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During her stay in Goa, our Modern Explorer, Jennifer will be staying in the Shanti Morada hotel

To understand Shanti Morada, the lovely new boutique hotel in the North Goan village of Saligao, you must look to Shanti Home (http://www.shantihome.com/), its sister hotel in New Delhi. In its six years of existence, Shanti Home gained a reputation as one of the finest places of its kind in the country. It won TripAdvisor 2013’s and 2014’s “Best Small Hotel in India” and “Best Service in India”, as well as the 2013 – NDTV and Brands Academy “Best Boutique Hotel in Delhi” and Primetime’s “Best Boutique Hotel in Delhi”.

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Shanti Morada is a boutique concept hotel with a unique personality, showcasing Indian art, tradition and culture. It’s tucked away in Saligao, a picturesque village known for its culturally enriched society and the only Gothic-style church in Goa.

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“Casa de Morada” (Home of Happiness), built well over a century ago in 1897, has been painstakingly restored over the last 8 years. The quiet location along with its antique Indian décor, gives the hotel an attractive and personalized touch. During the site excavation, the old foundation cross of the original 1897 house was found, and this has been restored to its original location within the compound wall. A wrought iron grill was also found during construction work and this was used as the model for all grill and pattern work across the property. Various uniquely themed rooms with beautiful Old Goan beds, set around a gorgeous pool hidden amongst the greens, create a unique atmosphere for any break.

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With beautiful antiques and handpicked furniture dating back 300 years, each of the 20 individually themed 500 sq. ft Luxury Rooms take you back to a different era. Extremely well appointed, all Luxury Rooms come with large bay windows overlooking the courtyard with the swimming pool. Each room also features a balcony with outdoor seating, plus a walk-in rain shower and stand-alone claw foot copper bathtub (a rather stunning addition). They include flat screen LED TVs with satellite television, Wi Fi – internet facilities, telephones, mini-bars, electronic safes, tea and coffee makers.

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