It was my first wedding anniversary & i was really looking out for a pleasant vacation with my wife. With the kind of lifestyle we have (working couple), both of us really needed some quiet & relaxing time together. Then i read about Dwarka Resort in some travelogue & was impressed going through their website on what they offered. I called up on the number provided on their website & interacted with Clement. He explained me the concept of stay at Dwarka resort & frankly speaking i was impressed with the proposition. He gave a good deal & mentioned that he will make it special evening on my anniversary. I booked the stay for 3 nights & paid 50% booking amount to him.
On the travel day, I started early as I had to cover close to 600 kms journey from Pune to Goa. The roads are good until Belgaum (Pune - Bangalore highway) & then a rough patch thereafter. Reached destination at around 5PM in the evening. Called up the manager of the place (who had given me a reminder call in the morning) & asked him to provide directions. He asked me to come near Cola Panchayat office & wait. Then one of the staff members came to pick us up & took us through a narrow pathway till the resort (almost 2Kms inside). I was a bit worried as the road was not good & my car had low Ground clearance. But we went slow & it wasn’t that bad as it seemed initially, nothing happened to the car.
The fun started when we reached the resort & had a first glimpse of it. WOW!! I was mesmerized by the view of fresh water body flowing in between the resort, with coconut trees all around, nature cottages, Wooden crossing bridge, clear view of the beach in between the trees & waterbody. I must tell you that pictures don't completely tell how beautiful this place is in reality. We were given a cottage right at the start of the resort (as soon as you get off the crossing bridge) which was a bit far away from the actual beach, but i didn't mind considering the view was good & the resort was almost full. We spent the rest of the evening hanging out at the beach & relaxing. The resort has a good & reasonably priced collection of beer, alcoholic drinks & cold drinks which can be enjoyed sitting on the hammocks or at their beach side sit outs. Also no cell phone coverage in the resort. So no emails or any other distractions. If somebody wants to reach you then they can call on the resort number (only BSNL & Vodafone gets coverage at certain sections in the resort).
The resort package includes food & they have a buffet. The food is made considering that majority of the guests are foreigners but we found the food tasty & nice (even though it was less spicy). There is a variety of fish & chicken served across 2 meals in a day. You can also ask the chef to make something you wish but depends on the availability. Breakfast spread was also good (eggs, fruits etc).
On the first night in the resort, we were really surprised with the gesture from the hotel staff to provide us Dinner right on the beach. You have to experience having a hot dinner under candle light on a beach with starry night sky & just the sound of sea around you. We both enjoyed the dinner. It was followed by a short stint near the Camp fire which is lit up every night on the beach. Before going to sleep, we noticed that the cottage is not well isolated for sounds ( you can hear what's going on outside & vice versa). But the cottages are well spaced & you have enough privacy. You can hear the birds, eagles & nature around you. We had a good night sleep.
Next day after a good breakfast, we decided to go for a swim in the lagoon. The water is fresh & so clear that you feel nice to swim in it. We both preferred to get wet in the lagoon rather than sea water but it will be personal choice. You can just relax for hours on the beach, watch people around, keep talking to each other, read books & basically do nothing else. The resort serves snacks, tea/coffee on demand right on the beach. They have their own reserved hammocks as well to chill on the beach. We also did kayaking for the first time in our life & it was a fun experience. My wife also learnt to swim in the lagoon water as it is not that deep at the edges. The best part was the sunset, that calm/soothing feeling watching the sun go down with only pure nature around & your partner right beside you.
On our wedding anniversary day, we started the day with a dolphin ride. For the first time after so many previous attempts at various other places, we saw a pack of dolphins all around us. We both were very happy. Even the fishermen were very courteous who showed us around in their boat. The day was again spent relaxing at the beach & lagoon - doing nothing. I believe that is the USP of this place :) For evening I already had made plans with Clement to have a surprise for my wife. He helped me arrange a delicious cake & special dinner with large pomfret & king prawns. We cut the cake on a separate special arrangement on the beach & dinner was awesome. All the guests wished us & we ended the night with a bonfire sit out & pictures with all the resort staff. I must tell that the staff was very courteous & was one of the main reasons that we had such a blast in our stay there. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a truly relaxing time outside their busy schedules. The experience was so soothing that my wife didn’t want to come back, and suggested I should check with Clement if we can buy a cottage there ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a very exclusive 10 boutique cottage property having luxurious interiors, with attached baths with hot showers. All 10 cottages have SEA VIEWS and some have BOTH SEA as well as LAGOON view!! We provide a lot of privacy to our guests. The property is flanked by the beach and a fresh water lagoon. If you want to completely cut off from this crazy world, and if you need a little nourishment for your soul.....you will love Dwarka!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dwarka Eco Beach Hotel Canacona
- Dwarka Eco Beach Resort Goa/Canacona