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    The Indian Hotels Company Limited expands presence in Goa

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    The Indian Hotels Company Limited has recently signed two new hotels in Goa…

    South Asia’s largest hospitality company, the Indian Hotels Company Limited, has signed a management contract for two hotels in Goa, adding 506 rooms to its pipeline. The company will take over the management of the legendary 207 key Cidade de Goa which will form a part of the new SeleQtions portfolio – a named collection of hotels and resorts with a distinct character. An additional 299 rooms which are under construction, will be added to the same complex under the Taj brand scheduled to open by the end of this year.

    Commenting on the signing of this agreement, Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL said “IHCL has a special relationship with the state of Goa since 1974 when Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, India’s first beach resort opened its doors and firmly established Goa on the global map. Iconic properties like Cidade de Goa under a management contract with Fomento Resorts and Hotels Ltd., promoted by the illustrious Timblo family will further strengthen IHCL’s position as the most iconic and profitable hospitality company.”

    Both the hotels will be located at the same site at Vainguinim beach in the vicinity of Dona Paula in Goa. Cidade de Goa, designed by Charles Correa with its distinctive old-world charm, often known as one of Goa’s best kept secrets will be the first hotel to join IHCL’s SeleQtion’s portfolio as of April 2019. The Taj branded 299 room hotel will have a contemporary design with floor to ceiling glass windows offering superb sea views. The hotel will boast of extensive conferencing facilities with the largest convention hall in Goa, measuring approximately 1200 square meters. It will have several dining options including an all-day diner, speciality restaurants and bars. It is slated to open in early 2020.

    Commenting on the partnership, Mrs. Anju Timblo, Managing Director, Fomento Resorts and Hotels Ltd. said, “We are very excited with our partnership with IHCL, with its highly recognized portfolio of brands. With this association, Cidade de Goa and the new development will achieve its full potential and pave the way for a successful and mutually beneficial collaboration for many years to come. Together with IHCL, we look forward to promoting the ‘Goan-ness’ of Goa.”

    Goa is home to six existing IHCL branded hotels with another three under development, offering something unique for every traveller.

    ITC Hotels opens first coastal resort

    Hamish Kilburn

    ITC Hotels has officially opened its first coastal property in serene southern Goa, ITC Grand Goa, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

    Renowned for its impressive portfolio of city hotels, ITC Hotels has relaunched ITC Grand Goa, which was formerly operating as Park Hyatt Goa, introducing its range of restaurants, indulgent Kaya Kalp spa brand to the popular destination of Goa.

    Located on the Arossim beach in Cansaulim, South Goa, the resort with village-style architecture and design touchpoints is inspired by the region’s Indo-Portuguese heritage, in line with ITC’s ethos to inject a sense of place and destination into each hotel. Full of light and subtle texture, combined with traditional local touches and rich woods, the 252 guestrooms and suites feature sumptuous open-plan marble baths with spa inspired sunken tubs, as well as private outdoor balconies or patios. Select suites feature private outdoor rain showers and secluded secret gardens, while the expansive Presidential Suite promises breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, with a private lap pool, marble bath and private outdoor spa tub with whirlpool.

    “The opening of ITC Grand Goa marks a significant milestone in The Luxury Collection’s long-standing relationship with ITC, as our thirteenth property in India and our first beach resort in South Asia,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “Best known for its alluring beaches, ​Goa offers a diverse blend of Indian and Portuguese culture, architecture, and cuisine and we are thrilled to unlock this unique destination for global explorers, as only The Luxury Collection can.” ​

    ITC is globally reputed for its wide range and high level of cuisine and restaurants at each property, and ITC Grand Goa is no exception, offering six dining experiences that bring the colour and flavor of the destination to life.

    The Kaya Kalp The Royal Spa is set in the lush beachfront gardens has 16 exquisitely designed spa and treatment rooms where guests can enjoy traditional Indian therapies.

    Within the grounds, the resort’s swimming pool is a multi-level oasis set among lush gardens, making it the perfect spot to soak up the sun and take in the views of the Arabian sea.

    “After establishing our brand’s presence in the popular Golden Triangle circuit, New Delhi-Agra-Jaipur, the opening of ITC Grand Goa fortifies ITC Hotels’ leisure portfolio in this globally sought-after beach destination,” said Dipak Haksar, Chief Executive, ITC Hotels & WelcomHotels. “This resort embodies our commitment to showcase the diversity of India through unique and enriching experiences that bring to life both the culture and ethos of the destination. ITC Grand Goa further reinforces ITC Hotels’ exclusive partnership with The Luxury Collection brand in India.”

     The opening of ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa brings ITC’s luxury portfolio to thirteen hotels across ten cities in India. Set amidst 45 acres of lush landscaped gardens and coconut palms, with the pristine Arossim beach just steps from the hotel, ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa has all the ingredients to cater to the growing wellness trend that is sweeping the globe one hotel opening at a time.

    THE Park Hotels India launches adults-only property in Baga River, Goa

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    The luxurious interiors hint at Portuguese influences with bold accents of yellow, the traditional colour of Goa. With local Goan artists a prominent feature throughout, this really is a leading art and design-centric property.

    Developed by London-based design group Project Orange in partnership with THE Park Hotel, Baga River, Goa, this hotel brand is a pioneer of design and boutique hotels in India. Surrounded by rich greenery, coconut trees and scenic views across the lagoon, this property, with 28-bedrooms, will be the first of THE Park Hotels to be an adults-only hotel (over 18) and is one of the few boutique adults-only hotels in all of India.

    Summertime Villas in Goa, India

    Summertime – luxury villa in Goa – wins World Boutique Hotel award

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    Summertime, a luxury holiday villa in Goa, is thrilled to announce that it has won the award for Best Romantic Boutique Hotel 2016, from World Boutique Hotel Awards (WBH) in London; this highly prestigious international award was presented in London earlier this month.

    Hans Tuinman, a Dutchman who together with his Indian wife Sucheta built this spectacular villa, said: “It is very rewarding to be recognised in this way after just one year of operation as a very special place to stay, as a place that has character, an intimate feel and most importantly, a place that offers guests a unique experience.”

    He adds “All this is especially humbling as we are not professionally-trained hoteliers or architects, and Summertime is simply our personal idea of the perfect holiday home: relaxing from the moment you enter the gates, but also sumptuously comfortable.”

    Summertime is a luxury holiday rental villa in Goa. Secluded, yet very easy to get to from the popular Calangute and Candolim beaches, Summertime perches on a hilltop overlooking paddy fields and a lush tropical garden. Summertime is a rare villa which enjoys two acres of private gardens, shared with birds, butterflies and tranquility which is fast disappearing even from Goa. There is a large infinity pool which overlooks the gardens and the valley, a waterfall and a koi pond.

    Inside, a double-height living-dining area is filled with light and breeze. The three generous master suites – identical in size but charming and individual in character – have large dressing areas, palatial bathrooms and choicest of furniture sourced from travels to Bali and places in India. Fully staffed with a cook, gardeners and security, Summertime is the perfect place for a family or a group of friends to relax and recharge their batteries. Though Summertime has been designed to give six guests a private, serene experience, the views it commands and its abundance of delightful nooks are what make this villa such a perfectly romantic getaway as well.

    Summertime’s owners also run the Solita, a classic luxury yacht available for exclusive charter. A completely different way of exploring Goa, the Solita will take you out to sea to spot dolphins and down Goa’s secret backwaters and past quaint villages – an experience from a more elegant time.

    Both the Solita and Summertime can transport you into a novel world, into the Goa you dream about, one filled with balmy sea breezes, soothing greenery, gently lapping water and birdsong.