The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"I absolutely loved this hotel. I spent 3 weeks total in Bangalore and was really looking forward to a break in Goa. This hotel was perfect for that. We only left the resort once for dinner. We were in a huge suite room with sea view (although like other posters say, the sea is quite far away) which was very clean. Spent a lot of time at the pool where the service is good, but a bit slow. The beach was beautiful but we didn't spend a lot of time there except for a couple walks.
Hotel restaurants are OK, nothing great. There was a wedding there that weekend so at times they were closed to accommodate them.
I had a massage and pedicure at the spa. The massage was wonderful, one of the best I've had. The pedicure was good but not great.
Overall I highly recommend this hotel but keep in mind that it is quite far from the airport, over 1 hour away."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of June 2006
Overall a good place, but not without its issues...
"We stayed at the Intercontinental Goa for 2 nights in December 2005. We spent all of our time at the resort - did not get to see any other parts of Goa, as my husband was ill and recovering from a travelers' bug. Thus, it was a good place to just relax and convalesce, as the weather was gorgeous, as were our surroundings. The pool was beautiful and clean, and the beach was expansive and just what the doctor ordered.
The food was very good, overall - no complaints there. Our fellow guests, however - seemed to be entirely comprised of the Russian mafia. This made for a very odd vibe.
Our room was great - very spacious, immactuately clean, as was the bathroom. Don't bother paying extra for a sea view - the hotel is set back from the beach considerably, and in all honesty, you won't spend much time in your room looking out of the windows when you can just go outside into the beautiful surroundings!
The staff were mostly annoying - I cannot tell you how many times they came over to ask us if we had bought tickets for this "gala" and that "dinner." We were there between Xmas and New Years, so we were able to avoid the "gala" new year's party that they made mandatory for all guests to pay for if they were going to be there the night of the 31st, thank goodness. If we had been there, it would have been ridiculous, I am sure. They need to lay off of the "programming" and just let people relax on their own agenda.
I did have a massage at the spa and it was *fabulous,* although I had to wait about 40 minutes past my appointment time because they were "running late."
One highlight - India's biggest movie star, Amitabh Bachhan, was staying at the Intercontinental while we were there, so it was a bit of a thrill to see him in the lobby as we were checking out!"
- Travel date: Tue 20th of June 2006
"Very recently I spent a couple of nights at the Interconti Goa. The resort is spread over 85 acres and has 255 rooms. It has rivers flowing on both the sides of the property (Though one of the rivers can be seen only if you can trek up an hillock at the end of the property). The beach is very beautiful and private. The luxury suite room that we were staying was wonderful. The house keeping staff doing up the rooms is very courteous and prompt.Till here the holiday seems to be going fine.
But on the flipside.... off the 255 rooms about 225 were occupied by the conference crowd. There were atleast 4 different companies hosting conferences in the hotel. In fact one of the days one of the conference group arrived earlier that scheduled... they were all accomadated in the lobby..... the problem with this hotel is that they let the conference group take over the whole hotel... the restaurants are noisy, the pool is full with a DJ blasting away, the Spa is packed with atleast 25 men.... they literally were found everywhere. Though the property is so massive the hotel management doesnt bother to isolate the conference crowd from the rest. They have loud music playing till the wee hours. It was absolutely chaotic. I however wanted to know if I was too unlucky and I probably stayed on the days when most of the conferences were being held. But i found out the entire months of march, april and may were booked for conferences.
The restaurants serves mediocre food. The resort is so isolated that to find alternative restaurants is virtually impossible. It is miles away from everything including a medical store. If your looking to explore Goa... this is NOT the place for you. If your looking to relax... again this is NOT the palce for you. So where does this resort fit in? Well if you want host a conference then this is definetly it."
- Travel date: Wed 10th of May 2006
Great beach, but is it a cruise ship?
"Good to stay on priority club points.. So, its a new hotel dropped from space onto one of the best beaches in Goa.. Rooms are good (but make sure you get a seaview room. i,e, first floor away from the garden.. Beach is actually great, good beach bar and service.. Pool is way too small, could do with breaking up to create some atmosphere..
Breakfast really does feel like a cruise ship, Eurotrash everwhere, its a popular "conferenece" hotel, and can get rammed when there is an Indian wedding on over a weekend, but during the day you really don't notice that there are over 500 in the hotel as it is huge.. Spa is good, but nowhere near some of the 5* Thai hotels, Gym really well equipped with LifeFitness and good weight stacks..
