Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Monsoon Getaway-Taj Fort Aguada




 There is a reason Goa is one of the most famous holiday destinations, arguably in the world. While most would plan a trip to this place from November to Feb, Goa in monsoons is amazingly beautiful.We have had our best trips in the monsoons in Goa. Deciding the hotel was pretty easy.We had been eying this Taj property since a long time.The pictures looked beautiful and the resort had pretty much everything we needed to enjoy our stay.
The hotel gives complimentary transfer from the Airport to the hotel.The ride is a bit long but the picturesque beauty Goa offered soothed the eyes all the way through our journey.Upon arival, we were received by the Taj representative at the airport and transferred  to the hotel in a Taj mini bus.It takes almost an hour to reach the resort in monsoons.
Guests are received well at the reception in the customary Taj way with shell neck pieces. Kokum was given as the welcome drink.The check-in was smooth as the reception desk representatives were very alert and super polite.The looby is grand and the view is spectacular.The lobby overlooks the sea and the pool and has an outdoor seating area as well.This place has around 145 rooms which are  inspired by the  Goan-Portuguese architecture.

We were not expecting the hotel to have many guests(off-season) but were surprised by the numbers.We loved our room,it had all the basic amenities plus an outdoor seating area.The view was breathtaking with the lush green trees and the sea.
 It rained a lot and we totally loved it.It did stop and gave us some much needed sunshine as well.We then decided to step out and take our fight outside the 4 walls (bahar mil) :P
Taj has 4 properties in Goa.Fort Aguada and Holiday Village are adjacent to each other and you could enjoy the facilities of both properties if you are staying in any one of these.We took a stroll and a dip in Village.Village has a kid's pool and a bigger playing area for kids.So if you want the kids to enjoy,Village is better for you.Else Aguada is the place.
Pool@Holiday Village
Village has a deck overlooking the sea where you can sit and enjoy the view.
It was breezy and the weather totally rocked.They have cars running to and fro from Aguada to Village all day.So you get picked and dropped whenever you want.
This is how Aguada looks from Village.
Taj Aguada gives you a feeling of a real fort on a mountain.The resort overlooks the ramparts of the Fort Aguada.You can walk upto the Fort Aguada's ramparts as well from Taj.There is a gate near the pool.
Aguada has an amazing view from the lobby.We sat for couple of hours as it rained.And it took a dip to get a closer view.
If you want to step out which is not required at all.This is the lane outside the entrance lined by trees-sheer beauty.We took a stroll down the lane.

 
The food never disappoints us at Taj and the chefs go out of their way to please you.We were given complimentary Thai green curry at Kovalam Taj,just coz they did not have it for Lunch and when we asked again for it for Dinner.Well that's Taj.
Aguada has an Italian restaurant, a seafood specialty restaurant-Morisco,an all day diner-Latitude and 2 Bars.You can have a private meal overlooking the sea as well.The Buffet is priced at 1200 plus taxes per person.The spread is mouthwatering.The chef would make sure you enjoy the meal and ask for the feedback himself.
This is what something we were craving for at an odd hour and they customized it for us.A hot brownie with oodles of hot chocolate topped with some ice-cream, in a chilly weather,as you enjoy the rains of Goa and the very high splashing sea waves.
We couldn't get enough of this place.SFX-the lounge bar,we sat,drank(mocktails and they were amazing) and enjoyed every bit here.It was always full with people literally sleeping over here.The place serves some exotic drinks and seems as if it is just right above the sea.The view amazing,air conditioning effect comes for free here,it was chilly.
The hospitality of Taj has never been met by any of the Hotels we have stayed at,over the world till now.It is embarrassing at times for us,the staff is that polite.We have loved every stay and Taj keeps calling us for more.This staycation was lovely,looking forward to many such ones at Taj.Loved Aguada and would surely be back again soon.

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