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The Leela Goa selected as the preferred venue to host BRICS-BIMSTEC Joint Summit

India’s Prime Minister and Heads-of-State of eleven countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, to converge at closing state dinner showcasing the finest of Indian cuisine.

15 Oct 2016

GOA – Oct 14, 2016 – Taking international recognition to the next level, The Leela Goa, nestled between the Arabian Sea and River Sal, has been chosen to host the prestigious BRICS-BIMSTEC joint summit on October 15 – 16, 2016, that will witness the convergence of 11 distinguished world leaders, including the summit host, our Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.


The 75-acre exclusive resort, will be hosting the joint summit at the Riverside lawns which overlook the tranquil River Sal and the lofty Betul mountains, and organizing a one-of-a-kind beachside state banquet hosted by the Indian Prime Minister. The resort is also poised to receive the heads-of-state of all seven BIMSTEC countries as in-house guests during the two-day summit in Goa.


After hectic parleys at the joint summit, the world leaders, including His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, His Excellency Xi Jin Ping, President of China, His Excellency Michel Temer, President of Brazil and His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, will converge for the state banquet in a luxury tent on the vast expanse of the stunning Leela beach. More than 250 dignitaries from around the globe will attend the seven-course curated dinner that will also feature eclectic cultural performances from renowned artists across India.


“We have taken great care to ensure that every detail of the dignitaries visit and stay with us are attended to in a manner that reflects the best of traditional Indian hospitality. Our team of highly talented chefs have been researching and curating the “perfect” seven course meal for several months for this important closing state banquet. Our effort is to showcase India’s rich culinary heritage to our international guests while having all ten national delegations appreciate our regional presentations without compromising on their individual taste preferences – a tall task for our team,” said Shridhar Nair, general manager, The Leela Goa.


For the state banquet, The Leela Goa’s team of talented chefs have thoroughly researched ten national cuisines before compiling a special pan-Indian menu that delicately marries varied tastes with the Indian selection. For example the Shahi Lobster being served for dinner is inspired by the famous dish - Lobster Thermidor - and has a delicate blend of flavours derived from Indian herbs and spices.


Eminent guests staying at The Leela Goa will include her Excellency Ms Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Prime Minister of Myanmar; His Excellency Mr Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka; His Excellency Prayut Chan o cha, Prime Minister of Thailand; Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; His Excellency Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal; His Excellency Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan.


The resorts’ experienced team of butlers, who have previously handled several visits of heads of states, are keenly looking forward to ensuring that the dignitaries feel at home during their stay. Special arrangements have been made for the motorcades of the eleven heads of states, including, over 180 luxury sedans, in addition to the military escort vehicles.


Being chosen as the primary host for BRICS-BRIMSTEC Summit is yet another recognition of The Leela Goa as one of the finest luxury resorts in Asia and India. Recently ranked among the Top 10 luxury resorts in Asia & the Indian sub-continent by the esteemed readers of Conde Nast Traveller – UK, The Leela Goa has further consolidated its position as the preferred venue of choice for events of significance to India and the world.


The resort which underwent a five million dollar refurbishment a few years ago is a striking confluence of Portuguese and Indian design. As a preferred meetings and events destination, it offers stays that are truly in nature’s lap and showcase endless acres of plumeria gardens, lotus ponds, bamboo plantations, mangrove coves, apart from the majestically flowing River Sal and the balmy Arabian Sea; luxurious accommodations, state-of-the-art conference and meeting rooms, world-class dining and entertainment, an executive golf course, international water sports and one of Goa’s finest beaches.


Its fine dining concepts include a new pavilion restaurant called The Restaurant with live kitchens and Jamavar, The Leela’s signature fine dining Indian restaurant. Guests can also enjoy local fresh seafood at Susegado, the beachfront grill restaurant, fine dining at the Riverside, the Italian restaurant on the banks of the river Sal, sparkling cocktails and snacks at the Pool Bar and refreshments and appetizers at the Yali Lounge.


About The Leela Goa:

Just 50 minutes by flight from Mumbai and a 45-minute drive from the Goa airport through coconut groves, nestles The Leela Goa, one of the most celebrated luxury beach resorts in India. Situated on the pristine Mobor beach in South Goa, the property has an ecosystem of its own – river Sal on one side, Arabian Sea on the other. Spread across 50 acres of green sanctuary, with over 300,000 trees and fresh water lagoons, this exclusive 206 room property is a unique combination of colonial Portuguese architecture and contemporary Indian design. The resort offers luxurious, secluded guest rooms and suites, destination dining experiences from around the world, an award-winning spa, a 12-hole, par-three executive golf course and a children’s club along with thoughtful, discreet service to meet every traveller’s needs. The Club at The Leela Goa is a hotel-in-a-hotel and offers guests an exclusive experience with personalized services, private pool and private dining lounge. The Leela Goa brings alive the susegado spirit, the relaxed and laid-back attitude towards life that Goa is known for, and serves guests an unforgettable experience.


About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Established in 1986, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, owns and operates nine award-winning properties in major cities and magical leisure destinations across India. These include the flagship in the capital city of New Delhi, plus, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, East Delhi, Goa, Udaipur and Kovalam Beach, Kerala. Over the last three decades, The Leela group has been recognized for its unique identity among the world’s leading hotels, and recently voted the world’s fifth best brand in the prestigious Travel + Leisure US 2016 worldwide survey. Each property is a market leader in its respective location, and internationally acclaimed for excellence in luxury hospitality. The Leela is committed to providing guests with unforgettable stays in settings that capture the essence of India. The group has several new projects under development, including Bangalore, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, Kathmandu, Chandigarh, with plans to expand overseas. It has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is owned by Hotel Leela venture Ltd, a publicly listed company. For more information, please visit our website at

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