Palolem is walking distance, has a fantastic atmosphere, slightly backpacker-ish, but loads of great value food and bars.
Overall service good, must have improved lately would go back, but it does feel brand new..."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of March 2006
Good hotel. Apt to overcharge... for everything.
"This is a good hotel. The staff are courteous and the welcome is warm. Drinks and food are expensive (especially for Goa) and the management seem to think that their guests won't mind being overcharged for everything from bottled water to a trip in a taxi. A word of advice if you want to travel around Goa from here... take the taxi from the hotel to nearby Palolem (5 minutes - 200 rupees), then take a local taxi to wherever you want to go. The only taxi you'll get from the hotel is a hotel-taxi. The difference? Say you want to go from the hotel to Margoa(nearby city)for the afternoon... it'll cost you 4,500 rupees from the hotel(about Â£60 GBP). Take a hotel taxi to Palolem (200 rupees) and then a local taxi from there will cost about 1000 rupees for the rest of the day (about Â£15 GBP). Fares are the same all across Goa, but not at the Intercontinental. They overcharge because there's nowhere else to go. The onsite shops are the same, as are the restaurants. Thomsons are starting to include this hotel in their 2006/7 brochures as a 5 star-plus hotel... and it is. It really is a spectacular resort but the hotel need to decide if it's for 5 star holidays or for corporate functions. It's not unusual to have 100+ business delegates walking around the pool area throughout the day and making noise (presentations and loud music) till midnight. Add to this that there's lots of entertainment for the business delegates, private weddings etc. but little or none for the hotel guests and you've about got it. Restaurants are good but very pricey. Buffet restaurant is good, clean and service is good. Don't expect to get any results on any out-of-the-ordinary requests. It can take around a week to sort most things out. Overall it sounds as though the hotel is not good, but it is and I do recommend it, it is just that this hotel will shamelessly overcharge for all goods and services. If you are going you will really enjoy this hotel. Just don't forget your credit card."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of February 2006
Rajbag for great birdlife.....
"We stayed here for 14 nights in early December 05. We loved the hotel. We had a sea view room - although the sea was not that visible. The room was beautiful. It is an all suite hotel, so the rooms are quite large. The Super Kingsize bed was very comfortable - we had some great sleeps! Excellent bathroom. The hotel grounds are beautiful - fantastic topiary. The golf course has been cleverly built into the gardens so it is very spacious. I think in all there are around 88 acres to walk in.
One of the highlights in this area is the lack of commercialism you get further up in Goa. Although the hotel is about one and a half hours from the airport, we found it worth the journey. The birdlife in the hotel grounds was simply amazing - kites, eagls, hoopooes, kingfishers, rollers, to name but a few. Outside it gets even better - especially on the nearby road that runs along old rice fields - the overhanging telegraph wires are just filled with kingfishers of all colours.
Staff were very good - a pleasant manner and their helpfulness made up for lack of training in some areas! Dulcie, who runs the breakfast room gets things done ! It was my husband's birthday during the holiday and the hotel surprised us with a cake in our room.
We only ate at the hotel's upmarket beach shack and experienced some of the best meals during our holiday. Although we got a bit fed up with the constant playing of the Julio Inglesias CD and the over attentive staff!!!
The beach is private and although they allow souvenir sellers on to the beach they are only allowed to approach you if you beckon them over. You don't get that on other beaches in Goa!
We hated nearby Palolem and can't believe that the Lonely Planet gives it such a good write up - it is like Goa's answer to Ibiza! - we went once and never returned. It is a backpackers paradise, nothing wrong with that but it has been ruined with the party scene.
The beach next door to the hotel at Patnem is much nicer and we walked there lots of times - alternatively you can climb over the rocks at the hotel at low tide and get to the beach. Very quiet and peaceful and we had some great meals. Where else can you eat and drink as much as you like and get a tuk tuk back to the hotel and have change from a tenner!
Sunsets in Goa are just amazing - make sure that you are settled on the beach with a beer by 5.45 p.m."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of December 2005
A good hotel
"We stayed at the Intercontinental for 6 nights after a hectic week before travelling around India. It takes around 70 minutes from the airport. The hotel is a very large complex, but it didnt feel too big as it is fairly well spaced out.
We stayed in the second week of December and it felt like we were the only toursits there, which was great as we just wanted to relax. There was however a number of seminars and events being hold at the hotel, but these did not get in our way.
