April 24, 2018

Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort: A serene nest

Experience the calm of South Goa at this Mediterranean-styled hotel.





The sheer entrance of this place reminds me of the Seychelles. Consequently, the hopes and expectations have also heightened. For, that archipelago in the Indian Ocean has made me quite choosy when it comes to beach destinations. And, going by the first look, it seems I will not be disappointed.

The resort has that quiet yet happening look and feel to it. It all starts from the reception which seems like opening the property’s heart out to the guests. The pool flanked by the palms adds to the holiday vibes. The peace on the faces of the other guests tells you that your blissful moments are also just around the corner. A stroll to the beach leaves no doubt in mind. Those clear turquoise-blue-green waters of the Seychelles made me avoid Goa for quite some time.


Or perhaps I outgrew North Goa’s crowded shores, loud places and soiled waters. South Goa redeems it all for me and makes me a fan all over again. So, standing at the Cavelossim beach, I am both surprised and happy that this part of Goa still boasts of blue water, white sand and clean beach. The resort, meanwhile, nothing less than a little luxury village in itself, and my room – a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary, is a serene nest every city-dweller like me yearns for. And, the various hues that the setting sun leaves on the sky, also making the Arabian Sea glisten like warm gold, has me hooked.  
The dinner at Seagull, the all-day dining restaurant takes it further to being spoiled. And, the poolside grill restaurant – Mama Mia leaves no scope for self redemption.
As I give in to a round of its gorgeous-looking mixes and drinks, paired oh-so-well with perfectly-grilled salmon in a light lemon-butter-sage sauce, this place has won my heart.
A quick round of the property the next morning shows how the partnership between AccorHotels and Alcon Victor Group has brought newness to the property but delightfully retained the old Goan-Portuguese flavours. The earlier Dona Sylvia Resort, and now Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort, is hence even perfect for planning your wedding as its sprawling green lawns that merge with the sand work for both traditional and modern themes. The fine dining Indian restaurant – Kebabs & Kurries, can make you even feel like a royalty of the yore with its finest of recipes, picked from nowhere else than the royal kitchens.
The lobby bar, Amalia, will have you return to the Goan mood and join the live music performers to belt out a couple of your favourites too. Don’t worry, the audience is already in a blissful zone, thanks to the delicious finger foods and drinks that you won’t get anything else than a grand applause.
The old-world charm and the new-age luxury of this place indeed have an effect on your nerves. So much so that, despite not knowing how to swim my ultra-relaxed self decides to go for water sports. The calm mind leads to a brave heart and I triumph over the waves like a pro. Do not miss a round of water sports at the beach, it can be a life-changing experience (and, for the better). The hotel staff, always ready to help, will help you fix this adventure dose for yourself. The ones travelling with kids need not worry too as the place has enough to keep the curious minds occupied. The kitchen can even take care of their unpredictable taste buds and demands. Be it family, friends or business, every vacation, event or moment becomes perfect here.


(Travel Diaries editor Garima Verma was hosted by AccorHotels) 
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