Travelling is healing. It’s a pretty fancy thing- that experience, an escape to a new unknown world. Well I know that but what about when you cannot travel far whatever reason that might be, yet you want to escape, go somewhere, have a night out with friends, or need to work while also enjoying a break or maybe just relax or crash out at a nice place. A staycation is the best possible answer for this.
I recently took a break from a stressful week at work and landed at a real pretty resort in North Goa. I went in for a weekend staycation at RESORTE MARINHA DOURADA. Marinha Dourada is a 3 star property in Arpora, and is very easily accessible. The resort is situated 17 Kms from the capital city Panaji and 8 Kms from Mapusa. This post is all about my stay there and why I choose the property and all that it has to offer. So in case you ever come down to Goa or need a short staycation you’ll know all the reason why you can choose this place.
To begin with the location is great. I wanted my staycation to be not too far from home yet feel like its miles away from it (you know, to get that travelling vibe) and as I entered this resort it transported me to a different kind of a place. Marinha Dourada is a hint of luxury with a strong dose of natural vibes flowing through the gorgeous ambience it has. It’s like a tiny city on its own. The property is massive with more than 206 rooms, a huge lawn and two beautiful natural lakes within its vicinity. So no matter what the crowd be, it still does not feel congested.
When it comes to the stay, the rooms are a major factor. I liked how the rooms though so many in number were not cramped out. They were very spacious, quiet simple but elegant and may I stress very clean. Each of their rooms opened out to either a pool side view or towards either of the two lakes-so it’s a nice view guaranteed. They were well equipped with all the additional amenities like a mini refrigerator and the much needed A.C plus a fan as well! Sigh of relief in this scorching Goan heat.
A nice thing for any tourist booking a place here and which made me recommend it to people is its close proximity to many of the tourist spots. Marinha Dourada would be ideal as its situated on the coastal belt and has the Baga beach with a 5 minutes distance and the famed Calangute beach is mere 10 minutes away. This would surely make all the beach bums happy. Vagator and Anjuna too are not very far and apart from the beaches these are lovely villages to explore. Also the Saturday night market- A flea bazaar at Arpora is at a walkable distance from the resort and is a great option for some quirky, boho kind of shopping.
Getting to the best part- what completely bowled me over was the whole ambience of the place. The whole natural vibe of the place is stunning. The lawn which is also used for events and wedding gives a striking contrast to the calm settled water of the two lakes. I sat there for a long time watching that evening drift by. My early morning too was so pretty watching the sun rise up while strolling around the fresh cool atmosphere surrounding the lakes. These natural treasures at the resort are the best. One can take a boat ride here as well or do some kayaking or well just sit there sunbathing enjoying the calm or perhaps read a book. No vacation is complete without taking ample of pictures to look back to and of course for social media. This place is so instagrammable I tell you. I had the utmost fun clicking heck a lot of pictures. It’s really that picture perfect
Let’s talk food. Shall we? Marinha Dourada also has an in house restaurant which serves delicious food and the service here was prompt and the staff very friendly. They also have a well stocked pool side bar, conference and banquet halls and well a dance floor cum lawn for the events. In case one doesn’t want to dine up here there are plenty of cafes and restaurants up the street.
One thing that mattered the most to me and should be to everyone travelling out there is that we are right in between a pandemic and though we all are trying to embrace the new normal, precautions and safety are a must. It was a relief to see all the needed precautions were taken care of here at Marinha Dourada.
To end with, the price! You wouldn’t want a bomb on your pockets and not find it all worth it right? The rooms at Marinha Dourada are reasonably priced for the service and all that they have to offer. I found it to be a great package overall.
That was it, all that made my staycation at Marinha Dourada worthwhile. I had the utmost fun monkeying around their massive gardens and going on for fresh morning walk, sitting there watching the sky and yes of course getting some work down as well. I felt I made the best use of my teeny-weeny staycation. If you are in Goa and here to experience the north side of this tiny state than Resorte Marinha Dourada will make a great option. You can book them up on Goibibo, Makemytrip, Bookings.com
For reservations: 08322269780