Renaissance Goa Resort

Varca Village, Colva Beach, Goa, Goa, 403721, India

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Fabulous time at the Ramada Caravela

by TripAdvisor Member Dilbert1

We stayed at the Ramada at the begining of March and had an excellent
holiday. Our room did smell very musty but we asked to be moved and the staff were very helpfull and moved us to a room by the tennis courts wich was much better and very clean.

We never encountered any rude staff, in fact they seemed to go out of their way to be helpfull and pleasant.

It was a nightmare trying to get a sun lounger by the pool and yes you do find that people put their towels out very early and then disappear for the day which is very inconsiderate. Apparently the golf course is going to be replaced with another pool and loungers this year and I also heard that it is going to be taken over by the marriot.We spent most of our time on the beach outside the Capricorn which was excellent and Monica, who runs it, was lovely and ordered us any seafood that we wanted. The Indian restaurant inside the hotel
was also fantastic. It is also worth going to the Joecorn Garden restaurant in Benaulim village as we had a really good meal there. As for the taxis, although you have to use the hotel's and they are more expensive than others they are still cheap compared to taxis here. Our taxi driver was called Alex and he was brilliant, he never minded waiting for us and didn't charge us a lot to do this.All in all we had a fantastic holiday and would definateley stay at the Ramada again.

Sunbeds and Taxis at Ramada

by TripAdvisor Member McGrew

We stayed at the Ramada Caravela in January. We were looking forward to our stay after basing our decision mainly on the comments on this site. The hotel grounds and pool was lovely but the rooms were dull and dreary and constantly smelled damp. We had a garden view room and were offered to upgrade to a pool view room and did visit it but it was just as dull and smelly as the garden room so stayed put. Do not go in a garden room. The reception staff are rude and unhrlpful. The sunbed/towel situation is a nightmare by 7.00 all the beds are gone. Then other guests put there towels on the beds but do not use them (1 day the beds by us had towels on from 7.00 we sunbathed all day and left at 5pm and no one had used the beds) The taxis outside the hotel are expensive and have the monopoly on the taxis. We tried to get a cheaper taxi 1 day but the taxi driver said he was too frightened to take us to Bagga as he would be followed from the Ramada Taxi drivers so you have to put up with the Hotel Taxi prices. The Indian Restaurant is absolutely fantastic!!!!!!

A great Hotel in a great beach location that can cater for a Gluten Free Diet!

by TripAdvisor Member MACALIFROG

The Ramada Caravela is a fantastic hotel to stay at. Located on 35km of beach and with many, many facilities, including Golf and Bicycle hire, what more could you ask for?
I suffer from Coeliac Disease and have to follow a wheat and gluten free diet. This was no problem as I was met not only by the Food & Beverages manager, but also by the Head Chef, Roland Sequeira, who both immediately put me at ease with regards to food, and more importantly eating it! At each catering establishment on site, I was introduced to the restuarant manager and was given mobile contact numbers to call if I had any queries whilst dining or about to dine.
At the Xmas Gala dinner I was personally escorted around the amazing array of food available by the Head Chef himself, even though he was an extremely busy man himself.
The rooms were fantastically clean, and kept that way. All the facilities including the pool and the toilets (located in other areas of the hotel) were kept scrupulously clean. All the staff were happy people (apart from one or two grumpies which I find you always get) from the receptionists to the pool guys to the waiters to the laundry boys. The ladies in the beauty salon (14 years and 9 years loyalty a piece - impressive) were very friendly and experienced. The yoga people were also extremely helpful. There is also a book swap which did contain alot of German and Russian paperbacks, but this is a useful facility to have.
One good tip - when you go to the beach you will be swarmed by the lovely ladies selling bits and bobs - buy something, however small, on the first day, and you won't be bothered again. Sheema is one of the nicest ladies there.
Also - if you fancy a break from eating at the hotel, get yourself a taxi & ask for Mymos. It is about 1 mile away. It will cost you around 200 rupees to get there, but you can ask for the taxi drivers mobile and call him when you are ready for pick up. The food at Mymos is brilliant and very, very hygienic with extremely clean kitchens & beautifully presented toilets.
Again a gluten free diet can be catered for. On average 2 people - starters, main course & drinks (lots of) is about £9 for the 2 of you! However be wary of the beach shack restuarants as many of them do not have running water supplies and some friends got very ill ("delhi belly") eating in these establishments!

