We had a lovely time at the Leela Cottages and staff went out of their way to accommodate the needs of our large group. The cottages were basic but well presented and spacious. We ate two fabulous dinners here and my boyfriend is still raving about the king fish and prawns.
I think as the season gets in to full swing this place will get better and better as we did have a few issues. Dinner was slow, we booked for 8pm and we didn't eat before 9.30pm. Power outages were common which was frustrating at night when it was so hot and aircon needed. The power outages also resulted in a couple of iphone charges being fried which was a shame. The bathrooms could do with some extra lighting as they were really too dark in the evenings. Also the cottages could do with some better curtains - although they face away from each other and are not that overlooked we did feel a little exposed and would have liked non see through curtains!
The beach itself is lovely and there are a couple of good beach bars to the left and right of the cottages. However there were limited options for going out nearby (perhaps early season) but the staff are happy to arrange taxis to nearby restaurants/bars which will wait and bring you home again - just make sure you negotiate a good rate.
Overall and subject to some improvements I would definitely recommend these cottages and the area. They are good value for money. Beyond the cottages try to go to Old Goa, if you can, for a change of scenery and some history of Goa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a quiet beach-front property in Ashvem, amidst verdant coconut groves, Leela Cottages offers 10 individually designed wooden chalet style cottages.The cottages are crafted by hand and furnished with antiques and regional artifacts, each with a large bay window that offers stunning views of the palm grove and ocean beyond. With chairs and hammocks dotting this charming property, Leela Cottages offers a simple yet pleasant place to stay on Ashvem Beach.Leela Cottages sits on a lush ocean front property dotted with coconut trees and charming chalet style huts with private access to the beach. Cozy nooks have been created all through charming beach-front garden with hammocks and lawn chairs to lounge in.Each eco friendly wooden cottage is individually designed,a few with private ocean-view terraces and others with four-poster beds, antiques,and artifacts. Every hut, however, offers views of the coconut grove it sits on as well as the ocean beyond through large bay-windows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Leela Cottages Mandrem, Goa