After many years I got a chance to visit Goa. The pristine beaches, amazing goanese food and the encompassing greenery was a welcome change. I stayed in South goa and opted for Alila Diwa-Goa. The hotel is divided in two parts: the Main Wing and The Diwa Club. I stayed at the Diwa Club with my mom and son as the main hotel was busy with guests for a stunning Indian wedding. I was happy with the choice as it was a VIP Club with a separate pool, all day Bistro restaurant and beautiful pool side rooms with great view.
Bistro is a lovely restaurant overlooking the pool at The Diwa Club, they offer a la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner that offers a wide selection of light meals with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences complemented by an extensive selection of fine beverages. And the good thing is the Breakfast menu is available throughout the day (7.00am – 7.00pm) which means you can have an omlette anytime you want. I like that idea as I wake up late and can never make it to breakfast on holidays 🙂
The décor and interiors of the hotel blends the best of contemporary Goan architecture. Open-sided walls, brass lanterns, high pitched roofs, wide verandahs. It gives a traditional feel: Royal and luxurious. The hotel is equipped with Kids play area and a mini cinema theater that plays a kids movie in the afternoon and a movie for adults in the evening. The hotel doesn’t have its own beach however they provide to & fro beach shuttle during the whole day till 7pm. Gonsua beach is only 5 mins away and it’s less crowded and serene. One cannot miss the Goan sunset, there is something special about it.
For dinner, we enjoyed the Spice Studio restaurant. Tranquil fine dining set up with some good Goan/English live musicians. We really enjoyed listening to them. Great food and music yes together a lethal combination loved it. The restaurant is located on an elevated platform that spreads naturally around a banyan tree and surrounded by a water body, it features a menu celebrating regional fare from across India and an extensive array of seafood. You can choose from cuisine from the Northern region of the country (Punjab, Rajasthan, Kashmir and Awadhi style), South India (Kerala,Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh), Eastern influences (Assam, Bengal, Orissa), cuisine from Western India (Maharashtra, Gujarat) and our very own Goa. From fresh produce and spices to the serving style is unique to these regions. For starters, we opted for Kashmiri style Jaitooni malai paneer and Goan potato chops. Tamatar aur tulsi ka shorba soup is a must try. For main course we ordered for Sahi Paneer and northern style Kadhi Pakoda. For dessert we loved the baked rasgulla and jalebi rabdi. Delicious meal indeed and stunning ambiance and very attentive staff!!! They serve some good cocktails and the kokum based drink was super awesome.
Alila Spa ambiance is placid amidst the greenery. I enjoyed the Hot Stone massage and the female therapist was wonderful. Of course Hot Stone massage has great health benefits as it provides a healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
Overall the trip was fantastic. Healthy, relaxing and luxurious!!!