After an early flight from Delhi to Goa, we arrived at Alila Diwa and our luggage was taken off us to be taken up to our room at a later stage. We were offered a welcome drink and a hot towel before being sat down in the reception area to go through check-in. The process was stress-free and relaxing. They take a Rs.200/night charge from you as a security deposit which you can use against food, spa treatments etc.
The hotel is located about a 20 minute drive for Goa Dabolim International Airport.
Alila has many accolades to it’s name and it is easy to see why. It’s Goan inspired design with cool earthy tones, creates an atmosphere one can relish in.
Alila offers 153 rooms and suites and their new addition Diwa Club has its own lap pool with an open air Jacuzzi and hot tub.
Our room was a decent size with a plush kingsize bed and option of hard or soft pillows. The bathroom was my favourite feature, almost the same size as the bedroom itself. It had a modern bath and shower with a seating area (after a full-on schedule the days prior, this was like my haven). Sliding doors separated the bathroom off from the bedroom.
I’d say the decor had characteristics of East Asian decor and maybe something you’d expect to find in Bali.
Restaurant & Bar
We had our breakfast at their all-day dining restaurant, Vivo, which offered a buffet style breakfast with a freshly made pancake and waffle station, as well as fruit, continental and Indian breakfast selections. They also have an elegantly designed restaurant called Spice Studio, surrounded by a manmade water courtyard, serving authentic Indian cuisine. In addition to this, they have a bistro and the Edge Bar and lounge which overlooks their stylish infinity pool.
Pool & Other Facilities
Unfortunately we came during monsoon season so it rained pretty heavily, but when we did get the chance to use their infinity pool (overlooking a landscape of rich rice plantations) it was quite nice to dip into after.
The beach is 500m from the hotel and they offer a free shuttle bus until 7pm. The beach isn’t so well kept but was rather peaceful to walk along.
The resort also features a spa with separate treatment rooms, a mini theatre, a kids club and teen zone, library and boutique shopping experience.
You can also take advantage of their complimentary yoga classes, happening on Tuesday and Thursdays mornings – we arrived too late on Thursday, so were unable to take part.
Words by: LDN@HEART