A recent 3-day break in Goa at the end of a loooong Diwali holiday from school really refreshed us, and gave us some much-needed family time!The Holiday Inn, where we stayed was gorgeously relaxing – a lovely room overlooking the sea, a lawn just outside our balcony where cheeky birds flew down to demand tidbits, azulejos every where I looked, and beautiful architecture, decor and antiques ensured the perfect break for me.
As if that weren’t enough, we loved waking up at 5 am and heading to the sea, coming back to huge sumptious breakfasts, and then just lounging by the pool while the littlest took a nap, or the older one went to a hobby class.
Here are pics I managed to click inbetween all this!
|It’s a good morning, Goa!|
|I loved this view…have a look at the next pic for a close-up|
|An old-style building with beautiful glass work,
framed by the sky on top and
a growth of bougainvillaea below
|The lobby – and uh oh! the ditto combination of
sofa color, style, upholstery and cushions that
adorn our home! A coincidence!
The kids were delighted and hubby felt right at home!:)
|This was at the entrance to the resort – I loved that
they incorporated the painted tiles into everything!
|Not particularly my fav decor element at the hotel,
but the kids were fascinated by these shells
|More pretty tile arrangements|
|Hmm…azulejos tiles again…even to announce
room numbers and types!
|See what I mean?|
|A touch of whimsy – sea shell hangings
on the path to the pool!
|These two – always so cute together!|
And then, to absolutely put the cherry on top, I witnessed a flea market right in the premises of The Holiday Inn. Look what there was!
|Lot of original art work|
|A potter ..|
|A basket weaver selling beautiful stuff|
|Spices and Condiments! The aromas were as varied as the colors|
These next set of pictures are courtesy Holiday Inn, Goa.
|I had to include a pic of this room – my daughter
spent hours in hobby classes here!
|This view – greeted us every night when we stepped out
after dinner! We would take a walk around the sprawling campus
and then lounge on the deck chairs beside the pool
– the lighting and reflection on the water made it seem like a magical place!
|The spa 🙂 totally relaxing!|
|A day-light view of the pool and the resort.|
And finally some more see-and-smile type pics!
|Freshly made bed|
|Unmade bed, and the baby…well,
sleeping like a baby!
|Meandering around …or planning to chase that bird!|
|Hmm – a smile they bring to me, these people, and
the ocean kissing the setting sun!
|A Mario-Miranda (I think, no one among the hotel staff
knew for sure) reproduced as an Azulejo. We spent a lot of time
in front of this one, and each time we spotted
something new, and amusing!
|Them cheeky birds!|
|It’s a good night, Goa! The sunset, sea, lights and food…
such a perfect way to end a lazy day!
Hope you enjoyed my little photo-tour!
The pastry chef at The Holiday Inn floored me with a superb date toffee, and he even shared the recipe with me. I am planning to bake it soon, and of course share the recipe with all of you!
Watch this space for a lovely Christmas post by a fellow-blogger.
Pictures courtesy: me, Ranjit D, and Holiday Inn