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‘Quiet’ A Place To Conference

Madhavankutty Pillai checks out The Radisson White Sands Resort, Goa

As you enter The Radisson White Sands Resort, Goa, you will notice that there is very little ornateness and an air of casualness – the uniform of the hotel staff is jeans and T-shirt. After you cross the lobby and walk down the staircase to pass through Waterfalls Cafe, the winding swimming pool which greets you is all of 196 metres long. Beyond the pool is the beach and the South Goan waters, off Varca beach. The Radisson White Sands is a modest two lakh square feet property spread over 38 acres of land. A good, quiet place to have your conference, go about your business and blend it with some great times and recreation.

You will also notice a feeling of space, an accent on airiness and openness. The rooms, as everything else, are tastefully functional, overlooking the pool or the garden. In the words of the property’s associate architect Dennis Coelho, the idea was to be "crisp and pristine, no slick finishing, no pseudo Portuguese style."

To start with the business end, conferencing facilities at Radisson White Sands include a fully equipped business centre with secretarial support and communication equipment. It is open 24 hours, with all allied services that go with it.

At the ground floor level (the lobby is at the first floor level and reached by the driveway) is the main banquet/conference hall which has the requisites like data points for direct Internet connectivity, drop down video screens, etc. Abutting the banquet hall and supported by it, is a compact conference room with a capacity for 50 people and a 12-seater permanent boardroom.

On the other hand, if you want to use the hotel as an incentive destination, then Radisson White Sands can be a break filled with water sports activities like parasailing, banana boat riding, jet skiing, etc. The hotel can even take you on a detour into the waters to see some dolphins and do some snorkelling at an island, which is about one hour by boat.

As regards food, there are basically four options - Waterfalls Cafe which offers a patio in addition to air-conditioned dining; Flavors, situated at lobby level offering North West Frontier cuisine and NUTS which is an acronym for Never Underestimate The Spirits. The fourth option is Dhow & Rambooze located on the beachfront. Rambooze is a boat which has been modified into a bar and Dhow looks like the archetypal Goan shack.

As regards price, though specific details are available on request, double room packages of three nights from June 1 to September 30 can range between Rs 13,500 to Rs 22,000.

Radisson White Sands Resort,
Pedda, Varca-Salcete, Goa 403 721
Tel: (832)727272
email: sales@radissongoa.com
website: www.radisson.com

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