BY SINEAD McManus
Nothing defines ideal getaways more than these two words, and the Amarya Group provides the best of both with Paros, its luxury beach-side resort in Morjim, and Le Souk, its exotic bazaar in Ashwem.Morjim and Ashvem are now the new hotspots in Goa, the perfect blend of easy-going serenity and new-age nightlife within close reach. As it gains popularity with the foreign and domestic crowd, there are spots one would dare to term ‘rather populated’, but equally, there are gorgeous hideaways that one can almost exclusively enjoy.
One of these is Amarya Group’s new venture at Turtle Bay in Morjim. This group of luxury lifestyle hotels has opened Paros by Amarya, an intimate sea-side resort that offers seclusion and an enchanting stay on a pristine beach stretch in north Goa. And only a short distance away is its popular luxury bazaar called Le Souk, reminiscent of ancient Morocco and the Middle East where caravan traders met, bought and sold exotic items and discussed the changing times.
At Paros by Amarya, tasteful décor makes itself comfortable in the choice of accommodation – luxury tent, Indo-Portuguese villa or the presidential Mughal Tent. Eight tents send their billowing drapes aloft on the gentle sea breeze, cocooning soft comfortable beds, hand-crafted wooden furniture and en-suite modern bathrooms with lavish bath products. On the private wooden patio outside, timeless views of the blue Arabian Sea keep one rooted to the spot. Each tent is individually styled with colour schemes, décor and design smoothly blending modernity and tradition.
The beach villa can be booked by the room, or as a whole, the perfect base for a retreat with the girlfriends or close family. Keeping with the charm of heritage, the three-room property offers classical furniture under a high tiled ceiling with a colourful beach garden blooming with lush tropical trees and scented flowers.
An extra special stay calls for the Mughal Tent done in shades of silver and gold. Relax in the privacy of a secluded sit-out amid the collection of royal antique furnishings, lavish en-suite bathroom, independent salons cut off with wispy drapes and the most inviting bed in the vicinity.
You could spend the entire vacation soaking in the serenity at Paros by Amarya, but doing this would send a shiver of regret for not visiting Le Souk when you had the chance. It’s only a short distance away, next to the famous La Plage restaurant in Ashwem and features eclectic fashion, a salon and delightful places in which to grab a bite or cuppa.
Thrown together in artful style, the lavish tents are home to boutiques by select designers from around the world. Among the productsand services you will find at the open-air bazaar are Indo-French collections at The Shop by Nana Ki, contemporary home textiles and accessories at The Bohemian Project, apparel and home furnishings at Shades of India, whimsical Bollywood-inspired bags at Paris Goa, unique handcrafted luggage at Nappa Dori, fine jewellery at Van Andel& Peace, beauty and skin care offerings at Bottega di LungaVita, men’s wear at Jonas G, specialty haircuts by Guy Staumont at Le Studio Haircut and products by Royal Enfield and Leela Art Palace.
Le Café offers nibbles, sandwiches, shakes, juices and ice cream. At La Crêperie, you can indulge in the most heavenly pancakes while Nespresso Bar has your required caffeine fix.
The Shop by Nana Ki and Bottega di LungaVitaare some of the most delightful places to visit to get an entire package of vacation needs – clothes, accessories and beauty products. The Paris-based Nana Ki collections feature work using only natural fibres and classic cuts that appeal to women of all ages. Traditional Indian embroidery designs mould themselves into work appropriate for the global connoisseur. Shopaholics will find everything from beachwear to accessories including a Havaiana thongs corner and bags by accessory brand Joli. At Bottega di LungaVita, on the other hand, expect to find MaymiZote’s selection of the Italian brand’s natural cosmetic line. Products include cutting-edge offerings in sun protection, anti-ageing, bath aromatherapy and shower, as well as for mother and baby. At Le Souk, guests undergo a session with Maymi and her trained skin consultants to determine products for individual skin types.
Both Paros and Le Souk by Amarya are enriching experiences, knowing you will come away with all that you were looking for and everything that’s good for you.