We stayed in Agonda Paradise in March 2012. In my previous visits to Goa, I had visited most of the beaches of north and south goa and found Agonda as the best. I found those colorful beach huts fascinating from outside and after reading the rave reviews booked the same for our next visit with family. However, my experience was not so good!
The only advantage I found here was that it was dot on the beach and on the quiter side of the beach. We were a group of 8, 2 aged couple and 2 young couple. We wanted 4 beach front huts and were given 2 even though we booked well in advance and huts were available. We were told that they can give us those huts only if no foreigner wants those during our stay as they pay higher price. On our arrival, we were given 2 beach front huts and 2 backside huts with partial sea view which means glimpse of the water from behind coconut trees and the front huts.
Our main intention for staying on the beachhuts were to enjoy the sea at the fullest. We thought that the parents could enjoy the view from the room while we enjoy a swim in the sea. The view, even from the beach front huts was not great as one can not see the waves touching the shore as it it guarded by the high slope of the beach and soon we found that the area near the hut is not a safe zone. Sea was rough here, could be because of the proximity to the hills, and the sand harsh. Had to walk around a KM to find a better place to enjoy our bath.
We did not expect plush bathrooms but it was pretty bad in the partial sea view huts. A very basic one with broken toilet seat, part of the floor covered with plastics. Those in the beach front huts were marginally better.
The door of one of the beach front huts were not getting closed at all and on complaining, we were told that the place is very safe and we need not bother about locks. I must agree that locking the door does not matter as one can get in throug the open window also. Was a bit of shocker for the parents but we made them understand that it's perfectly safe and that's how all huts are.
Next let down was the service, we were not given towels even after repeated request. Everyone was telling to ask someone else. We received prompt service only from one guy, probably his name was lovely. But he was the only guy attending everywhere and everyone, so he could not do much.
While returning to the huts in night, there was not even a single light on the premises. We navigated with the help of our cell phones and on entering our hut, found few lizards on the roof and on the wall. Same was the case in my friend's hut. We stayed for the night and checked out the next morning.
I would not recommend the beach huts if you are travelling with family, concerned with safety and want to stay in a clean room. On Agonda beach, stay on the south part of the beach if you want to enjoy the sea.
- Also Known As:
- Agonda Paradise Goa