The hinterland property near Selaulim dam in Xelpem village of Sanguem Taluka is soon to be home to a premium wellness resort, courtesy the promising collaboration between Goa tourism Development Corporation and Anantara Hospitallity Pvt Ltd, aimed at designing developing, upgrading, financing, managing, marketing, operating and maintaining the property.
Anantara Hospitality, founded in the year 2001 is part of The Shanti Hospitality Portfolio whose parent company is C & C Alpha Group where Mr. Bhanu Choudhrie is the Executive Director. Since then, this luxury resort and hotel group has successfully penetrated through Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Africa, including Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
The Selaulim project is estimated at a cost of about Rs. 20 crore. The total area marked out for this project is 13,000 square meters, while the built-up area for the property will be 4,000 square meters. The plan, under the premium wellness bracket, includes development of the area into a nature retreat and eco-tourism destination, covering landscaping of the area, a rock garden, children’s play area, and tourist civic amenities such as restrooms, changing rooms, etc. Retaining and renovating the existing five villas at Selaulim with 60 rooms is also part of the present project.
This development plan aims at offering eco-friendly adventure activities like non-motorized boat rides, horse riding, elephant bathing and feeding at the wellness resort, besides serving as a base to organize camps to Netravali and Mollem wildlife sanctuaries.
Some other attractions will include a spa, yoga destination, and a temporary display structure for handicrafts and allied items. According to a tourism official, there will also be a nature education and interpretation centre, high-end restaurants, entertainment zones, lawns, tree plantation and parking facilities.
Nilesh Cabral, chairman, GTDC, said, “We want to promote tourism in hinterland areas by offering tourists an incredible ‘eco’ experience. This project will give a facelift to GTDC’s property at Selaulim and also provide employment opportunities to locals.”