We stayed in the White Feather cottage, situated in the cool leafy coconut grove surroundings, literally just a minutes walk from the beach. We thought the location was great and the Indian food in the restaurant is spectacular. The best dal fry in Ashwem (and we tried this a lot !). Very good fish curry also and the Paneer 65 which was apparently a starter, but pronounced delicious and big enough for a main course.
Slightly ramshackle electrical sockets, some worked, some didn’t and our shower broke after a couple of days. But, they arranged for us to have a shower in a vacant cottage whilst ours was fixed (a few hours later) top marks.
However, Ashwem beach has changed a lot since our last visit in 2006 and we had the luck/misfortune to be to be staying there on the Russian New Year, Jan 14th. Next door to Leela is La Cabana beach resort which has the new Soma Project bar/club/restaurant attached. Next up is a new hotel/club for Russians called Bardo. Both Soma and Bardo had very loud, very good (if you like techno) Russian NYE parties on the 13th and 14th January respectively which went on well into the night. Some of the yoga warriors staying at Leela and on Ashwem had their noses put out of joint by this.
Overall, we felt prices at Leela were a little high, but this was outweighed by the location and the staff who were super friendly and very helpful. We will go back.
- 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