Every once in a while, life confronts us with difficult decisions. Such as the last day of a holiday. Resort Rio, tucked away at a corner of the Baga River is once such place that will help you make the choice.
This luxurious 5-star resort is located in Arpora in North Goa, about an hour from Dabolim Airport. Rio is heaven for those accustomed to the idea of luxury that is approachable and homely. Its 154 (and growing) rooms are elegant and most importantly, really spacious. The architecture itself is reminiscent of the grandeur of Citizen Kane’s Xanadu – with larger than life frescoes, tropical plants and a liberating sense of space that engulfs you the moment you walk into the arched patio. The hotel is one of the best in Goa thanks to its amazing views, luxurious villas, warm hospitality and its prime location to major attractions of the area.
If the way to anybody’s heart is through their stomach, then Resort Rio is on firm ground. Imagine a pure vegetarian restaurant in the heart of carnivorous Goa. That’s Jalsa for you – that serves the best Gujarati and Rajasthani food including Jain thalis. Do try their thali meal – which I promise you will need at least an hour and a day-starved (at least) stomach to finish. And thanks to the hospitality, you will never be able to say “I polished off my plate!” Mamma Mia is a Ristorante Italiano and Pizzeria with a classic ambience. Their all-day dining, Pickled Mango does some mean coastal cuisine.
Bar Terrazza is the well stocked first-floor bar with a breathtaking view of Baga River and its adjoining expansive salt pans. Aagor is a poolside Goan specialty shack that does some killer feni cocktails.
The winner of the 2015 Conde Nast Johansens Award for Excellence in the Readers Choice Category, Resort Rio has a priceless jewel in its crown. That is its oasis of wellness – Zaara Spa – where rejuvenation, indulgence and pampering are redefined.
Holistic therapies by expert therapists rejuvenate you while the ayurvedic massages relax you. You can relax at Rio with different ayurvedic body massages and experience union in body, mind and soul. Resort Rio is the only hotel in the city to have a resident acupuncturist, wing chun / kung fu master – in the Zaara Spa – so wellbeing is all-encompassing. Do try their hot stone treatment followed by a reiki session to feel truly to be riding a wave.
There is a swimming pool where guests can refresh themselves with a dip and have fun. Splash spool is also available for kids. A hair salon is well-established to provide beauty services. The resort has a health club for fitness addicts. Hoya – a recreational and activities club has activities like zorbing, crafts, cookery etc to keep the kids busy. A spa tub, large sauna, gift shop or news stand will keep you entertained.
Make that decision. Extend your vacation at Resort Rio and watch life flow by.
by Aarti Kapur Singh
Image courtesy: Resort Rio