SulaFest: Glamping & Good Music

With luxury tent camps, great food, excellent wine and amazing music, SulaFest 2016 proved yet again that it is the best gourmet music festival in India  One of the highlights at the beginning of every year is SulaFest in Nasik, a concert phenomenon that is changing the way India sees music festivals. Stalls sell handmade…

April 5, 2016
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Sensational Shillong

Rolling hills, colonial architecture and breathtaking scenery are but few things the Meghalayan capital has to offer, with its latest 18 Degrees cultural festival bringing the region to life Shillong is all about never-ending views, colourful culture, a vibrant music life and a mesmerising history. Usually you need several days in a new place to…

October 19, 2013
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IATO – India must target tourism markets like Brazil & Africa

Targeting rapidly growing economies like Brazil and Africa, easier visa processes, investing in budget hotels and infrastructure can propel Indian tourism into an increasingly competitive marketplace, says President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO).  By Sinead McManus  The recently concluded 29th Annual Convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) held in…

October 11, 2013
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Soul satisfaction at The Sofala 15°74

This perfect hideaway introduces guests to the true experience of Goa, buoyed by the influences of owner Suraj Morajkar’s charming disposition By Sinead McManus It was the thick of the season three years ago, after the rambunctious New Year crowd had filtered out leaving behind a sizeable number of good-natured tourists, when I received a…

September 7, 2013
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Indulge to Revitalise – Cidade de Goa

With high-tech equipment and experienced trainers and masseurs, the recently renovated Club Saúde at Cidade de Goa, Dona Paula, offers the perfect excuse to stay healthy. Cidade de Goa has been close to an institution in this tiny tourist state, with hordes of visitors enjoying the lavishness of the secluded beachfront property for the past…

August 17, 2013
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A fresh slice of Calangute

Bringing everything to the guest in one place with very hospitable staff and great ambience is something the Citrus Goa excels at By Sinead McManus  Living in Calangute means I pass by innumerable new ventures – cafes, hotels, joints and shops – almost every day. And sometimes the traffic in this bustling little village can…

June 1, 2013
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Sunset Surprises

Let the Sunset Deck at Vivanta by Taj – Holiday Village Goa amaze you with its resplendent view, exotic meals and warm service By Sinead McManus  It was a sultry evening. The rain that wet the streets a day earlier did nothing to dispel the humidity that hangs heavily in times like this – it’s…

May 11, 2013
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A Royal Tryst with Nature

A Royal Tryst with Nature  Once-in-a-lifetime sightings of regal tigers and other rich wildlife in the verdant surroundings of the Ranthambore National Park can only be matched by the luxurious splendor of Rajasthan’s Nahargarh Resort.. The dusty air wobbled above the simmering Rajasthani roads as the blistering sun turned Jaipur’s royal palaces almost mirage-like. Almost magically, the…

April 27, 2013
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Agonda Villas, the perfect romantic getaway

Five years ago, four schoolmates – brothers Shaan and Wassim, Aneesh and Khalander from Canacona toyed with the idea of bringing to life an intimate Goan experience, which effortlessly blended with the beach setting. Agonda White Sand beach cottages took off with a bang, and three years on they have expanded their venture into the…

December 28, 2012
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Beauty by the Sea – Marbela Beach Boutique Resort

Even though they now have a new private access road near Papa Jolly’s on the main road, I still quite liked driving down the winding road through the village to Marbela Beach Boutique Resort. The whole run-up to this luxurious hotel on Morjim beach is deceptive – tiny little lanes, children playing about, cattle hugging…

December 1, 2012
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