It was a few weeks ago now that my husband and I visited Goa for the first time. During our stay we visited 'The Wildernest', and as promised here is what we thought...
We were so excited about visiting the Wildernest. The journey was an interesting 1 1/2 hours. A very bumpy journey but with great sights and beautiful views towards the end of the trip as we ascended up the mountains.
On arrival we were impressed with the service and were pleased with our room/cottage. It was basic but seemed clean and the views from the balcony were awesome.
We then went to explore the restaurant/bar/pool area. The pool was small but beautiful. (There were a few families with children there when we arrived but they all left after about 1/2 hour which suited us to the ground). It was so peaceful and relaxing. The pool was an infinity pool overlooking the same fabulous view of the valley that our balcony did. It also had a small waterfall in the corner, and a shallow area for children or reading a book. The only downside of the pool was that there weren't many sunbeds, and most of them were under the trees, so shade. It wasn't a problem when we were there really as the place was so quiet, but if all 15 cottages were full you would have a real job getting a bed.
We had lunch in the restaurant. The room itself was pleasant enough. The food was all traditional Goan food, which was a little spicer than we liked, but... okay for the first meal.
We went on a wonderful trek up to the highest point then and saw many monkeys jumping back and forth between the trees. It was beautiful.
Unfortunately, thats when things started to change for the worse. On returning to our room I found a spider (not just any spider) the size of my outspread hand. It was so ugly with stripy legs. Then I found some 'poo's' - they were the size of my thumb. Having just caught a mouse in our house at home and seeing the size of the mouse and seeing its rice grain sized poo's, we were a little scared of what the hell was leaving poo's this size behind!!??
The evening meal was then... exactly the same as lunch! When we had finished and were just chatting to another couple staying there (there were only 3 couples, including ourselves staying there at the time). We heard some rustling, chattering sounds and saw some squirrel tails hanging down from the ceiling, which we just thought was quite cute and funny, (no-one really thinks of squirrels as rodents do they!) We then saw a few toads jumping across the floor... well still quite cute! But when we started seeing the rats tails and heard them scurrying around I started to get a bit more concerned about the hygenie of the place.
On re entering our room we found more 'poo's' which were now plentiful and on our bed. I spent pretty much the whole night awake, under the sheet listening to the sounds, terrified of what animals were in the room and close to me. I know it may sound petty, but some of the noises were very loud, and there was definately squirrels/rats? in the room running about the ledge of the roof (INSIDE). I'm afraid we didn't stay for the second night as planned, and we were very glad to return to the Marriott for a good nights sleep.
We did however have another fabulous trek the next morning (after more curry for breakfast) which was fantastic.
In summary... the place was beautiful, but for the £70 a night we paid we felt the rooms could have been much more secured and the food more varied. We are glad we did it, but would advise that if you are going, take a mossie net with you to sleep under so that you feel secure from the creatures that WILL be in your room. I guess we were maybe just a little naive, but if you are scared of bugs (and normally I'm not particulary) then this might not be the place for you. But, for nature lovers, its beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. I must also add, that the staff were very helpful and after talking to them they didn't charge us for the second night, like we thought they might.
Sorry for the essay, but hope this is helpful for some.