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Grand Hyatt Goa 4.5

Bambolim, Goa, India

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Pros

  • Quiet beachside location, only a 30-minute drive from the airport
  • Sprawling tropical gardens and outdoor pools, plus indoor pool and hot tub
  • Spacious, modern rooms with luxury amenities and furnished balconies
  • Suites add kitchenettes, dining areas, hot tubs, and butler service 
  • Seven restaurants and bars with international cuisines; plus room service 
  • Varied breakfast buffet with hot and cold options (for a fee)
  • Kid-friendly facilities like children's pools and Kids' Club
  • Spa with traditional Indian treatments, plus a beauty salon 
  • Modern fitness center and sports activities like cycling and sailing
  • Extensive business center and conference facilities
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi

Cons

  • In a secluded area that lacks much to do nearby
  • Restaurants and bars can be pricey
  • Breakfast buffet can get crowded during corporate events
  • Extra fee for using the Kids' Club

Bottom Line

This 314-room luxury hotel is a 15-minute drive from central Panjim, overlooking the stunning waters of Bambolim Bay. Set in sprawling tropical gardens, this is one of the most polished properties in Goa. Facilities include five swimming pools, seven restaurants and bars, a full-service spa, and modern fitness center. There's also a kids' club with daily activities, plus water sports like sailing and aqua zorbing. Rooms are spacious and modern, with elegant decor and luxe amenities including deep-soaking bathtubs and flat-screen TVs. All rooms have furnished balconies with impressive views, while some suites add hot tubs and butler service. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Travelers with similarly high-end budgets might also like the Leela Goa, a resort that adds lagoon-style pools and a 12-hole golf course. 

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Scene

High-end luxury resort with sprawling tropical gardens and beach views

This grand 17th-century Indo-Portuguese property is set within 28 acres of gorgeous tropical gardens, dotted with towering palm trees and lined with winding stone pathways. The property consists of airy whitewashed buildings with high-ceilings and traditional archways, decorated with sleek marble-finish floors, sweeping staircases, and potted green plants. The hotel has a prime location overlooking Bambolim Bay, giving the property an away-from-it-all atmosphere that appeals to a broad range of travelers. There are plenty of quiet spots to chill and take in the views, plus a huge free-form outdoor pool surrounded by padded sun loungers. Restaurants and bars are chic and contemporary, though the dress code is casual and beachy. Most guests are families or couples, though business travelers also stay here. Corporate events are sometimes held at the hotel, which can make the breakfast buffet crowded in the mornings. 

Location

In the heart of Goa overlooking Bambolim Bay

The Grand Hyatt has a quiet location overlooking the calm waters of Bambolim Bay. It's an ideal spot for anyone looking to get away from it all, although the hotel is only a 15-minute drive from busy Panjim, Goa's historic state capital. There's not much activity in the immediate area around the hotel and there are no restaurants within walking distance, but the hotel has several on-site dining options. Popular areas like Baga and Anjuna are around a 30-minute drive away, while picturesque Palolem and the laid-back fishing village of Agonda are just under two hours' drive. The hotel is only 30 minutes by car from Goa International Airport, while Thivim Railway Station is a 50-minute drive.   

Rooms

Spacious and contemporary, with luxury amenities and furnished balconies plus suites featuring butler service

The 314 rooms and suites at the Grand Hyatt Goa are decorated in an elegant, contemporary style. All are tricked out in neutral tones, smooth floor tiles, high-quality dark wood furniture, and large comfortable beds dressed in luxury linens. Each room has a work desk and separate seating area, with some suites adding extra living space, kitchenettes, hot tubs, and butler service. Each room has a furnished balcony offering lovely views of the ocean or pool. Standard in-room amenities include air-conditioning, ceiling fans, fully-stocked minibars, flat-screen TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities, phones, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Spa-like bathrooms are luxurious and modern, with exposed stone walls, marble-finish deep-soaking bath tubs, walk-in glass showers, bathrobes, and slippers. Larger family rooms are available, plus rooms with interconnecting doors. 

Features

Resort facilities including five pools, seven restaurants, spa, fitness center, kids' clubs, sports activities, and free Wi-Fi 

The Grand Hyatt offers a huge variety of pricey restaurants and bars including The Verandah, a unique restaurant that serves modern Australian cuisine using fresh ingredients imported straight from Australia. Traditional Indian fare can be found at Chulha, while the all-day restaurant -- The Dining Room -- serves an array of international cuisines ranging from Asian and Italian to Middle Eastern. The Capiz Bar and Pool Bar and Grill are ideal places to unwind with a drink or light snack, while the Bay View Lounge and Confeitaria are lovely spots to enjoy a coffee or pastry.

The hotel has a large number of resort-style facilities, including five swimming pools. There are two large outdoor free-form pools lined with sun loungers and round daybeds, plus two separate children's pools, an indoor pool, and an indoor hot tub. The luxury Shamana Spa offers traditional Indian massage treatments and comes equipped with a sauna and a steam room, while the beauty salon offers various hairstyling treatments. Guests craving activity can work out at the modern fitness center, or book activities like sailing, cycling, and aqua zorbing. There's a Kids' Club with daily activities and a playground, but this costs extra. 

The hotel has plenty of facilities for corporate travelers, including an extensive business center and modern conference center. There's a 24-hour front desk and room service menu, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Other services include airport limousine service, concierge, free parking, laundry, and dry cleaning. 

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P.O. Goa University, Bambolim, Goa 403206, India

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