The Siesta de Goa is a smart looking hotel at the edge of an agricultural village. Rooms were cleaned every day and bed linen and towels changed daily but our bathroom flooded every time the shower was used because the curtain is 8" short and hanging 5" outside the shower tray.
Breakfast is a bit of a joke, the kitchen is about 30 yards from the dining area so it means a 60 yard saunter for the waiter to serve people. Why there isn't an urn of tea or coffee for guests to help themselves in the breakfast area is beyond me.
This Hotel is really isolated, there are two buses in a morning (9.20 &10.20am)which stop outside the hotel across the road, both go north towards Varca and Benaulim, the nearest places to change currency or buy essentials. To go south to Cavellosim (much better than Varca etc) you still need the bus north for about a mile or so to a Tee junction then catch the bus on the other side of the road. There are a couple of buses come into Fatrade in the afternoon from this Tee junction but if you can't make these it's either a taxi or a good mile walk in that heat. The beach is also about a mile away through the village where you'll see more pigs, chickens and cattle on the road than people, but it's worth the walk. The beach is exactly what you expected, warm sea, beautiful sand, virtually deserted and wonderful food in the Beach Shacks. Try the battered calomares at Sea Pearls, a feast for less than two quid.
Dining out in the evening can present problems. There in a little bar in the village which cooks the most fantastic chicken tikka but you can't eat that every night (and there are no toilet facilities) so it means a walk of about 3/4 mile towards The Ramada where there are three very good restaurants or a walh the other way towards the Tee junction to the Bay Leaves (which only opened the day before we left). Failing that, it's a taxi into Varca or Cavellosim, the latter being the best bet for dining out and shopping. The taxi, drop off and pick-up is around 800 to 1000 rupees(10 to 12 quid). Scooter hire is reasonable if you feel confident, they do drive on the left, well, most of them do. There is very little traffic in Fatrade and district, but for me, going into the town of Margao would be a non-starter on a scooter, however it's far cheaper than taxis everywhere.
This part of Goa doesn't seem to have a system of waste collection so the locals burn whatever they can by the roadside, the rest they throw under the hedges or into a field or wooded area, consequently there is litter everywhere and it can be off-putting at times.
All in all, if you can manage the isolation in an Hotel which will only be 40 to 50% occupied, no traffic noise at night, crowing poultry to wake you, you've cracked it but we won't be back, it's too remote.
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