A recent 3-day break in Goa at the end of a loooong Diwali holiday from school really refreshed us, and gave us some much-needed family time!The Holiday Inn, where we stayed was gorgeously relaxing - a lovely room overlooking the sea, a lawn just outside our balcony where cheeky birds flew down to demand tidbits, azulejos every where I looked, and beautiful architecture, decor and antiques ensured the perfect break for me.
As if that weren't enough, we loved waking up at 5 am and heading to the sea, coming back to huge sumptious breakfasts, and then just lounging by the pool while the littlest took a nap, or the older one went to a hobby class.
Here are pics I managed to click inbetween all this!
|It's a good morning, Goa!|
|I loved this view...have a look at the next pic for a close-up|
|An old-style building with beautiful glass work, framed by the sky on top |
and a growth of bougainvillaea below
|The lobby - and uh oh! the ditto combination of sofa color, style, upholstery and cushions that adorn our home!|
A coincidence! The kids were delighted and hubby felt right at home!:)
|This was at the entrance to the resort - I loved that they incorporated the|
painted tiles into everything!
|Not particularly my fav decor element at the hotel, but the kids were fascinated |
by these shells
|More pretty tile arrangements|
|Hmm..azulejos tiles again...even to announce room numbers and types!|
|See what I mean?|
|A touch of whimsy - sea shell hangings on the path to the pool!|
|These two - always so cute together!|
And then, to absolutely put the cherry on top, I witnessed a flea market right in the premises of The Holiday Inn. Look what there was!
|Lot of original art work|
|A potter ..|
|A basket weaver selling beautiful stuff|
|Spices and Condiments! The aromas were as varied as the colors|
These next set of pictures are courtesy Holiday Inn, Goa.
|I had to include a pic of this room - my daughter spent hours in hobby classes here!|
|This view - greeted us every night when we stepped out after dinner! |
We would take a walk around the sprawling campus and then lounge on the deck
chairs beside the pool - the lighting and reflection on the water made it seem like a magical place!
|The spa :) totally relaxing!|
|A day-light view of the pool and the resort.|
And finally some more see-and-smile type pics!
|Freshly made bed|
|Unmade bed, and the baby...well, sleeping like a baby!|
|Meandering around ...or planning to chase that bird!|
|Hmm - a smile they bring to me, these people, and the ocean kissing the setting sun!|
|A Mario-Miranda (I think, no one among the hotel staff knew for sure)|
reproduced as an Azulejo. We spent a lot of time in front of this one, and each time
we spotted something new, and amusing!
|Them cheeky birds!|
|It's a good night, Goa! The sunset, sea, lights and food...such a perfect way to end a lazy day!|
Hope you enjoyed my little photo-tour!
The pastry chef at The Holiday Inn floored me with a superb date toffee, and he even shared the recipe with me. I am planning to bake it soon, and of course share the recipe with all of you!
Watch this space for a lovely Christmas post by a fellow-blogger.
Pictures courtesy: me, Ranjit D, and Holiday Inn
Labels: azulejos, goa, resort decor