TOP 5 SPAS – PAMPER YOURSELF THIS NEW YEAR!

Whether you’re preparing for a wild New Year’s Eve or pre-planning your recovery from it, these spas will give you a moment away from the stress of the year we’re leaving behind and a moment to gear up for the year ahead. Take time to treat yourself this holiday. Goa boasts an impressive list of…

A Local Architect’s Guide to Goa’s Understated Heritage Hangouts

Beyond Goa’s beaming coastlines stacked with bustling dine and dance alcoves, there are quaint, unpaved in-roads that lead to long-reigning, understated venues, including bars, restaurants, cultural centres and local bazaars. For the discerning traveller who would like to side-step mainstream attractions these rustic hideaways, often brimming with customers they’ve served for generations, offer an authentic…

10 HIGHLIGHTS TO MAP THE SERENDIPITY ARTS FESTIVAL 2018 – By Elvina Halli

In its third edition as Goa’s hallmark art event, Serendipity Arts Festival sets up exhibits, performances and interactive events spanning fifteen locations and seven disciplines of art – craft, music, theatre, dance, culinary arts, visual arts, and photography. Native or visitor – there are few better ways to explore Goa’s deep cultural history and evolution…

AN AUSTRALIAN STAR ON THE GOAN COAST!

Antares has been carrying the baton of making dining in Goa a truly unique experience ever since its inception four years ago, with their highly skilled chefs, Sarah Todd, of Master Chef Australia and now joining the team as their executive chef is Kaustubh Haldipur. Chef Kaustubh who hails from Goan heritage but travelled the…

The Weird & Wonderful World of Fashion Labels

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the thriving village of Arpora, Goa quaintly located behind the popular Baba Woods Cafe lies a fashion and design hub like none other. Armed with a catchy slogan “The Weird and the Wonderful”, one may indeed expect to find a surreal selection of items at a boutique store with…

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF BEHOLDER

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder- If those words be true then sure enough same applies to art.  If one is to look up the meaning of art you are led to believe it is and expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting…

INDOOR FUN – TOP 5 ACTIVITIES FOR THIS MONSOON

Every monsoon in Goa is spectacular and each season brings its own challenges as to what to do during the rains with your friends and family.  Here are a few of our suggestions to keep you entertained.   SNOW PARK Snow sledging in your favourite vacation state! Goa is known for its nightlife and beaches,…

Ready, Set, Honk and Gobble!

When out and about these days it’s hard to miss the “Food trucks” that seem to be popping up on every corner, a concept that has started trending all over the world and one that now serves exquisitely delicious food in this little state! So, while one enjoys the natural beauty and popular Fish Thali’s…

One Burger to Rule Them All

Not too many years ago, burgers were the monopoly of the McDonald’s, Hardy’s and Burger Kings on the block. To simply suggest that a decent burger could be found elsewhere was tantamount to heresy among the inner circles of foodies in India. Sure you could always settle for Regina Aunty’s choris pao down the street,…

Pitcher Perfect

A quick perusal of the menu, whether at a five-star restaurant or a local watering hole points to one conclusion; there are few popular establishments that can afford to run a bar without a comprehensive selection of cocktails. Gone are the days when a one’s choices are limited to simple hard drinks, right out of…

STAY ‘HOT’ BUT DON’T LOOSE YOUR COOL!

We’ve all been facing this sweltering heat over the past few weeks but have no fear Goa Grapevine is here with some of the best ways to beat the heat and stay cool! Let’s start by the your favourite, the best friend that is everyones saviour during these boiling hot days! Yes, you got it…

The Asian Kitchen in Goa – The Banyan

Set in Asagao, Goa under the expansive shady branch of a two-hundred-year-old tree is this unique Asian kitchen, The Banyan and thus so aptly named.  The original 100-year-old Goan house that existed here has been given a face-lift and the surrounding gardens brought back to life. As you step in through grand intricately carved wooden…