We stayed at Yabyum for four nights after a hectic touring schedule around Rajasthan. Pick up from the airport although efficient caused some confusion as the guys with the placards were not Yabyum staff but locals who were harassing for inflated tips as usual. Airport transfer comfortable and friendly. The accommodation was pretty much as described and as shown on the web but as an 'older' couple we did find it rather basic and without much comfort and no place to really relax in, but maybe we were expecting too much. The daytime snack menu was excellent and good value and the evening meal (pre-ordered only) was OK but nothing special. Bar service was erratic both during the day and the evening and usually involved walking to the office and asking for bar service in the sitting/bar area. Even with evening meal there was no automatic service which was a bit of a pain. The beach was superb (usual constant hassles from the local shawl and textile sellers) and fairly empty.
My major gripe was that on two of the four nights we were there there was no water - hot or cold - when coming off the beach. Different excuses were proffered each night and one got the feeling that they had several excuses which they used in rotation although this may be unfair. Waiting a couple of hours for a small trickle of hot water after a day out was frustrating and did make for a negative experience. Also one of the reasons we chose Yabyum was the excellent reputation of the nearby 'Plage' restaurant, which we discovered was closed until mid-November so eating out involved taxi rides to nearby Arambon. Breakfasts were excellent with fresh juice, cereals, choice of eggs etc; difficult to fault. The masseur was excellent and probably one of the best whole body massages that we have experienced.
Overall probably a place for the younger element prepared to take the rough with the smooth in a fairly remote environment
- Also Known As:
- Yab Yum @ Jivana Plantation Mandrem, Goa