Goa, India for ABIL Group, completed in 2017
The Edge of Celebration
Goa is eco.id’s second W Resort after the birth of the first W Maldives in 2008, which was the prototype for one of the most successful resort hotel brand “W Hotels” by Starwood (now Marriott International).
Situated on a 25 acre site, the terrain begins as a high bluff then cascade steeply to the beachfront.
“Guests arriving in the resort would enjoy dramatic arrival via the rampart fort after clearing the local village, which brings them to high level drop off with view towards the fort, the lush coconut plantation and glimpse of the Vagator Beach.”
W Goa features 160 guestrooms, including Villas, Chalets, a Marvelous Suite and an Extreme WOW Villa (the brand’s take on the Presidential Suite).
eco.id conceptualized the design narrative of W Goa as “The Garrison Village under the watch of the mighty fort”.
Inspired by its neighbor, a 500 year old Portugese fort, W’s architecture is its modern cousin. The arrival courtyard is reached via a rampart that recalls the procession into a fortified town.
“W Goa is eco.id’s second W Resort after the birth of the first W Maldives in 2008, which was the prototype for one of the most successful RESORT HOTEL BRAND “W Hotels” by Starwood (now Marriott International).”
Reception Area: Backdrop of a massive street art mural by Indian artist “M. Narayan” featuring gutsy, raw imagery that celebrates the melting pot culture of Goa.
Interior Design By Design Wilkes
In the walled courtyard, guests are greeted by a monumental lattice structure that houses the arrival foyer. A filigree of timber slats in the motif of repeated Ws create wonderful shadow play by day and a dramatic lantern by night. It draws the visitor inexorably thru the lobby and leads them to a cliff edge view of the Indian Ocean.
“The WET deck bar refuels guests with snacks and cocktails, while the Living Room and WOOBAR transform from comfortable hangout by day, to buzzing lounge by night.”
The residential wings are organized around a second courtyard that was the site of an old garden. A specially developed diamond shape lattice acts as a relief to the austere architectural walls that frames this garden courtyard.
W Goa matches modern architecture with the coastal landscape of Goa creating a place to house the exuberant spirit that is unique to W Hotels.