If we could award half stars I would give this place a 3 and a half instead of a 4. What makes this place stand out is its location. It is situated right above the beach in a setting that is just magical. You have breakfast in an outdoor restaurant that has an unobstructed view of the ocean. You eat your eggs watching the waves roll in, and ships leaving the Goan coast in the far distance. The grounds of Casa Vagator are impeccably landscaped--not a speck of dirt around. Same with the two swimming pools (during our stay, I was the only one swimming laps). What then is not to like? There are odd things about the place. When we went into our room, we found a made bed, but a pillow with no pillowcase on it. When I told the staff, they said, "It's a new pillow." Really? So you want all your guests' discharges from the mouth and the nose to go directly on the pillow? It was peculiar that I had to make my case for obtaining something essential to basic hygiene in the hotel industry. Similarly, I wanted a little extra security and looked for the safe in the room--something you would expect of a place of this caliber (I really don't feel comfortable putting passports in a drawer). No safe. But you can order one from the reception, for 50 rupees a day. They brought an old clunky 1930 type safe hardly worth 50 rupees. A room safe in a high class resort like this should be standard. Similarly, when we asked for beach towels, they wanted a 500 rupee deposit. Why not ask for an imprint of guests' credit card at the time of check in, and if they steal the towel charge them? They have a small gym that needed some TLC and a basic set of weights, in addition to the two running machines. Finally, hot water was an issue in the bathroom, as were tiny issues -- like a sink faucet that was a bit loose and an unsightly crack in the basin. All in all, however, these things were minor compared to the setting. (And may I add that the service at breakfast was superb-- the waiter was friendly, attentive and just a pleasure to interact with). In summary, if you want to simply chill out in Goa, in a place close to but separate from all the activity on the beach, if you want to sip French press coffee (what a nice touch!) and look out at the turquoise expanse of the ocean and hear the rhythmic ebb and flow of the waves, then you can't top this place in Vagator. Truly, the location of Casa Vagator is magical.
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- Casa Vagator Hotel Vagator
- Casa Vagator Goa