Rooms at The Leela Kempinski Goa start at around $300 per night, or 13,600 Indian rupees, and can balloon as high as $1,400 per night if you book a private Royal Villa. Since we're looking at the most haute hotel offerings, we're going to delve a bit deeper into these miniature homes away from home.
It's blazingly obvious that The Leela is catering to a certain breed of Western clientele, but that's to be expected with hotels of this nature. European and American travelers may travel to Goa seeking an "exotic" experience, but still be comforted by familiar comforts like Italian marble in the restrooms, a jacuzzi, and an attached private pool.
An undeniable draw to booking a Villa, and traveling like an aristocratic jetsetter in general, is the highbrow status that comes along with it. The Leela has tapped into this elitist mentality with their Club at the Leela, a place where the rules are laid out in no uncertain terms: "[The Club] is for the discerning traveller who is prepared to give a little bit extra to get that little bit extra." That "little bit extra" includes outdoor showers in some suites, airport limo transfers, and 24-hour butler service for any on-a-whim requests you might need fulfilled. This is all in addition to the on-site spa, golf course, tennis, croquet, and other swank hotel activities for the rich and carefree.
Any place that dares say it treats its guests "like the incarnation of God" has a lot to live up to. The Leela goes there in the luxury department, and then some.
[Photo: The Leela Kempinski Goa]