THE BEACH LIFE

Por­tugese-style vil­las, a pris­tine beach and authen­tic lo­cal fare at ITC Grand Goa make for an idyl­lic get­away

India Today - - CONTENTS - By JAHNAVI CHAKRAVARTY

ITC Grand Goa makes her­itage hot again

Goa isn’t merely a place. For some, it rep­re­sents the first taste of free­dom while for oth­ers it is their an­nual dose of sun, surf and sand. Re­turn­ing to Goa after al­most half a decade, I was ready to em­brace the less wild side of the city in­dul­gently, with re­lax­ation be­ing the only agenda for my stay. ITC Grand Goa takes all that you would need for the quin­tes­sen­tial Goa va­ca­tion, adds some sig­na­ture ITC warmth and makes for an ex­pe­ri­ence one wouldn’t for­get in a hurry.

For­merly known as the Park Hy­att Re­sort and Spa, the re­cently re­branded prop­erty is spread across a lush 45 acres, en­sur­ing you never feel crowded even when the re­sort

runs at full oc­cu­pancy. While the ho­tel is still in its tran­si­tional phase, the staff is dis­creet and will en­sure that your day never feels in­ter­rupted. A feel­ing of quiet en­velops the prop­erty, in­ter­rupted briefly by the crash­ing waves on the beach (a cou­ple of min­utes walk from most of the rooms) or the chirp­ing of mi­gra­tory birds on the greens. The rooms are housed in Por­tugese-style vil­las, and come at­tached with porches that face the beach, gar­den or the la­goon that runs through the prop­erty. The rooms are gen­er­ously spa­cious, with walk-in clos­ets, deep sunken baths and out­door show­ers. I would rec­om­mend splurg­ing on the suites— with its pri­vate plunge pool (per­fect for a bout of moon­light skinny dip­ping), mas­sive sunken bath and large porch area, no­body would blame you for never want­ing to leave the room.

And if things get too quiet, you can al­ways head to the siz­able pool (the largest in Asia) or to the beach where you can take a dip or sim­ply watch a gor­geous sun­set from the Royal Afghan, the beach­side grill and bar. Once you’ve worked up an ap­petite from the swim­ming and sun­ning, head to the Vil­lage Square and choose from the half-dozen din­ing op­tions avail­able. There’s Ke­babs & Kur­ries for suc­cu­lent ke­babs and fron­tier food, Ot­timo for fine Ital­ian, Pavil­ion for all-day din­ing and Tem­pero, where chef Sarita works her magic on lo­cal Goan cui­sine, and brings to you the most de­lec­ta­ble home-style cook­ing that you will be dream­ing for days after.

If all of this fails to lull you into a state of ab­so­lute qui­es­cence, then head to Kaya Kalp, the spa. The treat­ments vary from pure Ayurvedic ones to fu­sion treat­ments (the sig­na­ture Kaya Kalp ex­pe­ri­ence is a mix of Ayurvedic and Swedish tech­niques and will guar­an­tee the best night’s sleep you could hope for)

So go on, get your susegad on in the most deca­dent way pos­si­ble.

Rooms from 14,000 +

For more in­for­ma­tion www.itcho­tels.in

SERENE SCENE The villa-style rooms have pri­vate porches and are sur­rounded by lush greens

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