A vacation in Goa has much to offer, and is enjoyed by people of all age groups, walks of life and strata of society. I visit Goa frequently, with family (read here) and friends (read here). Of the two sections, I personally prefer the laidback beauty of South Goa to the hectic energy of the North. This trip, I stayed in a rented apartment near Colva beach. Follow my blog to know the best places to eat at in South Goa, and fun things to do.
Beleza by the Beach is a gorgeous, recently renovated, luxury resort in Betalbatim, which I visited this time. Its proximity to the white sandy beach, courteous staff, scrumptious cocktails and delicious food, hooked me. Next time I plan to stay there! I was treated to a live performance by international blues singer Tarq Bowen one night. Read on to know more.
Tarq Bowen live at Beleza by the Beach resort
BELEZA BY THE BEACH RESORT, BETALBATIM, SALCETE, SOUTH GOA:
This boutique beach resort offers everything for the perfect family vacation. Overlooking the beach on one side, and serene paddy fields on the other, its location is unbeatable. The plentiful amenities include multiple dining options, spa, pool, fitness center and other activities. Since its recent expansion and renovation, its fast becoming a popular destination for group parties and wedding celebrations.
In addition to its residential services, the resort frequently organizes events aimed at locals and other visitors. The first Sunday of 2019, was ushered in with a soulful International Act, organized by The Live Music Project. There’s plenty more lined up this coming year.
THE LIVE MUSIC PROJECT (TLMP):
Started by Vinesh Iyer and Darryl Noronha, this unique platform aims to bring musicians and singers from India and abroad, to a perceptive audience. In the five years since they started, they’ve organized over 250 concerts and 10 music festivals. Their aim is to “create opportunities, awareness, and good vibes around the music scene in India and globally.” They periodically arrange live performances in Goa, so follow their social media (details below) to attend one when you’re in Goa.
Tarq Bowen. Picture courtesy: www.youtube.com
The most recent collaboration of TLMP is with Tarq Bowen, blues and soul singer from London. This young singer is known for his “unique blend of blues, soul and hard-hitting slide guitar”. His charming personality, sultry voice and discernible talent, make him someone to watch for. He was ably accompanied by Marc Inti Mannel Saavedra on bass guitar, and Philipp Wildenhues on drums & percussions. The performance at Beleza, was thoroughly enjoyable and lauded by everyone present.
Bowen is currently on a live music tour in India, performing next at The Piano Man Jazz Club in Delhi. I highly recommend a visit if you like this genre of music (details below).
From top L-R: With Raghav Bahl of Beleza by the Beach Resort. Enjoying my margarita. Fish Tikka at Nazare restaurant, Beleza by the Beach Resort.
TLMP SPECIAL SUNDAY WITH TARQ BOWEN AT BELEZA RESORT:
When I arrived at 8:30 to a packed Nazare restaurant at Beleza, the evening seemed promising. My husband and I ordered margaritas off the special cocktail menu, which were the perfect blend of tart and sweet. Bowen’s catchy, and sometimes soulful, tunes; the sand beneath our feet, and the distant lapping of water under a clear sky, set the perfect mood. The fish tikka and delectably spicy prawn Balchao with Goan pav, we ordered, was the icing on top. The event was sold out and attendance wasn’t limited to one age group- there were toddlers and geriatrics alike, all having a great time! The modest fee of INR 300 for guests who weren’t staying at the hotel, was worth every penny. It was a memorable night, and I can’t wait for my next visit to Goa!
Picture courtesy: www.skillboxes.com
INFORMATION TO KNOW:
TARQ BOWEN’S INDIA TOUR DATES:
9th and 10th January: THE PIANO MAN JAZZ CLUB, NEW DELHI at 8:45 p.m.
11th and 12th January: B FLAT, BANGALORE
Visit Tarq Bowen’s website here
Learn more about The Live Music Project here
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