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Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Dando, Candolim, Sinquerim 403515, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sinquerim
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Mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Just amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I had the time of my life here. The whole village is simply gorgeous. The pool was amazing, the restaurants were too good and the beach was too good to be true. All in all, just brilliant Hotel and I can't wait to go there again

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Vivanta, formerly Taj, doesnt need any introduction. This is a beautiful hotel located right next to Fort Aguada in Goa. Fort Aguada is also a tourist attraction The hotel is simply superb, located right next to the Aguada beach. The hotel has an awesome view from almost everywhere of the sea and the beach. The hotel has good restaurants next to the pool outside overlooking the sea and the beach. Drinks are good here and the food is also great. The staff is superb and are very caring. This is a must visit place when you go to Goa. The property is well maintained. The hotel is about 45 mnutes drive from Panaji and is easily accessible. If time permits, please stay here. The place is a littlle pricy, but trust me, its worth it. Be it the rooms, or the restaurants, the staff, the location - everything is simply awesome.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I went to Fort Aguada in July for a few nights with some friends. The staff were always nice and helpful. Rooms were always clean and we got an extra bed in ours without any issues. All rooms are within ~2mins walk to the swimming pool which was facing the ocean. We went there during monsoon season so can't really say much about the beaches as swimming was not allowed. We enjoyed the restaurants and spa facilities.

There's a couple of scooter rentals 10mins walk from the hotel so we could just hire scooters and drive around goa without relying on taxis.

Room Tip: If you get a room on the 1st floor, you can probably see the ocean. Ours was on the ground floor so...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

TAJ Fort Aguada is the better of the Taj properties in Goa. Best sea-veiw from villa no.9 & 10. Manager Amar Fernandes was very helpful. The lazy sea-side lounge, hill-top tracking path, yoga and spa with good food make-up a great relaxing holiday destination in Goa for me every off-season.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was an excellent hotel,the accomodation was excellant.
They had 3 restaurants which served excellant food,we especially liked the Italion
We would recommend staying in indulgence garden view bugalows as they are spacious and
set in their gardens.
The manager was always around to ensure you had an excellant stay
The staff went out there way to make sure you had a memerable stay
I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again

Room Tip: bugalows are larger and quieter
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Overall we had a good holiday, but it could have been so much better.

Arrived at 4pm after booking three king rooms and calling to confirm the day before. Only two rooms available when we checked in (1 twin and 1 double). No apologies from the initially unhelpful Duty Manager Amar. We were told that we had a good rate and should not be complaining instead of finding us new rooms and offering us something complimentary. The rooms were also dirty and very dated, not what I would expect from Taj. After seriously considering moving hotels to Taj exotica, Amar showed us some villas, and cottages (similar poor standard to the rooms and far from the facilities). After getting our bags and preparing to leave he then offered us suites. These were of a better standard and cleaner (but certainly not worth the 22,000 INR normally charged). After some group deliberation we decided to stay. I think he learnt a lesson - if he had given us clean rooms we had requested when we checked in, or kindly offered complimentary wifi or dinner he would not have had to give us four suites!

Wifi very expensive. Food was average.

The pool was good but not as nice as Taj Holiday Village close by. Also too many rules (no paddling without being in full bathing gear - quite skeptical that this was so the attendants had something to look at as it was not the case at holiday village) and reluctant to give dry towels if you already had a wet one. It was like being back at school, not what is expected from a luxury hotel.

Many activities are chargeable, including the pool table which closes after 6pm. I mean who plays pool in the daytime, it's an evening activity.

The positives include the beautiful fort and view. However definitely better options available elsewhere.

If you have already booked don't worry - you'll have a great time, but make sure you don't get walked all over at check in. If considering booking, I'd really want a great rate, or consider elsewhere.

Room Tip: Don't settle for the first room
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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VivantaFortAguada, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Guest

at the outset I take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to stay with us during your recent visit to Goa, which did not turn out to be as envisaged. We have made note of your feedback and assure you that the same is being looked into to avoid a recurrence. I also thank you for taking the time to share the experience of your stay with us.

With warm regards
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay in Fort Aguada, the room was clean and comfortable and the service was really good. Particular shout out to Amrita in the SFX bar who looked after us really well. Got a seaview room with balcony which came to £175 per night incl taxes. For that amount we did expect a higher level of quality, particularly thinking things like sports facilities. The food was pretty good, especially breakfast which was included in the price. The afternoon and evening meals I felt lacked the wow factor and didnt justify the prices. Was also amazed they charge for wifi access which was a bit ridiculous. The airport shuttle service was really good however and overall i recommend this place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dando, Candolim, Sinquerim 403515, India
Location: India > Goa > Sinquerim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sinquerim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada, Goa 5*
Number of rooms: 145
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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