Non-stop deadlines, power point presentations, meetings, travel... and you wonder how they keep it all together without losing their sanity. Some of the world's top honchos have discovered Devaaya Retreat at the Divar island in Goa. Oft used words to tropical destinations lose potency and the eye skims over text...another one. Yeah. But there is no other way to describe the calm serenity of Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat. A small niche property with 57 rooms on five acres, it offers most modern amenities.
A retreat, indeed, it comes with a vast number of Ayurveda treatments. The place is a neat getaway for those fortunate Europeans, and others, who've discovered it. Company heads and business people from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and many other countries, head this way to let the tranquility seep onto their bones before returning to face the challenges that life has in store for them back home.
Devaaya offers curative treatments along with those for relaxation. So there's a medley of guests, some looking for palliative care from multiple sclerosis, broken knee cartilage, high sugar levels, hypertension, obesity and so much else. For the leisure traveller, it is a haven of quiet and simple living. Life here is as prescribed by Ayurveda and Naturopathy.
A typical day starts with kriya, followed by yoga and meditation on the water front. After breakfast, guests head straight to the treatment centre. The routine is repeated in the afternoon.
Food is prepared according to Ayurveda standards and meals curated according to individual needs and requirements prescribed by the in-house medical practitioners.
A swimming pool allows downtime as does cycling around the property and the island. Or, quite simply, sitting or walking along the waterfront or communing with nature. If you love watching birds, plan some quality time at the nearby Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, on the island of Chorao. The pace of life is slow and there's time aplenty to make friends here in this little microcosm of nationalities.
Rs 16,000/double room per person/night (approximately)