As part of a honeymoon package for my nephew, I am looking into booking a really nice Goa Resort/Hotel for 10 Days. Strongly prefer a 5 or 4 Star place with all teh facilities that is modern & decent - comparible to say a Hilton resort type thing with all teh facilities etc.
I know nothing about Goa so would want it to ideally be a a decent location which offers plenty of options, shopping, restaurants, travel & sightseeing close by & is not too isolated.
I am a little concerned that what might be considered 4 or 5 star by Western Standards might not be the case in Goa as that was my experience in Sri Lanka!
I have had a very quick look into some of the hotels & was not that impressed tbh but maybe I was just being overly critical - this is for a honeymoon so I want it to be really ace & spot on in every way. Most of the positive reviews of Goa Hotels seemed to be from those inside India but I noticed that reviews from those outside of India seemed to be a little more circumspect to put it politely!
I have very quickly made the following short list but may have missed others so please feel free to comment or suggest others!
1) Leela Goa
2) Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa
5) Vivanta By Taj Holiday Village Goa (?)
6) Marriot Resort & Spa Goa
7) Pasuada Tauma (Small Boutique Hotel But Very Chic & Romantic - Voted No:1 on Tripadvisor)
9) Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa
10) Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino
None of them rocked my world tbh but they seemed to be the best of the bunch from what I could tell - I was really expecting much better considering how Goa is such a huge International destination & Indian hotels having such a good reputation for excellence with the good names etc.
What I do not know is which are the best beaches & areas, close to towns, amenities etc & marrying that up with a truly excellent Resort with all the facilities & standards!
Are there any special honeymoon packages or upgrades available that one can get at these resorts/hotels & should one book from the UK or from within India fro the very best deals?
I would really also welcome any tips. help & advice for getting this right as I have never even been to Goa - this is for my nephew!