Our first trip to Goa was supposed to be our last!
Two weeks at the Santana Beach Candolim and here we are counting the days until we go again in February 2014 and cannot really wait.
Our trip started on a Monarch short haul flight Alicante to Manchester which was on time(ish) with friendly staff and a really pleasant flight.
Landing in Manchester Airport we were met by driver from the Hilton Hotel who so chatty and cheery even at the late time (just before midnight). He sped us through check in and had our drinks waiting at the bar, service second to none. A clean friendly hotel (Reviewed) an excellent breakfast and a good start to our holiday to Goa. The bus took us back to Manchester Airport check in was swift for the Monarch to Goa flight (the check in desk lady was a tad frostly to say the least lol) and it was off to the Escape Lounge to chill before a very long flight. The lounge was excellent and very good value for money will book again for February 2014.
Having read all sorts of horror stories about the Monarch to Goa flight it was not something we were looking forward to. It was fine. Not the greatest amount of room, but able to get up and stroll about. Food was excellent, films not something we would have choosen but okay, and the flight attendents friendly and helpful, we were also on time so on the whole a 10 out of 10 flight.
The queues were not too bad on landing, the plastic figures lovely, the people friendly and our bags were waiting when we got through.
The driver sent by the Santana was waiting outside and was chatty and friendly as we drove for around an hour to the Santana Beach Resort.
Arriving at 8.30 am we were tired and dirty and could have done with the room we had requested early access too by email but sadly it was not available. After breakfast of toast and eggs (other choces available on request) we had our first experience of Goa, walking the beach from Candolim to Calungute we were tired and dirty but already in love with Goa.
The Santana Beach Hotel is spotless, the linen changed daily, the food superb, the staff don´t understand the word no and the other guests hopefully some of the best friends we will ever make.
For those in doubt about a trip to Goa, please try it if only the once, and of course stay at the fabulous Santana Beach Resort Candolim you won´t regret it.
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- Also Known As:
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- Santana Beach Candolim
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