IT IS NOT OFTEN that you envisage a vacation on the top of a hill in Goa. That is just the first of many singularities of a stay at Hilton Goa Resort, the brand’s third property in the ‘Sunshine State’. Set in the quaint neighbourhood of Saipem, close to Candolim Beach, the property is a departure from the typical seaside resorts of Goa. On the weekend that I arrive, the weather is balmy and the people, warm and friendly.
Out of the four blocks named after different forts in Goa, my room is housed on the second floor of Cabo de Rama. The King Deluxe Riverview Room flaunts contemporary Indo-Portuguese design elements and generous use of wood. I pull the wooden blinds and slide open the glass door of the balcony to see the Nerul River and tracts of salt pans in the distance, gleaming under the afternoon sun. Closer to the eye, the property’s palms and frangipani flowers sway in the breeze.
Since the resort is designed like a fort, there are no elevators to ferry you across floors. This makes the scenic sundowner—with views of the backwaters of Goa and the hypnotic waters of the infinity pool—set in the private balcony of the Presidential Suite on the top floor, a well-earned reward.
Amandeep Grover, the general manager of the resort, nudges me out of my trance with stories of the property’s opening in October 2020, its ethos rooted in Goan tradition, and the ‘Travel with Purpose’ initiatives. He explains that the resort has collaborated with a women’s sewing collective, Tribal Threads (tribalthreadsonline.com), to sell handmade fabric masks embroidered with Warli art. I make a mental note to get one from the resort lobby. As the sun sets, heart-warming anecdotes multiply while the pitcher of sangria and the spread of sweet-potato wafers and chicken tacos dwindle, attesting to an evening well spent.
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