Put aside any 'rough and ready' preconceptions you might have about Goa and sink into your sun-lounger at the infinity pool.

Look out over the paddy fields towards the sun setting over the beach 500 metres away and relax.

This is south Goa, a world away from everything. In the serene main building, opt for a Loft Suite with an enormous bathroom and double balcony.

The spa and the exclusive Diwa Wing are new additions, offering an extra layer of luxury.

Explore and visit a spice plantation or 18th-century Portuguese house before returning to the hotel in time to try Goan delicacies (vegetarians will be in heaven) and fish curry at Spice Studio.

Wow factor: Check in at the new Diwa Wing with its own pool, design rooms and breakfast served all day.

Go: Cosmos (cosmos.co.uk) offers seven nights B&B from £899 per person, including Monarch flights via Mumbai and transfers.