Marriott International to reflag Leela Goa as St. Regis Goa

Marriott International has today signed an agreement with Ceres Hotels Private Limited to bring the St. Regis brand to Goa. Slated to open in October 2022, this will mean that the hotel will lose its Leela flag. Here are the details.

Marriott signs on to replace the Leela Goa flag with St. Regis

Marriott International signed on a deal with the owner of the Leela Goa, Ceres Hotels Private Limited, who will convert the luxurious Leela Goa into a St. Regis hotel.

The St. Regis Goa Resort is expected to serve as the ninth Marriott International hotel in Goa, following a strategic conversion of The Leela Goa. The resort will undergo a complete transformation in phases, starting in 2022. Ceres Hotels Private Limited, the owner of the resort is a subsidiary of Metrod Holdings Berhad which is listed on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange.

Aerial View, The Leela Goa

On this occassion, 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 St. Regis Goa 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.

Spread across 49-acres, The St. Regis Goa Resort will be located on Mobor Beach, a prime beachfront location in South Goa. Surrounded by water on three sides, the beach is known for dolphin spotting, bird watching and lazy river cruises. Featuring an exquisite blend of modern design and traditional charm, this resort is anticipated to feature 206 luxurious guestrooms, suites and villas and is set to showcase a variety of culinary venues, including five specialty restaurants.

Guests can look forward to a sophisticated Drawing Room space where they can enjoy the brand’s signature Afternoon Tea, in addition to The St. Regis Bar, which will serve up a local rendition of the brand’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary.

The resort is expected to offer unparalleled recreation and leisure facilities, which will include a well-equipped fitness center, three swimming pools, a Children’s Club, tennis courts, and a 12-hole golf course. Plans also call for a signature St. Regis Spa, which will offer guests a range of bespoke treatments and experiences. With an anticipated 1,183 square meters of meeting space, and an additional 1,000 square meters of expansive function lawns overlooking the Mobor beach, guests can expect modern, multi-purpose venues, suited to host weddings, socials, meetings and conventions.

The Leela Goa was Metrod’s first hotel upon its diversification into the hospitality business in 2015, whereby it forked out RM170.15 million for the venture. The company is also involved in the manufacturing of copper products.

At this moment, the Leela Goa is still open for business and selling inventory, although at some point in time this year it will start tranistioning to the new brand.

Bottomline

Marriott will takeover The Leela Goa and reflag it into The St. Regis Goa. The new property is expected to go live in October 2022, making it the ninth Marriott hotel in Goa. Marriott will now have a top to bottom coverage in Goa, with the W Goa at one tip of Goa, and St. Regis on the other end.

What do you think of the Marriott taking over The Leela Goa?


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  1. Any guesses what category they will assign it? I’m guessing at least the same as the W Goa, if not one level higher.

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