Alila Diwa Goa – Hotel Review
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.
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.