My most recent trip to Goa was unlike any other. For starters, my rager mode was off and I did not go to any of the usual haunts in North. Stayed and explored the South this time and absolutely loved it! Azaya Beach Resort just hit the shores of South Goa and I spent the most relaxing weekend checking it out before it opens to the public.
Panoramic views, pristine Benaulim Beach views, fabulous food (and company) have sure converted me. A lot of people don’t prefer to visit a new property for a few weeks till after its launch – so that the teething issues are out. I, however, only prefer it the other way. The process of setting up something new is something I know only too well, and all the emotions associated with it. It’s always great to go for previews so I’m able to share honest, constructive criticism.
The resort is stunning but the plunge pool adjoining my room definitely was the winner. My fiancé was scheduled to join me in a couple of hours and given the vibe and setting, I couldn’t help but seize the opportunity to plan a little something for her. The staff was super resourceful and helped me achieve that well enough to impress her 😉
The weekend was spent sipping on champagne and watching stunning sunsets. South Goa is less commercial, cleaner and a lot more peaceful and another reason to love it is the fact that it has no dirty shacks.
Coming to the most important part – Azaya boasts of a world cuisine restaurant La Concha. Chef Anuj ensured stellar meals – my favourite was the Goan style preparation of fresh seafood. The Xec Xex Crab was to die for. A great meal (for Shuchir) is incomplete without cocktails – The New York style bar Lynx served up some classic cocktails and I went behind the bar (of course). Sober in Goa? Not happening. The outdoor patio, sea breeze, lots of shots and tequila, and a starry sky made sure the night ended on an amazing note.
Since my rager mode was off this weekend I decided to take an early morning tour of the Sahakari Spice plantation & a Feni Distillery. It really was quite an experience to have a morning after involving fresh aromas of spices in a plantation. Witnessed Beetle nut harvesting and it was quite a sight. The plucker goes from tree to tree due to its flexible nature! The morning started with lemongrass tea instead of a hangover .. in Goa. (who would’ve ever thought)
All in all a resort that has the potential to cater to your every need – mine were good food, delicious cocktails, and dedicated hospitality!
South Goa also has some of the most fabulous restaurants in the city and here are my picks :
Black Sheep Bistro
Barrels & Bones
Never thought I’d say this, giving my love for partying in Goa, but it truly is better in the south.