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Park Hyatt, Arossim Beach, Goa

Sunshine, flowers and the ocean: a summary of Park Hyatt's daily life.   
Arriving at reception is as tropical as it gets: an open structure, overlooking the peaceful lagoon that runs through the resort, fans lazily breaking the heat and coconuts cut open offering their refreshing nectar to arriving guests. 
Water runs along almost all paths throughout the resort; the lagoon, the pools and the little waterfalls fill in the space with the soothing sound of water to complement the everlasting sunny days.

Guess what the staff do during their free time? Play cricket off course! And they are serious about it!
I followed the cheering one afternoon thinking there is a party, only to find a serious game underway, on the lawn, next to the beach.

Otherwise life around the resort is peaceful. Mornings are quite and slow, tea in the private veranda amidst the palm trees is pure bliss. It allows you this valuable time off, to breath and think about simple pleasures and remind yourself that once you are back home you will not get back into your usual frantic routine! 

One of my favourite rituals, easy, morning tea, surrounded by acres of tropical gardens
My first meal after two days of surviving on tummy meds
Days are spent by one of the three interconnected pools. 
In the afternoon shifting to the beach to prepare for the gorgeous sunset is an excuse for a nice walk around the 22 acres of the resort! 

And what better way to end a long hot day other than putting your sandals on and heading to one of the shacks to grab a drink, smoke some sisha and why not, dance around a bit?
The shack owners are not bothered if you want to play dj either! Just keep the party going!
Three shacks are dotted on the beach in front of the resort providing alternative snacks and drinks at slightly better prices. You can still get Kingfisher beer for 80 rupees (£1 more or less) and a plate of fried prawns for a fiver. I guess that's not bad? what do you think? Locals were saying that even they cannot get cheap fish in the markets any more, because it's all used up at the resorts or exported.
Walk on the beach in the early evening
Unfortunately cocktails are not the resort's strong point, but cold coffee blend with ice cream more than makes up for it! 
There is great variety of food available, from elegant beach-side grill for lobsters and ribs to a piazza with Italian, Indian, Chinese and Thai restaurants. 
Food is good and you are probably better off going for an all-inclusive package because there aren't any other restaurants close to the resort, everything is a taxi ride away, so you'll end up eating here most of the time anyway. 
 One of the hotel's many pools in the moonlight
 Pick your dinner, at Hyatt's BBQ & Grill seaside restaurant

The resort is located on a quite beach in South Goa. 
Great if what you want are lazy days, with nobody bothering you on the beach. I mean , nobody! 
It is relatively safe and the hotel provides security staff, in case you fancy taking a dip in the ocean. On the other hand, everything is a taxi ride away: Majorda Beach and Varca Beach are only 10-20 minutes and Old Goa with its' Portuguese heritage is 30 minutes drive. 
Evening meal by Arossim beach

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