A few weeks ago, Heritage Village hosted me for a much needed weekend staycation. I’ve stayed at this beautiful property multiple times as a child and some of my most cherished memories were made here so I was ecstatic to be there for a weekend away from the city.
I also recently started a new job which has been sucking the life out of me, so I knew a staycation would let me get away from all of that stress and help me unwind and recharge for the week ahead. I packed my overnight bag and headed right to the Heritage Village, Arrosim on a Saturday morning. It took me about 1 hour to get there from Panjim and we reached just in time for lunch.
We were greeted by the staff in all smiles as they handed us each a refreshing tender coconut to sip from and a wet towel to wipe away all the tiredness from the journey. With such a warm welcome, I knew the weekend to follow would exceed my expectations!
We were then ushered into our room which had a name plate with our names written on it. I was so impressed! It made me feel like I was at home. That little element of a personal touch made such a big difference. Our room was spacious and tastefully decorated and ticked all the boxes for me: huge bed, a classy bathroom, fluffy bathrobes & slippers and a view of the pool.
Did I mention that there was a huge hamper filled with fruits, cookies, pastries and a bottle of wine left for us at the table? I dived face first into the pastries! 😛
We then freshened up and headed to the restaurant where we were served a full Goan thali which consisted of rice, fish curry, chicken xacuti, chicken cafreal, fried fish and more! It was a treat to the eyes and the tummy. We were also served a dessert of Alle Belle which is a traditional Goan dessert. I love how the Heritage Village, as the name suggests have upheld the Goan heritage by being true and authentic with their take on Goan food.
After lunch, we did a tour of the property and visited the recreational room, the gaming area, the pub, restaurants, spa and finally, the beach. The Arrosim beach which is located just behind the resort has a peaceful serenity and calmness to it like no other beach in Goa. It is relatively secluded with just one beach shack and very few visitors. We spent our evening by the beach and took it slow it that day, just like how a day in old-world Goa would be: Slow paced and calm. No hustle and bustle.
That night, the staff arranged for a romantic candlelight dinner for us on the lawns by the pool. It was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had. We were treated to a 4 course menu with delicious food including Lobster thermidor which just melted in my mouth! I’m drooling just thinking about it. They also served us a bottle of rose wine which complemented the meal perfectly. The whole candlelight dinner experience was so unreal!
We woke up the next day and sped straight towards brunch where we were treated to a whole buffet full of Indian as well as continental breakfast. I had eggs, yogurt, pancakes and fruit. I ate a heavy breakfast because I knew I’d need the energy for the day to come.
After breakfast, we headed to the beach where we tried a few water sports. They had para-sailing, jet skiing, banana boat rides and so much more. I really wanted to para-sail but the winds were not in our favour that day so I settled for Jet skiing and it was such a thrilling experience. It was my first time on a jet ski, the waters were calm and blue and it felt exhilarating riding on the waves! I also saw fishermen in the middle of the sea, pulling on their nets to see what the catch of the day was. Honestly, the experience was so real and raw! I’ve seen water sports happening in other parts of Goa, but here, I actually got to see the fishermen with their nets up close. It’s definitely an experience to remember. These are things you just don’t see everyday.
After the water sports, we headed to the games area where they had activities like paintball, archery and more. I tried my hand at Archery for a while and really came to enjoy it. It got pretty addictive when my arrows got closer to the targets. Heritage Village also has really fun games and activities for kids so if you’ve got kids, they’re in great hands with the Activity Team! They’ll keep them entertained for hours on end.
It was pretty hot that day and I got dehydrated soon enough, so I headed back to the room to relax for a bit. Since I had quite a heavy breakfast, we headed for lunch a little late that day. The food they served us was as it always is: DELICIOUS!
We then had a spa session scheduled at the Ayura Health Centre which is a traditional Kerala massage centre located at the Heritage Village property. The Spa had a completely different aura from the rest of the property. It immediately induced a calm sensation in my brain. I was greeted by the Ayurvedic doctor who introduced me to the types of massages. I went in for a rejuvenation massage which is typically a traditional Kerala massage done with hot ayurvedic oil. The massage was honestly the best I’ve had. It made me so relaxed, that I dozed off for a bit! It definitely undid all my stress from the weeks before. I would highly recommend this massage if you’re ever at the Heritage Village.
After the spa session, we spent the rest of the evening lounging by the pool. We were too relaxed to anything active, so we just lounged on the beach beds, read a book and then headed off to dinner when it got dark.
We left the property shortly after dinner and drove back home. Going back to my apartment after this luxurious weekend was quite the let down, however, I walked in to work on Monday morning feeling refreshed! This staycation was the highlight of my month and I’m now inspired to take small staycations more often, just to relax and rejuvenate my mind and body.
A huge thank you to the Heritage Village team for being such wonderful hosts! It was an experience i’ll never forget! Have you guys stayed at the Heritage Village before? If not, I would highly recommend it. Book your stay here.