Parra, the newest address for luxury living and quaint cafes, is now home to the hippest new place in north Goa – lifestyle store Siroi – that combines deep immersion in Indian craftsmanship with a keen eye for contemporary designs that will seamlessly merge into any modern home.
Skirting the busy city of Mapusa is the incredibly tranquil village of Bastora, wherein 1929, this gorgeous home was built on a hill. Its white-painted exteriors and traditional arched stained glass windows overlook the pretty and quaint village in north Goa.
With COVID restrictions been lifted on indoor activities, we heard a collective sigh of relief across the board. It’s time to get back to enjoying the finer things in life, and without further ado I signed up for something I’ve long been waiting to experience.
Premier gaming and entertainment company Deltin organised another exciting international poker tournament in Goa. Kicked off on July 31, the No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker event saw hundreds of participants and enticing prize pools.The Delta Corp-led company hosted the tournament onboard The Deltin Royale, one of Goa’s most popular offshore casinos.
Goa’s southern coastal roads are some of the best in India, perfectly charming as they meander through quiet tree-lined villages with a sublime promise of virginal sands at the end. Driving them offers a kind of meditative feeling and recently they took me to a gorgeous hospitality gem, somewhere in the unknown. It was after…
Summer is a time of year I’m particularly partial to spa treatments – they are supremely refreshing and rejuvenating in the face of unrelenting heat, humidity, and dust. One of my go-to spas in recent times has been Tattva at Cidade de Goa, Dona Paula’s favorite resort now taken over by the reputed Taj Group as part of its SeleQtions portfolio.
It oozes confidence and sophistication, with that slight rough-around-the-edges feel that’s always missing from unisex and women-only salons and spas. Chop Shop Barber & Brand is truly one of its kind, catering to that niche demand that is rarely – if ever – met.For a year now, this barber shop’s suave masculinity has met with satisfaction and gratitude from clients who have been eager for quality upmarket shaves and haircuts in Goa. Owner couple Martin Prihoda and Tonia Clark recently celebrated the first anniversary of their hip barbers in Vagator with a lovely sunset cocktail doo sponsored by Arbor Beer and Strangers & Sons.
Several years ago, in the midst of a stressful season, I took a few days off and submerged myself in the tranquil paradise that was – and continues to be – Ishavilas. The heritage home in Siolim recently completed a few renovations and I popped back to see the changes. This stately villa is…
Sinéad McManus is a premier hospitality and spa columnist, consulting additionally in media and PR, fashion, lifestyle and high-society entertainment & events. She represents In India, National Geographic Traveller UK and has worked with clients across the board in the country’s travel industry. Sinead has lived and worked in Goa for more than a decade. Her passions include health & beauty, travel, and fashion. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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