The kebab arrived in India with the Mughals centuries ago and never left, its succulent flavours and smoky aroma capturing souls (and stomachs!) across northern India. In Goa, great kebabs have been a hit-and-miss dining experience. But with Masala House in Porvorim, guests are guaranteed incredible tastes every time.
COMO Designers’ Collective at Porvorim in North Goa, launched the ‘Sea Glass’ collection, the latest collection from iconic designer and Goa’s favourite son, Wendell Rodricks. The launch event was an ode to the late designer and a commitment from Purple Style Labs – the fashion house that recently purchased the Wendell Rodricks label – and the COMO Designers’ Collective to ensure that the designer’s legacy shines on into the future.
Cyclone Tauktae certainly took our little state for a spin and left many high and dry without power, water and internet facilities for a few days. It was quite a relief when The Westin Goa at Anjuna opened its doors to welcome many of us – some with pets in tow – for a refreshing escape from the turmoil.
After a year in pyjamas and casuals, it’s time to bring back that much-need splash of colour, verve, style and sassiness. And that’s all within arm’s reach at one place: COMO. On March 24, 2021, the designers’ collective launched its new flagship store in Porvorim, a gorgeous space that brings back the joy of shopping with racks showcasing exquisite work from global runway platforms.
The last 12 months have made travel to south Goa – my one true love – pretty difficult so when I finally went back, I headed straight down to my favourite place for familiar faces and old friends. Kate Abramovitz has spent lockdown working twice as hard as she usually does. She expanded the Jaali brand by adding another feature to her Jaali Café cap with Casa Jaali Resort, and I was so pleased to discover a sparkling new gem in Patnem.
“They say good things come in small packages and that’s exactly what Dakte stands for! Dakte is a Konkani word and means little or tiny!This cute little air conditioned café sitting right on the Siolim main road was a much needed addition to the locality. This little cozy, European vibe café belongs to the young Entrepreneurs’ who own Cuebebar Smokehouse in Assagaon.
Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa, Goa unveiled its award-winning All-day Dining – Caravela in an all-new avatar. The Sky is Yours – A Unique Taj Dining Experience, complimented with Executive Chef Sahil Desai’s exclusively curated signature menu, the newly refurbished elegant dining promises a culinary experience like no other. As the world steps into the new normal, the spirit of Tajness stands reinvigorated at this elegant dining, driven by the supreme importance it places on the safety and delight of its guests.
For quiet seaside getaways, South Goa has always been the top choice among locals. But uber-luxurious five-star hotels often need rather deep pockets. So when a stylish, upmarket resort comes along offering all the amenities you’re looking forward to at a more affordable rate, it’s certainly an option one would jump at.Heritage Village Resorts & Spa in Cansaulim artfully combines the culture and ethos of Goa with contemporary luxuries to create a space that treats all the senses. Ably led by general manager Guitry Velho, the hotel dispenses focused attention on maintaining hygiene and providing the ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience.
The Crown Goa is a Boutique Hotel situated on a historic hillock in the centre of Panjim. Besides being located in one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, The Crown Goa offers the most breath-taking views of the River Mandovi.
There is nothing more relaxing than sipping on refreshing cocktails as you relax in your comfort and watch the waves of the sea crash against the shore.🌊The all-new SFX at @tajfortaguada offers you all this and much more.
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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