It's taken me ages to get round to writing this, only spurred on by looking at photos of our holiday last November and wishing we could go again this year.
My boyfriend and I had full intention of travelling around Goa, we had two weeks and the idea was to stay in Patnem for 4 days and then head North. Well after 4 days we hadn't even left Patnem, the huts, the staff, the food, the beach and the beautiful sound of the lapping waves trapped us there for the whole fortnight. Mohan who runs the place is an absolute star, as are all of the staff...especially the chef! After trying most of the other restaurants on Patnem and a good few on Palolem too it was pretty obvious that nowhere was as good so for about the last 3 days and nights we ate at Cuba, the fish, curries, breakfasts and cocktails are just out of this world and I don't think I'll ever eat food this good again (until I go back!).
We had apartment number 4 (I think, 3rd on the right from the beach), and it was just what we needed, a nice big bed with mozzy net, proper bathroom, a fan above the bed and plenty of space. Realistically it's still a beach hut so we did encounter some of the local wildlife, but when you're practically living in a tree what can you expect! We didn't have A/C, which was our own choice but plenty of the huts did - we thought we'd tough it out, which we managed fine, if it got too hot we just swung about in the hammock on the verandah.
We slept fine, the only noise that could occasionally bother you is that of the birds outside and sometimes the dogs on the beach but that's the case wherever you are.
Breakfast was included in the price of our room so as long as we got to the table by 11 we could have a choice of a lovely menu full of omlettes, indian eggs (Eggs bhurji which I now make pretty much every weekend), breads, lassis and loads more.
Food is served pretty much all day and the staff couldn't do enough for us. Lunch/dinner/whenever was just delicious, if you like fish then you're pretty much in heaven - the tandoori red snapper was and remains the nicest thing I've ever eaten, the tiger prawns, crab, squid, lobster and kingfish are divine, and all caught that day. If you want lobster/crab etc just order the night before and it will appear the next night for you freshly caught adorned with delicious sauces, salads and accompaniments.
There are lovely beanbags, seatsm cushions and low tables at the front of the huts for relaxing and sun loungers on the beach so you really don't need to go far at all to enjoy a perfectly relaxing day on the beach. The sea on Patnem is lovely, just enough waves to have fun splashing about but nice enough for a good swim, but do beware of the current - I think the advice is the same all along the coast.
If you want to go on a day trip, which we did a couple of times, then the staff will arrange it for you, we went on a lovely day out to Dudhsagar Falls a beautiful waterfall in the jungle on the border with Karnataka and tied this in with a visit to a spice farm - hair raising as the driving is in India I had total confidence in our driver who looked after us all day.
So if you want to experience the full joys of travelling around India it's probably not a good idea to stay in Cuba huts because you won't be able to leave!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sixteen fabulous beach bungalows including 4 AC and 12 non AC with attached bath room stretch the limits of home-aesthetics with fascinating elegance and beauty that is best experienced than said. The lovely verandas offer a spectacular view of nature at its best. The Bar & Restaurant, sun beds and lawn complete the magic of a great place to stay. Welcome to Cuba Patnem. Make your pick. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cuba Patnem Goa/Canacona