We've had a memorable first trip to Goa made even better by the exceptional Leela. As it's nearly at an end I thought it was worth writing the review sat in our room whilst things are fresh in my mind.
The Lagoon Terrace rooms are spacious, ours had a comfortable king size bed, decent sized Sony LCD TV, walk in shower, separate bath, desk, a couple of chairs and a balcony overlooking the lagoon with an outside table and chairs. The electric sockets support UK, European and US plugs without adapters. Our one was fully air conditioned with the option of a ceiling fan. 2 large bottles of water per person (one for your teeth) are provided for free daily.
WIFI is available throughout the hotel but is quite expensive at circa £50 per week. You can get around this by signing up for a (free) Global Hotel Alliance card and giving the team the number after which it's free. It seemed fairly fast anyway.
In terms of facilities we didn't try the tennis courts but they looked decent, beach volleyball was a good laugh, the pool was clean and a comfortable temperature, the spa seemed a little expensive but we may try it before leaving, there's a big golf course which I suppose would appeal to people who like golf (colourful flocks of local birds seemed to be the main users) and the hotel can organise watersports. The watersports seem reasonably priced (cheaper than local competitors) but other places we've stayed (Indian resort in Mauritius for example) offered them free - perhaps something to consider. Something unexpected was the lack of Mosquitos, the hotel seem very effective at deterring them with incense and daily spraying. There's also a free DVD rental service, a free Pool table, table tennis and chess to occupy your time.
There are several places to eat within the resort including the Susegado (beach grill), Jamvar (Indian - pretty good), Riverside (unexpectedly excellent Italian, better than some food I've had in Rome) and the buffet. They're expensive by local standards but if you compare them to the UK they seem fairly priced (around £60 for 3 courses and drinks). To save cash, you may want to try one of the beach shacks but a couple of them upset our stomachs. Betty's (3 shacks down the beach) is excellent if you want a tasty meal for under £10. If you enjoy smoking shisha the hotel can provide hookahs (£8ish) in the reception bar or out on the beach, a lovely complement to the Goan sunset over the Arabian Sea.
The quality of the service was excellent. The hotel arranged a romantic meal in a secluded beach shack for our 7 year relationship anniversary and executed my secret plan for a marriage proposal with military precision setting off fireworks after she said yes. (For a price obviously!) Special thanks are due to Mayur for coordinating the whole thing with discretion, Sourash and Christopher for serving us and Chef Rama for cooking the excellent 5 course meal.
The concierge team were very knowledgable, especially Bhwanan and Priya but this is to be expected given that Leela team are consistently great (there are probably a few more people I haven't named here but deserved praise - I'm terrible with names!), I didn't come across anyone from the guards and cleaners to the management team who convinced me otherwise.
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