Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort

As the name of the Dona Sylvia Beach Resort suggests, Cavelossim’s white-sand beach is right on the doorstep.

The hotel is also home to one of the biggest pools in Goa, as well as a separate pool for children and a poolside cocktail bar. To keep the whole family happy and fed, there’s also a choice of three restaurants.

The entertainment at the hotel is relatively low key, but music and live shows headline the evening entertainment schedule. After dinner, there are two bars to choose between.

Overview of Cavelossim

On a holiday to Goa, the beaches are the stars of the show. Steeped in a year-round warm climate, Goa presents holidays that are one part music, two parts local markets and 10 parts beach!

By day, the crushed sands in Goa are a great place to relax and top up your tan, but the range of water sports available also allows you to skim over the water or sail above it.

Goa is India’s smallest state and when you stay at the Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort, you can explore the brilliant mixture of Indian and Portuguese culture that surrounds you. Combining a mixture of historic and coastal charms, Goa is a destination that provides the best of both worlds.

Things to do in Goa

Directly outside the Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort, there are restaurants and bars, as well as a shopping mall.

The hotel is located in Cavelossim, where holidaymakers go in Goa to get away from it all. A haven for sun worshippers, outside the hotel you’ll find a heavenly sandy beach, lofty palms and a lively village centre packed with market stalls, eateries and cafes.

If you want to enjoy a day trip to explore the rest of Goa, Margao is only a 30-minute drive away. Grand Portuguese architecture dominates here and you’ll have the chance to see The Church of the Holy Spirit, the Old Market Square and the House of the Seven Gables.

As soon as you set foot in Goa, you’ll understand why so many ex-pats make this sun-drenched sliver of sand their home forever. With world-class cuisine, intoxicating markets and beachfront party spots, each day of your holiday in Goa will be different to the last.

Resort Summary

If you’re after a battery recharge, the expansive stretch of sand in Cavelossim won’t disappoint. It’s a quiet spot with a handful of loungers and umbrellas for hire and the odd beach shack serving snacks and refreshments. For a change of scenery, head to nearby Varca Beach, with its colourful fishing boats and laid back atmosphere providing an ideal venue for relaxation. Those looking for a livelier scene can take a 25-minute taxi ride to reach bustling Benaulim. Its beach is popular with locals and visitors and offers plenty of water sports including jet-skiing, windsurfing and parasailing.