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Weekend of Bliss at the Alila Diwa Goa

When it comes to the 5 star hotel “experience” Alila Diwa Goa knocks it out of the park. This is my favorite luxury hotel in South Goa. My biggest question over the last weekend I spent there was “where should I have my next drink?”

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best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

The options were innumerable: the edge bar, Vivo the all day restaurant, Bistro the European eatery, or Spice a famous Indian restaurant…. or drinks by the pool, in the jacuzzi, or in the room on the patio? So we had drinks everywhere all day long. You’re lucky I even have photos to show you through my tipsy photography ;) although I don’t think I”ll add “drinking wine all day and still taking great photos” to my resume any time soon.

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

Club Diwa at the Alila

First of all the club room is huge. Even at 5 stars in India sometimes the rooms are just too tiny for what you pay for (like the Taj President in Mumbai), so it’s nice to actually have space. There’s a sitting area, king size bed, and the bathrooms have a huge tub right in the middle.

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

Part of the club experience means you have a host. If you’re going to splurge for the Alila you might as well pay a bit more for the Club. You’ll come back to your room with surprises waiting! They turned down our bed at night, ran a bath with roses, and left little decorations in the room.

This place is booked almost all the time and hosts weddings on the main side. The nice thing about the Club is that you have another pool and restaurant (Bistro) that are only for club residents. There’s a little more privacy and it’s more quiet you will have access to both pools.

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

For sunset, you’ll want to be by the main pool and watch sunset over the paddy fields in front of Edge bar. The pool has chairs in very shallow water so you can lay out in the water. Amazing!

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

Food at Alila Diwa

Ben and I both put on a couple kilos (we know because we actually weighed ourselves before checkout thinking wow we feel fat). My favorite place to eat was Spice which serves food from all over India and has a little information on each item about what inspired it. The chef is the cutest Goan woman who’s actually quite famous. We had saffron tandoori chicken, potato cakes, lemon butter red snapper, Goan sausages in rice, garlic cheese naan, and peri peri prawns. Yes, it was a lot of food!

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwaDinner at Spice

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwaSnacks are served at 4 Delhi street style… sev puri & sweet lime soda

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwaSundowners hour is 6-7 with little complimentary snacks and drinks

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwasandwich from Bistro & salad bar at Vivo

Breakfasts were huge with bread baskets, fresh juice, coffee, and all the normal breakfast goodies. We also tried from Bistro fish n chips, a steak wrap, and tortilla chips with dip. Okay we tried even more… lobster soup, french onion soup, a lamb shank, and the rib eye. Everything was great.

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

Spa & more

In the club booking, I arranged for a 60 min Balinese massage. It was heavenly, although I expected nothing less. All the oils were so nice that I actually left them on after the sauna and used it as tanning oil by the pool. They offer sauna, outdoor rain shower, and tea after your massage. They do hair appointments, nails, facials, and anything else you can think of.

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

best five star hotel in south goa alila diwa

Practical Information for staying at Alila Diwa

Alila Diwa is the best five star hotel in South Goa. They can arrange airport pick up. As always, I find great prices for – click there to book a room. Prices fluctuate heavily throughout the year because of off-season. Right now, the club experience is going for about 15,000 rs per night.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

10 Comments

  1. Zascha February 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    I want to go there. Right now!
    It looks and sounds so good from the pictures and the text.
    Ah well. One day :-)

    • Rachel Jones February 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      It’s amazing for sure. One day even if you can’t get a room, it’s a great place for a nice dinner – one you won’t forget!

  2. Colleen Brynn February 11, 2015 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Now that’s luxury. I don’t blame you for drinking all over the place. And having a host sounds incredible. Can someone turn down my bed please?

    • Rachel Jones February 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      lol, i KNOW you’d be drinking all over the place too ;) hahah

  3. Christie February 12, 2015 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Looks AMAZING! Especially the idea of drinks anywhere and everywhere all day long…and that breakfast pastry basket! I don’t stay in luxury hotels very often but recently I stayed at a 5-star hotel in China which was so wonderful after months of cheap guesthouses in asia. Was so hard going back to cheap guesthouses after that haha

    • Rachel Jones February 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      It must have been a good photo of the breakfast basket because even the hotel shared that photo “regrammed” it on their ! woo hoo! haha

  4. Justine February 13, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I wish I could be transported to that pool right now!

  5. Rick February 15, 2015 at 3:36 am - Reply

    The place looks nuts! I never think luxury and India. $250 U.S. per night is worth it since I pay that in Mexico without the incredible luxury.

    • Rachel Jones February 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      that’s one thing that’s great about India – luxury is more affordable

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