Think waves hitting the shore while you glance at the picture-perfect sunset with light ocean breeze passing through your hair while you sip on to chilled Kings beer. Believe it or not, but if you’re an Indian, you would have thought about Goa after reading this, irrespective of the fact that you’ve been there or not. The ultimate party capital of India where every teenager and young adults plan to visit at least once with their friends, Goa is actually the perfect destination. Whether you’re on a hunt to party, drink, eat, dwell in history or simply unwind, Goa has something to offer to every traveller!
To get away from the humdrum of work life, a visit to Goa was well demanded and deserved. Hence, when a long weekend stroke chord, I packed my bags and was ready to get away from the hustle bustle of Delhi traffic and the next thing I knew was that I landed up at the boutique property: The River Palace Hotel. I stayed at the property for just a night but it was well worth every second spent!
An abode where nature intermingled with luxury, The River Palace, touts chicness and simplicity while ensuring that all your needs are well taken care of. Located away from the justling crowd in Goa, the Hotel is located in North Goa itself and is close to vagator and calangute beach. The property, though not prodigious, was quaint and beautifully done. With a 24-hour access pool surrounded by a well-maintained garden and a small bar at disposal, I knew I had landed at the perfect place for an ideal retreat that I sought.
After checking in at the hotel, I headed to my room which had the view of the calm river as well as the entire property. Done up entirely in wood, the ceiling, the table, the cupboard and tables, the attached bathroom comprised of elements of bamboo and teak, ensuring that I was as close to nature as possible. Mature jackfruit trees were at one hand distance from the window of my room. While there was access to wifi and cable TV, I chose to ebb away and relax.
While the wine list wasn’t as extensive, Gin&Tonic was a saviour post a swim at the pool. The hotel also provides fishing trips where you would be accompanied by a local fisherman in the River Palace’s own boat, to go fishing on the Siolim river.
The hotel has only one restaurant, that offers a buffet spread in the morning for breakfast and has an a-la-carte menu for lunch and dinner, featuring an eclectic mix of Goan, Chinese and North Indian food. Don’t expect the food to come at lightning speed as every dish is made to order and the entire concept of the place is to unwind and relax, hence, I went with the groove of the place and relished what came to the table slowly. I placed my order for dinner and while it was getting prepared, I went for a stroll at the bustling vagator beach, which at the time I went(around 9:30) was dark, quiet and peacseful. I came back to a beautiful meal awaiting me. While I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken cafreal and crab xacuti, the vindaloo didn’t have enough spiciness to call it authentic. The service was mindful, attentive but non-intrusive.
Next day morning, I chose to burn those extra calories that I accumulated with the dinner a day prior, at the gym, that boasted of finest types of equipment. Alas, the calories sacrificed were gained back when I saw the breakfast buffet comprising of chole bhature and vadas et al.
Overall, The River Palace, though not the most famous and lush property in Goa, is a very promising place to visit when you just feel like relaxing and getting away from the prosaic life. Offering comfort and convenience for solo travellers, married couples and families alike, the panoramic view, genuine food, quality service and soothing ambience make this a property that you must definitely visit!
Address: 244, Fernandes Vaddo, Guddem Road, Near Siolim River Bardez, Goa – 403517
Know more: http://www.theriverpalace.com