I had some casual leave pending which I had to take in July 2010, to avoid it from being wasted. I had absolutely no holiday plans on mind, however, being a regular on Trip Advisor, I used to keep checking out reviews of hotels and resorts. This is how I came across Holiday In Goa. Being an off-season, I got a very good deal for a 3 nights 4 days stay with all meals inclusive.
My Goa trip started on 7th July, we (me and spouse) arrived at the airport by the early morning flight. The resort had arranged for a pick-up (part of package) for us and our driver was already waiting for us. It was pouring the previous night, so the climate was nice and cool. We reached the hotel in about 45 minutes.
We were given a traditional welcome on arrival and the check-in formalities were over in the next 10 mins. We had opted for a 'Plaza garden view' room as part of our package, but were pleasantly surprised when we were upgraded to a superior 'Pool view' room. The beach was visible from the balcony of our room if one were to stretch out a little. It was a perfect start to our stay at Holiday Inn.
The property is situated at a very good location. The beach is a 2-3 min walk from the resort. Our meals deal started with lunch on day 1. It was a buffet at Mardi Gras Restaurant. We were first welcomed in by the ever smiling Jovita. She took us around the restaurant and briefed us about the layout of the buffet counters.
They have a great spread and a wide variety of delicasies served each day. And dishes were never repeated even once during our 4 day stay. Jovita very quickly noted that we preferred ginger tea for breakfast, and she ensured that the tea, made as per our taste, was at our table by the time we finished our breakfast. Special mention about Mr Dattaprasad the ever smiling restaurant staff, who looked after our needs at the restaurant very well. There were a few more staff members whos names I would have liked to mention, but I fail to recall. Miss you guys..!
Another thing that impressed us was the house keeping at the resort.
Every time we returned to our room, we would be surprised at the way the room was cleaned and made up as if we were checking-in into a new room for the first time. no matter how messy we left the place, we had a warm and welcoming room on return. Great job guys..!!
The beach was clean and well kept and there we hardly any tourists in sight. However they have appointed lifeguards at the beach who come and keep a close watch every time you try to get too close to the water.
We had big plans before we left for Goa, and were looking forward to eating out at Betty's and similar joints mentioned in the other reviews. But we were utterly disappointed to know that these shacks are operational only during the tourist season (Oct-Mar). I wish someone had mentioned this in their reviews. Also, during the rains the sea is very rough, so do not go there expecting water sports and dolphin sighting cruises. You'll be disappointed.
The half day sight seeing, was a decent one but the boat cruise was a major disappointment. The boat trip is arranged as part for the package deal, but we were shocked to see that it was a common cruise boat which was full of locals who were high and wild. Since there was liquour being served on-board, there were groups of people who were creating nuisance during the trip. I dont think the people who stay at Holiday Inn would like to be mixing with such a crowd. The resort should instead arrange for an exclusive boat trip for its guests, who wont even mind paying extra for such trips.
These were our only regrets during our trip, but all-in-all a memorable 4 days, worth every penny spent.
Overall, a nice property, beautiful beach, very good food and great service.
I'd like to conclude by saying that the staff of this resort are its greatest assets. I would like to thank them for making our stay so memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at a picturesque plot with wide beach front on the Mobor Beach, Cavelossim in south Goa. It is 17kms from Margao and 42kms from the Goa airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Resort Goa Hotel Cavelossim
- Holiday Inn Goa
- Holiday Inn Cavelossim
- Cavelossim Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Hotel Goa
- Goa Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Resort Goa Cavelossim