Exploring Goa, The Right Way: Slow And Steady
Goa is the kind of destination that makes its way onto every traveller’s wish list, again and again. With its sandy beaches, gold-streaked skies, swaying coconut groves, mighty forts and quaint churches, there’s no better backdrop for a family vacation.
And we’ve got an array of wonderful resorts scattered all across South Goa for your picking. Yes, we are highlighting the south, as this blog post is all about experiencing the slower side of Goa. The more tranquil locales, the hidden villages, the off-beat spots that people rarely visit. Places that make you feel centred and ‘in the moment’.
A blend of Indian and Portuguese influences, South Goa appeases travellers with a truly eclectic tourism package. And Club Mahindra brings to you a platter of experiences so unique, you’ll have to pause and savour each one!
Situated just off the pearly-white shores of Colva beach, a mere 100 metres away, is a favourite amongst Club Mahindra properties. Acacia Palms is a pocket-sized paradise. And like its name suggests, boasts of a million graceful palm trees, which lend an air of serenity to the property. A perfect choice for families who wish to escape from the humdrum of city life and tune into nature. Everything about the resort is pleasing to the senses. The traditional Goan architecture. The tastefully decorated villas. The outdoor swimming pool. The dedicated fun zone – Happy Hub. The shack-style restaurants serving authentic delicacies. Even the beach bar that whips up tasty mocktails and cocktails! Beyond these features and amenities, Acacia Palms is also home to a sea of experiences. For instance, the shell crafting experience allows guests to hone in on their creativity and imagination. The candlelight dinner experience encourages one-on-one time with a loved one. The spice farm tour gives travellers insight into the wholesome, farm to fork experience. The heritage church tour, on the other hand, provides a glimpse of the past. Each experience asks that one be fully present.
Extravagantly beautiful, exquisitely peaceful, Emerald Palms is a retreat for the mind, body and spirit. A canvas of green shades, the property is very much in sync with nature. And you know what they say about nature, right? Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces stress and increases pleasant feelings. Which is why, this Goan hamlet is a beloved one! Situated a short distance from Varca beach, it has all the ingredients for a relaxing family vacation. Be it the setting, the warm hospitality, or the comfortable rooms. Signature experiences range from cultural to historic to outdoorsy. The best part is, travellers get to pick what they’d like to do and choose their pace too! The e-cycle tour is wonderful, as it’s an opportunity to visit rare and unseen destinations. For example, Pequeno Island (Bat Island), is located just a kilometre away from Baina beach, Vasco-da-Gama. This is a snorkelling haven. Netravali Lake, is an extraordinary hidden lake tucked away in the Sanguem district of South Goa. The interesting thing about this lake is its bubbling water, caused due to the presence of natural gasses like methane. The bubbles appear on the lake’s surface, making it seem almost magical.
Introducing yet another delightful resort that is just walking distance from Colva beach. What’s not to love about Club Mahindra Varca, Goa? This is where families get to take a breather and enjoy their holiday moments to the fullest! A property that is bright and airy, blooming and exotic, friendly and fun. A place where ‘bustling Goa’ is replaced by ‘calm Goa’. Yes, it’s true. Drive down to Benaulim beach for a lazy stroll. Let the ocean and sky be your family’s only companions. Jump aboard an e-cycle and glide through South Goa’s fruit markets, spice stalls and handicraft boutiques. Head to serene Dolphin Point for a meet and greet with the most adorable creatures of the sea. Spot rare species of birds at Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. And if you wish to stay indoors, lounge by the pool or find a comfortable spot on the lawn. A good book and playlist are all you need, really. Make sure to head over to our seasonal restaurant that overlooks the water and whips up seafood must-haves!
It doesn’t matter which of the three resorts you pick, South Goa has some amazing things to see, do and experience. It can be as grand as a UNESCO World Heritage church, or as simple as an orangish-pink sunset at a hidden beach. With Club Mahindra, travel can be anything you imagine it to be!
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL), India’s leading player in the leisure hospitality industry, offers quality family holidays as also stated by Club Mahindra Resort Reviews and Club Mahindra Reviews, primarily through vacation ownership memberships. While Club Mahindra is the flagship brand offering Club Mahindra Membership, other brands offered by the company are – Club Mahindra Resorts Fundays and Svaastha Spa. As of Mar 31, 2019, MHRIL has 61+ resorts across India and abroad and its subsidiary, Holiday Club Resorts Oy, Finland, a leading vacation ownership company in Europe has 33 resorts across Finland, Sweden and Spain. Visit us at https://www.clubmahindra.com/