It is Goa’s latest wellness, rejuvenation and healing property and offers a plethora of Ayurvedic and naturopathic therapies in a modern, idyllic setting.
WHAT’S IT LIKE
Tucked away on Divar Island, with its breathtaking views and solitude, Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat offers you a complete detoxification experience: mind body and soul. This retreat provides a refreshing change from city life. It is situated on Mandovi River and spans 5 acres of natural beauty. Dense foliage and river breeze keeps it cool even during Goa’s sultry and humid summers.
Veda, its Ayurveda and naturopathy centre offers a multitude of curated therapies after a detailed consult with their in-house panel of doctors. The therapy rooms are modern and tranquil. The property also boasts a separate meditation hall, yoga centre and kriya huts. You can also enjoy the chirping of birds and rustling of trees as the gentle breeze wafts through its leaves, while taking a walk in the morning, along this winding property.
WHERE IS IT
Located on Divar Island, it is approximately 1.5 hours away (35 km) by taxi from Goa airport and involves taking a drive-in ferry across the river to the property.
Every room is unique and tastefully done in antique wood furniture with modern facilities such as air conditioning, an en-suite bathroom, mini fridge, TV, telephone and tea-making facilities. My balcony overlooked verdant fields that made up most part of the property. There are 36 Superior rooms, 20 Villa rooms and one suite in all.
Amboi the restaurant by the poolside offers an eclectic mix of delicious Indian and Goan vegetarian dishes. It is open for lunch and dinner only.
‘Manos Diet Centre’ is situated along the waterfront of Mandovi River and serves a mix of Indian and continental vegetarian breakfasts along with a splendid view.
VERDICT It is a great retreat to detoxify, unwind and rejuvenate yourself.
Price Upwards of INR 8,000
Address Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat, Divar Island, Goa 403403