Goa is undoubtedly one of India’s top destinations for business entertaining and corporate retreats. With companies allocating higher budgets for these, take the chance to get away from the company floor and seal those business deals with corporate getaways to the tropical paradise of Goa. Here are Skyscanner’s suggestions of how to make your corporate getaway the highlight of your working year:
1. Book a relaxing stay
Goa has a huge number of hotels to choose from but depending on your budget, the scale of your event and the number of rooms you require, you can quickly start narrowing down the options. On the upper scale in terms of grandiosity and capacity is the Grand Hyatt Goa. If you’re planning a spectacular business conference, gala dinner banquet or similar event, nothing guarantees five star luxury like this stunning hotel overlooking the serene waters of Bambolim Bay. Take a swim in the indoor pool and chill out in the lounge bar before your dinner meeting. It also has conference rooms, a grand ballroom and versatile function rooms for all your business requirements. Taj Vivanta’s holiday village in Candolim is the ultimate choice in combining work and play if you’re looking for some serious rejuvenation after work. With 142 cottages and villas surrounded by swaying palm trees you won’t be able to resist scheduling meetings in the swimming pool bar and booking a massage at the award-winning Jiva Spa. The Lalit Golf and Spa Resort is perfect if you want to fit in a round of golf with clients before sundowners at the relaxing bar. For more moderate options for smaller groups, try the Lemon Tree Amarante which has conference rooms and business suites at your disposal.
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2. Have fun on the water
Book a sunset entertainment or dinner cruise on Mandovi River, where local artists perform folk dances and sing mandos as you glide past the Panjim riverfront. Several evening river cruises run from Santa Monica jetty in Panjim or discuss your needs with your hotel and see if they will book a private cruise for you. Konkan Explorers runs private trips to cruise along Goan backwaters or to go dolphin-spotting in the Arabian Sea. Alternatively, try chartering a luxury yacht from Champions yacht club for a day trip to one of Goa’s more secluded beaches like Butterfly beach.
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3. Stir up the team spirit with sports activities
There’s nothing quite like the Go-kart track in Nuvem to forget about work and surrender to the sound of squealing tyres, smell of burnt rubber and the thrill of adrenaline coursing through your veins as you zip around the winding race circuit. Both men and women will enjoy this sport, it needs no special training and the staff prioritises safety on the track. It’s a great way to jump-start your competitive spirit and get some team-bonding going! Or if you fancy getting wet, book a diving or snorkelling trip with certified PADI divers at Barracuda Diving in Baga or Dive Goa in Dona Paula.
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4. Take a heritage sight-seeing tour
Discover more than just sun, sand and surf by exploring Goa’s heritage. An interesting day trip would include a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Old Goa followed by lunch at a spice plantation like Tropical Spice, a visit to Braganza-Menezes house in Chandor and then a visit to one of the six forts in Goa like Fort Aguada for some great sunset group photos. If you’re staying in Panjim, enjoy an evening stroll around Panjim’s Latin Quarter in Fontainhas and stop at The Crown hotel for a sundowner on the terrace overlooking Mandovi river.
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5. Design a cocktail-tasting event
Goa is known for its local spirits of Feni and Urrak, as well as its local breweries. If you’re staying at a luxury resort with a top class bar and mixologists, ask if they can organise a cocktail or wine tasting event for your group. That’s one way to get your clients and colleagues to unwind after a hard day of meetings and deadlines.
6. Plan a night out at the Casino
Goa is one of the few places in India where gambling is legal and it is home to a number of casinos located both on land and offshore. Try Deltin Royale, a luxury, floating casino at RND Jetty in Panjim or for the on land option, The Zuri White Sands, a resort and casino where you won’t be able to resist indulging in the swimming pool, lounging in the bar or enjoying a good laugh over dinner with your peers.
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7. Organise a great dinner party
You can organise a great dinner party with custom-made touches for your clients or colleagues at one of the hotels you’re staying at, or just reserve a table at a great restaurant where you can try one of the best things Goa has to offer – its cuisine! Goan cuisine consists of seafood, coconut, spices and rice. Brittos is known for its succulent seafood dishes and with its location on Baga beach next to some of Goa’s most popular nightclubs, it could make a great fun night out for everyone. For a more sedate Goan meal, try booking a table at Zeebop beach restaurant in Uttorda or for something different, try Greek food at scenic Thalassa on a cliff top overlooking Ozran beach near Vagator.
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The best time to visit is from October to March when you can avail of the beaches, enjoy watersports and generally spend time outdoors without getting caught in a monsoon deluge. However, the tempting lower off-season prices and the less-crowded beaches make this a great monsoon retreat destination too. Goa’s Dabolim airport has direct flights from all the major Indian cities as well as international flights.