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Alila Diwa Goa, Majorda Beach 

48/10 Village Majorda
Majorda Beach
India 403713
Tel: 91 832 274 6800
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
So infused with traditional Goanese design is the graceful, tile-roofed architecture, so massive and gnarled are the mango trees growing in its courtyards and gardens, that it's not initially obvious that the Alila is in fact brand-new. The public rooms and corridors, open-sided and high-ceilinged, draw in the lush surroundings, which are cooled by reflecting pools and fountains. Dramatic lighting makes the outdoor setting, which includes an infinity pool with partially submerged recliners overlooking rice paddies and bamboo stands, even more magical at night. The 114 rooms and suites are furnished simply yet elegantly, enlivened by jewel-colored headboards; the bathroom, enclosed by a lattice screen, has a tub, a walk-in shower, and a walk-in closet. The open-kitchen Vivo serves multiethnic cuisine at all meals; Spice Studio, a purely Indian menu in the evening. There are some quibbles—the rooms are not well soundproofed, and tour groups can diminish the otherwise exclusive feel of the resort. But the Alila's gorgeous looks and peaceful southern Goa surroundings together with its delightful staff outweigh the drawbacks. Besides, only a short stroll away along a quiet country road are the hotel's chaise longues, parasols, and snack bar on spectacularly beautiful and uncrowded Majorda Beach.—2010 Hot List

Which room to book: A Loft Room on an upper floor for privacy and a rice paddy view.

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