Luxebook October 2023

in the world. Sit across a table which is in the water, sip feni, accompanied by a curated meal and have Hansel Vaz, the owner of the premium Feni brand Cazulo, conduct a masterclass of feni appreciation- in a 2-hours session. Cost: `2,500 + 18% GST per person Book on Urbanaut App Nature There can be no better way to enjoy nature, than a visit to Ilhas Dos Fidalgos - The Island of the Noblemen in Charao, the name given by the Portuguese, who captured this, as one of their first conquests of their 451-year-long rule. This trail balances the beautiful ecosystem, the lost heritage, inspiring stories and amazing travellers. It is one of the most prominent areas for migratory birds in India. This trail, by Soul Travelling, is a journey that uncovers the best of Charao island - a boat ride through the mangroves for bird-spotting, engaging with the local community for a hands-on cooking experience, with an array of Goan flavours at a local home, feni tasting at a Tavern and a rejuvenating clay bathing experience. Cost: `3,750 per head (minimum of 4 adults required for a private experience) Advance booking minimum 72 hours in advance Contact : +91 88067 28309: Booking through www. website Heritage and Culture Fort Aguada maybe a site everyone is familiar with but the experience Aguada Goa, housed in the 400-yearold Aguada Port and Jail complex offers, is outstanding. The newest contemporary hub for arts and culture, this place hosts a series of exciting events, ranging from immersive film screenings for cinephiles, to entertaining Sound, Light and Digital experiences, and even a Digital Museum: Freedom Struggle of Goa to Art Shows & Exhibitions. It also offers, Marine programmes and coastal walking trails, thus ensuring, there is something to pique everyone’s interest. If the fascinating history of Goa and a slice of real Indo-Portuguese culture, appeals to you, head to the Figueiredo Mansion in Loutolim, South Goa. Figueiredo House, also called the Old House, was built by Manuel João de Figueiredo, in 1590. Two centuries later, Caetano de Figueiredo added 2,500 square metres to the original Starting point: Old Goa Residency If the breathtaking views of River Mandovi beckon you, get on a luxury yacht in Goa, selecting from a range of well-maintained luxurious fleets. The personalized service and customised cruising itineraries by Fun Cruises Goa, ensure your time on the yacht is the best tailor-made vacation ever. From secluded golden beaches to panoramic views of the river, they have got you covered. Cost: Starting at `11,500 per hour depending upon the yacht Food & beverage experiences Storii by ITC Hotels Moira Riviera One need not merely enjoy time at the beautiful Storii by ITC Hotels Moira Riviera, Goa. Opt for the offsite storytelling excursion, which ensures you’re treated to local anecdotes and lesser-known information by a local storyteller, over evening tea with a picnic. How to book: Excursion is available for hotel guests, on 24 hours prior booking with resort, arranged with a storyteller. Farm-to-table at C’est La vie Head to enjoy an exclusive Farm-to-table experience in the hills - C’est La Vie in South Goa by Chef Avinash Martins of Cavatina. Nestled in the hills, away from the city traffic, this is the place to be in, if you are looking for fresh seasonal food, keeping the local ecosystem in mind. Relax amidst nature, ensconced in lush greenery, as you listen to the chirping of the birds. There is no set menu. The 7-course meal is prepared based on the ingredients sourced that day, to ensure you have the freshest produce. This is a private setup where no other guests are present, ensuring privacy and comfort. Cost: `6,000 per head, including beverages Reservations to be made 48 hours prior to your preferred dates on 8805258277. Minimum 6 people. Additional information: Be there by 12 pm and ensure all guests arrive at the same time to make the best of the experience. Floating Feni experience If apart from food, Goa’s local feni, is your poison, book the Floating feni experience - The Table in The Water at the Fazenda Cazulo distillery and the only Feni cellar 2,500, creating what is today, the Figueiredo Mansion. Fatima Figueiredo de Albuquerque, and her son, Pedro, the living descendants, own and manage it as a museum and homestay (8 rooms named after the ladies of the house, including a suite). With stunning interiors, yet a homely vibe, the place has been given a contemporary touch for comfort. The highlight of course, is the Museum, which transports you back in time. Cost: Museum Tour `300 per head and Home stay Tariff: `6,500 plus taxes from March-October, and `8500 plus taxes from October-March, Inclusions - Breakfast and a guided tour of the Museum. Art For lovers of art, the Christian Art Trail by Soul Travelling, is a must-do. This trail takes participants through the astounding works of art found on the walls of monumental buildings in Old Goa and helps them discover art forms that have barely survived to tell their tale. One can expect to see an impressive collection of historic objects, from ornate chalices to sacred relics, each with its own fascinating story. Throughout this experience, a guide provides insights into the cultural and religious significance of these treasures, painting a vivid picture of Goa’s Christian heritage. Cost: `999 per head (minimum of 2 adults required- experience is shared with other guests) Advance booking minimum 72 hours in advance Contact: +91 88067 28309: Booking through website 50|LUXEBOOK|OCTOBER 2023 OCTOBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|51