We stayed at the Taj Fort Aguada property for 4 nights in August, taking advantage of their 'monsoon package'. It is situated practically on the beach, and there is almost no point in the property from where you can’t see the sea.
We stayed at the Deluxe Allure Suite (a large bedroom, a small living room and a terrace - beautiful sea views from all 3). The decor was very pretty, and I loved the yellow lilies. Bathroom is a tad small considering its a 'suite', but equipped with the usual amenities. The suites are in the main building (as opposed to the cottages which are sprawled further along the grounds), and was ideal for monsoon since you didn't need to walk far to get to your room.
The package includes all meals at any of the restaurants at Fort Aguada as well as those of the Taj Holiday Village further down. The hotel has complimentary car transfer available on request (till 11 PM I think) to and from the two properties. So with 6 restaurants to choose from, there is a good variety.
The restaurants I would recommend most are "Morisco Seafood" and "Banyan Tree". The Italian "Il Camino" has been mentioned here as great by other reviewers, however our experience was so-so both in terms of food and quality of service. "Beach House" is also delightful for traditional Goan fare. "Latitude" where lunch was served daily was a mixed bag, while Caravela was decent buffet. The SFX bar has very cosy seating in front of huge windows looking directly out to sea.
The service, as is with Taj properties, was exceptional. Right from the meet-and-greet at the airport to the bellhop at checkout - total satisfaction. Would like to mention Sumon at the SFX bar who was extremely accommodating of our requests. A mentionable case in point here is when the glass door to our terrace shattered in the storm one night. On informing reception a maintenance person immediately arrived and cheerfully boarded up the door with cardboard for the night to stop the water gushing in. We were apprehensive about whether it would remain that way during our stay, but by next afternoon the glass had been replaced (we did call after breakfast since there didn't seem to be any activity till then).
A word of caution here about visiting Goa during monsoon. Bathing is prohibited at most beaches during this time, and there are no watersports. In fact most hotels won’t even allow you on their private beaches (public beaches are accessible, but dirty and crowded for the most part). So if thats the agenda, this is not the right time to visit. We were prepared for a lazy vacation having visited Goa during 'season' before, so it was a perfect holiday for us.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vivanta By Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa Hotel Sinquerim
- Fort Aguada Beach Hotel
- Fort Aguada Beach Sinquerim
- Fort Aguada Beach Resort
- Vivanta By Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa India