In the first week of October, I was invited to the newly opened Fairfield by Marriott Goa Benaulim, by General Manager Randal Whelpdale. Located within walking distance from the immaculate sands of Benaulim Beach, the 144-room new hotel offers guests the brand’s signature warm service, friendly hospitality and effortless experiences.
On arrival I was welcomed by the General Manager and Sumit Gunturkar, Operations Manager. The hotel has a gorgeous lobby resembling a chapel and I could not stop admiring the beautiful interiors! The balcony attached with my room afforded a spectacular view of the expansive swimming pool which is one of the highlights of this beautiful hotel. It was a delight to notice that the food and beverage team had placed a delectable chocolate based dessert in my room to welcome me.
“We are delighted to introduce our second Fairfield by Marriott hotel in the beach capital of India and it also marks the 19th Fairfield by Marriott hotel in the country, indicative of the market’s appetite for the brand and its growing presence in key leisure and resort destinations in Asia Pacific,” said Neeraj Govil, Senior Vice President – Operations, Asia Pacific (Excluding Greater China), Marriott International.“Fairfield by Marriott Goa Benaulim is Marriott International’s sixth property in the city, a testament to our commitment to bring a diversified portfolio for different types of travelers to this popular leisure destination. We look forward to further expanding our portfolio in leisure destinations in the country to cater to the rise of domestic travel.”
Fairfield by Marriott builds upon its strong heritage of warm hospitality and the belief in the beauty of simplicity, creating a place where every moment is an inviting and seamless experience for guests.
Fairfield by Marriott Goa Benaulim features two signature restaurants and a pool bar. Kava, the all-day dining restaurant, serves authentic Indian and Western cuisine from the restaurant’s à-la-carte menu as well as a wide range of selections made available at the daily buffet. During my stay I enjoyed a delicious Goan thaali at Kava dished up by Chef Seema Silva and consisted of a range of delicacies with visual appeal ! I have a preference for seafood and I enjoyed several Goan seafood specialties during my stay. Executive Chef Frances Vaz created several memorable dining experiences for me during most meal times. I sipped on delicious feni based cocktails created by expert bartenders at Kava Lounge, where guests can enjoy light bites, coffee and cocktails. It was a pleasure to spend time at Azul, the poolside bar especially in the evenings.
Dattaraj V. Salgaocar, Chairman, VM Salgaocar Corporation Pvt. Ltd. said that “Fairfield by Marriott Goa shows our commitment to the state of Goa and in further developing the tourism sector in the State. The strategic location of Fairfield by Marriott Benaulim in South Goa will offer ultimate tranquility and convenience for accessing Goa’s many attractions. We look forward to partnering with with Marriott and providing our valuable guests with unmatched comfort and hospitality that comes with staying at Fairfield by Marriott Goa Benaulim.
I was fortunate to spend time at the beautiful Benaulim beach which is just 5 minutes away from the hotel and enjoy a fantastic picnic set up by the hotel there.
Located 30 km away from Goa capital, Panjim, Fairfield by Marriott Benaulim allows guests to enjoy the local charms of the Benaulim village and picturesque beaches. The hotel offers 144 spacious, modern and well-equipped rooms with separate work and rest areas, as well as abundant sunlight in the room. Each guestroom features garden or pool views, with its own balcony and patio seating for guests to relax and unwind. The guestrooms display interiors incorporating a blend of natural elements with clean, modern finishes. The property’s public spaces feature the ‘modern calm’ aesthetic of the Fairfield by Marriott brand, which encompasses open layouts, multi-functional spaces and natural light.
The hotel offers a versatile meeting space with over 10,000 sq. ft, featuring an outdoor lawn area which can accommodate over 300 guests, making it the perfect venue for weddings, special occasions, or business events. Guests staying at Fairfield by Marriott Goa Benaulim have access to an array of amenities including a 6,500 sq. ft outdoor swimming pool and open-air pool bar.
I spent a lot of time in the gorgeous lobby admiring the architecture and vast open spaces around the lobby. The hotel is built in the style of an expansive resort which is a refreshing change when you compare it with other Fairfields in India. One of the highlights of the lobby is the Market from where I picked up a lot of goodies such as chocolates, bebinca, nuts, etc.
“Benaulim is a beautiful coastal town where guests can enjoy the pristine beaches and a plethora of adventure sports activities, ranging from windsurfing, to parasailing. We look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy the warm and friendly Fairfield hospitality at Fairfield by Marriott Goa Benaulim while exploring what the city has to offer,” said Randal Whelpdale, General Manager of Fairfield by Marriott Goa, Benaulim.
I highly recommend this friendly resort style brand new hotel to everyone who is planning to visit Goa for work or pleasure !