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Acron Waterfront Resort in Baga

Acron Waterfront Resort ticks off winning hallmarks of hospitality

At a first glimpse, built just past the Baga Bridge, Acron Waterfront Resort seems underwhelming, at best. Designed by celebrated veteran urban conservationist Brinda Somaya, the hotel replicates Goan villas with a contemporary twist, in a subdued shade of mustard. One can’t help but question why the resort won The Best Boutique Hotel 2018 award in Goa and was rated as the sixth-best on a nationwide search.

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The interiors are minimalistic yet stylish, as compared to the feisty kitsch that would clutter a typical Goan villa. “The major challenge was working with the space constraints of a small plot of a boutique hotel” says Somaya. “I had to create a sense of intimacy by layering the space, despite being compact each suite has an individual staircase and verandah. An architect must take into account the period and layout of the premise, every minute aspect of the Acron Waterfront Resort reminds the guest that this is Goa, right from the spiral handrails that support the stairways to the colour palette that spruce the façades. I knowingly understated the hues rather than resorting to the loud plasticated shimmer that outline the modern city.”

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By The Bay: Boutique, Bespoke

To truly understand the untying beauty, sip some champagne at daybreak at the infinity pool. Champagne before breakfast is in vogue considering that this is Goa! The azure infinity pool merges with the banks of the Baga River, with mechanized boats docked at the jetty. In Goa every other luxe lodging opens on to its own private beach while Acron Waterfront Resort is by the edge of the Baga river where it entwines into the Arabian Sea. Having been triangulated by a river, a sea, and a Baga bylane, the hotel is tactfully juxtaposed on a peninsula.

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While in Baga, you’re in the heart of Goa. Just a stone’s throw away from the night markets and Casino Palms, the hip late night hotspots like Britto’s, LPK and Cabana’s, yet isolated enough from the touristy trash that is invasive to North Goa these days.

acron waterfront rooms

You can either choose between the 47 suites that populate the double-storey complex–which in Goa qualifies as high rise–or check-in at the private property across the street, that has eight penthouse suites, each with three private bedrooms, a den with a sprawling verandah. Somaya gets edgier here, the beach cottages here are in a bold scarlet and cobalt blue. To detox from the sensory overload that comes on your compelling smartphone, trade it with a walkie-talkie that the hotel offers you.

river restaurant at acron waterfront resort

Market to Table

Breakfast at the standalone in house fine-dine, The River Restaurant by UK MasterChef Cyrus Todiwala, is a buffet with select à la carte offerings. I ate the Akoori Pau, a Parsi staple, which was dolloped with chunks of chorizo at Pervin’s insistence, Chef Todiwala’s amiable wife. For those of you who aren’t aware, the celebrity Chef Cyrus Todiwala has been knighted by the Queen of England, for enriching the United Kingdom’s food scene with authentic Indian flavours. The River Restaurant at Acron Waterfront Resort in Baga is the only Indian outpost to Café Spice Namasté, Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen and The Park Café: all accolade-winners in London. In fact, the celebratory luncheon of Queen Elizabeth II and King Philip’s Diamond Jubilee was curated by Cyrus. Given his decorous stature, even the term ‘Celebrity Chef’ seems passé.

Acron Waterfront Resort-Patrani Macchi

“Did you know the Egyptians first commissioned the Arab Jews to sail to Kerala to procure turmeric, a vital ingredient needed to mummify their dead?” Or “When Vasco Da Gama sailed to India: all he had on his ship was leftover pork and wine gone bad. What was concocted is immortalised in Goa as a popular dish called Vindaloo.” The Todiwala’s immerse in the food history of every dish they personally serve, their photographic memory is as sharp as their kitchen blades.

Pasta at acron waterfront resort

No worries if you’re too hungover from the night before, Todiwala delegates one of the sous chefs from the galley to personally come to your penthouse suite, note down your breakfast order and serve you piping-hot breakfast. “85 per cent of our revenue comes from the sale of our rooms but 85 per cent of our guest’s experience is formed outside the room. Our late rising guests appreciate that a lavish hot is served until 1 p.m.” says the erudite Joseph Britto, the co-owner of the boutique hotel and the realty tycoon helms Acron Developers, Goa’s largest luxury apartment builder. By his own admission, Britto, a licensed doctor who practiced in London but quit medicine because the family business needed him more, is not a party animal like most Goans and doesn’t remember being drunk his entire life. Still, serving breakfast beyond noon was his bright idea!

Wine at acrpn waterfront resort

Cyrus and Pervin handpick their fish from the fishermen’s catch at the Mapusa market, and you’re most welcome to join in and let them know your heart’s—or stomach’s desire. Depending on the day’s catch: calamari, lobster, rare river fish, crabs or king prawns are yours for the tasting. The chef couple check how you’d like your seafood, curried or grilled? The writer recommends that even though the fare is cosmopolitan, stick to the Goan-Portuguese or Zoroastrian dishes, the turnout is stellar and historically fabled!

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Impeccable Hospitality

Fairy lights glimmer at the restaurant’s open-air seating area, indicating sunset, complemented by the flickering lights from the boats out at the river. An open bar pops up on the lawn. It is Happy Hour but the guests are happier! A live band belts out some popular English hits from the 90’s. The party extends to the jacuzzi outside the Sitara Spa, where patrons contemplate whether they should get a deep tissue or a Signature Sitara Spa massage, while they revel in a hot soak with a chardonnay. UK MasterChef Cyrus Todiwala hosts an open-air masterclass while guests lounge lazily on the grass, listening intently to his engaging anecdotes. Joseph and Pervin mingle with the guests, making sure everyone is at ease.

acron waterfront resort spa

As the evening mellows into midnight, Brinda’s mustard villas are almost luminescent in the afterglow. The attentiveness in the hospitality and the carefully-crafted experiential is what makes Acron Waterfront Resort in Baga ‘numero uno’ in India’s party capital.

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