Goa is a popular state in the western India with a coastal line stretching along the Arabian Sea. Popularly known as ‘the pearl of the east’ and ‘tourist paradise, this little haven is an important destination in every tourist’s itinerary and attracts travelers from all over the world. The magnificent scenic beauty combined with the architectural splendor of whitewashed churches, Portuguese era cathedrals, old houses and temples, have made Goa the favourite tourist hub on the global map. But then, Goa is much more than just white sand beaches and sea. The place is packed with impressive hotels, beach resorts, pubs and restaurants which cater to every type of travelers. The tourist season begins in mid September and carries on till early March. The weather in these months is pleasantly cool and dry.
Major sightseeing attractions
By booking a day trip or hiring a two wheeler is the best way to explore this beautiful state. The main historical sites are the huge churches in Old Goa, considered to be the best example of baroque architecture style in India. Opposite of Panjim city, on the northern bank of the Mandovi river lies a little village named Reis Magos and famous for two monuments – The Reis Magos Fort and The Reis Magos Church, the first church to be constructed in Bardez. The oldest Mangeshi temple is an amalgamation of traditional and modern Hindu architecture, located few kilometres from Panjim city is a must visit. Travellers, who are outdoor enthusiasts, can enjoy various water sports which are available and suitable for all age groups.
Finding accommodation in Goa is easy. It offers r variety of accommodation ranging from hotels, resorts, guest houses and rental apartment, to suit every travellers budget and taste.
Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort
The resort, overlooks the Calangute beach, is around 10km from the 17th century Fort Aguada, and 13 km from Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. It has 175 tastefully furnished rooms and cottages, categorized as Standard, Executive, Swiss, Luxury, Grand Swiss and Family Room. Every guest rooms and cottages have a flat-screen cable/satellite television for entertainment purpose during relaxation time. Free Wi-Fi, mini bars, tea and coffee makers are also provided, so guests don’t miss out on their favourite hot brew. After a fun and adventurous day, guests can have a relaxing bath with a 24 hour supply of hot and cold running water in the attached bathroom. Facilities like express laundry service, live entertainments, valet car parking, foreign exchange, travel desk, bike and car rentals are also provided by the resort. Room service is available 24/7. Other amenities include a rooftop terrace, a playground and an outdoor pool and dining. This smoke free resort also has separate smoking rooms allocated for guests.
Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort offers its guests with a choice of three restaurants: Authentically Yours – La Sana Vida, Beach Shack Restaurant and Lagoon. Each restaurant has its own distinct signature style, serving various cuisines. A special menu is offered to guests, who prefer vegetarian or Jain food.
Guests who wish to travel with comfort within the state to explore, can book the choice of transportation at the travel desk provided within the resort.
Cidade De Goa
Just few minutes from the city of Panjim, this upscale resort is set on sprawling 40 acres and gently nestled among the tranquil beach, where every guest can enjoy great sea views. It has impeccably furnished rooms: Standard, Superior, Classic and Deluxe Rooms and Suites: Junior, Family and Suites. Each room has central A/C with individual remote and provided with satellite television so guests don’t miss out their favourite shows and movies when on holidays. High speed wired and Wifi internet access lets the guest stay in touch with their loved ones. With provision of tea and coffee maker, guests won’t miss out on their hot cup. For business corporate, there is an in-house business centre for discussion and meetings. Luxury halls are available at the resort for weddings, receptions and special occasions. With transport service available, discover Goa and surroundings with a chauffeur driven vehicle.
Cidade De Goa has a shopping arcade to take a little memento back home from Goa as souvenirs. Guests can enjoy at the open alfresco bar overlooking the sea and swimming pool. Diners can treat their taste buds at Alfama, Barbeque, Café Azul and Laranja. Enjoy various fresh flavoured pastries, coffees, teas, oven fresh breads at Doçaria, a 24 hour pastry shop. The gym is equipped with latest exercise equipments, so guest can maintain their fitness even when on vacation, whereas the spa lets them relax and rejuvenate.
Besides the natural beauty, pristine beaches and beautiful sunsets, this is the place where travellers really know how to enjoy and relax.