what a sunset

by TripAdvisor Member kevbaz

On arrival the WOW factor hits you what a reception however when you get to your room it is a bit dated i wAS DISSAPOINTED but the staff were great could not do enough for you .Would advise getting to the pool early though as the sun bed hoggers are out in force only problem with the pool area are the ---- crows its like being in the movie the birds at lunch time. But the sunset at the beach bar makes up for all the downs

2nd Visit

by TripAdvisor Member Nutranurse

Our 2nd visit to this hotel and 5th time in Goa. Picked up a taxi from the booth just outside arrivals at the airport and transported to the hotel for 550rps (not a bad price). As soon as we walked into the reception we were given a warm welcome by the staff who remembered us from the previous year. We arrived around 6.30pm Xmas Eve and were immediately informed about the Gala Dinner due to take place that evening. We had coincidentally met up on the flight with another couple who we knew from our previous visit and the staff booked us a table together. The room we had been allocated looked over the pool area and was classed as 'superior', to be honest I preferred the block we had been in before which overlooked the golf course and was much quieter with sun on the balcony all day. Because this holiday was a much needed R & R we asked to be moved and this was done after a couple of days when a room became empty. We received a lovely chocolate cake with 'welcome back' iced on it which I thought was a very nice touch. We took full advantage of all the facilities offered with the AI package which included a massage, pedicure, manicure etc etc and was also pleased to see that this year they had Kingfisher rather than Fosters beer. The food and choice offered at the various restaurants is superb, the staff are some of the nicest people we have ever met in our travels (makes you wonder how they remember you!!) The beach and surroundings are lovely but may be a little too quiet for some. There are a few shacks on the beach and a couple of restaurants/bars located just outside the entrance to the hotel and you could always get a taxi to take you somewhere a bit more lively if this was what you wanted. Last year we took a taxi to visit Calangute where we had spent all our previous times in Goa, this year we didn't bother. Prices are probably a little higher in the South and the only criticism I would make would be about the taxi drivers just outside the hotel whose charges seem to be very high, getting a taxi back to the airport cost 850rs and this was from a driver I had used frequently last year !! We thoroughly enjoyed our fortnight at the Ramada and the good news is (for us) that it's already been booked for next Xmas.

Average

by TripAdvisor Member Falcon-360dtv

Stayed at the Ramada recently for 14 days and have to disagree with some of the comments already made.. Although the service was quite efficient and the staff were very friendly the rooms are a dissappointment considering the price paid. They are very tired and in need of a total makeover. As mentioned in previous reviews this is a very quiet resort and ideal for families and older guests. If possible ensure you book a swimming pool or sea view room on the Northern side which captures the sun all day. Overall quite average when compared with other resorts.

Sunset Paradise

by TripAdvisor Member Carl&Katherine

Having started our holiday in the north of Goa (Candolim) it was a welcome relief to set foot inside the Ramada hotel. The staff were friendly and we were more then happy with our room. Our room was near the tennis courts and may have been slightly newer then the blocks near the pool. The room was always spotless (maybe too clean as the cleaners visited about 5 times a day!!)

The pool was fantastic especially at night; we didn’t spend much time there during the day and chose to sunbath down on the beach. The beach was clean and white and the sea was very warm.

One of the best things about our holiday was the time that we spent at the Sunset Paradise Beach Shack on the sea front. The service was first class and the food was fresh and extremely tasty. We chose to eat here most nights and during the day we would get drinks and snacks as the prices were very competitive (40p for a Kingfisher beer!!!!). Make sure you pay Denzil and the boys a visit and challenge them to a game of Volley ball!!

