Heritage Village, Goa, Had a brilliant time, recommended
We stayed at the Heritage Village, for the New Year, got back 12th Jan 2007. We had a brilliant time, would recommend this hotel, it was value for money, although would advise to pay the extra to have a superior room. The effort the staff put in to celebrate the New Year was amazing, although the choice of food was small (but you do have to take into account that it is a small hotel), we always found plenty to eat, we didnt find any of the food either at the hotel or when we ate out was overly spicy, have eaten hotter curries at home, all the food was of excellent quality. The only downside if you can call it that, was that the entertainment was not the best we have had, but as we are never really bothered about hotel entertainment it was not a problem. The rooms and also the hotel as a whole was spotless, never once did we come across a creepy crawly in our room, which you normally accept in hot climates. Most of the time we went to the beach, that was almost empty, save about 20 sunbeds, the water although a strange colour was very clear and warm. We would recommend eating at Anthony's shack on the beach, very good quality food, and plenty of it, and very cheap. On a couple of occasions while on the beach we were able to see many dolphins swimming very close to the beach. If anyone wants to visit the spice plantation and ride elephants or bath one, we would recommend getting a taxi from outside the hotel, you get a fixed price, for the two of us to go on this trip, have a lunch there, it was only £16, this way you can stay as long as you want, as the driver will wait. The elephant riding/washing is extra no matter who you go with. Would recommend an evening out at the Pentagon Restaurant, very cheap and good food, plus good entertainment, this was only a short taxi ride away.
We didnt come across any beggars around this part of Goa, everyone was very friendly and felt really safe going out at night. We did spend a day in Calangute, near Baga North Goa, mainly to go shopping, but although it was cheap, was really glad we didnt stay there, the beach was very dirty (full of rubbish), not our sort of thing. Please have a look at our photo's. We look forward to going back in the future. I must just add that the scenery was unbelievable, very pretty. We flew with first choice, which we do recommend very good flight, we did upgrade, but everone seemed to have more room than other flight companies.
This beach is located at the northern most end of the South Goa coastline.
Beautiful golden sands and palm trees. Hardly anyone uses the beach.
You will see the odd fishing boat. They will even take you out to sea to look at the dolphins.
If you walk south you will come to a quaint beach shack that sells cold drinks. The locals will try to sell you their wares, which are bargains!
Tell them politely to leave you alone, and they will.
One thing I would say about the beach, wear beach shoes, a friend of ours stood on a shell which stuck in his foot.
Enjoyable but flawed
Just returned from a week at the Heritage Village.
The food was good and varied and the service fine. It is worth going to the Mango Terrace where there is more choice, good service and a relaxed atmosphere.
The rooms are very clean and spacious. We had a superior room overlooking the pool. We did not suffer from the noise mentioned in other reviews. It was good to have a room close to the pool and overlooking the central area of the hotel.
The evening entertainment is frighteningly awful and there is pressure to join in. However, there is always the option of having a quiet drink in the bar and reception area of the hotel.
It is hard to relax by the pool during the day due to the entertainment staff trying to get everyone involved in the daily activity which is mainly pool volleyball. "No thankyou" appears to be an unacceptable response. Furthermore ,the sales people from the two massage centres and beauty parlour think nothing of bothering you on a daily basis asking whether you wish to purchase any of their services. This happens at least four times a day and they will even wake you if you are asleep.
On the whole we had an enjoyable week and do not regret choosing the Heritage Village . Indeed we would expect the problems we experienced to occur in other hotels in Goa. If you are someone who enjoys group activities and joining in your take on the matter would probably differ. What our holiday has shown us is this part of the world probably isn't for us.
best hoilday ever
we have just come back from the heritage villiage. we spent two weeks there and it wasnt long enough. it is a lovely hotel and staff are very friendly. we often spent most of our nights in the bar where drinks were always topped up. by the friendly bar men charen and sunsil. the night enteramment isn't brilliant but ha where is. they try to get you involved day and night but do leave you if you say no. the food had good choice they always had chips at lunch ime for the english that moaned they dont like curry (y go 2 india). the mango terrice was lovley i would try the vegable casarol. also there is a family run resturant called yummy kitchen 100 yards from hotel. it is lovley food and worth the money (very cheep). also you can get a taxi to the pentagen. its very cheep and taxi driver waits for you.
the saturday nite market was an experience about an hour away. also anjuna market every wednesday is also good and cheep to buy presents.
the beach is very quite but the the hawkers can be full on. make sure if your not intersted dont look. if you look you have to buy. it also the same on some markets.
we are going back next november for three weeks
Beautiful place for a weeks break
Nice place, great staff, close to the beautiful beach and great shack. resturant. Anthony at the shack on the beach is a great guy, any questions about thing to do, ask him. Do not book trips with the hotel, just ask the taxi drivers and they will do it for a lot less (less than half the price of hotel / tour operators). I particularly liked the waterfalls trip, so beautiful and amazing, and cheeky monkeys stealing our bannanas! The water was great, and the 45 min 4x4 trip through rivers and hills to get there was unforgetable!
Great hotel, good food although not great. Good local beer (after a few days getting used to it!). Soft drinks good. Pool was nice, although a lot of pool games go on.
One disapointing thing for us - we thought a lot of the people there fitted the 'chav' steriotype - although maybe we were just unlucky.
I would say 2 weeks would be far too long (for us, anyway) but a week would be great!
You will not have a bad time if you go here.....
Outstanding holiday at The Heritage Village
We've just returned from 2 weeks at the Heritage Village and from what was a slightly disappointing start, ended up being a great holiday.
The biggest endorsement that this hotel has is, that at any one time, around 30% of the guests have stayed there before. Some people we met had been there more than 20 times!
