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Dona Sylvia Beach Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Cavelossim Beach | Mobor, Cavelossim 403731, India   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Cavelossim
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Patiala, India
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“Stylish Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

I stayed here for one night. It is a beach resort in true sense. It is located in south Goa and all the rooms are villa type separated from each other to provide ideal privacy. It has a large swimming pool with a very attractive design with bridges and multicolored tiles to provide a soothing and relaxing feel. Management and staff are very polite and helpful. Restaurant is near the pool and has ample sitting area. Food is excellent. Beach is just a walk away through the green area of the resort. I highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

This is my honest assesment of the Dona Sylvia. We spent Christmas and the New Year there;
Transfer from Airport: Efficient and about an hour depending on 'drops'. Taxi ride about 30 mins and approx 700 Rs without Tip. Coach ride let's you see a bit of Goan life along the way and not an unpleasant journey.
Hotel: Tired, but clean and an Army of staff doing their best to make your stay a happy one. Swimming Pool quite large and under used whilst we were there. Quite a few Loungers, but if you struggle to find one, the 'Pool Boys' will sort you out! Plenty of 'Bed saving' going on from very early. Ashamed to say it was the British as well.
Bars and Service: Very Good and staff always trying to serve you as quickly as they could. 3 Bars to choose from at varying hours of the day. Final drinks are a strict 11.00 pm, but they didn't object to doubling up your round for the final Order!
Food: Started off fine but by day 8 or 9 we had had our 'fill'. I do understand this is the most contentious area with 'All Inclusive' and it must be an utter nightmare to try and cater for childrten, young, middle aged and old (all represented during our stay) not to mention British, Russians, Polish, Germans and Indians!!
They try their best, there is quite a varied selection most days and generally you can find something to eat. The trouble is if you don't, what you find outside the hotel also gets very 'samey' and this comes from somebody who adores Indian Food.
Rooms: Various types, all laid out in 'village' style and in small cul de sacs, so you get an impression of spaciousness. Superior Rooms are the best as these have the largest Balconies. As has been moaned about previously, they are tired and the Hotel should now be planning an upgrade of them all to bring them completely up to date. That said, the 2 most important things as far as I'm concerned with a room were fantastic, namely the Bed and bedding and the Shower. As has also been said before, you have to be a sad individual if you want to spend 10 hours flying to Goa and back just to sit in a 'perfect room'. I certainly have better things to do with my time!!
Entertainment: Basic and not very exciting. Generally Indian singers / groups doing covers of western songs. Background noise only. Go out of the Hotel to one of the Bars when they have entertainment on. Keep an eye on their 'what's on' boards.
Beach: Glorious and a mere 2 minutes walk through the grounds down a private pathway. Use the beach shacks sun beds for free, they just expect you to buy a lunch &/or drinks in their shack as 'payment'
Beggars and Hawkers: They are there and you are more than aware of them, but they certainly do not spoil your holiday and they go when told 'No' or ignored. They are not in the same class as your Egyptian Beggars!!
Think that's about it. Had a really great time with only a few minor niggles, but certainly not enough to ever say I would not go back to the Dona Sylvia. Keep an open mind, expect a 2 / 3 star hotel and not a 4 star, be prepared for the food and basic rooms and you will be fine. After all, it's the Beach and the Climate you are there for!!
Ps: If the Managenment reads this Review, I would like to congratulate you on your Fanatstic Christmas and particularly New Year Gala Dinners. Brilliantly organised and put together!

Room Tip: Be careful to avoid the Rooms with a shared balcony !!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

