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With a focus on relaxation and luxury, Alila Diwa has an idyllic location set amongst lush rice plantations and just a five minute walk from a sandy beach. Offering an excellent spa, large infinity pool with partially-submerged loungers and open-air Jacuzzi, this is the place to come to truly unwind under the Goan sun.

The interiors tastefully blend Goan and Balinese styles, with spacious verandas and high roofs combining with traditional teak, terrazzo floors and brass lanterns that make the evenings even more atmospheric.

A variety of accommodation options, all spacious and luxurious, cater to couples and families alike, while the numerous dining experiences on offer serve delicious dishes in smart but relaxing settings.

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Rooms

The spacious, tastefully designed rooms are situated in two blocks – the South and West Wing. Each has its own private terrace or balcony and benefits from a good range of hi-tech amenities, luxury bed linens, soft silk cushions and glossy wooden floors.

The larger Alila Suites benefit from an in-room bathtub for two overlooking the palm trees, making them a romantic option for couples, while a number of family rooms and suites are also available.

For further exclusivity, rooms and suites in the separate Diwa Club Wing allow guests to enjoy a separate pool and restaurant, as well as the main facilities of the hotel.

Location

The property is located in southern Goa, just 20 minutes' drive from Dabolim International Airport and a short stroll to the nearest beach. The nearby village of Majorda has several historic churches, local Goan restaurants (including Martin's Corner, which is an institution), and is said to produce the best bakers in Goa.

Food and Drink

In-house dining options include The Spice Studio coastal specialty restaurant, which features dishes from each region of India; VIVO, serving Indian, Oriental and continental cuisine from its live kitchen; and The Edge Bar and Lounge, serving cocktails and snacks. Exclusively for Diwa Club guests, Bistro restaurant specialises in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare.

Families

Family rooms and suites offer additional space and bedding for those travelling with children, as well as easy access to the kids’ pool and club. The Kid’s Club and Teen Zone runs creative activities and games, and a babysitting service is available.

Facilities and Activities

At Spa Alila there’s a choice of unique treatments, blending ancient Asian healing techniques with age-old beauty recipes based on fresh, natural ingredients. The infinity pool overlooks the paddy fields separating the hotel from the beach, which guests can visit via a five minute stroll or by taking the complimentary shuttle service. The resort even has its own ‘mini theatre’ showing films twice a day. There’s also a library and a boutique.

Environmental and Social Responsibility

All materials used to build the hotel were sourced locally, and efforts were taken to ensure the surrounding trees and paddy fields weren't affected by the construction of the property. Alila Diwa supports a number of local community projects, including improving local school facilities, and providing local employment and training.

Our opinion

Alila Diwa offers a high standard of facilities, wonderful spa and good value for money, making it a welcome addition to Goa.

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