Expect a very cushioned, celebrity treatment at the brand new Planet Hollywood Goa which bears testimony to its name, writes Misbaah Mansuri.
From sprawling suites with Hollywood memorabilia to a treatment replicated just like a celebrity, the new entrant in South Goa with its well-knit hospitality team led by General Manager, Anand Chatterjee serves upon all levels. With a ravishing beach just five minutes from the resort and gastronomic experiences that will for sure satiate your foodie
impulse, you might never look at Goa the same way after experiencing this Hollywood!
With 115 rooms and 15 luxury tents, the resort is ideal not just for movie buffs but also those wanting to experience a celebrity treatment. Guests are spoilt for choice with an array of Hollywood themed rooms like Superhereos, fables, Harry Potter, Pulp Fiction among others to choose from. With a leg massager, bouquets, chocolates, cake, fruits and personalized champagne bottles with your name on it, the rooms are a cocoon of indulgences. But it is the Presidential suite, a gorgeous Cleopatra inspired masterpiece overlooking spectacular views that you should be after!
As for the food, a meal at the all-day dining restaurant Planet Dailies and you are sure to leave a piece of your heart there! Culinary winners comprise of the Nasi Goreng, which will impress you with the depth of flavour it shows. Decent chilli heat is complemented by shrimp, egg, corn, carrot, peas, and anchovies, fresh cucumber and sambal as garnish.
Chef Sundar Sudarshan, the Corporate Chef at PH weaves magic with Goan specialities which can win over the most disgruntled taste-buds. For those who love sushis, saashimis and crab cakes, the Fame restaurant which focuses on Asian, including Thai and teppanyaki is something you can’t afford to bypass. The imprints of Hollywood posters at Heart, the lobby bar designed by Gauri Khan sets the Hollywood vibe just right wherein you can sip on the most eclectic cocktails.
For a soothing spa sojourn, there is the Pink Room Salon and Spa by Dr Shalini D’costa where tensions are pummelled away. Treatments are customized according to individual preferences. There are a plethora of de-stressing massages to choose from. The most recommended spa treatment is opting for a 60 minute aromatherapy massage along with a 30 minute almond and rose body wrap to experience best of both the worlds which is sure to open your eyes to your inner self. An hour and more and get all set to take on the world like never before!
The shining hospitality and personalisation can be seen as one of the prime USPs of the beach resort which is the 2nd Planet Hollywood in the world after Las Vegas. Another smart aspect can be attributed to the location of the resort just by the beach. Sunset is the magic hour when the beauty of the place manifolds. Of course, there are many hot, beachy blasts in Goa and a number of sun-soaked spots too but you will acknowledge the fact that the Uttorda beach near PH is the cleanest one in the city and the one you will return to!
Where: Uttorda Beach, South Goa
Hit: The Hollywood brand experience delivered to guests
A miss: The approach road from the main road can be unnerving
Price range: Doubles from Rs 6,000