Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has prime properties in the best spots whether beach, city or Goa's glorious hinterland. More importantly GTDC has hotel room rates to suit every budget.
All GTDC hotels are known as Residencies. Large comfortable rooms, elegantly furnished, AC and non-AC.
There are Residencies in all the main urban hubs of Goa, all the beaches and in the hinterland too. Check out the Dudhsagar Spa. It is out of this world!
Calangute Residency: Right on Calangute Beach - it cannot get better than this
Calangute Annexe - budget hotel, a five-minute stroll away from Calangute Beach
Miramar Residency right Panjim's largest beach - Miramar
Colva Residency - where else? On the silver sands of Colva
Panaji Residency : in the heart of the city yet a superb experience since it overlooks the beautiful River Mandovi
Margao Residency - so conveniently located.
Mapusa Residency right at the entrance of Mapusa town
Vasco Residency perfect location to get where you want in a hurry (or leisurely)
HINTERLAND HOTELS of GTDC
Farmagudi Residency located near hundreds of ancient temples
Old Goa Residency (Heritage view) right next to the World Heritage Site of Old Goa
Mayem Lake View - there's a lake, there's peace, there's beauty. What more can anyone want?
Britona Riverside budget hotel next to the river Mandovi
Dudhsagar Spa Resort in the forest for an unforgettable experience
When you check into Highland Holiday Resort for what we hope is the holiday of a lifetime, you enter a well laid out spread of 448 pretty Indo-Portuguese style apartments set in an unbeatable village setting, with winding lanes, centuries old trees, a club house, 7 swimming pools, restaurants, shopping complex, a supermarket and lovely landscaping across 15 acres of prime property on the famed beach belt. All this and yet it’s so quiet.
And less than five minutes’ walk to Candolim beach. Where you can turn left to Sinquerim and right to that most famous stretch of sun loungers and night life at Calangute and Baga.
You are going to say, oh yes, you and all other hotels on the beach belt say the same thing. No, no. Don’t just take our word for it. We have won national and international awards for this resort, CNBC Awaaz, ETNow being among them. Why? We’ll tell you why.
The Highland Resort is not all it seems. It is the end result of a brilliant business plan.
Highland Holiday Homes were apartments sold to second-home buyers who rent the apartments back to Highland to manage, market and run as a resort with pools and gardens and restaurants, shopping arcade and even, a world class supermarket. Owners can holiday at the resort even in peak season. Not a problem because we have a huge inventory. There are five hundred Highland Holiday Homes. This was such a successful concept that all 500 apartments have been sold out. You cannot buy an apartment, but you can holiday at Highland Beach Resort. Scroll down for our contact details.
A Suite Deal
We have 180 tastefully built and well appointed A/C Deluxe Suites, Executive Suites (with separate sitting room, attached pantry and private sit-out balconies). Ambassador Suites (consist of two A/C bedrooms with separate sitting room, attached pantry and private sit-out balconies).
You also get:
King and Queen size beds
In-house movies and satellite channels
Direct dialing STD / ISD, Hair dryer (on request)
Writing and coffee tables
Every room has a private sit-out balcony
F & B
Highland Beach Resort offers a choice of Food and Beverage outlets:
COFFEE SHOP - The 24-hour Coffee Shop serves a wide range of snacks, salad, appetizers, desserts etc. with wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
HIGHPALM - The Multi-cuisine restaurant with live entertainment of songs, Folk dances, and a well stocked bar. Our barman fixes you a drink of your choice, while you may play darts or enjoy a quick game of pool, carom or chess.
GULZAR - The Indian Dining Restaurant with live entertainment of Ghazals and Indian classical music and dance. Gulzar caters to your individual taste buds and the friendly staff are ever ready to explain the finer culinary details of the authentic Indian menu.
SNACK BAR - The Snacks Counter serves you quick bites when you are sitting by the poolside, with the choice of your Cocktails and Mock tails.
HIGHTIDE - CONFERENCE ROOM – ideal for theme Parties, Weddings, Receptions, Anniversary Bashes, Corporate Conferences, Exhibitions. Our Conference room is designed to accommodate 150 guests in theatre-style seating. You may also have a grand wedding by the pool. It accommodates 500 guests.
Pools & Bars
• 7 Swimming pools - one with baby pool and the other with swim-in bar.
• Exclusive and private sun terrace for sun bathing up to 6 hours.
• Multi-cuisine restaurant / Specialty restaurant/ Indian Restaurant.
• Coffee shop.
• Pool side Snack bar.
• Well stocked bar.
• Shopping arcade.
• Recreation Centre / Pool tables.
• Entertainment - Live Music / Serenaders / Folk & Cultural Dances.
Health & Fitness
• A fully equipped Gymnasium with state-of-art technology, Spa (Sauna, Steam).
• Body Therapy Center, the best way to relax and revitalize yourself.
• Yoga Center, to bring complete peace and health to you.
Other important Facilities
• Money change - 24 hrs.
• Doctor on call.
• Safety lockers available free of charge.
• Taxis - available outside the resort.
• Laundry services.
• Travel Desk
• Ample parking space
• Rent-a-car service.
• Shopping arcade.
