1. Drive or ride around the lush, green countryside
Experience Goa in all its glory by driving along the winding village roads surrounded by greenery. Either hire a two-wheeler, the best way to get around the state, or rent a car. Goa has no Uber or Ola, and the local cabs have no fixed meter. So avoid getting fleeced and get your own transport.
2. Enjoy the perfect date night at Waterfront, surrounded by the pool and the sea
Want to impress that special someone? Take him/her to the Waterfront at The Marriott in Panaji and enjoy breathtaking views of the pool and the sea. Or head down to the pool bar and get a table outside on the lawns in the candlelight and bask in the view while you choose from North Indian, Asian and Mediterranean food. Alternatively, head there for the sunset, cocktails and a dip in the pool.
No, no one actually wears a bikini. Brunch at The Park is a fun affair, with music, dancing and good food and a great supply of alcohol. You’re sure to love Peace The Bar located under the white dome above the restaurant offering spectacular beach and sea views. If your Sundays are booked, they also have a Ladies Night on Thursdays, Rockstar Nights, Karaoke Nights, Pool Parties and so much more.
Goa has a variety of onshore and offshore casinos that you have to visit at least once in your lifetime. They promise you an experience of luxury combined with live music performances, international dancers, multi-cuisine restaurants and plush gaming rooms to create the perfect setting for your big win.
5. Grand Island for dolphin spotting, fishing, snorkelling and a view of the Aguada jail
If you love the water, then a trip to Grande Island is definitely worth it. From dolphin spotting to mid-sea fishing, snorkelling and a boat ride, you’ll have one whole day exploring Goa’s calm seas. Grill the fish you catch or eat a Barbeque meal as you watch the sunset while sipping on a few beers.
6. Chug some beer at Café Mojo, Goa’s E-beer pub, while you play music of your choice on the jukebox
Whether you make it on a Wednesday for ladies’ night or Thursday for karaoke night, Cafe Mojo in Panaji, a combination of a British pub and French bistro with Goan hospitality, offers self-service beer on tap and a jukebox. Each table has a beer tap. Put money into a card and just swipe it, to keep the beer flowing.
7. Dig into yummy local Goan food and top it off with a night of clubbing at Sinq
Located at Candolim, Soi by Sinq is known for its warm earthy tones of minimalist furniture and tempting rice curry and fried fish. Don’t forget to try the fried mussels and prawns or the butter garlic calamari. After you’re done, head downstairs to the club area, combined perfectly with the inviting blue of the pool with private cabanas on one side. Pick from ladies night on Wednesday, retro on Thursdays and club music on Fridays. There are also rooms pumped with nonstop music playing live from the Dj’s Console along with laser lights, so you can continue the party even after you leave the club.
Want to experience a private river cruise in Goa? Try Rediscovery Cruises, private cruises on luxury boats or yachts that take you on breathtaking rides along Goa’s rivers and backwaters. Standard rides include the sunrise cruise, day cruise, sunset cruise or romantic dinner cruise.
Unleash the water baby in you and enjoy a host of water-based activities in Goa’s clear blue seas, ranging from Kayaking, Wake-boarding, Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Banana Boat Rides, Bumper Rides and Speed Boat Rides.
Whether you’re in a group or with your special someone, private sailing promises to be an experience you won’t forget. Choose from a fleet of luxury boats and yachts to take you on private and breathtaking rides along Goa’s rivers and backwaters.
11. Spa, sauna and pool access at the Pink Room Spa
Relax in a soothing massage at the Pink Room Spa at Planet Hollywood Goa, a starred hotel. Located on Utorda Beach in South Goa, the spa offers service from haircuts to body massages to bridal packages. Get the special package which includes a full body massage, steam, sauna and pool access! End the evening with cocktails at the Heart Bar.
12. Shake a leg along the Titos Lane in Baga
If dancing all night long to your favourite tunes is your idea of fun, then head to Cafe Mambo for a night full of just that. Dance to your heart’s content and let your hair down till the wee hours of the night! The best part, if you’ve had enough of Mambos, just walk out along the Titos lane and explore the range of pubs on the lane. Check out Capetown Café on a Friday night!
13. Drink and dance at Soul Souffle
A popular restaurant offering a wide range of delicacies from Goan and North Indian to Continental, Chinese and Seafood, Soul Souffle in South Goa also has a great Friday night scene. Dance to live music while you sip on cocktails amidst the white curtains, colourful cushions and landscaped gardens that make up the restaurant.
14. Greenery, five stars and river views in Cavelossim
If you’re fed up of the North Goa scene, explore the tranquility of Cavelossim in South Goa that has its own charm with greenery, five stars and buzzing restaurants. Stop by for a relaxing massage at Sohum Spa, located within Dona Sylvia Beach Resort or the Sohum Spa at Radisson Blu, which offers a host of wellness services to men and women and Ayurvedic therapies to help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. End the day with a river-view dinner and drinks at Fisherman’s Wharf, a restaurant located a stone’s thrown from Dona Sylvia.
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