O Pescador

The O Pescador Hotel peeks out from a blanket of palm trees on Goa’s beach-brushed coastline. There’s a sleepy beach on one side and a rocky viewpoint on the other. Colonial-style buildings are pushed right up against the waterfront, and for an extra splash of luxury, every room has a sea view.

The pool is set on a panoramic terrace that overlooks neighbouring Dias Beach. Cushioned sunloungers and colourful gardens unfold behind it, while the restaurant specialises in grilled food, and blends Portuguese and Indian cuisine.

Overview of Dona Paula

East meets west on holidays to Goa. Famed for its beautiful beaches, Goa is full of heart and soul. On the front, the bright blue sky mirrors the sea below. The sands are inviting and you’ll never be far from a beach shack where you can enjoy a cold drink and a delicious curry. In the evening, these innocuous spots come alive, so expect street performers and lively parties.

Life in Goa is relaxed and laid-back. During your stay at the O Pescador, you’ll make friends with the locals, find a new favourite meal and learn more about the unique history of this beautiful region.

Things to do in Goa

When you leave the O Pescador, a couple of minutes’ stroll will take you to the Dona Paula jetty, where you can book boat trips and water-sports sessions. In the evening, head to the rocky viewpoint by the hotel for the best views of the sunset.

Dona Paula is quiet, but you’re close to the city of Panaji, which is the state capital. A promenade lines the Mandovi River and this is a great place to admire the historic churches and buildings. In the centre of Panaji, there’s also the Church Square, botanical gardens and the magnificent baroque church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. For something different, head to the Latin Quarter.

Goa is a region that will delight all of your senses. You’re certain to leave with a new favourite holiday destination!

Resort Summary

There are several beaches around the Dona Paula headland, but the namesake also offers the viewpoint, and a local landmark: a white statue of two figures. This has become bound up in the mythology of Dona Paula, a 17th-century Portuguese viceroy’s daughter who allegedly threw herself off a cliff when she couldn’t marry her true love, a local fisherman. It’s romantic, but dubious. The real Dona Paula was the daughter of wealthy Portuguese rulers who married a Spaniard and lived in Goa until her death in 1682. Enjoy the myth while wandering the beach, taking in the views, and eating in one of the many restaurants.