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Grand Hyatt Goa is a 313 room beach resort located along the calm shoreline of Bambolim Bay in Goa, India. The resort is spread across 28 acres lush tropical landscapes with architecture resembling a 17th century Indo-Portuguese palace. Located centrally between North and South Goa makes this location ideal for touring the various attractions around Goa. Best of all, the cost and point redemption rates are low, making this 5-Star hotel an excellent value.
For this booking, I used my annual free night award that comes with the Chase Hyatt credit card. The annual certificate is only good for hotels at category 4 and lower. In the states, this certificate usually is only good at an airport hotel or some unexciting property. However, in India this gets you a stay at a 5-Star resort.
During check-in, I was upgraded to the Grand Suite King for having Globalist status which typically goes for about $300 per night. Point redemption rates for standard rooms go for 12,000 points or 6,000 points plus $75USD.
Grand Hyatt Goa is located 25 km from Dabolim Airport, Goa and 7 km the capital city of Panaji. The hotel has spectacular views of Bambolim Bay in a quiet and relaxing environment. It is close to many activites such as boat tours, spice farms, kayaking, Old Goa, and Dudhsagar Falls.
The property is quite large with beautiful gardens and lush landscaping between the hotel and beach. There are plenty of outdoor seating areas and hammocks to relax in. Several restaurants, bars, and lounges are on site providing plenty of opportunity to eat and drink. Also, on site is a Spa, fitness center, and a Camp Hyatt for kids.
Like most Grand Hyatt Hotels, there are large banquet facilities to host weddings, conferences, and special events.
The food at Grand Hyatt Goa is amongst the best I’ve ever had at a hotel with insanely delicious Indian food. There are several dining options that range from Indian, Italian, grill bar, and world cuisine.
The Chulha is an award winning Indian restaurant that features tandoor-grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables served in clay pots and copper pans. The menu features authentic Indian dishes from all over India. The food was so amazing at the Chulha that I’m tempted to fly back to India just to eat here again.
The service at the Grand Hyatt Goa is impeccable. From check-in, to assisting with excursions, to dining service, everything was handled professionally.
During the dining service, the waiter was extremely helpful by enthusiastically explaining all the different types of dishes on the menu. He even explained where the particular dishes were from, how they are prepared, and what types of settings there are normally served in. We went with whatever he recommended and the meal was absolutely perfect.
The room was large with plenty of space to relax. However, it was a bit plain compared to the Park Hyatt Goa. A little more color could have livened things up a bit more. The couch could have been a bit more comfortable but its not a big deal since most of the time I was not in the room since there is so much to do around the area.
The suite had a large beautiful bathroom and a second smaller bathroom with a toilet and sink. The suite I stayed in was on the first floor and had a patio with a large jacuzzi that could probably fit four people in it!
The Grand Hyatt Goa is one of the best value properties within the Hyatt Portfolio providing a 5-Star experience at a fraction of the cost. Its location couldn’t be better for relaxing at the beach and exploring the various sights in Goa. To top it all off, the award winning food is unbelievably delicious and has me wanting to travel all the way to India just to eat here again.
It would be helpful if you described the club lounge, including view, dining, drinks, atmosphere, and anything else that’s pertinent. Of course, there may not actually be a club lounge here, but there’s been one at every Grand Hyatt I’ve visited, so I’m just playing the odds here. Another helpful item would be some off premise dining information, since dining at a Hyatt can get pricey pretty quickly.
As good as the food was, i hope that you also had some food on the beach in one of the “shacks”
The food is generally excellent (ok, not Hyatt good) , cheap and with cold beer. you get free wifi, free deck chair and they are on the sand – great fun
I didn’t get to check out the “shacks” but heard they were good. I was flying to Sydney the next day and didn’t want to risk any kind of stomach issues on such a long flight. I’ll try it next time though, sounds good!