The Leela , Goa India, Goa
The Leela hotel group is well known for its great facilities and extremely high levels of personal service. The Goa resort is no exception: the staff will remember your name and are happy to transport you around in golf buggies with a smile at the drop of a hat. The Leela Goa is set on an enormous 75-acre plot of land, painstakingly manicured with a lovely blue lagoon that winds its way through the entire resort. Come here for a relaxed beachfront vibe and great activities for the kids.
Goa’s number one draw card is without doubt its incredible selection of beaches, and this southern stretch is no exception. The beautiful Basilica of Bom Jesus Church is nearby, and the stunning wildlife sanctuaries at Bondla and Mahavir make terrific day trips. Chandor has a beautiful Portuguese heritage house, and you can take a dolphin cruise off the shore of Goa. At the hotel itself, you can take a stroll along the enormous lagoon, play a game of tennis, enjoy beachside dining, or indulge in an Ayurvedic treatment.
There are over 200 rooms and suites at the Leela, all of them luxuriously furnished. Sit-outs with day beds overlook the lagoon, or you can upgrade to a room with more space to stretch out in and a private balcony. The Leela has been around for a while, and thus it might feel a tad dated in parts, but the Lagoon Terrace rooms are newly refurbished and particularly lovely.
The Leela is neither intimate nor charming, so if you’d prefer a more authentic boutique experience you should look elsewhere. But it’s a good choice for superb facilities, excellent service, and a superior beach experience on the southern tip of Goa.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
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