Guest accommodation is distributed over several groups of mostly two-storey buildings, terracing up the slope behind the main reception block and banquetting facilities. Garden rooms (26 beds), Sea Rooms (23 beds), Hill Rooms (104 beds) and Hilltop Rooms (6 beds plus penthouse) are ranged around a formal north-south axis — a landscaped staircase that bisects the whole site and includes a full-length water feature. A second axis crosses the first, linking the reception building to a clifftop pool and deck areas.
The hub of the hotel is the reception and dining complex, which includes the banquetting hall, a restaurant and cafeterias plus kitchens, offices, deck areas and roof garden, all over two levels. Staff facilities, bulk storage, laundry, administration and plant are located in the basement. Laterite tile cladding will help give the complex a Goan Portuguese feel.
The site is steep, which brings several challenges, including the need for extensive retaining walls. The disposition of the guest rooms has had to be considered carefully as each room must retain its privacy but also have a view. Among the aesthetic and services requirements is a desire for slender structural elements and shallow beam depths. Post-tensioned beams have been used in certain locations to achieve the required floor-to-ceiling heights and long spans.
Old Paradiso Bardez, Anjuna, Goa, India
Models : Whitby Wood Pritamdasani