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Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Sinquerim
Certificate of Excellence
New Delhi, India
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Would return in a heartbeat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

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.

Room Tip: Book the Deluxe Allure Suite w/Terrace - the view is well worth the extra cost
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

Awesomest place to be... excellent services and facilities...!!! 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. There's a nice new buzz however. In the renewed rooms, cottages and villas, the nouvelle restaurants and the Jiva spa where you'll go Ah!!! Explore the horizon as you look over the infinity pool, beyond the 16th century ramparts of the Portuguese Fort, and wave back to the tide as it works its way across the Arabian Sea to joyfully greet the Sinquerim beach below. Explore Goa in a vivid, vibrant way.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

We booked this hotel for our weeklong stay in Goa mainly based on TAJ Experience At various Places In India. And it is a unique little gem, really.

We have stayed at many hotels over the years, often luxury ones with impeccable details and fantastic designs.

It is the perceptive and friendly service that makes it worthwhile staying in this small family-run hotel. The owners and staff are social at just the right level and they go to great length to make you feel at home. In the afternoon, the staff would bring out snacks and coffee for guests who had opted to spend the day in the shade of the palm trees in the little garden. At no charge.

Even my family, who did not stay in the hotel, was received with open arms and exceptionally generously when they came to visit. The owner even offered us to invite them all (ten people) to the hotel’s garden for the celebration of my father’s birthday. For the occasion they had prepared home-baked cake, snacks and a fantastically thoughtful gift.

This said, there is nothing wrong with the facilities. The room we had was spacious and pretty, the breakfast is good and the distance to the beach is limited. The garden may be small, but it’s a relaxing and quiet place – one where you really don’t mind spending an afternoon or two with a good book.

And as many people have written before. Casa Candolim is a place you would definitely come back to and recommend to your friends. Thank you very much for making our stay so pleasant!!!

Very Homely and Refreshing Propery of TAJ Group.

Room Tip: Rooms at South Side are near to SEA and you can have very nice feel of SEA Side stay
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

A hotel that should definitely be the part of the cover of a travel guide to Goa merely for its location. Other than having amazing views, its close to all the touristy beaches like baga and anjuna. Taj hospitality has always been known for the luxury it provides and this hotel does not disappoint. Be sure to try all of the pool and sea side restaurants. If you like Sea food, be sure to try their King Prawn and Lobster (one of the best lobsters i have ever had). Their room service was also pretty quick considering our room was all the way at the top and quite far from the main lobby area. This hotel is ideal for a getaway and perfect for couples and families alike. December time its also great for tourists looking for a party time as there a lot of people visiting these hotels from nearby metro cities.

Room Tip: get a villa close to the lobby unless you like to walk or climb a lot of stairs :0
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kolkata, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

Vivanta taj fort aguada is the place to stay in if you are looking at complete relaxation with luxury. We were there in the last week of August. Staff is extremely courteous & always eager to help. As a staunch Taj loyalist I can say for sure that at Taj they don't justify--- they rectify any short comings & that's what makes staying at Taj a memorable experience. Superb breakfast not to forget all the other meals. Special thanks to Mr. Khanna, Mr. Amar, Mr. Kaustab & Mr. Rahul & all other staff members who looked after us well.Am looking forward to going back at the earliest.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa
Address: Dando, Candolim, Sinquerim 403515, India
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Region: India > Goa > Sinquerim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
Price range (per night): ₹ 12,379 - ₹ 50,065
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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