Just off a bustling corner in Goa’s Vagator is a little oasis of green and calm, perfectly suited for your next holiday. A spanking new 151-key property, JW Marriott Goa brings some of the outside Goa sparkle in. Done up with muted wooden panelling, intricate glassware chandeliers, water fountains and mother-of-pearl detailing (a nod to Goa’s design aesthetic), the hotel quietly announces its location via its understated design.
Located along Vagator’s blue-green coastline and minutes away from Chapora Fort and Vagator beach, the hotel offers up idyllic backdrops for those family albums. At Água Bar and Café—perched atop the hotel overlooking the infinity pool and views of the Goan coast—enjoy signature cocktails and tuck into the the ‘all things avocado’ section of the menu, dedicated to a range of toasts and sandwiches that star the Insta-friendly food. The wide selection of nibbles, finger foods and heartier mains are ideal to take you from sunrise to sunset by the pool.
If all that lounging around in the water has you pruning, treat yourself to holistic treatments at Spa by JW, which features Goa’s first Turkish and Moroccan hammams. Drift into a state of bliss under the able and deft hands of the masseuses here, who are trained to conquer every niggling knot in your body. Also on offer are chakra healing sessions and gua-sha workshops, ideal for recuperation after a long night out. If you’re interested in therapy of the culinary kind, you can dig into a wide selection of offerings at JW Kitchen, the all-day restaurant that serves a range of globally-inspired cuisine and dishes from across the length and breadth of the country. Think Rajasthani thalis, buzith chaman, a Kashmiri cottage cheese delicacy, Amritsari chole and of course, xacuti, caldeen and cafreal. Snack between meals at Pérola, the French-style lobby bar with wholesome paninis and decadent pastries.
The hotel offers a range of plush suite options and comfy rooms with attached balconies and all the latest mod-cons, including free-standing tubs to soak in. Families can check into the adjoining suite rooms, which allow guests to swim across via the private plunge pool that connects the rooms from the outside.