Intercontinental Grand Resort, Canacona- Goa
Palolem is the most picturesque beach in Goa. With
stretches of white sands and water hues changing from aquamarine to
emerald, it easily captures your imagination. And close to this
beautiful terrain is Intercontinental The Grand Resort.
With a setting that could just by the thought of it lure you, Intercontinental is heavens. The resort is an island nestled among the lush slopes of Sahyadri with Talpone river in the south, its tributary in the north and virgin beach territory in the front. A perfect locale to make your stay every bit of enjoyable. Wherever you set your eyes from the resort, unfettered beauty will treat you.
The resort located on the Rajbaga beach is spread over a huge complex of 85 acres. Its elegance is charismatic and casts its spell as soon as you enter. With well manicured lawns and an exclusive 1 kilometer long beachfront, the resort inside offers you a world class living experience. The architecture is inspired by Baroque-Portuguese styles.
Stay in Grand Casas
The resort has been segregated in 14 casas - mansions.
This gives the resort a very different feel. There are 255 rooms, all
marked by spaciousness. These rooms are literally abodes of luxury.
They have features like balconies, verandas and separate foyer area.
All these features make the rooms like private residences. You have
all the luxury and privacy you want for that perfect holiday. Every
morning you get up with a view of landscaped gardens from your
All the rooms have been done in a very appealing manner. There are Garden View rooms, Sea View rooms, Luxury suites and Presidential suites. The Luxury suites are very spacious and have balconies overlooking Arabian Sea. Imagine, every morning you wake up to the sunrise view right from your verandah or balcony, its just amazing. The rooms also have separate dining area and powder room. The Sea View suites also offer great view of the Arabian Sea or the landscaped gardens or the pool. These are deluxe rooms with smoking and non smoking suites. Then, there are Garden View Suites also which have verandas and views of sea or the landscaped gardens.
The Presidential suites come with an array of facilities apart from the sheer space in which they are made and are also accompanied by valet service. The rooms have great sea views, bathrooms with jacuzzi and pulsating showers.
Enjoy A Grand Feast
From authentic sea food to the barbeque, a sporty bar
to a sunken bar, each of the eateries and bars are uniquely different.
They create an entire ambiance around you while you dine with the
food, decor and some live entertainments.
'Canacona' is the twenty four hour coffee shop but its more than that. As soon as you enter you will feel as if you have moved back in time. The decor is very Portuguese. What immediately catches attention is the wood fired pizza oven. There is an open kitchen and separate hot and cold buffet sections. The cuisines served here are Indian, Oriental, Continental and the indigenous Goan cuisine. Specially for the foreigners, there is an extensive International buffet .
The 'Sea BQ' is an innovative concept of the resort. The decor is done in a rustic manner to match with the feel of barbeque but the overall effect is elegant. A distinct feature of the restaurant is 'Table Bar-be-que'. There are options of western, Indian and oriental cuisines. The restaurant is open for snacks, lunch and dinner. The restaurant also organises special theme night buffets and entertainment nights.
'Sirocco' offers you a perfect place for a romantic dinner. Set by the pool side and with an amazing view of the sea, the restaurant has a perfect combination of food with wine. Each of the guests are bestowed with personal service in this Portuguese styled restaurant. The speciality cuisine here is Mediterranian served with some great live music.
'Very Feni' is not just a feni bar, rather it is also the sports bar. The place offers a range of sports activities like billiards and card tables. To complete the fun is an elegant bar serving a range of world's best beers, spirits, wines and cigars. There is also a dance floor in case you wish to shake a leg. 'Gazebo' is the Polynesian pool bar. It is the sunken bar serving to guests in the pool and around the pool. 'Beach Shack', the name is sufficient to get you into the feel. It is on the beach with a wooden furniture and a rustic feel to it. Needless to say it serves delectable Goan food cooked by local chefs and sea food.
All the Way to Fun
The resort is full of recreational activities, there is
a huge pool which awaits you to make a splash, then there is the bar
with billiards and card table. What's the highlight is its 9 hole golf
course, the 'Grand Greens'.
The resort is a delight for fitness freaks. There is a gym with thirty workstations, separate steam rooms for ladies, sauna, Jacuzzi, chilled and pulsating showers. There are also available a range of sports activities, squash, tennis, table tennis, billiards and beach volleyball. But if you want to have some real fun and want to have some thrilling fun with the water then go for the water sports. Jet skiing, speed boats, parasailing and wind surfing are available for you. If you want to have a different experience then go for the resort's three bedroom luxury yatch.
The Healthy Way by Champneys
The resort's 'Health Spa' will ensure that you stay in your best health even after you have had a tiring vacation. What's special about the spa is that it is managed by UK based Champneys Health Resorts, which are renowned world over. The Champneys have created a milestone in the spa culture and set high standards. Champneys offer a range of treatments, Indian, Thai, Balinese, Javanese. Though the treatments are expensive but the results are worth the trouble and expenses. Some of the packages that the spa offers are (interesting nomenclatures) Champneys Retreat Break, Stress buster and Romantic & Re- Energizing Packages. Apart from the packages the popular treatments are Exfoliation and Massage, Hydrotherapybath, Abhyangam and Pizhichil.