Hot New Hotel: The St. Regis Goa Resort

The five-star brand’s sophomore Indian outpost comes with six restaurants and bars, a spa, and a golf course.

The pool of a two-bedroom John Jacob Astor Villa at The St. Regis Goa Resort. (All photos courtesy of Marriott International)

Marriott International has taken over an ultra-luxe retreat in one of India’s most beloved beach destinations ⁠— a small west-coast state famed for its Portuguese-colonial architecture, fresh seafood, and distinctive culture. What was once the Leela Goa has been reinvented as The St. Regis Goa Resort, set in nearly 20 hectares of lush greenery fringing the cream-colored sands of Mobor Beach, on a peninsula where the Sal River meets the Arabian Sea.

Guests arriving after the hour-long drive south from Goa International Airport will find the brand’s signature 24-hour St. Regis Butler service and classic-contemporary lodgings designed with touches of both Portuguese and Indian architecture. The 206 guest rooms here feature private terraces overlooking a series of freshwater lagoons or a scenic 12-hole golf course. Set apart from the other accommodations, The Manor houses 20 suites and villas with their own plunge pools, offering private access to the beach, a separate swimming pool for Manor guests, and even more perks.

Travelers booked into the St. Regis Goa need not step out for an indulgent meal. All-day dining venue The Restaurant dishes out a mouth-watering selection of local cuisine and international favorites from its live kitchens. At the eastern end of the resort is Riverside, an Italian fine-diner whose alfresco terrace fronts the Sal River. Susegado ⁠— the resort’s pan-Asian and seafood grill restaurant in an upscale “beach shack” ⁠— is named after the Goan concept of susegad, which denotes a relaxed and laid-back attitude to life.

Inside a 48-square-meter Lagoon Superior room.

A bird’s-eye view of Mobor Beach and the golf course on the resort grounds.

On the alfresco terrace at Riverside.

Lobby lounge The Drawing Room offers a refined afternoon tea and a unique twist on the Bloody Mary cocktail, The Goan Mary. (Inspired by the vibrant colors and the Indo-Portuguese flavors of Goa’s recheado masala, it features Kashmiri chili, vinegar, garlic, cinnamon, and local spices.) The west-facing Pool Bar is just the place for pre-dinner sundowners, while those who want to head indoors can look forward to craft cocktails and games at Aqua.

The St. Regis Goa Resort also features a freeform swimming pool and gym, and The St. Regis Spa helps travelers rebalance through age-old Ayurvedic therapies delivered in eight treatment rooms. Younger guests will have no trouble staying entertained, thanks to a raft of experiences grouped under St. Regis Family Traditions, including a mobile library and a Children’s Club with a kids-only pool, play park, and gaming zone.

Of the nearly 3,000 square meters of dedicated event space on site, the highlight is The Astor Ballroom, whose more than 600 square meters includes an expansive lawn, making it an ideal setting for indoor-outdoor galas and weddings. Private events on the beach can also be arranged.; doubles from US$365

Sun loungers and a bar on the resort’s stretch of Mobor Beach.

Overlooking a lagoon from the balcony of a St. Regis suite.

The master bedroom of the 450-square-meter Presidential Villa.

An aerial view of The St. Regis Goa Resort, with the Sal River on the left.

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