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With stellar views out towards the Mandovi River and a beautiful infinity pool, this luxury retreat is an oasis of calm. Just 30 minutes away from the bustling beaches of Baga and Calangute, Goa Marriott Resort & Spa offers the perfect respite from the chaotic roads beyond its gates. In fact, as soon as you pass security and enter the lobby, receive your shell necklace and replenish your thirst with a delightful purple lemonade concoction, you will feel so far away from the hustle and bustle that the laidback surroundings will hypnotise you into full-on holiday mode.

‚ÄčAn idler's idyll
The Goa Marriott Resort & Spa offers a truly idyllic setting, rising up from the riverside, where guests take pleasure in relaxing on hammocks or performing sun salutations along the narrow beach. There is a stunning infinity swimming pool where afternoon cocktails and snacks can be enjoyed at the relaxed pool bar, while the narrow stretch of coast allows for a lovely evening stroll.

Marriotts in general are the no-nonsense go-to hotel for those looking for a sure bet, and this property is no exception, with its attentive staff, sleek, modern fittings and occasional wafts of a warm sea breeze. Even entry-level accommodation is plenty roomy, with an easy-on-the-eye palette of muted tones and subtle Indian touches in the selection of art and sculptures.

Dining delights
The hotel's all day dining restaurant, Waterfront Terrace & Bar, serves up a delicious selection of breakfast treats from typical Indian cuisine to omelettes cooked to order and a sprawling array of mezze options. No task is too small for this dedicated team and the pastry chef comes round every morning to serve fresh cakes and biscuits to guests. For that special romantic evening, Simply Grills is one of the area's most popular outdoor restaurants and is located alongside the infinity pool with views out across the bay. Fill your bellies with delicious barbecue meats and seafood before enjoying a night cap at the AZ.U.R bar.

And, if by chance, there's an ounce of stress left in you, then you can always take a trip to the delightful Quan Spa, which features a range of traditional and Ayurvedic treatments to soothe weary bodies and dissolve stress completely.

Location, location
While Goa Marriott Resort & Spa is the epitome of resort-holidaying, where all that you desire is available for your indulgence, the location of the hotel is still a perfect base for seeing the sights. Old Goa, the hedonistic party beaches of the north, the luscious spice plantations and dizzying hippie markets are all within driving distance and the concierges are more than willing to help organise a travel itinerary.

But if, like most, you'd rather hide away in the luxurious confines of the hotel, with a cocktail in hand and delicious food at your beck and call, there's absolutely no shame in that either. After all, it's your holiday. 

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