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Mother-In-Law’s First Trip to India: Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

Mother-In-Law’s First Trip to India: Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa
Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

Emily:  Daraius and I left for Goa at around 9 am for our 11:30 am flight. Note that flights within India leave from the domestic terminal while international flights leave from a separate terminal.  They are about a 20 minute drive apart!

Daraius:  I bought the tickets on Jet Airways for about $123 for a 1-way ticket since it wasn’t worth using miles for the tickets.  However, we could have used Citi Thank You Points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points via their travel portal to save cash, but we’re always short of Ultimate Rewards points, so we paid cash.

Trip Report Index

Emily:  The airport had lots of food offerings, including Curry Kitchen, Domino’s..

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Bombay Airport Food Court

and KFC…

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KFC at Bombay Airport

and Subway!

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Subway at Bombay Airport

Daraius got food from Curry Kitchen.

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Curry Kitchen

He had a kathi roll which he said was okay.

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Kathi Roll

And I got lunch from KFC, which was like any other piece of fried chicken.

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Eating at the Airport

Unfortunately, we had excess luggage so we couldn’t check in all of the bags that we wanted to, but carrying them on was fine (since we had some space in our hand bags)  Most Indian airlines will let you check-in only about 20 (44 lbs) to 25 (55 lbs) kilos per person, and you have to pay per excess kilo after that.

Like everything else in India, you can often bargain down.  So if you are over the limit by, say 20 kgs, you can ask to be charged for 10 kgs and possibly settle at around 15 kgs in extra baggage fees.

On the ~ 1 hour plane ride, we were served cheese sandwiches and chicken sandwiches.  My mom said that the cheese sandwiches were some of the best she had ever had.   Personally, I liked the Frooti mango drink that came with the meal the best (though I didn’t eat the food due to my fish allergy).  It was a short one hour flight from Bombay to Goa, so by the time we took off it was almost time to land.

We landed in Goa and the Park Hyatt staff was ready to greet us and readily assisted with all of our luggage.

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At The Park Hyatt Goa

They took us to a large bus, and there was only one other couple on the bus.

Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa
Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

We then spent 30 minutes in the bus to go to the Park Hyatt from the Goa Airport.

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

 

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

We walked through the metal detector to enter the hotel, while our bags were discreetly x-rayed to the side.

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa – Entrance

The lobby smelled so nice, and we got cold refreshing towels and coconut water to drink!

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa – Lobby

Beyond the lobby was a bridge and walkways.

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa – Bridge & Walkways

The hotel is landscaped very well.

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

And there are lots of pretty streams and pools.

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Pools

You can even sit in the lobby and soak in the scenery!

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa – Lobby

After checking in, we were showed to our rooms. There was a slight mix up with the rooms, but we straightened it out.  We wanted to give our family the 2 suites, and keep the regular room for us, but they had sent our bags to the suite instead.  But it was easy to fix.

We walked to our room amidst the greenery.

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa – Grounds

We had lunch and took a stroll around the resort.  We passed the meandering pool…

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa – Pool

…and stopped to take pictures.

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Connie at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

We went for a swim later on.

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Emily by the Pool

There is a big pool and smaller pools on the side.

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa – Smaller Pools

The hotel is pretty big, and is very well landscaped so it was an enjoyable walk!

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Walking Around

The guest rooms have a ground (1st floor in the US) and a 1st floor (2nd floor in the US).

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The Guest Rooms

There is either grass or streams in between the hotel buildings.

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Guest Rooms
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On the Bridge

We passed the spa.

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The Spa
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Spa Lobby

The spa is smallish, but very peaceful.

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Water Fountain

And there were coconut husks in the flower pots.

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Coconut Husks

There was even a large kids area called “Camp Hyatt”.

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Camp Hyatt.

You can leave your kids here and they play with other kids and the staff!

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Camp Hyatt

Surprisingly, the kids weren’t using the computer, but were making crafts and chasing each other!

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No One Was Playing Video Games

Camp Hyatt has lots of activities for kids.

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Camp Hyatt Activities
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Camp Hyatt Artwork

After walking around the resort to get an idea of the layout, we then walked in the wooden walkways towards the beach.

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Walkways

We passed the green lawns.

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Green Lawns

The grounds were very clean and well kept.

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Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

We discovered some beautiful flowers along the way.

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Flowers
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More Flowers

We found the hotel’s seaside restaurant with a wonderful view of the beach, but you can go outside and have the same view and eat in the “shacks” for less.

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Beach Front Restaurant

The hotel’s restaurant did have nice seating, though.

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White Tablecloths

I’m sure it would be romantic eating there in the evening.

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Romantic Table

The food was mostly grilled fish, so we never ate there because of my allergy.

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Stay tuned for more details on the rooms, activities, and restaurants in and around the Park Hyatt in Goa!

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Good post. I will be dealing with many of these issues as well..

We have stayed at Park Hyatt Goa last year and by far one of the best resort all around… Access to private beach, excellent customer services (the staff was very useful and provided personal level of service, i.e. found creative ways to help address a specific concern we had and they followed up with us several times during our stay with it too), several restaurants (Indian, Italian, Thai) and a great fully loaded breakfast buffet. The landscape, amenities, rooms are totally worth the money. We ended up using Hyatt points (transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards) for a completely free stay.

Yeah! 12 responses so far and 7 from other travel bloggers!!! Awesome.

What a lovely hotel. I remember going through a metal detector and getting my stuff x-rayed every time I came back to my hotel. I love the restaurant with the tables next to the beach. What a beautiful way to spend a relaxing lunch or dinner. Goa is truly paradise.

Thanks for posting the photos! I have always wanted to go to India and your trip reports makes it look very doable.

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