Vivanta by Taj, Fort Aguada, Goa

Built high on the ramparts of a 16th Century Portuguese fortress, overlooking the Arabian Sea this well-established resort is a great choice for a Goa beach break. With its idyllic location, right on the beach and sweeping panoramas this really is one of the most iconic hotels in Goa. Here this historic resort is located in the heart of North Goa’s buzzing beach district, and close to the capital Panjim.

Goan-Portuguese architecture can be seen throughout the 145 rooms, villas and cottages especially as you enter the open lobby. All the rooms are very spacious with wonderful views out to the sea, or manicured gardens. The villas and cottages all have lounges and dining rooms with outside spaces and verandas. For ultimate escapism one can choose the private luxury Aguada Hermitage villas nestled in the hill, which offer spectacular panoramic views of north coast of Goa.

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When it comes to dining you will be spoilt for choice. At Morisco you will find an elegant grill overlooking the Candolim, Calangute beach stretch. Specializing in the freshes seafood the preparations range from continental to local. There is also a live interactive kitchen for the true foodies at heart. Il Camino is of course Italian and full of rustic charm, whilst Kokum Kitchen provides delicious all day dining. Micguel Arcanjo is named after the legendary local chef and here you will sample some of the finely curated Goan cuisine. SFX and the Martin Bar both offer scenic spaces in which to kick back and enjoy the views with a local cocktail in hand.

The hotel boasts a fantastic array of leisure facilities including a lovely pool, tennis courts, a gym and spa. The property also houses a library, mini golf course and water sports facilities. If you like there is a wealth of experiences on offer, from sunset cruises, deep sea fishing and romantic private dining.

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