The Luxe List 2010, India: Alila Diwa Goa, Majorda Beach

With its exposed laterite columns, sloping red-tiled roofs, rattan furniture and beaten-metal accessories, the Alila Diwa Goa gives a nod to local architecture while remaining resolutely modern in its sleek fittings and minimalist look. Rooms overlook paddy fields with grazing cows, and feature Balinese toiletries, ikat-covered cushions, and walk-in closets. The staff is laid-back and friendly, making families with children feel especially welcome. The resort stands out for its custom-tailored activity menu; a leisure concierge can facilitate anything from bicycle tours to cooking lessons. Fine-dining restaurant Spice Studio has an open kitchen allowing diners to interact with the chef, while all-day Vivo has five live counters serving international and Indian fare. A Spa Alila will open soon, but for now, Bali-trained masseuses are available for in-room treatments. The kid’s club keeps younger guests engaged while grownups drink single malts, wine, or the local palm feni at the Edge bar adjoining the infinity pool

48/10 Majorda, Adao Waddo, Salcette; 91-832- 2746800;; doubles from US$205

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