We visited this hotel for Xmas and after visiting Goa once before 5 years ago albeit staying at The Leela we knew pretty much what to expect, however upon arrival which was in the early hours we were met by poorly organized reception staff, no welcome drink in fact no welcome at all, and a room that was in dire need of several repair works, mainly loo blocked and not flushing not what you need on your arrival plus a great hole in the ceiling where the fan had been badly fixed. It took a total of 4 days to get jobs completed and as we were only there for 7 days it did rather take the shine off the holiday. The food I would say was not geared up for westerners, however breakfast was very good and I had poached eggs every morning and these were always perfect. The food in the pool side bar called Mamma Mia's was very good and if you appreciate quality food then it's worth spending a little extra to try it, not the same can be said of Kebabs & Kurries the food there that we had was dire. The beach is good however the sellers did get on our nerves, Dennis from one of the beach shacks tried his best to keep them at bay but every time you went down to the waters edge they would pounce, but a polite no thank you usually did the trick. In all I would say that the hotel has several good points the gardens being high on the list and the rooms although tired are more than adequate but the food is not up to par and in our opinion some of the service levels needs to raised, however we would go back but on a B&B basis as there are so many good places to eat outside in the village.

Room Tip: If not happy just ask, if you get no where ask to speak to duty manager.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

The Dona Sylvia location, grounds, accommodation and property are a credit to the hard working staff, we were there over Christmas and New Year and the work put into the 2 gala diners and the decorations were incredible. The atmosphere, entertainment and clientele were otherwise slightly older than we would have preferred, i.e karaoke for crooners. NB the bar is shut at 11pm without fail, over seen by the security staff.

One word of warning, 'do not use the SPA!' it is run by unqualified staff, my daughter had a hair cut whilst there, a simple trim and fringe, they ruined her hair, cutting the fringe too short and un even, in spite of being given specific instructions, when I complained they said that the qualified beautician, would be in the next day to try to rectify, so goodness knows who the woman was that did the initial cut. However, the hair cut was beyond repair and she is having to grow it out, they forced a pedicure on us 'complimentary' and then proceeded to cut my daughters toe, they were also still trying to charge us for the cut up until the time we left.

If you do visit, please remember the young gardening staff when giving out tips, we had the same lad maintaining our patch all holiday 12 hours a day, we gave him some rupees when leaving and he was over the moon, I think that they often get missed.

Room Tip: Don't go for a sea view as there aren't any, just enjoy the gardens
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

After spending most Christmas's in the UK, we fancied a change this year.
Dona Sylvia was finally chosen as it was value for money and highly recommended and it wasn't disappointing.
The flight time is approximately 10 hours and the transfer took just under 2 hours as we had to drop off another 3 hotels so we ended up arriving at about 9am. Initially we were told that we might not be able to get checked into out room until 12, but within 10 minutes we were told our room was in the process of getting cleaned, so to go and get breakfast and it would be ready after that.
The bungalows are lovely. Enough space for 2 and was always cleaned to a high standard every day.
The buffet food was O.K. It did become rather repetitive, but the waiters were always there in hand to help. On Christmas night, they put on a gala with music and entertainment and the buffet that night was totally amazing. You could tell they had put a lot of effort in that night to make it a Christmas to remember.
We went on an elephant and spice farm excursion, was very good value for money and really made the holiday. Was a once in a life time opportunity. You can pay a little extra to wash the elephants which is a real treat to get that close to them.
Overal, it was a fantastic holiday, we only wish that was had stayed for longer than a week.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

Ok we booked a package with First Choice and basically chose it because it was cheaper than we normally pay at Christmas and the weather was meant to be good. Christmas for us is about not doing alot and chilling and sunbathing and just relaxing.

The flight went out of Gatwick uneventfully which for us was novel. Every other Christmas we have delays, weather problems etc so this was nice. Flight 9.5 hours. Plane 2 - 3 - 2 config. I really like the Thomson flights. For the price and economy I don't think you get beat it.....service OK, food OK and leg room fairly generous compared to most.

Hotel was small but nice. Rooms I think we got a refurbished ones close to the pool. The toilets around the resort (2 sets) are abit mingy so its nice to dash back to your own room. I requested the bedlinen to be changed 3/4 times in 2 weeks. I did have to leave a note and ask but it always got done. The rooms was absolutley fine.

Food was great. We loved Sri Lanka for it and we love Goa for it. As will every All Inclusive packages I have been on - it gets repetitive and after 5 days i was curried out! But thats just what its like!

