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Leela Cottages
Reviewed January 31, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Pete G
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prakashk, Owner at Leela Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2013

Thanks for reviewing Leela Cottages. We will keep on our efforts to give the guests a pleasant and
memorable stay.

As far as the loud music is concerned it is shameful that some of these beach clubs are spoiling the calm ambiance at Ashwem. We are trying to get the music intensity from these clubs controlled by 10 PM.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

If you ever want to get away from a bustling life and enjoy Goan beaches, this is the place to go. Staff is super friendly, the Indian food that is prepared is truly magnificent (although western food can be ordered as well, the menu is balanced). The owner Ravi is always prepared to help out or provide sound advice. The designer huts are very nice, airconditioned and with a fan, and with Indian antique furniture. Step on the beach for lovely walks, beautiful sunsets on the Arabian Sea, or a nice dip into the sea. A place not to forget, feels like heaven. I'll be back ...

Room Tip: Any hut is fine, with windows with glass (airconditioning) windows that mostly provide a nice view.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Carry B
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prakashk, Owner at Leela Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Thanks for your kind review. I can see from your review that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Leela Cottages. We hope to host you again in the near future and hope that you will recommend us to your friends and contacts.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

my wife and i stayed here in april 2002 ,we have probably stayed in the best huts and cottages goa has to offer and i must say leela is up there with the best..the hospitality was fantastic and such beautiful chilled laid back vibe.cottages were fist class especially their new ones...that is the best i have tried and only H2o at agonda can beat it for location but not for quality.
if anyone is considering staying at leeela stop considering and go fot it.you won't regret it.
one last word is thanks for having us leela and all the best for the future :)))

Room Tip: the newer cottages are plusher but the older cottages are still class and give better VFM
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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prakashk, Owner at Leela Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Thanks for the compliments and a great review. We would strive to keep up our efforts to give our guests a memorable stay at Leela Cottages.

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

When we got to the cottages, we had two. Mine had a faulty air conditioner and at 95F outside, it was unbearable. Ravi was great about scrambling to get me a new cottage as fast as possible!

My new cottage was cool and immaculate, with excellent hot and cold running water. My only gripe is that the beds were quite hard, but once you travel around India, you'll see that ALL the beds are hard, even in 5 Star resorts.

The grounds were mystical and the beach was magical!! I loved every minute and look forward to going back!!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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prakashk, Owner at Leela Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2012

Thanks for your kind review. We are always looking ways to provide maximum comfort to our guests. Looking forward to host you again at Leela Cottages

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Reviewed May 19, 2012

we have travelled to goa umpteen number of times, and have preferred palolim beach shacks, over main stream hotels...it's always been fun but we have missed the comfortable and clean rooms that one gets in nice hotels, and lately palolim has also become very crowded...landed in leela cottages just by chance, and the beach, the rooms turned out to be really good...they have ac rooms with nice antique furniture, hammock and a private garden area for each room, where you can nice breakfast, with the beach just a minute's walk basically just outside the resort and the beach is awesome.... the room rates are reasonable, the service is very friendly , provided by shankar and many others( all of them are very sweat and friendly)...the owner ravi takes special interest in making it comfortable for the guests... they even have wifi
Ashwem beach is quite, clean and pretty and some activities are available close by, like you can hire surf boards at copa cabana, also an instructor teaching kite surfing lessons, some nice eating places....go for eating place near babu's ...the french restaurant nearby is highly overrated...food quality is so so....
we had one indian meal which shankar cooked at the leela cottages and it was really yummy....
So all in all comfortable rooms,friendly service, reasonably priced, next to a pretty beach, good eating places nearby, we are defy going back

Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

hi every1,we travelled to goa for 5 days.....and stayed with leela cottages.....not very bad.....the staff are helpful.....beach is near ...nice beach....cottages are clean.....but when we called the owner for reservations.....we were told that the cottages are availabe.....when we arrived we discovered that they 6 more cottages which they havnt mentioned in the website or they didnt even told abt....these cottages are smaller,without minibar and with less privacy and with same price....in first 2 days it was peaceful and nice till two families arrived with kids and they started talking loud and the kids were playing everywhere...it disturbed our sleep a lot.....when we told the staff abt it...they didnt do anytin....we stayed with the noises......so all i want to say that just confirm while booking that u are booking the cottage u want .....thats all....otherwise the location is fine.....food is okay....staff behaviour is also nice
just they have to mention all the cottages they hav
thanks

Room Tip: please mention everytin u have.....
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Morjim Road | Ashvem, Mandrem 403527, India
Location: India > Goa > North Goa District > Mandrem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Mandrem
Price Range: $58 - $157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Leela Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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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