Resort Rio is a quaint, albeit large place nestled along the banks of the Baga river. We were a group of 24 people who checked in to Rio on a super stormy, super rainy evening but we received a warm welcome in to the cozy lobby. Our luggage was promptly transferred in to the shelter of the lobby while the reception staff quickly helped us with our room keys. One thing you can be rest assured of is that any instruction you give will be followed to a T. Apparently our rooms had been pre-allotted basis instructions given out by the super boss and the staff at Rio was clear that they would not budge. Safe to say that you can plan your surprises and they will not let you down.
The rooms we were allotted were quite spacious with an attached balcony overlooking the villas and the river beyond. I had read up about Rio prior to the trip and basis a lot of recommendations had asked them for a pool facing room but I was told that due to the demand, these rooms were charged INR 1000/- plus charges over and above the room rent per night. However the view from the river facing rooms was beautiful too, what with the incessant rains and the verdant greenery around. The AC in the rooms did give a bit of trouble but housekeeping was quick to rectify any and all problems. The beds are very comfortable and so is the sofa bed, trust me, coz I spent all 3 days in a friend’s room, sleeping on the sofa bed. The first night I had to call for bed sheets and a quilt coz it was cold and obviously no one in the hotel would have been expecting the sofa bed to actually be used!!! I got the items within 5 minutes and the best part was that the next 2 nights the sofa bed was kept opened up and laid out as a proper bed, sheet, pillows, comforter et all…
The bathroom was good, had a bathtub, all basic amenities except for a FAUCET and I was horrified. Honestly had this been a personal trip I would have checked out coz I cannot survive on tissues, I don’t think Indians have started warming up to that concept yet, so yes it would be good to keep all customers in mind. I know there are plenty of hotels that do not have faucets and I wonder why… they also do not keep toothpaste so you will have to call for one.
Rio has a nice big pool and a gym for the health conscious clientele. The café seemed like a good place though we did not eat there. The restaurant adjoining the café was where they served the breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Frankly the food was a disappointment. Lunch was the only meal that we enjoyed, breakfast spread was very limited and dinner options were way too bland for the Indian palate. This is something they have to work on considering a majority of their guests were Indian.
The approach road to the resort is not paved so during monsoons it turns in to a slushy mess but don’t let that deter you. Baga beach is about 15 minutes from Rio and you can always hire a bike. In fact the resort may help you. Or you can walk up a little to this white color house that houses a restaurant by the name of Anand something. The aunty there is very sweet and she gave us 2 activas on hire for 24 hours. She charged us 300 per bike and payment is to be made in full before taking the bikes. You will have to give them an original ID proof though. And this holds good for all these people who lend bikes on hire.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resort Rio, A Five Star Luxury Deluxe Spa resort in Goa, is spread over 10 acres on the banks of the Baga river and is just a 5 minute drive from the world famous Baga beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Rio Hotel Arpora
- Resort Rio Goa/Arpora