re­sort

Business Traveller (India) - - THE REPORT -

BACK­GROUND Donna Sylvia Re­sort re­opened this year on Fe­bru­ary 27 as Novo­tel Goa Donna Sylvia Re­sort af­ter a year-long re­fur­bish­ment. Ac­corHo­tels has part­nered with the Al­con Vic­tor Group for its fourth prop­erty in Goa af­ter ibis Styles Goa Calangute, Novo­tel Goa Shrem and Novo­tel Goa Re­sort and Spa near Can­dolim Beach.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Its gab­bled roof en­trance in­stantly lends a clas­sic Goa feel to the prop­erty. The lobby is open and airy with black and white floor­ing and spaced out seat­ing. I was wel­comed with Por­tuguese live mu­sic and fresh co­conut wa­ter. I ear­marked my bag and was es­corted to my room af­ter com­plet­ing the check-in pro­ce­dure. Fac­ing the lobby is its ex­pan­sive pool that I passed and walked on a wind­ing pedes­trian path­way sur­rounded by rooms on each side. Sway­ing co­conut trees, colour­ful flow­ers and the oc­ca­sional stat­ues en­com­pass­ing Goa’s Por­tuguese his­tory marked the walk to my Su­pe­rior room num­bered 54 that was housed in a cot­tage along with an­other sim­i­lar room.

WHERE IS IT? In south Goa, by the Cavelos­sim Beach. The in­ter­na­tional air­port is about 45 min­utes away. This is one of the clean­est beaches I’ve vis­ited in Goa, lined with shacks, restau­rants and bars.

I could see the Cavelos­sim Beach from my room and could ac­cess it through the ho­tel’s ex­pan­sive lawns

ROOMS Ac­com­mo­da­tion is villa style with a porch at­tached to each room. I could see the Cavelos­sim Beach from my room and could ac­cess it through the ho­tel’s ex­pan­sive lawns. The room is dec­o­rated in dark wood, pat­terned floor­ing and a piece of art is placed on the head­board. It faces the LCD tele­vi­sion, mini­bar and work desk. A lounger and ta­ble was placed be­side the win­dow. Charg­ing points be­side the bed made it easy for me to power up my phone and lap­top at the same time. A wardrobe and safe de­posit box are placed inside the mar­ble bath­room with a sep­a­rate glass shower cu­bi­cle. The decor is sim­ple but func­tional. Wifi is free.

FOOD AND DRINK Seag­ull is where I had most of my meals in­clud­ing break­fast and bu et-style lunch and din­ner. In­ter­ac­tive live coun­ters serve an ar­ray of cuisines how­ever, there wasn’t much Goan food on the menu. The chef pre­pared some fish rec­heado (tra­di­tional Goan prepa­ra­tion) on re­quest, which was quite de­li­cious. Amalia is its bar that’s on the up­per level of the lobby. Mama Mia is its pool­side grill that serves steaks and fresh seafood by the pool. Ke­babs and Kur­ries is its fine-din­ing In­dian restau­rant.

MEET­INGS There are four meet­ing rooms that span 3,200 sqm. The ho­tel’s lawns are well man­i­cured and make for avant garde meet­ing spa­ces with tall co­conut trees and graz­ing seag­ulls.

LEISURE There is an out­door swim­ming pool, a gym and a spa. The ho­tel or­gan­ises a host of wa­ter sports that in­clude ba­nana boats, jet-ski­ing and para­sail­ing along with a lo­cal com­pany. Bi­cy­cles can be hired and there is also an out­door ten­nis court.

VER­DICT There’s no dearth of ho­tels in Goa; how­ever Novo­tel Goa Donna Sylvia Re­sort is a good op­tion for busi­ness trips and fam­ily hol­i­days on a bud­get. Akanksha Maker

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