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Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Dando, Candolim, Sinquerim 403515, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sinquerim
New Delhi, India
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“The best hotel in the Goa!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Taj Fort was a special experience! All that you can expect out of a hotel - this property makes all your wishes come true!

The staff hospitality stands out! The guys actually upgraded our rooms, since they had a couple of empty villas - I mean who does that? T

There are shuttles that take you from Taj Holiday to Aguada and back - which makes things very comfortable. The pool has beds on the side, and if you go in the evening, you can just relax on the beds with the beach on one side and the pool on the other side - with live music playing in the background - and the beach wind makes it perfect!

The food is amazing, the rooms and the villas are fantastic, the property is lovely and as I mentioned earlier - the hospitality stands out! I know there are other high end properties in Goa, but the experience at Aguada is worth every penny!! Totally recommended!!

Room Tip: The Villas are fantastic - otherwise the basic room facing the park with the hammocks are good too.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Great hotel
Fabulous location, with ground floor rooms opening out to lawn
Walks by the sea and on Fort walls
View of the sea from the rampart
Good food, Goan fare without the concerns

Very good service befitting a Taj, more than a Vivanta

Room Tip: Choose a ground floor room from where you can walk and/or sit by the sea Cottages are farther away
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I stayed in Vivanta by Taj - Panaji in April 2013. It is a few months now that I had been to this place. But I still remember the hospitality of the staff. The hotel is in central Goa, with access to nearby markets. The rooms were very comfy. Breakfast spread was huge, with a decent quality food. The Swimming Pool (with a jacuzzi) was on the Roof top, which made it difficult to use in the day time, but during evenings or night, it was very pleasant. They offered a bottle of water and fruits when you go for swimming. The gym was also very well maintained with a good trainer. To sum up, this hotel is worth a try if you would like a proper hotel, instead of a beach resort in Goa. Loved it!! less

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Had a prime sea facing view.plenty of crusines to choose from and had access to Taj holiday village facilities too.
Children were pre occupied with coloring at childcare centre.
I must admit the walk from the cottage to the resturent at night is a bit scary since the pathway is not well lit.
On the whole it was a memorable family holiday.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Went with my friends and we were treated like royalty. Swam in the pool, played pool, played table tennis, roamed around in the beach, lazed around in the balcony in the night and gorged the delicious food which the chefs prepared to our palates.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I had wanting to stay at Taj, Fort Aguada since forever. And boy, was it totally worth my excitement!
Fabulous property, fabulous location and super fabulous service! The guys from Taj really know how to treat their guests.
I am already looking forward to the next time I visit Goa, only because I will definitely be staying at Taj Aguada...because really, once you stay here...you wouldn't feel like staying elsewhere!

Room Tip: Even the superior/premium indulgence rooms are super awesome! :-)
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I just got back after a 4N/5D stay at the Fort Aguada property. We were picked by an air conditioned coach from the airport. Typically these buses tend to get full if there are multiple arrivals during that time period. Luckily we were the only folks on the bus since no other arrivals coincided with ours. The property is located around an hour+ drive from the airport. Time indeed does slow down in Goa as it felt like eternity to reach the hotel. That was nice given that fact, we got time to soak in the greenery around us.
We were given a very warm welcome by the staff at the reception and were quickly checked in our room. We had booked a Deluxe Allure suite. Here are some of my observations on the suite. The décor in the room including the furniture look seriously outdated and are screaming for a change. Secondly the bathroom feels like a matchbox in comparison to the size of the room. Just a tiny sized tub with one wash basin. No separate shower cubicles, deep soak tubs, bathing salts etc. Definitely not the standards I have experience in all my previous Taj stays. The terrace has two pool beds overlooking the Arabian Sea. Brilliant views. However, there is no umbrella covering the beds. As it was raining a good deal of time, we found no use for the sit out, that was soaking wet most of the time. In addition I felt, the swimming pool was quite tiny for a resort of this size. One of the major advantages of staying at the Fort Aguada is , you can also use all the facilities at the Holiday village resort that's located next door. The pool out there is significantly larger and has a pool side bar. The kids activity center (Giggles) offers limited activities for kids below 5 years and would struggle for space if there are more than 3-4 children at the same time. My personal benchmark for the hotel with the best kids activity room goes to Oberoi Cecil Shimla that has a mammoth room spanning several thousand square feet.
Coming to the good part. The hotel certainly lives up to Taj standards with its staff and the impeccable service to they offer. All the way from house keeping, service at Latitude, IL Camino to the spa, the staff and service was top notch. I'd like to quote some instances. The chef at Il Camino went to the next level and engaged my two and a half year old son and helped him bake a pizza. My wife had a slip and fall at the fall. The staff at the spa ensure that they went to the next level and offer complimentary massages to soothe her back. The food was excellent and above par at all restaurants. In particular Il Camino was one level above excellent. I don't want its review to get lost in between this. I shall write a separate review for that. At all levels, the staff exceed your expectations.
Overall, I felt that the hotel is in serious need of upgrade in terms of décor and comfort. I expected much more from Taj for what I paid. It was the staff and service who stole the show. I would like to rate this hotel 3.5 with the hope that the remaining 1.5 stars are satisfied during my next visit.

Room Tip: Even though the suites offer a large living area and bedroom, the bathroom is way too tiny. Recommen...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dando, Candolim, Sinquerim 403515, India
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Location: India > Goa > Sinquerim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sinquerim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa 5*
Number of rooms: 145
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa is at its best. Romantic. Charming. Vibrant. It has history woven in its walls. It's where royalty, heads of government and the biggest celebrities are known to frequent. For the luxury Goa experience, which no other place has been able to recreate. Not much has changed. In the renewed rooms, cottages and villas, the nouvelle restaurants, the island bar, and the Jiva spa where you'll go Ah! ... more   less 
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Fort Aguada Beach Resort
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