‘man’speak: goa is always a good idea, especially if it is a beachfront luxury resort in the quieter part of the sunny state, specialising in personalised services and luxe experiences. The sarafs, experts in running hotels across the country (they brought hyatt to india), finally bite the bullet by getting their own branded, luxury resort in the holiday capital of india. We especially dig the suites with one’s own private plunge pool, with design and luxury aesthetics oozing from every corner.
Lip-smacking: chef anuj kapoor, who has to his credit launching restaurants like olive in delhi, whips up foods from around the world for you at la concha, while lynx bar & lounge upstairs is a new-york-meets-new-del-hi style high-octane bar, and a direct antidote to the beach shack culture permeating goa otherwise. But the place we loved the most was the blue iris beachfront restaurant with private cabana seating, which whips up the best of local sea-food.
Don’t even go there: some of the cocktails, though much hyped, turned out to be disturbingly sweet or uninspiring. The hotel staff seem a bit clueless– hopefully nothing that better training and on-job picking-up-the-threads can’t fix.
How to get there: azaya is on benaulim beach in south goa, a 45-minute drive from dabolim airport.
Cost: approx rs 14,000 for a luxury room