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JW Marriott Goa, situated along the golden Goan coastline of Vagator, is the latest addition to India’s luxury hotel scene. The property features 151 rooms, including luxurious suites with private plunge pools and guestrooms with ocean views.
Goa is evolving into a preferred destination for luxury travellers, and with several new additions to the luxury scene, it’s no wonder why. The recent introductions include Storii by ITC Hotels Shanti Morada, The St. Regis Goa, Larisa Ashwem, and MansionHaus. These properties offer luxurious accommodations, world-class amenities, and exquisite dining options catering to discerning travellers’ needs.
In addition to the new options, there are already several existing luxury hotels in Goa, including ITC Grand Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa, Alila Diwa Goa, Ahilya By the Sea, The Postcard, and The Zuri White Sands.
One of the highlights of JW Marriott Goa is its crafted spaces that showcase Goan cultural references. Local artefacts, such as mother-of-pearl detailing, intricate glassware chandeliers, and water fountains, adorn the public spaces, creating a sophisticated and authentic ambience.
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Culinary adventures in Goa
JW Marriott Goa is also home to four culinary options that cater to a wide range of tastes. The all-day restaurant, JW Kitchen, offers globally inspired cuisine, local dishes, and indulgent Sunday brunches. Pérola, the French-style lobby bar, serves a daily Afternoon Tea service, wine, signature coffee or tea, and light snacks. For a unique dining experience with views, head to Água Bar and Café, which offers Mediterranean cuisine and exotic cocktails, all while overlooking the infinity pool and the stunning Goan coast. Heliconia serves modern Asian fine dining and handcrafted cocktails amidst natural surroundings.
Culinary delights continue well beyond this luxury hotel. Goa isn’t just famous for its scenic beaches and vibrant nightlife, but it’s also a culinary paradise. The city boasts an array of iconic and celebrity-studded restaurants that are a must-visit for food lovers. Antares Restaurant & Beach Club by Australian celebrity chef Sarah Todd offers a unique dining experience with its stunning beachfront location.
Gunpowder, the Instagram-able café in Saunto Vaddo, is a hidden gem that serves authentic local cuisine. Olive Bar & Kitchen in Anjuna is perfect for those seeking a cool and indulgent dining experience, while Thalassa, with its Greek-inspired decor, is an ideal spot to enjoy a romantic dinner. Martin’s Corner and Cantare are also highly recommended for their delicious food and lively ambience.
Relaxation & family friendly options in Goa
Guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation can visit the hotel’s Spa by JW, featuring Turkish and Moroccan hammams, where they can enjoy a range of treatments and therapies to soothe the mind, body, and soul. Meanwhile, the outdoor infinity pool is perfect for a refreshing swim or lounging in the sun on a poolside cabana.
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Families can take advantage of the hotel’s Family by JW, offering an entertainment centre featuring virtual reality games, a bowling alley, a children’s play area, and candle making, ensuring that all family members have a memorable and enjoyable stay. “Guests arriving at JW Marriott Goa step into a luxury oasis, set like a rare jewel in one of India’s finest tropical beach destinations. Our hotel is a haven of tranquillity inspired by its natural surroundings where guests can seek well-being as well as explore all the vibrant attractions of Goa and the genuine hospitality of its people,” said Manav Malhotra, General Manager, JW Marriott Goa.
JW Marriott Goa is part of Marriott Bonvoy, where members can avail of the brand’s global travel program and enjoy exclusive perks such as complimentary nights and elite status recognition, as well as access to the brand’s extraordinary portfolio of international brands.
The hotel’s proximity to landmark attractions such as Chapora Fort, churches, and Chapora and Vagator beaches make it an ideal location for exploring Goa’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.
While most flights to Goa are domestic, the Dabolim International Airport also receives a few international flights. In addition, the recently opened New Goa International Airport (Mopa) in North Goa has further improved connectivity to the region. ◼
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© This article was first published online in Apr 2023 – World Travel Magazine.