Definitely hope to return again soon.

My favorite place in Goa

by TripAdvisor Member dragonflymajor

I stayed at the Ramada at the end of November 2006 for the 4th time and just love the resort and Hotel .Some of the rooms around the pool area are being refurbished which were in need , and i was given a garden villa because of this.A jacuzzi has been added which is great and other improvements are being made.Although the food in hotel is excellent ,I prefer to eat at Chikitas run by Sebbie and Jessie ,who serve great dishes especially Kingfish ,Lobster and Tiger prawns.If you feel like a relaxing massage on the beach,ask for George and .If you are looking for a bargain in jewellery see Wassan ,he,s on the Beach. .One warning watch the taxi drivers outside the hotel as they try to overcharge so barter and get a fixed price if you can including waiting time.Back in November ,cant wait.

Our first time to Goa but definitely not the last

by TripAdvisor Member Stadrew

We stayed at the Ramada from the 9th March to the 23rd March 2007 and had a wonderful time. The weather was fantastic for the whole two weeks which we were pleased with as it is apparently nearing the end of the sesason now. The staff were amazing throughout the hotel -we even made friends with one of the Chefs Abdul who recommended the Malai Prawns to us (a dish served at the Indian restraunt called the Carnaval) and they were absolutely delicious. A note on tipping we tipped one of our waiters following a meal one evening at the Oriental Hut in the hotel and were dismayed to see that the manager picked up our bill and swiped the tip for himself! We immediately went straight over to Houstain who had been serving us and tipped him directly as any tips collected by the managers stay with the managers. Be warned if you want to tip give it to the member of staff direct do not leave it on the table or put it in with the bill as they often do not get this.

We went on lots of days out we used a local taxi driver named Anthony who was great - we went to see the monkeys at the waterfall, elephants at the spice plantation, we went on the hotel dolphin trip which was incredible and had massages at the Ayurveda Spa in the hotel.

We also went on the Wind in The Willows tour which was an overnight stay on a house boat - it was really relaxing sailing around the rivers of Panjim (the Capital of Goa) - comments in their guest book did say that other guests had been bored on the trip though and some people even whinged about the animal sounds at night saying they couldn't sleep, we however had a lovely time and would do it again sleeping on a boat was really relaxing and you even have a double bedrrom with an en-suite. If you get bored easily and moan about the smallest little sounds at night don't go on the rice boat trip!

We also visited the churches in Old Goa which is a must and doesn't take long to do.

The food was out of this world and there was plenty of variety served
from the restraunts in the hotel. We planned to go out and eat but the selection was so good in the hotel we ate in all the time!

We upgraded to premium cabin on the monarch flight which was definitely worth it.

We did visit Calangute and Baga for the day in the north but we much preferred the south as it was much quieter and relaxing.

We would definitely go back but as the staff at the hotel speak such excellent English and getting around Goa is so easy we would book with tghe Ramada directly and book the flights with a better airline than Monarch Directly not through a package holiday provider.

You cannot buy any local products at the airport ont the way home as they do not stock any so if you want to take any Cawshew Feni home you have to buy it from a local shop.

In a nutshell we loved it and we would definitely go again.

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Forum Posts

Goan Food

by renny0076

Visiting Goa in Nov.... From where I can get good Goan Food (Sea Food) around Panjim area....

Re: Goan Food

by Donna_in_India

Hi - check out Konkan on MG Road about 2 blocks down from Delhi Darbar - close to the Hutch phone office. Delicious Malvani food - and great thalis! Enjoy!

Re: Goan Food

by hfjhfyuf

There is a place in panjim it calls (cherra punjab) its above that restaurant, nice and clean...the best sea-food ever..!!! and cheap

ps there are two buildings you need the New sherra punjab -> above that restaurant...I forgot the name of that rest... sorry

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