Jul 21, 2014

Alila Diwa Goa - Hotel Review

Alila Diwa Goa, approx 20mins driving distance from Goa Dabolim International airport, is a lovely property situated cosily between lush green paddy fields and soothing Gonsua Beach in Majorda. As I approached it, I could sense the peace of leaving behind chaotic traffic sounds. The south end room that I was allotted had a beautiful view from the balcony. Large green fields, cows and buffaloes grazing on them and the fields lined with tall coconut trees. For a person like me who landed here directly from the concrete jungle of Bangalore, the sight was heavenly!

S P A C I O U S  R O O M !

As I walked into the room I felt I could easily throw all my body parts around and still not feel cramped. The bathroom was a room too, very well planned and included in the room yet separated well with huge sliding doors. When did I visit Goa last? May be it was during the initial months of married life when I was too dazed to notice anything. Not this time! I had time enough and plenty to walk through all their facilities and I enjoyed the whole experience!

Before I checked in I was asked to mail in my choice on various factors, one among them was that of pillows from the pillow menu! Now that was a first time for me! They have a wide range: Super soft, cotton comfort, cervical support pillow, non allergenic pillow and more. I saw no reason to call in for their room service.


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Two of their facilities that I found very well equipped and furnished were the gym and kids area. Those families with young kids and toddlers have more reason to have happy hour at the gym and pool. The staffs at their kids’ corner are well trained and parents can leave their children there while they sweat in gym or soak in pool.


The infinity pool is fairy tale like! It faces the paddy fields with coconut trees standing tall providing natural shade in the noons. Notice the sunken pool furniture where one can enjoy a beer while soaking in the pool. I was almost tempted to take a dip there but had to give it a miss owing to my commitments in the city. The evenings here, with sun setting at the horizon visible from the pool are just not to be missed I was told.



Yet another place to escape from all tensions (including nagging family members) of life is their spa! Spa Alila is stuffed with signature oils and creams, here I allowed myself to be lavishly pampered by the nimble but strong fingers of a young masseuse. The spa provides unique treatments, blending ancient Asian and Ayurveda healing techniques with age-old beauty recipes featuring the curative benefits of fresh, natural and quality ingredients.


Food became a very enjoyable part of my stay here. The buffet meal in its spacious dining area easily tops my list of ‘memorable gastronomic experience’! The Spice Studio there showcases Indian cuisine from the Northwest Frontier, Awadh & Hyderabad, South East Coast and Gorgeous Goa. I chose the northwest frontier dishes and they were lip smacking finger licking good dishes. VIVO is their ‘live kitchen restaurant’ which is open 24 hours The Edge Bar and Lounge is a chic poolside bar great for sundowners with an outdoor deck.

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34 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a marvelous place, Indrani!! Just the kind I try to look for when traveling!! Terrific captures as always!! I'm ready to go!! Thanks for sharing! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!!

George said...

Wow! It looks as if you found heaven on earth. What a beautiful place to visits and relax.

ladyfi said...

Wow - what a fabulous place!

Carver said...

Looks like a great place to visit.

Bhavani Nandan said...

Wow indrani........ Hope you had a wonderful time!! Thank u for sharing!!!!

Chaitali Patel said...

I have stayed there and completely agree with your review. The infinity pool looking out onto the fields is beautiful. We had our 9 month old baby with us when we were visiting Goa and that kid's play area was a real treat for her and for us! :)

Mridula said...

That looks like a really lovely place. I am glad you enjoyed it Indrani.

Cloudia said...

What a beautiful hotel!




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Kokila Gupta said...

Looks marvelous!

Gattina said...

Seems to be a very nice hotel !

vishalbheeroo said...

The place totally blew my mind and looks heavenly. What a gateway to Goa.
Thanks for sharing:)

DeniseinVA said...

This hotel is fantastic! I would have loved to stay there. Thanks for sharing it Indrani, so interesting.

themoonstone said...

This sounds like an amazing place Indrani. We too are planning a trip to Goa sometime later this year..will definitely check it out:)

Reader Wil said...

You really shared it with us! Thank you!
Wil, ABCW Team .

GOUTAMI said...

Nice captures and description too..!

Ankur Anand said...

what a beautiful place fabulous :)

islandwonder said...

Great shots and that place looks magnificent.

Al said...

It looks very luxurious.

Athenas Take said...

Seeing this I am tempted to take a break but cant do so till the schools give us a long enough weekend.

Bushra Muzaffar said...

Infinity Pool looks so welcoming...under the coconut palm shades in the submerged beach chairs..what a way to chillax!

eileeninmd said...

Indrani, wonderful hotel and review. I would like to stay there! Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

Seeta said...

Wow, looks awesome, you had a luxurious vacation I say :) Btw did you get a good driver/car?

Indrani said...

Thanks for the comments friends! :)

Yes Seeta we did get a car with driver.

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely accommodations!

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Beautiful hotel and pillow menu is something new to me too ! :-D

Hope you and your family are enjoying a lot... :-)

Vidhya V Rao said...

Pillow Menu. Blimey! A true vacation. Wish i knew their room rent per day! Must be exorbitant. Lucky you got to enjoy the amenities.

Rathina Sankari said...

Beautiful Indrani. I am sure you would have been thoroughly pampered

Namrata Kumari said...

It seems to me as the synonym of bliss. :)

Pattu Raj said...

Beauty! worth a try on our next visit.Thanks.

Sudhir R said...

I plan to do Goa in October, so nice to read your experience!

Kiran Acharya said...

What a beautiful place! And wonderful clicks.

Alka Gurha said...

Ooh, the pool! How far is the beach Indrani?

Indrani said...

The beach is hardly any distance from there Alka. Moreover the hotel has minibus to-fro service to beach.

Harry said...

Wow such a amazing place.