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Park Hyatt Goa is a 5-Star, 248 room luxury beach resort and spa set on 45 acres in South Goa, India. Located right along Arossim beach, the resort features landscaped gardens with waterways, lagoons, pools, and Indo-Portuguese architecture.
While most of Park Hyatt hotels charge high end prices, the Park Hyatt Goa is reasonably priced, providing excellent value at affordable rates. Better yet, the resort is only a category 4 level, making booking with points a bargain.
The Park Hyatt Goa is a Category 4 hotel which means standard rooms can be booked for 15,000 points per night or 7,500 points plus $100USD. Therefore, I booked the points plus cash rate and used a suite upgrade certificate. At check-in I was placed into the Park Sea View Suite which typically goes for $516 per night. Essentially, I saved $416 per night by only spending 7,500 Hyatt points.
The Park Hyatt Goa Resort is a 15 minute drive from Goa’s Dabolim International Airport and is tucked away in Arossim, South Goa with direct access to the beach.
Things to do nearby include Dudhsagar falls, spice plantations, kayaking, Palacio do Deao, and several historical temples and churches. However, the best part of this hotel’s location is the magnificent large beaches that stretch on for miles.
Landscaping was wonderfully designed and immaculately manicured for such a large property. Rooms are located in many different buildings with lagoons, pools, and palm trees throughout the property. Between the beach and the resort is a large garden area with beautiful flowers and walking paths.
There are five different restaurants and a couple of bar lounge areas. Additionally, the pool at the Park Hyatt is actually the largest pool in India.
There are many activities to take part in such as yoga, archery, beach volley ball, and lawn tennis. There is even a recreation room with a pool table, foosball, and ping pong.
Arossim beach was impressively large, clean, and with soft sand.
The Park Sea View Suite was furnished with Indo-Portuguese styled furniture. Having local decor and design was appreciated as apposed to the typical cookie cutter furniture.
The living room had sliding doors with direct access to the pool. The bedroom had two sets of doors, one for the pool and one facing the ocean. Certainly, this room was the best Hyatt category 4 hotel I have booked.
The bathroom was huge and included large sunk in hot tub surrounded by palm trees.
Enough cannot be said about how deliciously awesome the food is at the Park Hyatt Goa. The resort has five restaurants from local Goan fine-dining, casual Italian food, North Indian specialties, and a seaside seafood grill.
While both the Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt Goa have excellent food, the dining atmosphere in the Park Hyatt takes it up a notch. Watching the sunset while dining at the Palms beachfront seafood grill is tough to beat.
By having two different types of Indian restaurants onsite, I was able to compare different regional Indian dishes. My favorite dish was the Goan seafood dish cooked with Port wine, something nearly impossible to find back home.
Professional, friendly, and accommodating service staff made sure all requests were taken care of promptly. Rooms were cleaned twice a day with fresh bottled water and toiletries being replaced regularly.
Complimentary wine, snacks, and fruit were left in the room on arrival; something seen less and less at Hyatt properties. Seeing that at least some properties still go above and beyond was much appreciated. Additionally, the staff even unexpectedly left a birthday cake waiting in our room one night since they noticed we were celebrating a birthday while checking our passports.
In conclusion, the Park Hyatt Goa is an excellent resort set along gorgeous beaches, gardens, and pool side areas. While the Park Hyatt Goa food and property are more luxurious than the Grand Hyatt Goa, the minimal increase in costs are well worth the added expense. For those looking for a luxurious beach resort vacation at reasonable rates with excellent food, this place is hard to beat.