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Goa, April 11, 2015
Goa is Indian in as many ways as it is not. The cultural osmosis that occurred through its tryst with Portugal has given it a unique character of its own.

In fact Goa’s heritage is far older than its colonial interlude and is today the resultant synthesis of alien and indigenous cultures. All these influences have resulted in a very tropical forms of art, handicraft and architecture and can been seen in every Goan house.

At Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort, this blend of Indo-Portuguese elements and vibrant colours, coupled with modern interiors allows the visitors to have the best of both worlds.

The resort features high pitched roofs and wide verandahs combined with the subtle shades ofteak, Intricate woodwork, and detailed tile work, polished Kota stone and terrazzo flooring across the property. Further, open-sided walls and brass lanterns bestow a soft magical glow at night.

The broken-arch design over windows introduced during this period had its origin in the local construction of neo-Gothic period. The interiors at GMGSR are designed to capture the Goan ethos through simple furniture with clean lines. Rooms and suites have been designed such that they flow out towards the natural environs. The simple elegance of pale wood and cream surroundings are offset by latticed screens and luxury linens in shades of rich aubergine and oranges to capture the colours of the beautiful sunsets in Goa.

The woodcarving yet another Goan craft forming a central piece in the rooms depicting a very traditional info Portuguese design.

The public spaces too feature classic Goan touches, such as the art andInteriors. The decorative quatrefoil pattern which is a reference of the Gothic revival in 19th century low relief carving, is used throughout the property. This pattern forms a sequence of arches in delicate trellis patterns, decorated by the same painted wood carved flowers. It is this incorporation of historic elements of the architecture with modern components that makes Grand Mercure a unique resort to visit and experience.

The coconut carvings, a very traditional craft is converted into a playful floral piece of art through out the resort.

Design elements from nature are frequently integrated with materials that lend themselves to both indoor and outdoor use. Wood and tile work flow from inside to outside, where patios and gardens are utilised for entertainment and practical purposes.

The carving on the wooden shutters is also exquisite, together with the application of small, stylised flowers on the intersections of the shutter frames.

The main building also displays some of this ecclesiastical influence, housing a set of pelmets and mirrors delicately carved with low-relief quatrefoil designs.

The gaiety, and the brilliant hues of colours in Goa, a typical goan tradition of colour coding Goanhouses, combined with typical decorative mandalapatterns is reflected in the art in the public areas.

The central reception stone carving welcoming the guests with flowers is also a representation of Goa’s rich cultural heritage. The Goan magic is captured in every nook and corner of the hotel. The interiors and art like Goa is vibrant and alive and welcoming.

To offer the best in town- savories and mignardises with a generous dose of regional flavors imbibing the Grand Mercure spirit.


Chy, located in the opulent lobby, is a destination to pick up your favorite sweet bites including some of the finest creations by our talented chefs. Be spoilt for choice with our selection of delectable chocolates, cookies, sumptuous cakes, waffle sandwiches and petit fours. A wide variety of teas, coffee, smoothies and local inspired beverages offer thirst quenching options to the leisure clientele. Fresh sugarcane juice and bantewali bottle is reminiscent of one’s childhood or choose over a shinkajvi or masala chai with an aroma of bhajiyya platter, vindaloo puff or freshly baked cookies. We offer custom made cakes and pastries to celebrate the special moments in your life.


Chy- take a break! -As the name suggests offers our guests a power recess from their busy schedule. Whether you are an avid rock climber, cyclist or just lounging around-A dash of sugar and salt revitalizes you for the next activity.

Our tea ritual or tea ceremony is an art form when we brew the fresh tea in the samovar. Our leaf tea is freshly infused and is procured from the best regions of India and Ceylon. Our tea map educates the guests of these regions and depicts our prowess in procuring the same. We urge our guests to try the Grand Mercure Goa blend of tea as it offers a unique taste. From first flush to orange pekoe and Darjeeling tea, we have a large variety to offer to our discerning traveler. Once a week we have a tea tasting session that offers our guest a deeper understanding into finer nuances of tea. And yes, we also offer the ubiquitous masala chai.

We grind our own coffee beans and prepare the freshly percolated coffee. From Arabica to robusta and our special blend, each offers a unique taste. For regional flavors, we recommend the South Indian coffee from Chickmaglur.

Our 45 seater, deli is overlooking the porch, and offers an instant retreat as bite into some heavenly and exceptional food like waffle sandwiches or sip a banana, coconut and chocochipsmoothie or enjoy the regional kokum and lemon ice tea.

The Chy brings to simple and homely food presented in a contemporary manner.

• Our innovative Indian spiced macaroon with flavors of masala, dhokla and kokum are unique to Grand Mercure Goa.

• From the bhajiya platter to the xacuttivada in a poe, from build your own sandwich to prawn balchaovol-au-vent we have it all.

• Our self service concept serves fresh food cooked to order in front of our guests.

• See our chefs in action- baking the fresh breads, tempering the chocolate to prepare a beautiful chocolate showpiece or pulling the sugar and transforming it into a work of art.

• The best ingredients are used to prepare simple and elegant food here.

• Bantewalli bottle reminds our guests of their childhood.

• Our teas are served with complimentary Chef’s special cookies and coffee is served with biscotti.

• Regionally inspired beverages include Kokum and lemon ice tea served in a jar.


All day fare at Chy

• Operates from 0800 hrs to 2000 hrs.

• Cuisine is an assortment of Indian, Goan and Western savories and mignardises.

• Tea ritual using a samovar.

• An exclusive tea and coffee menu

• Freshly brewed tea and coffee.

• Masala chai served all day long

• Bhajiya platter with assortment of chutneys.

• Indian flavored macaroons

• Blackboard menu with Chef’s special

• Bantewalli bottle, masala shikanjvi, include Kokum and lemon ice tea

Seating Capacity

45 Covers


A la carte

The menus has an eclectic mix of Indian, Goan and western savories and mignardises. A fine blend of tea, coffee, regionally inspired food and beverages dons the menu with aplomb. 

CCI Newswire 

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