The famous 16th century poet John Milton may have written about "paradise lost" but if he had visited the Leela Palace, Mobor beach in Goa, he may well have found it again.
If Goa is the jewel of India than the Leela palace has to be the biggest sparkliest diamond of all times.
I have to say we visited this year with a little trepidation, knowing that building work and extensive refurbishments were taking place and that General Manager Pascal had moved onto a new hotel. We needn't have worried, what building was going on was done with the minimum disruption to the guests.
We were very impressed with the way in the way the rooms had been upgraded.
In our Lagoon Suite, bathrooms have brand new showers, that not only had a shower head to give you the "rainfall" experience but also separate shower heads to give you more directional and forceful water jets. They still have the "his and hers bathrooms". One of the bathrooms has had the bath taken out to give you more space and a dressing table added, the other bathroom has had a new bath which is the deepest bath I have ever been in, although deep it’s not big enough for 2! The wall that separates the bedroom to the bathroom has had a window built into it, the window has blinds which are electrically operated. So you can sit in the bath and look out of the window into the bedroom open the blinds in the bedroom and you can see outside, let's just hope that the people on the other side of the lagoon didn't have a long lens camera :)
Once again there was an abundance of towels and robes which were replaced daily if not twice a day. Hairdryer's are provided but take note they are not that powerful, especially for me and all my hair. Fabulous complimentary toiletries are replenished when needed.
Wardrobes and drawer units have been replaced and there is now plenty of storage space.
With the modern day traveller having camera charger, phone charger, iPad and iPod charger and assorted other electrical equipment, we always travel with a 4 way extension lead to help combat the lack of plugs but this year we didn't need it. It is great to see that some thought has gone into the new design and there are now more plug sockets in the rooms and what is fantastic to see they have all been adapted to make them universal to fit any world plug so you do not have to worry about adapters.
There are new shutters and curtains in the room and this turned out to have one downside they did such a good job we overslept !! We thought it was still dark outside and the middle of the night when it was 9am.
Tiny little vanity lights glow behind the bedsides tables and under the sink in the bathroom so it is easy to coordinate yourself to the bathroom in the middle of the night, they are certainly unobtrusive and a really good idea. Modern light switches everywhere with a tiny blue light behind the switches are also a good idea.
Bedlinen; one of my scales of a good hotel was superb and replaced regularly, and there is also a pillow menu should you not like the ones already there.
New tv's, air conditioning and lounge furniture complete the make over.
Building work was also taking place in the old cafe and indian restaurant, to make this one big space called "The Restaurant" .
This opened whilst we were there and we used it a couple of times and I have to say that I personally have mixed feelings about it, both good and unsure!
At last the old school canteen crockery has been replaced with a more modern white sleek designed china.
Cutlery has also been replaced and this will make Moreton smile when I say that my cutlery was eventually replaced after every course :) a totally insignificant minor complaint of mine was that cutlery was always removed from your empty plate and placed on your table for your next course, not the service I expect from a 5 star hotel especially when the beach shacks replace your cutlery as a matter of course.
I love the way the restaurant now showcases the chefs and the work that they do, although there were active work stations every night it's only a few and the rest were buffet pre made food, I maybe would have liked to see more "doing". But you cannot fault the food, the choice was extensive and the presentation, taste and slection was superb.
If you do want "A Restaurant" experience I would suggest that you do not sit in the main area as you come through the door but choose somewhere more secluded and quiet to sit.
Breakfast - an unbelievable variety of options, there is still the egg man who can whip you up any sort of omelette, or fried egg, we eventually worked out how to get poached eggs and they were great, and hot. The new waffle and pancake station was a big bit with me. I know it's all new and you have to iron out the creases but one “toaster” for the whole restaurant is not ideal, 3 mornings we lost our toast to someone else.
Everyone gives you really good service and are only too happy to explain dishes to you, so get to know your waiter and chefs!
I want to thank a couple of people Immaculada who totally understood my need for 6 cups of tea before facing any food in the morning. Aldren who we were so pleased to see back in the restaurant this year, he has to be one of the best members of staff the Leela has, very dedicated and very organized. Mojoda for being so cheerful and helpful.
Make sure you visit the dosa chef he is a located in the Indian restaurant at breakfast I apologize I cannot remember his name but he is so enthusiastic in his work It was a pleasure to watch him explain all his dishes with so much enthusiasm and passion every day.
There really isn’t one thing that I can complain about or say that I didn’t enjoy, so it really is paradise.
We are currently thinking about this years holiday and the world is calling, there is so many places out there we want to see, but like Marmite you either love or hate Goa, if you fall in love with the place it really does get under your skin. I just can't imagine not going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combine the opulence and luxury of 5 star hotels, The Leela Goa with the natural beauty and Portuguese heritage of South Goa for the ultimate beach holiday. The hotel is set in 75 lush acres with a pristine beach, a 12 hole golf course and world class dining making it the finest 5 star hotels in Goa. While the rooms and suites, The Restaurant and the signature Jamavar have been designed by Jeffrey A. Wilkes, the principal designer of DESIGNWILKES, the art and embellishment has been done by Mrs. Madhu Nair. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Leela Goa Hotel Cavelossim
- Leela Kempinski Goa Cavelossim
- Leela Goa
- Goa Hotel Leela
- Goa Leela
- Leela Kempinski Goa Hotel Cavelossim
- Leela Palace Goa
- The Leela Goa Cavelossim