Hotel Of The Week: The Club, Goa, India
Go upmarket in Goa – beach life with butler service
Sunday 13 April 2008
Our trip out to the Leela took us through some of Goa's most idyllic scenery. Serene villages of grand colonial-style casas and whitewashed Portuguese churches bedecked with fairy lights flicked past. At the Leela's grand gates our repose stopped abruptly. This pristine resort of trimmed grass and low-slung pink buildings was more reminiscent of Marrakesh than Mobor, the peninsula which it dominates. Marigold garlands were thrown round our necks as we were ushered speedily into a golf cart by our personal butler, Neville, who pointed out the facilities. It was all a bit overwhelming. Happily, we were headed for The Club, an exclusive enclave set away from the main resort.
The look of The Club's single-storey villas is five-star Asian generic: lots of cream marble, stylish dark wood furniture, low lighting, DVD player and a Bose sound system. The bedroom, with its sliding doors, could be closed off from the spacious sitting room; the bathroom had two showers – one of them open to the skies.
Food and drink
There are four restaurants on site. We ate at Jamavar, the signature Indian eatery with a rather grand setting. Surrounded by carved screens and antique Jamavar shawls, we dined on intricately spiced curries – a sweet and fiery Goan prawn curry and a rich rogan josh.
Children are welcome, but pets are not. Two rooms are modified for guests with disabilities.
Suites at The Club start at $456 (£230) per night, including breakfast, minibar, afternoon tea, refreshments, cocktails, laundry, butler and airport transfers.
The Club at The Leela, Cavelossim, Mobor, Salcette, Goa, India (00 91 832 287 1234; www.theleela.com).
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