Now click on this link, pack your stuff and come
5 minutes walk from Candolim Beach
40 minutes drive from the Dabolim Airport
20 minutes drive from Thivim Railway station
15 minutes drive from the capital city Panjim
Panjim Inn for that rare heritage experience
There is only one Latin Quarter in Goa. Fontainhas. This is a quiet, lovely area in Panjim with picturesque centuries-old mansions and winding roads. It nestles between the flowing backwaters of Ourem and the gentle slopes of Altinho. And Panjim Inn lets you live in this charming place, giving you an old-world Goa experience that will take you back in time to the charmed existence of the fidalgo, or the Portuguese nobility. Actually it's so perfect a restoration of the old world charm of Goa that WelcomHeritage Panjim Inn waltzed off with the Best Heritage hotel at the Goa Food and Hospitality Awards 2014
This is the special something that Panjim Inn and its two sister hotels, Panjim Pousada and Panjim Peoples bring to you. An ambience that harks back to those halcyon days. These Heritage Hotels are meant for the discerning traveller appreciative of the finer things in life and who has a desire to experience Goa’s history, culture, cuisine and art.
It’s a special place
You feel it as you enter a cool, sun-dappled garden with the prettiest garden furniture, the Reception like every room in the hotel is beautifully appointed with elegant antique furniture. Love seats, chaise-lounges, cabinets with intricate carving, both relief and rococo, and on the walls contemporary art that sits so comfortably with furnishing from days of yore.
Panjim Inn is different from any other hotel in Goa in that it has its in-house art gallery Gitanjali, holding both old and contemporary Goan art. This is the place where you can pick up paintings and other works of art to take back as a memento of a perfect holiday.
Panjim Inn is an eco-friendly hotel with solar water heating, rain water harvesting, energy saving lighting and garden composting which are some of the measures adopted to make the busy but historic precinct of Fontainhas environment clean, green and serene. Some of the heritage walks conducted by the Goa Heritage Action Group commence at the Panjim Inn.
This heritage hotel which is part of the WelcomHeritage Group belongs to one of the oldest families of Goa who fight against all odds to preserve and keep alive the Goan heritage. The present partner’s maternal grandfather Jack Sequeira is a legend of Goa who fought against the amalgamation of Goa with Maharashtra after India liberated Goa from the Portuguese colonial regime. But Portugal has given Goa its special uniqueness, and to lose that would be tragic. Panjim Inn makes certain that uniqueness lives on.
So much history to Panjim Inn
Panjim Inn has been a dominant part of the romantic Latin Quarter since the 1800s. This big colonial mansion of Fontainhas belonged to landed gentry. The original owner was Francis Assis D’Silveira and this mansion has been in the same family for over five generations. The gilded pelmets and the wrought iron railings of the first floor balcaos and verandas, proudly carry the family insignia or brazao of Francis D’Assis Silveira.
Today, 150 years later diligent restoration keeps the external facade unchanged retaining the old-world charm and elegance of the building. Extreme care has been taken to conserve and strengthen the 90cm thick mud, clay and laterite stone walls of the mansion.
You can imagine handsome young fidalgos on the street below the balcaos, serenading comely damsels or almost hear the haunting lament of a Portuguese Fado emerge from the shadows of the evening.
How Ajit Sukhija restored the home of his ancestors
The house passed from generation to generation and finally to Tsushima Valles who inherited the house which is today Panjim Inn. Tsushima was one of the earliest female Goan doctors in the British Army where she met and married Dr Col Chamanlal Sukhija. They were stationed in Poona and had a son, whom they called Ajit, who studied in Columbus, Delhi and also has a double degree in engineering under his belt. He worked for a mining conglomerate in Goa, left in the 80s, took a sabbatical in Italy where he saw first hand the old palaces and villas converted into heritage hotels. Ajit decided to branch out into restoration of heritage buildings. He would begin with converting the family home into a boutique hotel.
Over the years he found that he enjoyed restoration of old buildings and developed a great love for period furniture. He bought the Panjim Pousada in 1997 (one of the few Hindu homes in Fontainhas) and the Panjim Peoples in 2004. The Peoples High School was the alma mater of Ajit's wife Dr Lilia Sequeira.
Today it is a source of pride for Ajit that the buildings pay for their upkeep and are being run by his son Jack and daughter-in-law Miriam. Francis Assis D'Silveira must be a happy soul, watching his legacy emerge strong, loved and as beautiful as ever through more than a hundred and fifty years.
Rooms – big, comfy, airy, beautiful
There are 24 large, immaculately clean, bedrooms with modern facilities including air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, cable television and electronic safes in all rooms. Each room is distinctly individual in character with period furniture including large four-poster beds with firm comfortable mattresses, carved rosewood wardrobes, art and antiques being part of the décor. Their bathrooms too have won special praise. And then there’s the in-house art gallery where you can browse to your heart’s content and buy art too.
Seafood to die for
Local and continental cuisine is served on a romantic first floor veranda restaurant overlooking the street at Fontainhas. Guests are even welcome to try their hand in the kitchen or suggest changes to the menu. Guests have said that their fish curry and prawns are to die for, as are their melt-in-the-mouth desserts. Honeymooners and families, as also single travellers can look forward to a leisurely stay in an old-world setting.
Why do so many of their guests return year after year for more than a decade? In addition to the comfort, elegance, location, cuisine, Panjim Inn has something else that gives it that extra edge – a warm, caring, helpful staff.
If you need to stay in Panjim for a long spell, you could book into the Panjim Inn Service Apartments which are beautifully furnished 2-bedroom duplex apartments at Altinho, Panjim, Goa, India.
So plan a holiday for you and your loved one. Click on the website link below and book that perfect holiday.
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