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Jan 9th, 2019, 08:35 PM
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Help! very last-minute opportunity to visit Goa if we can make a plan

We are Americans based in Beijing who have a last-minute opportunity to visit Mumbai in late January for a conference. We could add on about 6 days to see someplace for R&R not too far from Mumbai. We have traveled in Asia quite a bit, but only visited Delhi and environs so far in India.

Thinking Goa. Zero time to research and plan, but hate to pass up this chance. We are an older couple (60s/70s) looking for a relaxing place for reading, strolling through some sites, being by the sea, feeling the sun after Beijing weather. A bit of a splurge would be ok but value-proposition lodgings are welcome.

Anyone got an idea for a place to plop down in Goa in late January for this kind of R&R with modest sightseeing opportunities?

Thanks so much for any expertise.
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Jan 9th, 2019, 11:22 PM
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Hi Maryalice, Goa in late January is great to catch some sun. Could you elaborate on your budget a bit? I stayed at the ITC Grand back when it was called Park Hyatt, and I thoroughly recommend it. It's beach is amazing and the atmosphere of the place is quite relaxing. Goes for about $250 a day.
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Jan 10th, 2019, 12:03 AM
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WE stayed at the Goa Marriott Resort for my former exchange student's wedding. It was right on the beach and a fairly short walk into the heart of Panjim. We were there in June, so very few tourists in the pre-monsoon steaminess, but we really enjoyed our visit. We only had a half day to start exploring this charming Portuguese town, but I'd love to go back again.
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Jan 10th, 2019, 03:03 AM
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lcuy: I was interested in the Marriott too but did not know it was on the beach! It definitely has some great deals from time to time. The beach in question was sandy or rocky?
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Jan 10th, 2019, 07:52 AM
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Thank you, Galactus and Lcuy.

The price range that you referenced for the Park Hyatt sounds about right, Galactus.

Something like the

Lcuy, I too am interested in your answer about how the Marriott hotel beach is. Proximity to both the town and a nice beach woukd be very attractive. Any more thoughts about what you liked about the Marriott (aside from the personal connection to a special wedding)?
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Jan 10th, 2019, 10:19 PM
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Problems posting from our temporary home country even with a VPN. Sorry for the trailing thought.

That was supposed to read that the Leela hotel in Goa sounded heavenly, but at over $700 USD per night is significantly out of our price range.
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Jan 10th, 2019, 11:36 PM
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...and does anyone have experience with the Taj properties in Goa?
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Jan 11th, 2019, 01:56 AM
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Maryalice: The Taj Aguada is considered pretty good but the beach near the property is rocky. I'd still suggest the ITC Grand (formerly Park Hyatt) since its in your price range. ITC is probably the best run hotel chain in India right now, at par and sometimes even surpassing the Taj properties.
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Jan 11th, 2019, 11:09 PM
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There are several very good properties in Goa. The Leela Goa; Taj Exotica at Colva; Coco Shambala (North Goa) & perhaps Elsewhere Goa.
The last has a limited number of luxury villas and luxury tents facing a creek. However it is some distance from the sea.
Happy Goanese sojourn!
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