Goa : Eat outs & Beaches
suggest you stay for a week in North Goa(Candolim/Baga stretch) and a week in South Goa(Varca/Betalbatim), here are some places i would suggest, which offer good deals and comfortable rooms and facilities - tariff around $50/ to $60 a night for bed & breakfast :
North Goa :
Estrela Do Mar
South Goa :
Martins Comfort(great rooms/contemporary decor) - part of the Goan institution "Martins Corner"
Varca Palm Beach Resort
Dona Sylvia(slightly expensive at $100 a night, but great facilities and food)
Majorda Beach resort( 5 star property @$125 a night, great buffer breakfast)
Places to eat :
North Goa : Souza Lobo, Britto's, St.Anthony's Cafe and the whole lot of beach shacks
South Goa : Martins Corner, Fisherman's Warf(opposite Dona Sylvia), Zeebop Shack(beside Royal Orchid Hotel)
North Goa : Tito's & Mambo's - next to each other, Club Cubbana, Club Paradiso
Generally most of the eat outs mentioned above have live band performance on friday's & saturday evenings, retro songs & goan song's, you can also use the dance area.
Must visit beaches/places :
Park yourself at a resort and visit these beaches hiring a bike($5 a day)
North Goa : Morjim, Anjuna, Chappora Fort, Arambol(infamous for russian's & israeli drug scene), Baga Beach, Mapusa(local goan shopping)
South Goa : Betalbatim beach, Palolem Beach(one of the best beaches in Goa, quite & scenic), Agonda Beach, Cola Beach, Patnem Beach
Have a great trip, enjoy the sea sand fenny/booze and people
Very Good Resort
We went to this resort at the last minute because of very sub standard accomodation supplied to us by RCI. This resort, however was very good. Right on the beach with half a dozen shacks to choose from, it is in a superb location. The food if you ate there was good, more expensive than the local restaurants, but still worth the money. £95 a night per couple including breakfast was the going rate. Good clean pool for those who don't want the beach. Free towels provided. Waiter service around the pool. Would go back again..
friendly staff good food
after reading some of the reviews for this hotel i concerned as to what we would find. But i could not fault the hotel or staff, they where extemely helpful. the room was lovely and clean. the food especially at seashells eas fantastic. The only gripe i have about our stay is that both the "fish market" and "culture" night are a little expensive for what you get. Other than that i wouldn't hesitate in returning.
I didn't like
Some of the staff were friendly, but some of them behaved really badly. I wouln't go there again. Bad expirience.
Our room was dark and small at first. There were only two hangers to clothes and it wasn't like in treir pictures. When I complained about the room I got really noisy room.
Everything is expensive there.For example I prepayd 1 hour internet and I get only half an hour and in the room was big coachroach. Internet coasts 250 rupies. In 100 metres from hotel it is 40 rupies per hour and they charge only the time You use.Other coachroachers I didn't see there.
Food in the buffet was good (535 rupies), but if You order from roomservice You never know what You get and what is the price.
Don't put expensive clothes to washing service. They may rule them.
Cleaning was bad there. For example they didn't clean the floors from everybody. It take about four days when they first time clean the floor of my room. Until then I walked with shoes.
I share these experience with other finns too. They thought about cleaning, food, washing service and prices the same than I.One old couple ordered from roomservice once. They get 3000 rupies bill for food ...
Nice thing there was the garden and indians know how to decorate too...
How to begin ??? arriving at this wonderful resort/hotel was a pleasant suprise as we were the last couple on the bus which incedently was the worst thing about this holiday (Take a Taxi from Airport its cheap and comfortable after long flight) and after seeing some hotels uugghh. Check in was simple the bell-boys grabbed your case's as soon as the bus stopped and we never saw themmagain until we arrived at our room, qwe were offerd a seat and a cool drink and the warm face towel was so refreshing and welcome. The room was spacious and cool (A/C0 with two kingsize but rock hard beds the TV showed a good selection of English programmes + radio channels you also got a free locla newspaer delivered to the room by 07.30 everyday.
We only stayed B&B the breakfast was good * plentiful. We preffered to eat at the Beach where you will find many shacks we chose Alberts Place offering a wide range of food including English Chinese Goan and Tandoori its so cheap and the range of FRESH seafood is out of this world if you ask for seafood it is brought before you so that you can choose your fish or Prawns, Lobster or Crab. Also take advantage of the many beach sellers where you can pick up gifts at rock bottom prices and Goa is full of genuine fakes i.e gucci, Hugo Boss, Prada ect,ect. Also get yourself some tailor made clothes very cheap I purchased A kashmir/ silk suit with 2 pairs of trousers + 4 cotton shirts all tailor made for less than £250.00
The shacks also control the sunbeds which are free of charge and the shack-boys are very attentive. The downside to this Holiday is that you have to harden your heart to tthe corruption & poverty in Goa and India as a whole.
i am quite surprised at the reviews as v just visited the hotel last week and found it very good. v go to goa almost every year and love to visit different hotels each time. this time v tried the majorda n really enjoyed our stay.
the beach is very clean and quite. v were not disturbed by the hawkers and would sit for hours on the beach enjoying the sun.
the rooms were the best. v got a free upgrade to the suite and were really happy with our rooms. they are spacious and roomy with huge balconies and a great sit out. the bathroom looked a bit outdated though. the rooms were well cleant and fresh.
the only problem was the food. though the breakfast was very good i cannt say the same thing for the dinner. there was not much choice and i did not like the taste of the food too much. its preferable to eat at the shacks as mentioned by most of the other reviewers. avoid the all inclusive package.
the hotel had good activities. and i would say that my holiday at majorda was time and money well spent
North Goa ..any recommendations for Hotels ?
We are looking to make our 2nd trip to Goa in March and would appreciate any help we can get on where to stay in the North of Goa. I hear Calangute is the place to go but we would rather stay away from the crowds. The last time we stayed at the Majorda Beach Resort; it was fantastic.
Any recommendations ..maybe something close to the beach .
RE: North Goa ..any recommendations for Hotels ?
I would reccomend that you avoid calangute if you want to stay away from the crowds as it can be quite manic at times,especially around calangute steps.If you want to go somewhere in north goa where it is less crowded then maybe candolim is an idea but the north is totally different from the south.
RE: RE: North Goa ..any recommendations for Hotels ?
Baga or Candolim would be a better choice than Calangute...but compared to the south they will seem very busy too!
At least from say Baga you can taxi up to a quiet beach like Morjim...
RE: North Goa ..any recommendations for Hotels ?
Yes Morgim is a quiet beach as Blublublu has stated. Morgim does not have any hotels only privately owned villas. You can try www.whisperingpalmsgoa.com at Morgim Beach. Its a private villa and close to the beach.