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Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Sinquerim
Certificate of Excellence
India
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“Great Break !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2010

We - wife and two young kids- have been travelling to Goa twice a year and have virtually stayed at all good resorts across goa. This time we decided to experience Taj Hospitality and it turned out to be a wonderful out of the world experience. We stayed for 3 nights in a sea view room with private sit outs. Our flight was a good 3 hour delayed into Goa due to heavy fog in Delhi and we were pretty late into the evening when we reached the hotel. The room assigned to us was probably the closest to the beach and facing the Fort. The great sight from the room and the sound of the waves gave us great solace that we forgot about the pain we went through.

We had great food and the option of dinning at Holiday Village just extended the choice. We spend most of our time at the hotel , the beach was good too and had some water sports fun with the kids.

Highly recomended holiday at Taj. .....The ambience was great and hospitality overwhelming. Looking to go back again soon.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2010

Nice and spacious rooms, best place to stay at for sea view .

  • Liked — Sea view is fantastic
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2010

To take a break from the monotonous rotine affairs and spend quality time wth the family we choose the beach hotel of Taj i.e Fort Aguada Hotel, Goa. We stayed there for 3 nights and had a par excellet time at the hotel. the food was too good and the overall stay experience was marvellous. I and my family recommed the hotel for family outings as well as business meetings or just for having a change.

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  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Gurgaon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2010

The hotel is wonderful property of Taj. Located in North Goa, the hotel has its own beach. I was booked in cottage and liked it very much. The sunset point within the hotel is worth visiting. It is having probably the best view in Goa. Taj hospitality is good which made our stay memorable.


If you are staying in Fort Aguada, do visit Caravela restaurant in Taj Village (5 mins drive). it is an open deck restaurant overlooking the sea and has well stuffed island bar. Visiting for dinner is an experience/

Overall the FABR is value for money

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2010

Loved the sea view terrace suite. And the best service we had in India during this trip - better than the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai.
We thought it might be package tourist central because of the time of year, but most guests were Indian.
The restaurants at the neighbouring Taj Holiday Village are more appealing. Take a courtesy car (5 mins) to their lovely seafront restaurant for a casual lunch or to the excellent Thai Banyan Tree for dinner.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2010

Right from reservation to the arrival at the airport was very impressive and prompt. Upon arrival at Goa Airport, a hotel guest representative welcomed us and escorted us to the transfer (mini-bus). Comfortable ride to the Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel lobby, the checkin process was very smooth and we were taken to our rooms. We had booked a Sea Facing room with private balcony. The view from the room was breath taking and worth spending all that money. The inroom ameneties were basic, but they could do better considering the brand TAJ.
The Breakfast/ Lunch spread is nice. We visited the seafood restaurant which is fantastic, so was the Italian restaurant. The staff are very attentive and helpful. Food choice is great for both Vegetarians and non vegetarians.
The SPA is very good, but a bit pricey. Book in advance as most of the time they have very limited slots available.
There is a private enterance to the beach and the fort (Aguada) joining the hotel property which is worth taking a look during sunset/sunrise. Alternatively try the bar overlooking the beach and sit in one of the comfy papasun's sip your drink and watch the sunset.
The hotel transport (rent-a-car) is a bit on the pricey side. Just walk out of the hotel, and there are a lot of tour operators. Book through them or ask for VAILANKANI travels number from the tour desk and give them a shout. Very helpful.
Do not go to the Taj Holiday Village restaurants, very average spread, unhelpful and unattentative staff. Such a difference in service standards although they belong to the same group.
Overall its a great property and worth staying.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2009

We stayed for 4 nights @ this property.The location of the property is fantastic-overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Fort Aguada.The ground floor rooms are the best rooms with the views but surprisingly lower priced as the standard rooms are in the ground floor.The GF rooms have an opening to the lawns,a small private sit out and a fantastic view of the fort.

Check in was a tad shoddy considering that it was pretty late around 9pm.The counter staff was not really enthusiastic about seeing us.The rates discussed at the time of booking was different from the ones available on their system(expectedly the higher rates showed up on the system).The check in staff blamed it on the reservation agent for not passing on the info,neither was our loyalty card number updated.Minor things.

Checked into a room and to our dismay we find that we have a room with 2 twin beds.That really was unacceptable,especially when the point of a Queen Bed was stressed and accepted at the time of booking with the TRN(Taj Resevn Network).We called up the reception and we got the most unbelievable of responses,instead of an apology or an offer to change the room what we were told was that they would send somebody to join up the beds together(this when the whole property was at 40% occupancy).Definitely not expected from a Taj property.In short none of the requests made during reservation are heeded to upon check in.So just be a little careful and make sure you have the things you requested for.

Overall the check in was a disaster.Thumbs Down.No personalised check ins(something that is the norm in most of the luxury 5stars like the Leela/Hyatt etc)

Housekeeping is excellent and very warm and sensitive.Again a common drawback.double occupancy room and all the toiletries and robes and towels are just to suffice for one person.It becomes really painful to keep calling HK for every small item.The floors are tiled and not wooden and the bathtubs need to be replaced or done away with.

We had opted for an all meal plan.Food's not great.It is just average,my personal recco,opt for a breakfast only plan.Some of the food served was an absoulte farce.Service & staff at the restaurants are very pleasing and ready to go the extra mile,but sadly the chefs & the kitchen do not give them the ammunition to realise their true potential.An irritating aspect of the lunches,dinners,breakfasts was that the chefs keep roaming around tables asking them what would they like.I would rather that they concentrate on dishing out excellent fare than going around tables asking people what they liked and what they didnt.

The lawns are very well maintained.We had the option of dining in the adjacent Taj Holiday Village as well,we did try out the place once,but not a very pleasant experience.

Check out was another nightmare.The amount that was blocked on the card during check in,the hotel was not able to release that amount from my card stating some weird technical problem and they wanted me to make a new payment for the entire stay.This would mean that I would have double the amount blocked on my card for a period of 1 month till such time the hotel liases with the card company to get the amount released.Checkout took a full hour and a half,lucky we did not have a flight to catch,else dont know what would have been the outcome.

All in all,an iffy stay.The staff-room service,restaurant,housekeeping-very warm and they are the only reason you would want to go back if you would.Food is deplorable,check in check out needs some firming up.Rooms are all a bit tired and needs some urgent rework.I have a feel that this property isnt really upto the Taj standards.A new ITC property has opened up next to this and it might be worthwhile to check that place out in case you need to stay in the North.

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  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa
Address: Dando, Candolim, Sinquerim 403515, India
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Location: India > Goa > Sinquerim
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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 5 Hotels in Sinquerim
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Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa 5*
Number of rooms: 145
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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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