Experience Goa in all its splendor at Taj Cidade de Goa which showcases the various facets of the signature Taj Hospitality
Located amidst the pristine hillocks of Dona Paula and the shimmering shoreline of Vainguinim Beach, Taj Cidade de Goa celebrates the true spirit of Goa. Offering 500 rooms, state-of-the-art facilities and a host of award-wining leisurely pursuits, the hotel is a harmonious blend of authentic Goan hospitality and world-class opulence. It complements Taj Cidade de Goa Heritage, originally designed by the legendary Charles Correa in 1982 that adorns the coast of Vainguinim with its enchanting architecture. Together they showcase varied facets of the signature Taj hospitality to the discerning traveler in search of new evocative experiences that articulates its own singular aesthetic language and yet seamlessly converses with the other to relate an untold story of Goa.
Taj Cidade de Goa Heritage – Design
Goa’s rich history unfolds through sunlit corridors of the iconic Taj Cidade de Goa Heritage. The late Charles Correa, renowned for his indelible contribution to contemporary Indian architecture, offers a deeper understanding of Goa’s layered past in dramatic hues and awe-inspiring patterns.
Paying homage to the intertwined histories and key moments that shaped Goa’s cosmopolitan cultural identity, the intricate design was outlined to embody the ‘City of Goa.’; Vibrant hued Quartos (rooms), poetic spaces, gastronomic indulgences telling of Goa’s flavorsome culinary legacy and experiences.
Murals inspired from past anecdotes and charming by-lanes like the Rue de Sol (way of the sun) adorn the hotel’s corridors and winding aisles. The enthralling tale of the land comes to life with vivid imagery – from Vasco da Gama’s sea route to the splendour of House of Kadamba and House of Adil Shah and one such depiction is the three life size statues representing Vasco da Gama as an explorer, statesman and philosopher in the hotels’s lobby.
A Plethora of Flavours
Alfama offers a Portuguese inspired experience to guests who can sit around a central plaza overlooking the central square, and Fado, soulful music evoking saudade (nostalgia), is performed once every month. The restaurant offers an invitation to journey into another time and culture, a nod to its rich past that has found its way into Goa’s unique cuisine. Poolside Café Azul serves up a fresh feel where the multi-cuisine menu keeps evolving every six months. Chefs keep up with the pulse of our times offering unusual dishes like the very popular Sandwich with Granny Smith apples. The restaurant also serves old favourites to please their regulars repeatedly visiting for over four decades.
Bar Latino, the bohemian style pool bar and Barbecue, offers fresh catch of the day served in Indian or Western flavours along with other grilled options that are seasonal outlets, open only when Goa’s heavy monsoon recedes. Laranja, in vivid hues of tangerine showcases a gourmet spread of buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Goan Taverna pays homage to the local in new ways, proud to offer spirits brewed and distilled in Goa including homegrown beers, gins, and whiskies along with a menu of light bar bites accompanied by live music.
Taj Cidade de Goa Horizon – Architectural Marvel
Dramatically topped with a monumental circular skylight, Taj Cidade de Goa Horizon announces itself as a harbinger of an intrepid new architectural vocabulary. Moreover, the hotel opens out to unparalleled sea views perfectly framed by large windows from almost all its spaces. The Horizon also brings the outdoors in with vertical gardens that stretch along its façade and interiors. In a minimalist elegant idiom, the property thoughtfully presents contemporary elements while preserving ancestral heritage – creating a fresh visual storyboard of Goa.
The palette echoes the coastal hues of the sand, sea and sky that envelop the hotel in their embrace. Furnishings are neutral and natural in fine fabrics with delicate accents of azure and sea greens, turquoise and sudden corals; pale tinted woods in a variety of tones abound through the hotel while floorings and surfaces use washed grays or patterned white marble finishes to create a light and bright mood. The hotel is abundant in natural elements, it is not unusual to spot a palm leaf embellishing or a chic bar table placed atop a base of driftwood. Goa is now a burgeoning business community and the Horizon meets the beating pulse of these ambitious times with a sense of easy indulgent luxury.
An all-day dining, BLD offers Asian, Goan and Western kitchens, where diners can see their food being prepped and interact with the Chefs. The restaurant also extends to an alfresco terrace fronting gorgeous sea views. The multi-cuisine dining offers a sumptuous and a specially crafted menu with global flavours. At The Banyan, Eat-Bar, guests can enjoy inventive cocktails, high teas, delectable nibbles and a spectacular backdrop that converge to offer a quick business luncheon or an intimate evening soiree, highlighted by the wisdom of sustainable sustenance. With double height ceilings hung with fishing nets and elegantly reimagined sea motifs, the restaurant, C2C (coast to coast) showcases coastal inspired fine-dining and invigorating cocktails. The multi-sensory experience is only available in the evening apart from a generous brunch.
Leisure in true Goan Splendor
From historic Goan architecture to traditional occupations and handcrafted artefacts to age-old culinary techniques, unfold the pages of yesterday with itineraries curated to narrate the untold story of Goa. This includes a 30-seater on-resort cinema, fitness centers, and expansive swimming pools. The J Wellness Circle provides holistic rejuvenation inspired by ancient Indian healing wisdom. Immerse in soothing luxury with recreated treatments and undertake the journey within, through meaningful rituals for a truly calming experience.
A resplendent collage of tropical beauty and refined elegance, the opulent sanctuary ensures to make each moment exceptional. Experience Goa it in all its magnificence at Taj Cidade de Goa.