As I packed my bags for a trip to Goa during this monsoon season, I wondered why this popular beach destination never featured in my monsoon getaway list before. However, experiencing Goa’s natural green environment during monsoon was breathtaking. We picked the Novotel Goa Resort & Spa in Candolim for the weekend stay and returned extremely pleased with our experience.
Here are the reasons why you should stay at the Novotel Goa Resort & Spa on that next trip to Goa.
Nestled in the by lanes of one of Goa’s most popular destinations Candolim, Novotel Resort & Spa welcomes you into the lap of nature with open arms. The natural surrounding is beautifully integrated with the architecture of the hotel. During monsoon, the lush green fields in the hotel backyard and the countless coconut and banyan trees and a variety of ivies surrounding the hotel offer the perfect setting that would appeal to a nature lover.
THE SUITE STAY
We stayed in a duplex suite that offered a good view from the 3rd floor. With balconies on both levels, a cozy bed on the upper level, the overall stay in the suite was a comfortable one. Though it was spacious enough for two of us, it could easily accommodate a small family.
WARREN TRICOMI SALON & SPA
Any holiday is incomplete without a spa session. Especially when it is a Warren Tricomi Spa, you must spare some time to go on a prolonged spa session. My favourite part of the stay was the hour-long rejuvenating spa session at the Warren Tricomi Spa. The well-known franchise of the New York based Warren Tricomi, it offers great services starting from just salon services to the sauna, and Jacuzzi and the Turkish hammam style heated stone bed for a very relaxing exfoliating scrub session. For couples looking for a more romantic spa session, there’s also a kokum butter honey wrapped spa. Sounds exquisite, isn’t it!
FOOD & DRINKS
As I was in the mood for a staycation, we decided to spend a day just relaxing and lazing around in the hotel. Which also meant that from breakfast to dinner I got to try the food at The Food Exchange. It is the only functional restaurant at the moment because of which during busy hours the place gets a bit crowded. However, in terms of food and service, I will give full marks to the chef and the hotel staff. Especially if you are someone who wants to try out the local cuisine when traveling, The Food Exchange is a perfect place to have the authentic rawas fish fry, goan fish curry, pork sausages, and vindaloo with Poe bread. And for drinks head to the lobby lounge bar called Chy. The bar not only serves most of the premium Indian and imported spirits, it also has a great collection of the local drink Fenni and liqueurs. If alcohol isn’t your thing you could opt for the exotic teas from the tea menu.
SWIMMING POOL & GYM
To save you from that guilt of too much of indulgence, the hotel offers you a swimming pool, which is so inviting that you would forget that afternoon siesta. The infinity pool overlooking the lush green fields offer tranquility. And, if you don’t want to miss out on that gym session, head to the fully equipped modern in-house gym.
PROXIMITY TO THE BEACH
Bored of staying indoors. Well, the hotel has a private seaside restaurant called La Brise on Candolim beach. You could rent a cab or a bike just outside the hotel or avail the hotel’s free shuttle service, head to the beach and relax at the restaurant. Or visit the other popular beaches nearby such as Baga and Calangute.
We wanted to take long bike rides hence, ventured out almost every day to all our favourite hang out spots, sometimes soaked in rain but most of the times just soaking in the scenic view of the mountains, green pastures, and the restless sea. Goa is spectacular during monsoon.