Tap into the expertise and knowledge of W Goa’s new beverage ambassador to tailor your own unique beverage experience.
W Goa, with this new appointment, has created a unique space in the Indian hospitality industry which lays emphasis upon the experience a guest has at the resort when it comes to beverages. And while the popular notion is that this essentially implies alcoholic concoctions, Kshitij Goel, the newly appointed beverage ambassador at W Goa, begs to differ.
“When we consider a guest’s appetite for beverages, we include everything – from teas or juices to get them going in the morning to low-ABV cocktails for the afternoon and spirit-forward cocktails for high-energy nights. Not everyone likes alcohol and we want to ensure that every guest has their own unique experience when it comes to beverages at W Goa,” says Kshitij.
And it’s not just alcohol preferences that dictate the kind of beverage that is served, adds Kshitij. “Depending on the time of day or weather, we recommend using different ingredients and even quantities of alcohol. While there is a menu on offer, for those who are looking for a customised experience, we try to understand their likes, dislikes and accordingly, curate drinks for the occasion. If you’re interested in fitness and healthy options, why not try a kombucha instead of your usual tea in the morning? If you’re looking to have a good time with friends, maybe you’d want a high-energy drink to elevate the mood.”
You can have a drink at a number of different places in W Goa. Be it at Woobar in The Living Room, the RockPool with daily views of dramatic sunsets or at the pan-Asian cuisine restaurant Spice Traders. And your recommendations for beverages will also change, depending on the location. While Woobar focuses on fresh juice cocktails, the RockPool advocates tiki cocktails and Spice Traders pairs whiskys, wines and sakes with the menu. That’s not all, the property also stocks canned wines and kombuchas in the room mini-bars, so you can start your beverage journey as soon as you check in.
There’s something new in the works too – W Goa is setting up a gin bar, the first of its kind in Goa. A total of 24 varieties of gins from across the world will be on offer along with specially curated cocktails. “When it came to deciding on the gin brands, we made sure to include local names too, so we can support and boost Indian gin makers,” says Kshitij.
A beverage ambassador is clearly a role which is a critical part of the hospitality experience. If you’re someone who is discerning when it comes to beverages, whether it’s you morning cuppa or your sundowner cocktail, having an expert on hand is a delightful option. Someone who can not just make interesting new recommendations to broaden your horizons but even provide those comfortable choices, for those days you simply want to fall back onto familiar flavours. One hopes this trend catches on in the Indian hospitality industry and our collective beverage experience is elevated to a whole new level.
Livin’ it up in Goa, India’s party capital