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Travel diary – Lotus Riverside Resort (Vits Kamat Hotels) – Silvassa

By Aryeman

Mumbai city life is surely daunting, not just for its crowded zones but also for the polluted air. A Staycation or a weekend sojourn to a place nearby is just the best deal to break away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai.

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We decided to take a trip to Silvassa and our choice was Lotus Riverside Resort (as listed on Trip Advisor). The property is actually under the iconic VitsKamat group. So one is assured of a quality stay.

The moment you enter the property, you can surely notice the sprawling greenery all around you. The reception is well maintained and the whiff of aromatic fragrances begin our staycation with a pleasant feeling. Promoted as a luxury resort, the rooms do live up to the standards of class set by VITS KAMAT.

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A casual survey within the hotel and you notice there are rooms which are facing the swimming pool too. You have direct access to the pool from your room. Expansion plans (to increase the room numbers) is on in full swing. There is a sprawling outdoor which forms part of their popular ‘dhaba’ restaurant.  One of their restaurant also offers a scenic view to the lake.

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Since Silvassa is more of an industrial zone, the options for sight-seeing are limited. The Swami Narayan temple is just a five minute walk from the hotel. Make sure you spend enough time there to languish in the peaceful atmosphere. Unfortunately, the hotel has just a swimming pool where you can spend some time and a carom board to beat your boredom. There is no other activities to keep you busy. We were told that part of the expansion plans has other amenities in store for the guests.

On a critical note, would like to point out that my room had a leaking spray jet, no hand napkins, no exhaust facility in the bathroom and of course no briefing by the staff about the room amenities. I also doubt if there was a mini fridge in the room. A welcome drink (one that you need after a long drive) was missing so was the ‘welcoming smiles’ one expects from the hotel staff. Such constructive feedback I am sure will be taken positively.

VITS Kamat surely did get me smiling with the food options they had to offer. The resort is surely a prime business zone for corporate events since they have a sprawling space. But surely they need to improve on the ‘activity based’ options to keep families (with kids) busy too.

Do check the videos on my Instagram @aryeman9

Another must-read is on the food options available on this resort.

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