Nirali and Nakul – Maldives, Goa and Mumbai
They gathered their fond honeymoon memories from Maldives, Goa and Mumbai.
Nakul is a Team Leader at SCM and a Pilot, residing in Calgary (Canada) and his wife Nirali is a Software Engineer from Rajkot (Gujarat). They got hitched in their hometown in Rajkot on December 5, 2013.Nakul writes about their most memorable experiences in Maldives, Goa and Mumbai.
Maldives was always on our list of honeymoon destinations even before we met. We looked up the best islands in Maldives and we finally settled on Coco BoduHithi. However, due to some last minute events we had to cancel our stay there and book a new one for a later date. Fortunately we were able to book Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. We flew to Male airport and were taken to our resort by a speedboat transfer (approximately 20 minutes), where we were greeted by our own butler. We had booked a Water Villa and we were totally in awe of the room from the minute we set foot there. It was all that we dreamt about and then some more. It was a large room with a patio in the front, a private plunge pool and a set of stairs leading straight into the sea. Thats not all — a large bathroom with a glass panel on the floor enabled us to see the fish passing by in the sea. We would start our day with a great breakfast buffet at the island restaurant and head to snorkel with colourful fish in the sea. An evening snorkelling trip made us see wild fish including sharks and stingrays. I also have fond memories of the late night butler service which was incredible, to say the least. The staff would set up a table late at night on the deck and it was one of the most romantic experiences ever! A private table with the moon shining bright above, a candle flickering away on the table and fish passing by below the glass panel – simply marvellous!
Our next stop was Goa, India. Once we landed in Mumbai, we hired a private taxi and headed straight to Goa (which by the way is bad idea. I would recommend a flight anyday). We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton there. It was a memorable trip because we made the bookings while on our way to Goa, in the taxi. Even though we did not have our own butler at Double Tree, the service was at par with that in the Maldives. The beach here was not as superior as the Maldives, but it had its own energy and the nightlife was throbbing as well. We rented a scooter for local sight-seeing and getting around in the city. I personally liked the food here because there were Indian options available. A couple’s spa that lasted three hours helped us relax and unwind from all the hectic travelling. I feel that one needs to stay for more than three days to get a good feel of Goa but we managed to see a good part of it before we left for our final destination, Mumbai.
Mumbai was the finale of our honeymoon and we made sure it was grand. We decided to stay at The Oberoi for three days. The entry to the hotel lobby was welcoming with the entire hotel smelling like jasmine. We got the sea facing room on top of the building. As part of our trip we also went to Adlabs Imagica Theme park. We had our share of fun at Juhu Chowpatty where we tried local delicacies like kulfi, pavbhaji and chuski. The evening ended with a horse buggy ride. The hotel also hung a goodie bag with cookies and chocolates at our door on Christmas day. The Oberoi really knows how to take care of its guests. I came back impressed.
All in all, it was a honeymoon neither me nor my wife will never forget.
Vivanta by Taj in Goa is a beautiful hotel, ideal for honeymoon couples. Rent a scooter for convenient local travel and book a book that comes with complimentary breakfast.
We hired a private taxi from Mumbai to Goa but I would strongly recommend a flight journey.