Weekend getaways from Mumbai don’t have to be on the nature’s trail always. At times, they can be full of luxury, style and indulgence. Few weeks back, we decided to explore Daman over the weekend as it is not very far from Mumbai and perfect for families. Though, we were warned that there is not much for tourists in Daman other than Nani Daman Fort and a few beaches; Devka beach being the most popular. With an infant and two over inquisitive toddlers we just dropped the idea of visiting a beach or a fort during day time.
Therefore, we started looking for a property which was good enough to keep us happy and entertained for a span of 24 hours (Sat afternoon to Sun afternoon). We zeroed down on Gold Beach Resort Daman, which is located near the Devka beach. The property is new and was ideal for our purpose. The price ranges from Rs 6000 to Rs 15000 per night depending upon the type of room.
We started from Mumbai at 8 am and reached Gold Beach Resort Daman by 11.30 am with just one break on the highway. The highway drive was good and we didn’t have any problem reaching the resort. Once inside the resort, we were just consumed by its glam factor. The reception area sports crystal chandeliers and retro furniture.
The reception area also leads to its big infinity swimming pool with a pool-side bar. And the pool area leads you to the seaside restaurant ‘The Spice Galleon’ which has canopy like roof and no walls. An open air restaurant from where you can see the sea, the waves, the rocky beach and a beautiful sunset. The resort has just 2 floors but it is spacious and beautiful. The lift at the reception area is small and takes ages to move from one floor to the other. But over all a good property!
We checked into our room. The door opened and the room was dark. But the moment we inserted the keys into the key panel the room lit up with the most stylish lighting and the window blinds started rolling up automatically. (The blinds are operated up and down with a button. My toddler had a gala time playing with it). You can darken your room, call room service, ask for privacy, etc. with a press of a button. Hi-tech amenities!
We were given a pool facing room and the view from the window was amazing. The restaurant, the pool, the bar in the backdrop of blue skies and sea water, was picture perfect. We quickly changed into our pool wear and got down to the pool area. We were given a welcome drink, (fizzy rose flavored drink) which was good. The baby pool was a hit with the two toddlers and the mums who don’t know to swim. The fathers had an excellent pool ‘throw ball’ and ‘throw each other’ session followed by their favorite drinks at the bar. We decided to eat lunch only at 2.30 pm after all these activities.
The food at The Spicy Galleon was good but nothing extra-ordinary. The cuisine is mainly Mughlai or Indian with Biryani, Kebab, Paneer gravies, tandoori seafood platter, etc. In fact, we found a few of the gravies to be extremely rich with spices and oil. But their breakfast spread is excellent (we ate that next morning). We couldn’t try their other restaurant ‘The 19Sixtyone’ which offers a mix of continental, Chinese as well as Indian cuisine as it was closed for renovation. Every weekend they have live performances from local artists who sing renditions of old Hindi/Bollywood songs. Best avoided and an absolute waste of time. The arrangement is loud. It actually disturbs people who are not interested in such loud entertainment. It doesn’t gel with the theme of the property which is modern and up market. But fortunately, once inside the room, you can just relax in its posh arrangement.
In the evening, we went out for a stroll along the road as it had a few gift shops and factory sale outlets. Perfect for last minute shopping and that too at a bargain. We also ate amazing falooda kulfi at a shop near the Vapi station. One of the best, I have had yet. We couldn’t venture out more as we had little children but I am sure others can plan out more activities with the locals. We checked out at 11 am the next day but whiled away at the pool area again, before starting for Mumbai in the late afternoon. They have a changing room near the pool which can be used after a dip in the pool. The luggage is stored in the lounge area itself. Not very safe.
Will I go there again? Yes, I will, whenever I want to just chill out in the lap of luxury and do nothing. Its ideal for those families who plan to travel with aged parents or very young children.