Cidade de Goa

500 years ago, the Portuguese introduced a unique way of living to Goa. Steeped in Iberian tradition and redolent with the finer pleasures of life, you’ll find the same enduring heritage infused throughout the sprawling beachfront haven that is Cidade de Goa.

Built in 1982 based on a design by one of India’s leading architects, Late. Charles Correa, Cidade de Goa appears to be a quaint, ochre-splashed Portuguese hamlet. It was a concept that once earned international acclaim for its innovative interplay of cluster-style courtyards, overhanging balcaos, exuberant use of colour, and painted facades. Yet amidst this cocoon of Portuguese tradition, the imprint of exceptional modern hospitality and luxury indulgences resonates throughout the resort.

In short, the Goan ‘Susegad’ spirit and passion for life is infused in everything, from the cuisine choices and beach activities to the entertainment avenues and a lot more! Be it delivering an unwinding experience to travelers or make them get active in the spirit of Susegad, Cidade  ncompasses the best that Goa has to offer. Connoisseurs can sample from its array of restaurants with haute-cuisine and local specialities, beachside grills, chilled-out bars, and enchanting theme evenings adding to the gourmet experience.

Nothing brings alive the Indo-Portuguese essence quite like Alfama, Cidade’s acclaimed Chef’s Specialty dining restaurant. Its quaint red-tiled balcaos and vibrant murals recall Lisbon’s old quarters while the chef’s finely tuned menu is replete with authentic Goan and Portuguese culinary offerings. One can even rejoice to live performances of Fado, Portugal’s renowned musical art form, by Goa’s top performers on the first Tuesday of every month. For Goans, with their love of good food and music, this is a dining experience beyond excellence. Cidade de Goa is replete with activities for all age groups alike.

For instance, the seasonal water-sports and beach games (nonoperational during the monsoons) organized by the hotel on its beach front is a treat to all adventurers and active ones while the indoor activities and kids’ facilities will keep one’s young ones frolicking at all times. Not just that, Goldfinger, Cidade’s in-house 24-7 casino with its latest gaming entertainment; Pavitra Ayurvedic Spa with its rejuvenating age-old healing treatments; and an array of body massages at Clube Saúde are bound to make one’s holiday experience absolutely Immaculate. As a wedding destination or conference venue too, the services and facilities are among the finest available in the state.

Throughout the resort, venues such as Mandovi, Zuari, Sunset, and Dekhni Lawns as well as outlets like Laranja, Café Azul, Barbeque (non-operational during the monsoons), and Doçaria coffee shop reflect an intimate connection of the property with Goa while Cidade’s attentive staff additionally emphasises upon the traditional Goan values of friendly service and warm, welcoming, and heartfelt hospitality. No wonder more than 30 years after its inception, Cidade de Goa is still earning widespread acclaim as an incomparable icon of Goan heritage.

Text compiled: Shubham Gupta
Pics courtesy: Cidade de Goa

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Author: Planet Goa Team
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