Marinha Dourada

Nestled between forest-laden hills and two lakes is the Marinha Dourada. Its red masonry stone arch at the entrance welcomes you to spacious rooms designed for comfort and built in traditional Portuguese-Goan architecture. Its serene surroundings will soon have you feeling at one with nature, while its atmosphere is complemented with many luxurious facilities. Two swimming pools, a spa and gym will soon have you relaxing, or you can enjoy a boat ride across the nearby lakes. For entertainment, there’s parties, barbeques and live music outdoors most nights, alongside delicious local cuisine served at its speciality restaurant.

Overview of Arpora

Tucked into the hills, behind a couple of Goa’s most popular resorts, sits the region’s famous secret, Arpora. In a secluded and untouched spot, this rural retreat offers peace and tranquillity for your holiday to India. That said, there’s culture and adventure waiting here, too. Rickshaws, leafy village streets, whitewashed churches, paddy fields and palm groves will soon evoke the feeling of real India. And with the buzz of beach resorts like Baga and Calangute just a short distance away, you’ve the setting for a perfect holiday.

Things to do in Arpora

If you want to explore more, the Marinha Dourada is perfectly placed. It’s just steps away from the laid back village of Arpora. The tranquil Baga River weaves through its centre, with fine restaurants lining its banks. Arpora is also famous for its Saturday night market. The streets are filled with the smells of sizzling street food, colourful souvenir stalls and live Indian classical music. It’s just a 20-minute stroll from the Marinha Dourada to Baga Beach, or you can take the free shuttle. This town has some magnificent buildings, like St Alex’s Church and the Shri Shantadurga Temple, plus there’s a great nightlife. And Calangute Beach with its golden sands, beach huts and water sports is close by, too. Take a holiday to the Marinha Dourada, and you’ll find the hustle and bustle of everyday life soon disappear.

Resort Summary

Arpora has a small town personality and is tucked away a little further inland than its lively coastal neighbours of Baga Beach and Calangute, making it possible to find plenty of cheap Goa package holidays on offer here. Tradition is high on the agenda here, and if you’re imagining a cosy sunshine community where little chickens strut and peck at dusty trails framed by pale buildings, you’re not altogether far from the truth.

Of course, the upbeat nature of Goa ensures there’s more than a splash of colour livening up proceedings. Between the entertainment options and surrounding landscapes, you’ve got lots to occupy yourself with before we even get to the opportunities to head out to the shore for seaside escapades.