All my visits to Goa involved staying in budget hotels in Baga or Calangute, chilling by the sea, eating at the little shacks, and drinking King’s all night. If I had to go anywhere else, the local bus or our trusty little bike was the way to go. This time round things were completely different. From North Goa I moved towards Majorda and stayed at a beautiful resort called Alila Diwa Goa. This resort is very close to Gonsua Beach in Majorda and boasts two sections with three restaurants and one bar.
A twenty minute drive from Dabolim Airport brought me to this beautiful resort tucked amidst lush green trees. I was welcomed by the extremely polite staff members, some Goan music and a glass of fresh kokum juice. The entire property is built around trees and gardens. Long corridors connect the different wings of the resort. The whole place is dotted with little patches of gardens with seating areas and flowing water.
Even before I could see my room, I went to the infinity pool by the Edge Bar. The gorgeous pool overlooks a rice field and the Arabian Seat at the horizon. It comes equipped with submerged beds where you can lie down and listen to music or read a book while the sun kisses your skin. If all the swimming gets you hungry, you will find a small chaat stall run by a sweet looking smiling man. It was unbelievable that I could find authentic chaat in Goa! He made some delicious sev puri, ragda pattice and also vodka paani puri. I took my plate of assorted chaat and settled into one of the gazebos near the pool.
After gorging on all the chaat, I was escorted to my room at another section of the resort. I crossed the pool area, the spa, a restaurant, and a tennis court and then reached The Diwa Club. This section of the resort is an uber luxury part of the hotel. It has its own pool and restaurant named Bistro. I was told that some of the guests staying at Alila don’t even find out about the Diwa Club. Talk about exclusivity!
I stayed at a beautiful Diwa Club room with a lovely king-sized bed and private balcony. It comes equipped with a big screen LCD TV and a bar. For me the highlight of the room was the beautiful bathroom. The bathroom is a big room of sorts with two wardrobes separated by a dressing table. Bang in the middle of the room was a massive bath tub. On the side was the rain shower cubicle. Alila has its own range of bath and beauty products. Obviously this bathroom was filled with their bath salts, shampoos, soaps and moisturizers. Another thing I noticed was the light setting. They have preset light settings like intimate and relaxing for the bedroom and the bathroom. Perfect for couples! All the balconies at the Diwa Club overlook Bistro and the gorgeous swimming pool.
For dinner, I went to Bistro and tried some of the chef’s specialities. The menu is Middle Eastern and Mediterranean with a touch of French. They use seasonal produce and make the dishes using the freshest ingredients. What I liked about the place was that you can even personalize any dish according to your taste. I got to try some amazing dinner and returned to Bistro for breakfast.
I ordered the French breakfast that included Eggs Benedict with assortment of rolls, butter and juice. Similarly I even sampled the American breakfast which is a massive meat feast breakfast of sausages, bacon and steak. I recommend this if you are hungover from a night of drinking at Edge Bar. Very recently they have opened doors to non-guests too.
The resort has a fantastic activity where guests can visit the local fish market and buy fresh produce. They can then ask the chef at Spice Studio to cook the fresh catch in any way they like. So I went to the market and came back with some squid, tiger prawns and mussels.
I went to Spice Studio and made some delicious Hyderabadi Jhinga, Rawa Fried Mussels and Prawns in Recheado Masala. Spice Studio’s a great place to eat if you want to try food from all over India. They had food originating from every corner of India. They made exquisite pickles too.
If you are into cycling, hop onto one the bicycles and take a tour of scenic South Goa. You can even get a chance to cycle on the beach. I tried it and it was quite a workout.
If you love spas you must visit the Spa Alila. I walked through the garden and reached the serene location. I signed up for the Balinese Massage which is sixty minutes of healing. The therapy room comes equipped with a steam room and an outside rain shower. The massage is a great way to relax those tense muscles and unwind from all the stressful city life. There are so many other treatments you can choose from.
After unwinding at the spa, I headed to Edge Bar to learn about some delicious cocktails made from feni. Edge Bar was a beautiful place overlooking the infinity pool. The outdoor patio was dotted with sunbeds and gazebos. You can carry your drink outside or relax inside and listen to jazz music. The bar is well stocked with a variety of wines and spirits. The bartender demonstrated four types of cocktails made with feni. I’ve never really liked feni purely because of its odour. However these cocktails were quite delicious. Apart from these cocktails, I even tried their Singapore Sling and watched as the sun set into the Arabian Sea. At night, the entire resort is lit up with little flickering lights that replicate the same ambience of candle lights. Absolutely romantic!
My stay at Alila Diwa was truly special because of their quality of service and variety f cuisines they offer within the resort. This was the location of the wedding movie which went viral a couple of months ago. Here’s a clip to refresh your memory.
Would I want to get married here? Yes. It’s a beautiful location and extremely intimate. It’s the kind of resort where you will find families and couples enjoying themselves. The peaceful environment, greenery, blue infinity pool, tiled roofs, magnificent verandas and sheer exclusivity will leave you with a lingering feeling of luxury.
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