Review: Sun, sand & sustainability at the unique Obrigado Goa resort in Cabo de Rama

We get an early peek into the just opened Obrigado Goa resort, built to offer a beautiful, bountiful beach vacay even as it leaves a light footprint.

There’s a relaxing rhythm to the sound of the waves hitting the shore. It is repetitive and soothing. It is the sound that puts me to sleep at Obrigado Goa, and the one that wakes me up the next morning. During the day, the sound gets masked by other activity but at night, its repetitiveness serves as a soothing lullaby. At Goa’s newest resort, at Cabo de Rama, the beach serves main-character energy.

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The sights and sounds of the beach are never far away at this Goa resort. Image: Joanna Lobo.

I am at Obrigado Goa, the latest in the state’s booming list of new hotel/resort openings. Except this place stands out, quite literally, for being located off a cliff-face. As such, it offers an uninterrupted view and easy access to the beach and sea, and spectacular sunsets. And it wants to stake claim for being Goa’s most sustainable resort, yet.

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The Obrigado Goa resort is sustainable at many levels! Image: Joanna Lobo.

Obrigado Goa is the brainchild of Sarvagya Dixit, Delhi-based entrepreneur and founder of Dylunio Empresa Pvt Ltd, who loves building things and wants to leave behind an architectural legacy. He started construction last January — the entire place has been designed, funded, and executed by him. “Everybody is building on plain land, there’s nothing adventurous in that,” he says with a laugh. “This was extremely challenging terrain and a harsh work environment, but our goal was not to have a negative impact on the actual environment,” he explains.

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Standing out while blending in. Image: Courtesy Obrigado Goa.

I enter Obrigado from the top. The entrance serves as the reception area, and a restaurant. Down one flight of stairs is another restaurant. The restaurant is the only communal space (and open to non-guests). Predictably, there’s a lot of climbing. There are stairs everywhere, including to the beach.  

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Getting eco-friendly, step by step. Image: Courtesy Obrigado Goa.

Living naturally at this Goa resort

Obrigado is built to accommodate as much of the natural landscape as possible. Each of the rooms or cottages are on different ‘landings’, and some of them have coconut trees or the bigger rocks within them. The cottages differ in size and in design. In a sweet gesture, a few are named after the workers who helped build them (like Muku and Sanj). The rooms are spacious, and usually elliptical, fitted with the expected amenities. There is wood and bamboo everywhere, the former used for furniture like tables and the latter for décor.

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Each of the rooms or cottages at Obrigado Goa are on different ‘landings’, and some of them have coconut trees or the bigger rocks within them. Image: Courtesy Obrigado Goa.

My cottage is Balcua, a 720 sqft space with an open shower, and jacuzzi, and a balcony. Its most unique aspect is that its ceiling is covered with thousands of cut up bamboo pieces, giving it a 3D effect. My attached bath is open-air — I can view the beach while brushing my teeth — yet shielded from view by coconut palms. It sounds romantic and there’s a charm to having a bath while looking out at the sun setting over the water. Morning though, brings crows and harsher sunshine.

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There’s a charm to having a bath while looking out at the sun setting over the water. Image: Courtesy Obrigado Goa.

The kitchen at the resort is still setting up but they have some staple offerings. On Dixit’s recommendation, I try the beef burger, which is juicy, and loaded with cheese. The Chinese fried rice and chicken are satisfying. Breakfast is filling: fruit bowls, fresh juice, eggs, and bread.  

A Goa resort that’s sustaining sustainability

Obrigado takes its sustainability seriously. The rooms use sustainably sourced imported pinewood, and bamboo from Assam and Maharashtra; the beds are made of reclaimed wood. Each room is covered with dried coconut fronds; underneath are air bubble insulation sheets, meant to reduce energy consumption. The loos have waterless urinals, they use earth-friendly cleaning products, the fans consume less power, and the furniture in dining areas is made from excess wood.

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The rooms use sustainably sourced imported pinewood, and bamboo from Assam and Maharashtra; the beds are made of reclaimed wood. Image: Courtesy Obrigado Goa.

Then there is the water recycling — biodigesters (combined with a reed bed system) collect wastewater, treat it, and recycle it for use in the bathrooms. The restaurant’s ceiling is covered with solar panels that power up the whole space (they are power positive), and each room has solar panels for the water heaters. There’s a biogas plant on-site, and composting pits. There’s a plan to use no plastic on site. The towels and sheets are changed every three days unless requested. “Business should have bigger purpose than just profit,” maintains Dixit.

All access pass to the beach, please!

Beyond the sustainability initiatives, Obrigado’s other USP is its beach access. Cabo de Rama is a beautiful beach, studded with boulders, and with clear blue waters. This beach is visible from every room and bathroom and is sealed off from other areas by heavy rocks creating the illusion of a private space, far from prying eyes and other folk. The sand is soft under the feet and sprinkled with shells. As the sun sets, the sky illuminates with dazzling colour. It’s the beach life, unfiltered and easily accessible.

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Cabo de Rama is a beautiful beach, studded with boulders, and with clear blue waters. Image: Courtesy Obrigado Goa.

Obrigado is still setting up — they launched on December 29 — and have a few kinks to work out in the kitchen and in the final décor. For now, there’s a picturesque beach and the novelty of living on a cliff face.

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Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (Max: 5 stars) | Room: 7/10 | Sleep: 8/10 | Dining: 6/10 | Amenities: 6/10 | Activities: 6/10 | Hygiene: 7/10 | Service: 9/10.

Tariff: Between INR 20,000 and INR 35,000 | Address: Village Cabo De Rama, Obrigado, Canaguinim, Goa 403703| Contact: +918686868682 | Email: info@obrigadogoa.com | Website: Obrigado Goa | Instagram: @obrigadogoa.

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