Holidaying in Goa is great because there is so much to do. If you’re an adventure lover and thrill seeker, you can go paragliding, white water rafting, bungee jumping, or deep-sea diving. On the other hand, if you’re looking to relax, you can lay by the beach, chill at a shack, get a massage – the options are endless. Goa is the smallest state in India, so getting around is really not that difficult. However, wouldn’t it be great if you could do most of the stuff that you want to do without having to even leave the resort? Get a massage, take a boat ride, buy souvenirs, lounge by the pool, watch live bands and fire dancers … Well, it’s possible, because that is what a typical vacation at Marinha Dourada is all about.
An award-winning property
The Marinha Dourada is a 5-time Thomson Holidays UK, Gold Award-winning property located in the beautiful and scenic village of Arpora. Just minutes away from the famous Baga beach, the resort is set in a stunning location, close to the Baga river, and bordered by beautiful natural lakes. The area is so calm, that even during the hottest of summers, the resort maintains a cool and calming atmosphere. A stay at the Marinha Dourada is so peaceful, you would not believe that you are in the centre of Goa’s party hub. Complimentary transfers are provided from the hotel to Baga for those looking to enjoy the nightlife, though chances are you’d end up taking a stroll to take in that infectious Goa vibe.
In keeping with Goa’s Indo-Portuguese history, the Marinha Dourada toes the line between past and present by providing the very best in modern amenities, while still maintaining a link to the bygone Portuguese days through its beautiful interiors and decor. In fact, one of the first things you will notice while walking into the property is the red masonry stone arch at the entrance, beckoning you to enter in and make the Marinha Dourada your home for the rest of the week.
A bed, a snooze, and water views
One of the main reasons why 90% of the guests that choose the Marinha Dourada are repeat visitors, is because of just how beautiful the rooms are. Regardless of which one of the 205 rooms you choose, you will be greeted with stunning views of either the pool or the beautiful Arpora lakes that surround the property. If you decide to take one of the lake facing rooms, be prepared to be greeted by a variety of birds every morning. Like most modern resorts, the rooms at the Marinha Dourada offers all the comfort features that you have come to expect. A stocked mini-bar, TV, airconditioning, bathroom amenities, of course, WiFi. The resort also offers laundry services wherein clothes given by 10 am are returned before 7 pm the following day.
A delectable dining experience
Whether it’s Continental you’re craving, Indian you’re missing, or Goan you’re expecting, the multi-cuisine restaurant Varanda has it all. Overlooking the magnificent pool, the menu at Varanda is all-encompassing, though it is recommended that you look out for the chef’s specials to find out what the catch of the day is, or what fresh produce has come in. Food aside, what makes the Varanda truly remarkable is the fact that it serves as the property’s entertainment venue. At least 4 times a week, you will get to enjoy live music while you dine, and in addition, you will be entertained by Goan folk dancers, fire eaters, serenaders, and more. If you’re lucky, you can even show off your skill on one of the regular karaoke nights as well.
Apart from just the multi-cuisine restaurants, the Marinha Dourada boasts two beautiful bars. Agor is the property’s poolside bar open till midnight, while Barracuda is situated on the lawns between the two lakes, and is open till 2 am. Both bars serve a variety of beverages, spirits, wine, innovative cocktails, and even a few snacks. It’s the perfect way to round of a night on the town.
More than just a boutique resort
The Marinha Dourada is more than just your average boutique resort. It’s the kind of property where once you’re inside, you don’t feel like leaving. In essence, this place could quite easily become your second home. When it comes to the facilities that the property offers, there is just so much you can do. If you’re a family looking to enjoy your vacation, then look no further because the resort has 3 beautiful swimming pools, complete with sunbeds, towels, and parasols if you want to avoid the sun. If that’s not enough to keep the kids busy, the play area, Salina, is equipped with Play Stations and a variety of games, an aquarium, life-size play animals, caves, and even a cafeteria. There are also a number of toys and games for children of all ages.
Looking to celebrate an event? The Marinha Dourada has 2 air-conditioned halls that can be used for all kinds of events. Weddings, conferences, intimate dinners, the Marinha Dourada has done it all. Handling groups of up to 650 people, there are multiple options available no matter what you have in mind. If you’d rather have your event outdoors, then there’s no better place than the lawns, located between the two lakes. With the ability to host up to a thousand guests, the lawns are a magical venue, especially for weddings since there is ample space to set up an outdoor bar, buffet, and stage for entertainment.
No other resort in Goa can offer the number of services that the Marinha Dourada can. While staying at this all-inclusive property, you can enjoy boat rides on the lake, go fishing, spend your time bird-watching, and more. If you’re a health freak, check out the health club which includes a well-equipped gym, or lounge in the jacuzzi and follow it up with a trip to the steam room. If you want, you can start your mornings with a jog around the jogging track, or play around of tennis at the tennis court. For those who want to get their shopping done, A Loja stocks all kinds of souvenirs, books, gifts, chocolate, garments, swimwear, wood carvings, leather goods, handicrafts, and many other imported items. The property even has a goldsmith selling gold ornaments of the highest quality, along with other precious stones such as diamonds, rubies, and more. If you do want to get out for a bit, the concierge will help organise sightseeing or adventure tours complete with private taxi services as well.
The Marinha Dourada is your complete Goa experience in one property. With a stunning location that is close to all the action, it is the perfect getaway for anyone coming to Goa. To make your bookings, you can contact the resort via email at [email protected], or visit their website at http://www.resortmarinhadourada.com
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