The grounds that the hotel are based in are excellent and a joy to walk around - especially late at night when you can go bat watching.
As far as we could tell there are two typs of rooms - the standard and large type villa's with their own pools. Of the standard rooms you have a choice of either garden view of sea view. For the extra you pay the sea view room are not really worth it as you are still a fair way from the beach. In general the accomodation is excellent, very spacious, clean and large bathrooms.
We found the staff in the hotel very friendly and courteous and professional and the service was excellent.
The food, however, in the hotel was a little disappointing. While it was very good quality, the traditional cuisine is somewhat tailored to the "western palet". There are 4 choices of restaurant (inc the buffet), but we ended up most nights at the beach restaurant as it was not in a chilly air conditioned room and you got a little traditional fayre.
One downer though is the music entertainment at the beach restaurant - it is absolutely dreadful and can be a wee bit loud (but you can always ask them to turn it down or gag the singers - we did!)
On another note I would definately recommend wondering down to the beach bar and restaurant at sunset (we were the only ones doing this!!) as you will see some of the best sun sets in the world!!"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of December 2005
Ill-trained staff, decent rooms, not Intercontinental quality
"We found a decent deal and got here. From the airport, it took ~90 mins to get here in a private taxi. The ride was scary with a slightly maniacal driver going thro mountains at breackneck speeds.
We get to the front desk, and they were seriously confused. First thing they say before we get a room is "there is a compulsory Gala dinner on the 24th and it is 150$/per person plus taxes." We wondered how they can make something compulsory w.o notifying us earlier when we made our reservations and the hostess was confused. And then started a series of 'going back to the manager' manouveurs. She came back saying it is compulsory and we dont have a choice. We pointed out we had dietary restrictions, she *laughed* and once again said "Oh, but you should still pay." We gave up talking to her and checked into our room, and wasnt initially sure why she was so intent on us buying tickets to the "gala dinner."
The room was spacious. We were glad we didnt take the "seafacing" rooms, since we later realized that they are also very far from the water and you get a distant view. But they cost ~3X what we paid for the garden facing room. So we didnt think they were worth it. The bathrooms were somewhat clean and had a separate bathtub and walkin shower, the shower pressure was pretty bad, with semihot water.
The staff in the dining halls were courteous and competent. The food was not great, but decent with limited selection. The rest of the staff were quite confused about things -- the frontdesk sent me an expired wireless card for WiFi access, the inroom dining folks wanted to know when they could take the stuff away when they brought things in, the spa was ordinary and w.o temperature control, so I was steaming hot during my massage, they got our appointments wrong, etc.
The beach was good and private. The water was great and clean.
The gala dinner that we were forced to goto was completely lame. Figured out why they were insistent on making the dinner compulsory -- looks like they combined the hotel employee yearly dinner with that event. So the hotel guests were sitting in front and the employees/families sitting in the back, presumably subsidized by the exorbitant-and-compulsory payments by guests.
I think the hotel was fine overall but the staff were spectacularly badly trained and perenially confused. If you dont have to deal with them, the stay would probably be pleasant."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of December 2005
Disappointing for an Intercon
"We stayed at the Intercon Grand Resort at the end of November. I was expecting five star luxury but did not get it. The "resort" is very spread out in the middle of a golf course but has only one pool. The result is a general lack of any atmosphere. The beach is good and the staff very friendly but things never ran as smoothly as i would have hoped. The rooms are nice but we had to move three times to try and find a bed without a serious dip and still had to compromise. None of the in-room safes worked. We awoke one morning to find our "Seaview" balcony covered in scaffolding in preparation for painting. When the power in our room went off we were told to wait until morning for a fix because the relevant staff had gone home (although it got fixed after three phone calls). The internet in the business centre did not work for the week. Breakfast disappointed, especially the coffee. It took almost an hour to check out and we were the only ones leaving. All in all ok for a tour group but not the kind of place for a luxury escape."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of December 2005
Made my vacation
"Great Hotel excellent spread of food and warm employees with service satisfaction. Must stay here when in Goa."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of December 2004
Best Experience In The Lalit Hotel
"Last Sunday I visit Mumbai and booked the hotel The Lalit its fantastic accommodation service provider all necessary things available such as Hotel Conference Rooms, 24 Hrs Room Service, Restaurant etc.
- Travel date: Wed 7th of August 2013