Thank you Francis for suggesting Qatar Airways - we were very impressed with them.
Great company to deal with, can always get through quickly on phone, very courteous and friendly staff, always ring back when they say they will. Was a lovely touch when Justin rang a couple of days before we were due to travel to check we had got everything and to wish us a nice holiday. 5*
You always come it trumps
Good service, always willing to help.
All went to plan, thank you
Love DialAFlight team. All very professional and attentive. Always pick them for my travels!
Extremely helpful and patient staff especially when I changed my dates and times of travelling.
As always Morgan went the extra mile and provided a super efficient service
Many thanks again to DialAFlight. Delivered on all flights to Goa.
Excellent flights with Finnair - definitely recommend them. Hotel Caravella in Goa was fab too - service a little slow but would return
Very helpful, very good.
Russell was brilliant from start to finish
Because of the four hour wait at Muscat the journey was extremely tiring. The airline was very comfortable and the staff on board were very efficient but I would not recommend that particular route as I found it exhausting.
Excellent service as always. Booking next flight shortly
We were a little disappointed with the flight out of Doha to Goa - after the first leg it was a bit of a come down to say the least. The return was much better, both aircraft had a good standard in business class.
Kieran super helpful - we had all the tour guides as expected and everything flowed well. Thanks so much for yet again, another excellent service
We can’t fault Logan in any way, always does us proud.
The much vaunted Qatar Airways failed to carry Immigration Cards on their Doha/Goa leg. Their website did not allow the printing of the boarding card when checking online. But their business class service on board is excellent
Excellent trip as always - perfect visit to Goa
Really good service. We had excellent flights. Will use DialAFlight again.
Booking with you again
Excellent and professional service throughout booking process and any follow up enquiries
First class excellent. Thanks Tristan
Great prices. Excellent customer service and updates.
Harriet and her team were incredible. From leaving the Hilton Gatwick, through check-in, the flight, the arrival in Goa and the return flight two weeks later, everything went smoothly and flawlessly. Well done DialAFlight
Wonderful to be able to fly to Goa directly, with no frightful Mumbai to cope with. Congratulations, Chloe
Many thanks Dominic, we had an amazing time, will be in touch soon!
Very pleased with the service. Brian was excellent . I wouldn't go anywhere else. You have a customer for life!
I find that you are always very helpful and and I will definitely be using you for my next trip, thank you.
Some of us simply can't do a whole English winter any more. For me, there is the added business every December and early January of being on the panto treadmill, three shows a day, in Guildford.
What's more, this year, the Grim Reaper had been scything like Poldark through my address book. I needed a break. I needed sun. Then someone suggested Goa is a goer. 'Goa?' said our son. 'Isn't that where you take stimulants and rave?' Well, excuse me if I rave.
THE LEELA HOTEL
The Leela Hotel is wonderful - despite the fact that Putin visits. Sir Mark Tully, the BBC's voice of India, stays, as does Sonia Gandhi, who arrived shortly after we left.
My wife Kate and I flew there non-stop and then had an easy 75-minute transfer.
Many of our fellow passengers were heading for package hotels up the coast, rather than sweeping into The Leela's discreet gates at the end of the peninsula.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND
The Leela was built 26 years ago and has benefited from less strict planning controls than exist now. It was able to secure a private beach then, not possible now, so that means it can put as many sun loungers on the sand as it wants.
Hotels now, fronting public beaches, can park no more than a dozen loungers. But for Leela guests, there are more than enough loungers for everyone.
Croquet is the only nod to the Raj, but the guests nevertheless are 50 per cent English: you can tell by their Boden linen. An elderly lady archaeologist from Pimlico, an accountant from Bromley, a yoga teacher from Hampstead. All regulars for decades. 'What makes this place,' they chorus, 'is the staff.' The astonishing ratio is 3.5 staff to each guest, lifting your finger before you're even aware that it needs lifting.
Of the rest? Russians (in bling), Euro-randoms (Italians leading the charge) and wealthy Indians. Their children are perfect: well-behaved and virtually invisible.
AT THE BEACH
The beach is perfect, too – no lacerating coral, the breeze cooling without sandblasting. At sunrise, there are dolphins. Sea eagles frame themselves beautifully between palm trees.
Sandpipers dart. Beach guards keep hawkers away. At night, you watch the lamps on the fishing boats and owlets hunting.
The huge rooms are scattered around 75 acres, overlooking lagoons where pink lilies bloom.
There are private villas, too, within the – yet more exclusive – Club, for Bollywood stars and Mr Putin. Silent buggies convey the elderly from joy to joy.
Conferences are discreetly arranged, wedding pavilions erected and down by morning. Indian ceremonies are welcoming and their tribute bands do a creditable Radio Ga Ga.
We attended not one, but two, Punjabi weddings of radiant couples we had never seen before, nor shall again, but may blessings rain upon them. My meditation class was too singsong to be intelligible, but the four-year-old Indian boy in front of me had it sussed. The gym is so deserted that the trainers are truly personal. In the top-flight spa, Kate had a magnificent holistic massage, with oils, bells and probably whistles.
All You Can Eat was never like this. Thyme-scented lentil soup with roasted walnuts? Goan kingfish? A bewildering vegetarian menu, creamy dhals, dhingri palak? Desserts? How about rabri (cardamom condensed milk) and dates in soft, white fudge?
Trips to the Goan capital Panaji with your own driver are astonishingly inexpensive and you can shop there for textiles, paper and incense.
Ten miles on and Old Goa, with its Portugese churches, is unmissable. 'Another day in Paradise,' says the daily Leela newsletter. Nonsense. Paradise can't compete with this. Paradise won't have so many staff.