Drinks - the beer is fab always ask for Kingfisher or they give you the cheap Tuborg. Drinks are OK, abit limited and cheap but as expected. They tried to charge 2200 rupees plus 20% tax for a bottle of champonise Sula at the gala meals and I am sorry but that is such a rip when the maximum reccomended retail price (as stated on everything) was 725. So we went out and bought our own and chilled in the fridge then just took it to the table. So long as your subtle they don't mind.

Gala meals were great in the sense of how much effort goes in but generally I didn't think the food was any better than any other day if not worse. But we enjoyed them as they were a change.

Once a week they have a meal on the lawn outside called the haystack. The fire dancers are brilliant but the food isn't as good. Its nice to be outside though. Some of the entertianment was painful!

Some of the entertainment was to be desired. If I hear anymore bad keyboard and warbling I will kill myself! Some of it was OK but generally not good. This lent itself to us going out most nights and either going to Mikes club or Jazz bar 10pm onwards. The prices outside are so cheap it really isn't a problem. Yes a guy from UB40 sings on a Wednesday and Saturday at the Jazz club. We ended up spending some time with him and he is a nice guy. Good when he sings but he only does sometimes!!

The beach is stunning. The sea is warm. It has a natural beauty about it. its not a Carribean or Maldivian kind of beach if you know what I mean. Most people seem happy going to the shacks immediately outside the hotel which we didn't like as it was busy and touristy. We preffered a 2 minute walk along the beach right to "lonely place" now that is authentic. Say hello to Trinidad for us!

Tip is to hire the cycle bikes at 200 rupees each - lovely.

We did the spice and elephant day trip with First choice. It was very touristy and not really our cup of tea. Plus it was £35 each and was from 9am to 230pm not exactly a daytrip. It consisted of a 5 minute elephant ride and feed them a few times then a walk around a spice farm which was ok but blatently made for tourists only! Also to bath the elephants is an extra 700 rupes EACH - Karen our rep forgot to mention that bit.....this was abit disappointing as she comes across caring and genuine. She should have just said upfront it costs extra....so be warned!

The pool area got very busy but I suppose to be expected at Christmas being peak season. So we did prefer to spend more time at the beach. We also spent a few mornings at the Radison Blu which is the sister hotel. Yes it is newer (just opened) and nicer but it is dead and has zero buzz. It is b and b only and English prices. So we are glad we didn't choose to go there really.

The weather was top notch - the best we have ever had over Christmas abroad and so we can see why people keep coming back. Not too hot, but you just kinda knew you would wake up and the weather would be perfect. If you don't have the weather you have no holiday! So this was major factor in it being a great holiday!

Over all the staff were polite and helpful and we really enjoyed our stay. I would recomend this hotel and Goa as a whole.

Won't go back to hotel but may go back to Goa in a couple of years. Just don't forget to sort your nightmare visa and prepare to fill in many immigration form types and have your passport and nuemrous other things stamped a million times! That was tedious!

Enjoy!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

We stayed at the hotel for 3 weeks over Xmas and new year and were very impresses with the hotel.
We travelled in a large group with 2 young children (1 year and 2 years).
The staff could not be more helpful and we had 3 hours of babysitting a day for 350 rupees an hour - actually made the holiday as we could properly relax!!!
The food is ok/good although the western options are a bit hit and miss - as we stayed for 3 weeks I was/am totally over curry!
If you do travel with kids take a high chair as theirs were a bit odd.
All in all great holiday and I would definately recommend the resort.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cavelossim Beach | Mobor, Cavelossim 403731, India
Location: India > Goa > Cavelossim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Cavelossim
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Cavelossim
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cavelossim
#2 Spa Hotel in Cavelossim
#4 Business Hotel in Cavelossim
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cavelossim
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Dona Sylvia Beach Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 181
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dona Sylvia Beach Resort is spread over 20 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the southern coast of Goa, it nestles by the soft white sands of Cavelossim beach. The Resort offers comfortable air-conditioned rooms with all modern amenities in Mediterranean style villas with balconies and open sit-outs. The Resort has excellent conference facilities, extensive options for outdoor events / theme parties and entertainment. ... more   less 
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