***UPDATE***: The Leela Goa’s website has now been updated showing that The Leela Goa is now accepting reservations till the night of 6th October 2022, meaning that the resort will operate under The Leela brand until 7th October 2022.
One of Goa’s best hotel, The Leela Goa, is soon going to be rebranded as St. Regis Goa Resort as Marriott has signed an agreement with Ceres Hotels Private Limited, which owns the resort, to undertake the management of the resort.
This agreement will convert The Leela Goa into The St. Regis Goa Resort. The resort will undergo transformation in phases with the conversion slated to complete in October 2022. Ceres Hotels, owner of the resort, is a subsidiary of Metrod Holdings Berhad which is listed on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange. In 2015, the Nair family run Hotel Leelaventure had sold The Leela Goa to Malaysian firm MetTube for ₹725 crore.
The resort is located approximately 28 kilometers south of the Goa International Airport and will be accessible via the Dabolim-Cavelossim road over a 60-minute, picturesque drive through Goa. The resort is one of the biggest in Goa spread across 75 acres. The resort is located on Mobor Beach. Surrounded by water on three sides, the beach is known for dolphin spotting, bird watching, and cruises.
St. Regis Goa Resort will feature 206 guest rooms, suites and villas, 5 speciality restaurants, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts and a 12-hole golf course. Marriott also has plans to have a signature St. Regis Spa here. The resort will have an anticipated 1,183 square metres of meeting space, and an additional 1,000 square metres of expansive function lawns overlooking the Mobor beach.
Rajeev Menon, President – Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China), Marriott International, said:
We are delighted to work with Ceres Hotels Private Limited to introduce the St. Regis brand to Goa, bringing bespoke experiences curated for the most discerning travellers to one of the most beautiful and fascinating coastal destinations in India. The resort will usher in a new benchmark of luxury hospitality in this city and underscores the tremendous trust and confidence our owners have in us and in the power of our luxury brands.
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This will be second St. Regis hotel in India after The St. Regis Mumbai. Marriott has also signed an agreement with Prestige Group to bring St. Regis to Delhi. St. Regis Goa Resort will be the ninth Marriott hotel in Goa. The American hospitality chain last year opened The Westin Goa and Fairfield by Marriott Goa Benaulim and has also signed an agreement to bring the JW Marriott brand to Goa.
Goa and Bengaluru will have 4 luxury brands of Marriott in the near future. Goa currently has a W Hotel and a Luxury Collection resort with St. Regis Goa Resort coming this year and JW Marriott Goa Resort slated to open in a few years. Bengaluru does not have a St. Regis yet but it does have a Ritz-Carlton with a W Hotel slated to open in a few years. Mumbai presently has a St. Regis hotel, two JW Marriott and two Luxury Collection hotels with a Ritz Carlton and a W Hotel slated to open in a few years, making Mumbai the only Indian city that will have 5 luxury brands of Marriott, with EDITION Hotels the only brand to not have a presence neither in Mumbai nor in India.
Marriott International currently operates 129 hotels and resorts in India, spanning 16 brands that include St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, Westin, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, Le Méridien, Aloft, Tribute Portfolio, Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, and Fairfield by Marriott.
Featured image by The Leela Goa
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