An Oasis called the River Sal


By Satish Kumar

Rivers, with their effortless and timeless beauty, have always held a special place in our hearts. They possess a uniquely calming and gentle charm and are often a source of inspiration and tranquillity. At The St. Regis Goa Resort, we are fortunate to be nestled along the picturesque banks of the Sal River, where nature’s elegance meets luxury. Our resort, a true gem on the Eastern side of the river, offers guests an opportunity to immerse themselves in its serene ambiance. Here, one can witness the most enchanting sunrises, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink, setting the perfect tone for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation.

The Sal River is not just a body of water; it is a living ecosystem that adds character and depth to our unspoiled South Goa setting. As fishing boats lazily drift along its waters, they become an integral part of the tapestry of life that surrounds us, reminding us of the rich cultural heritage of this region. What truly sets us apart is our unique location, where the Sal River converges with the mighty Arabian Sea, creating a mystical estuary. This geographical wonder is a testament to the marvels of nature and it’s no wonder that we proudly declare it as a part of our identity. This beautiful confluence is a key reason why The St. Regis Goa Resort proudly bears the title of being the “Best Address” in South Goa. It’s a place where the forces of nature merge harmoniously, offering our guests an unparalleled experience.

A view of the Sal River from The St. Regis Goa Resort property at Cavelossim.

Rivers are often hubs of biodiversity, and the Sal River is no exception. For nature enthusiasts and avid birdwatchers, our resort becomes a haven for witnessing the rich flora and fauna that thrive in this environment. The riverbanks are alive with the vibrant colours of diverse bird species, making every moment a delightful surprise for our guests.

In the hospitality industry, our success depends on the harmonious coexistence of communities. Being situated by the Sal River allows us to source the freshest catch of the day, a real treat for food enthusiasts seeking authentic and sustainable dining experiences. The river is not just a view; it’s a source of inspiration for our culinary team, who craft dishes that celebrate the flavours of Goa.

Furthermore, our proximity to the river has enabled us to actively engage in ecotourism initiatives, emphasising conservation and sustainable practices. We take pride in attracting environmentally conscious travellers who appreciate our commitment to preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us. Our dedication to sustainability aligns seamlessly with the desire of many to minimise their carbon footprint while enjoying a luxurious escape.

At The St. Regis Goa Resort, we have cultivated a thriving ecosystem within our grounds. Our commitment to nature is evident in our 300,000 trees, our school of fish, the soothing chorus of ribbits from resident frogs and the graceful geese that grace our lagoons. The blooming water lilies add a touch of elegance to this oasis, enhancing our connection with Mother Nature. Our close proximity to the Estuary and the Sal River has deepened our bond with the natural world. It’s a reminder that we are mere stewards of this land, entrusted with the responsibility of preserving its beauty for generations to come.

Mr. Satish Kumar, GM, St. Regis Goa Resort.

About The Author

The above article has been authored by Mr. Satish Kumar, General Manager of The St. Regis Goa Resort, Cavelossim.

Mr. Satish Kumar is a hospitality expert with two decades of experience working in luxury hotels around the world. The article was penned by him on the occasion of World River Day, (which was celebrated on 24 September 2023), as a personal tribute to the splendour of the Sal River which is located near The St. Regis Goa Resort property at Cavelossim.