Six of us stayed at the Horizon in December, for two weeks. We were lucky to be given the larger rooms above reception, so had a lounge area with a day bed, kitchen, bedroom, and shower room, We really appreciated the extra space, especially on the last day when we kept one of the rooms on and the extra room did give everyone privacy for showering and dressing and extra space for luggage storage.
The hotel is kept spotlessly clean and every single member of staff is friendly and helpful. Our room cleaner explained that if we bought mini bar items in lots of twelve it was more cost effective, so we bulk bought our bottled water. The bar prices in the hotel are extremely good, a bottle of wine is only £2.50 and it is quite drinkable. The eggs at breakfast are cooked to order and they were always lovely,. On some mornings porridge was available and those of us who don;t like it too sweet found it a welcome change.
We mostly went to the beach because the pool area at the Horizon is quite shady and there is not much breeze, but we did spend some time round the pool and had one or two lunches there, which were always good. We attended one party night, which was quite fun, the oddest game of bingo ever, but a great laugh! Unfortunately, the meal we had was not quite as good as it should have been, The seafood platter, which was plentiful, was quite cold by the time it was received and the tiger prawns served to one of us were actually raw. We did complain to the waiter, who had them regrilled, but we should actually have been given a completely new dish, or had the cost refunded, which did not happen. This would not put us off staying at the Horizon again, we just wouldn't eat there when it was busy, because we felt this was the reason for the let down in the food. In fact we found the same problem at the Infantaria Restaurant, the first time we went it was fab, but the second time it was busy and, whilst the food was good when it arrived, the service was very haphazard and it was not an enjoyable experience.
We used the Jolly Boys beach shack mostly. We had visited Fontana Splash but the number of flies on the tables and the constant hassling to buy something put us off. We then tried the Rovers Return, but having to wait almost an hour for anything to eat and get a cup of tea was a pain, However, the service and the quality of the food at the Jolly Boys was excellent and no hassling you to buy anything.
Our favourite restaurant was Jamie's on the Baga Road, we also liked the Mermaid in Candolim, Fiore in Calangute and the Lazydays Cafe in Calangute. We had lovely meals at all of these places and were amazed at the standard of the food and the low prices.
Two of us had visited Calangute 12 years previously, what a change! It is absolutely manic now. However, once we had got over the traffic shock, we loved it just as much as before. It is a culture shock for those who are not prepared for it, but once you get over that, it is still a good holiday destination. The Horizon is very well situated, but not as close to the noise as some of he hotels, which is good. We used the taxis outside of the hotel and they were always on time and reasonably priced. We visited Mojim Beach one day and that was a very nice day out, We don;t do trips as such but we did go to the Thomas Cook Charity Night, by Goan standards at £14.00 a person it was quite expensive, but you got a beautiful meal, as much to drink as you wanted and excellent entertainment from the children helped by Thomas Cook, The TC reps, local dancers and, best of all, the Fireaters. It was an excellent evening and I would urge people to attend and support the very worthwhile cause. We also met Robert from Being Children, as we had taken some things with us, as detailed on the list you can access via the internet. He explained that, had we contacted TC prior to our departure, and explained we wished to take items for the charity, they may have let us have extra luggage allowance so we could have taken some more. I will certainly remember this for future visits.
I used the tailor at the Horizon, who made me a very nice dress and altered two dresses I had brought with me at a great price. We visited Ashoka jewellers,on the recommendation of friends and, also, many TA members, and bought a beautiful diamond ring. It has not yet been valued in the UK, but the jeweller did say that if it was not worth two to three times what was paid he would refund us double! As my friend is going to Candolim in March, he may live to regret that statement, although I am hoping not, the ring is so gorgeous I could not bear to part with it and it is definitely worth what my husband paid.
All in all, six people had a fantastic time and we all agree that we would stay at the Horizon again,
- Also Known As:
- Horizon Hotel
- Horizon Hotel Calangute
- Horizon Hotel Goa
- Horizon Calangute
- Horizon Beach Resort Goa
- Horizon Goa/Calangute
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the exciting strip of Calangute, Horizon is perfect for holidaymakers of all ages who look for high standards of service right in the heart of the resort centre. This attractive complex is set in an excellent location, within easy reach of local amenities and the beach. The air-conditioned rooms have twin/double beds, wardrobes, TV sets and fridges, with en-suite bathrooms and balconies. Besides visiting its in-house multi-cuisine restaurant, guests also have the option of visiting the nearby shacks on the beach for further food and leisure options. ... more less
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