The initial disappointment was relating to the food. Although what was on offer was generally of good quality, there wasn't much variety and if you're not over fond of curried fare, you'll lose weight! We're not that fussy over food but some friends we made there did complain to the management. The response from the food and beverage manager was outstanding. He offered to have one of the chefs cook for us anything that we wanted if we didn't like the look of what was out, all we had to do was let him know. He also gave us the choice of dinner in the Mango Terrace every night that it was open, instead of just the twice a week that you get in the all inclusive package. You just can't fault that kind of attitude. Even our friends ended up singing the praises of the place.
Within 30 mins from the airport. 5 mins walk to the beach (the Goan government will not allow new hotels within 200 metres of the high tide point), 15 mins walk to the nearest railway station / village, 10 mins taxi from the nearest town.
Standard rooms are adequate, twin beds, en-suite, free aircon, ceiling fan, small balcony. Superior rooms have doubles and a sofa bed and are larger with a larger balcony. You can upgrade to a suite for an extra £30 per night. All rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels and bed linen is changed every other day. The cleaners are trustworthy and very good.
We've never been anywhere where the staff are so friendly and willing to help, always with a smile. The waiters and barstaff are all there to get experience before applying to work on the cruise ships. They're paid less than £20 per month so a modest tip early on will go a long way. This kind of service does not happen by accident, therefore the management team must be commended for fostering the culture that runs throughout the hotel.
They work extremely hard setting up the special nights (2 or 3 per week) and the beach barbeque is worth a look. The entertainment itself is not great but it's better than we've seen in a lot of places. The Animation team do their best to get people involved but they're not overpowering if you just want to chill out.
I would say that the average age of guests is 40+ and there's not much for kids or teenagers. The hotel caters for mainly British, Fins and Russians as well as Indians. Entertainment is only in English.
None of the vehicles in Goa seem particularly roadworthy and that includes the taxis - it's a result if you find one that's got a bit of tread left on the tyres. Having said that, the taxi drivers are very helpful when it comes to recommending places to go and you'll find them very cheap. Beware that they work on a voucher system with local shops, so they will always be asking whether you want to stop off somewhere along the way to see some carpets or Goan crafts. Goan driving is like a white knuckle ride most of the time, however most of the accidents are between trucks and cows on the road - not the taxis.
Go on the train to the waterfalls, it'll cost less than 15p and it's a real experience. Ask the hotel for train times etc. and you can get the jeeps up there at the other end. Be prepared for a rough ride on the jeep. It takes 45 mins and costs about £20 for 6 people.
It's as clean as you'll find anywhere. There's a nice bar shack on the beach run by a guy called Anthony who's very chatty. Hawkers are not allowed to approach you on the beach so if you say that you're not interested, they will leave you alone. Beware that the sea is not safe for children or adults due to very strong undercurrents.
Wall to wall sunshine. Temps up to 38 degrees, warm at night.
Weather, staff, accommodation.
Points to improve on
Diet Coke not included! At 50 Rupees per can it cost us £91 for the 2 weeks. They say that this is because they don't make it in India and it has to be imported. However the shop outside the hotel sells it for 25 Rupees and I assume that he is not selling it at cost. I don't have a problem with the hotel covering their costs, however I do take issue with them making a profit on this when I've paid all inclusive.
All inclusive finishes at 11 pm after which you will need to pay for drinks. I think 12 pm would be more reasonable - after all, you're on holiday!
If we ever get to the end of the list of places we want to go, I would definitely go back the Heritage.
Returned from holiday 12/12/06.
All that the last post said, just a few points to add.
The standard rooms are not great, I would up-grade next time.
Goa is some where you can go and not have to think twice about ' can I afford to do it'. If you want to go by taxi and get them to wait for you and bring you back, you can afford it. Go out to the best restaurants, you can afford it. In fact every thing is affordable.
We used the taxi's outside the hotel all the time and saw all of the points of interest in the south and even went with them to the hippy night market in the north. If you do one thing in Goa, do the night market, it is a sight to remember.
The only trip we did through the rep. was the Old Goa/cruise & Panjim, I was not impressed by any of it and you felt hearded about agianst making your own arrangement with the taxi's.
The Pentegon restaurant needs a mention, day or night it is a good place to eat. Live music most nights and a small dance floor make a good choice.
We loved Goa & the Heritage Village. Friendly lovely people make this place a must.
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This first picture is at the Arossim beach in South goa.
Most of my goa pictures are being shipped with the rest of my luggage from India. So those will come up later. In the mean time I shall finish all the writing!
I have been to Goa three times. The first time was a shoe string. Second time was slightly better. the third was absolute luxury!
Read on and maybe you can get some useful information!
Heritage village club Arossim Beach
we are due to stay at this hotel in March for two weeks. Has anyone stayed there. We would love to know what its like and any hints and tips you may have. This is our first time in Goa and we are really looking forward to it but know very little about the hotel or surrounding area. Have heard the beach (Arossim) is lovely. Also bit worried as we have heard Goa has a problem with stray dogs that can get a bit vicious. Is this the case in this hotel or area. We are travelling on Monarch and have heard some bad reports about their flights to Goa has anyone travelled with them? Thanks in advance - any info will be much appreciated.
RE: Heritage village club Arossim Beach
The Monarch flight is ok...the foods a bit bland, and the seats are less than generous...but otherwise its an ok experience.
Arossim is a lovely area...but a bit on the quiet side for me, I prefer the north. That said Goa and the Goans is great...most people after the initial culture shock fall in love with the place.
Dogs can be a nuisance at night, but its mainly all bark...just defending their territory.
Dont book trips through reps...local taxi's are much better...and way cheaper!