An adults-only hotel has a nice ring to it, especially when it’s located in the party capital of India. We checked into The Park Baga River, Goa. By Sumeet Keswani
Until a decade ago, the most popular party haunts in North Goa were Baga and Calangute. Then, the families arrived. Wailing infants and whiny toddlers in tow. The ‘cool’ hangouts soon turned into family restaurants with agreeable Hindi music. And so, the beaches farther up north—the Ashvems and the Morjims—became safe havens for the young and the reckless. Now, a new hotel in Baga seeks to change all that.
The Park Baga River is the second Goa hotel of the group, which is celebrating 50 years of offering luxury boutique properties. Heeding to customer requests at its Calangute property, The Park decided to try out an adults-only concept in its four-storey property that faces channels of the Baga River. Located on the Baga–Arpora road, the hotel is a morning jog away from the beach. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are arranged readily with a pool bar, Aqua, serving cocktails and coastal cuisine in tandem with a 24-hour restaurant, Saltwater. For the mornings-after, a hangover cure is included in
the breakfast buffet. Unless you prefer hair of the dog at the lobby bar.
The hotel is rather tight- lipped about its ‘romantic offerings’, but fantasy games for honeymooners and aphrodisiacs for those over the hill are on the secret menu. For a hotel that boasts of its privacy quotient, its pool placement is unenviable, with two neighbouring houses enjoying box-seat views of the pool beds.
SIMPLE BY DESIGN
The hotel’s austere white façade belies its novelty. The interiors of its 28 rooms are reminiscent of a modern-art gallery, the supremacy of geometric lines broken by sepia photographs and abstract mixed-media artworks. In an ode to the Portuguese, bold dashes of yellow make measured appearances all over the hotel.
ALL ABOUT EXPERIENCES
The Park prides itself on experiences that are “anything but ordinary.” Kickboxing, art, and cooking lessons are arranged to order. You can visit Subodh Kerkar’s Museum of Goa, or saunter in the Mapusa Market. Back in the hotel, poolside yoga and massages are the key to nirvana. With a side of urak cocktail, of course.
SAIL INTO THE SUNSET
The Park Baga River arranges an evening cruise on the Baga River on request. It costs around `25,000 for a group of 10, and includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Doubles from Rs 12,000; theparkhotels.com