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“tranquil, beautiful, unique totally relaxing.”
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Yab Yum Resort
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Mandrem
Certificate of Excellence
UK
1 review
“tranquil, beautiful, unique totally relaxing.”
Reviewed April 29, 2010

We found YabYum to be a lush and tranquil heaven on earth, beautiful, unique and peaceful. We booked the Honey Pod and stayed for a week in early March 2010. It was clean, comfortable and very well maintained. The staff where attentive but not intrusive, allowing us the space and peace that we needed after our travels through India. We would look forward and loved eating our amazing organic breakfast outside our pod each morning. Our pod which was perched up on the sand dune, was only 5 meters from the beach, the lapping of the waves would send us to sleep each evening, with tropical bird song waking us up each morning. We Where not disappointed, we heard great things about YabYum from friends back in London, It came very highly recommended and met all our expectations and more. We where very sad to leave and would recommend this beautiful place to anyone wanting to get away from it all and totally relax.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed April 21, 2010

Really uncomplicated. Nice people. Directly at the sea. Wonderful huts. Clean. Breakfast in front of the hut is so comfortable and easy.
Just perfect.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, England
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Reviewed March 28, 2010

My friend and I left our 5 star Taj hotel for 1 night to try to have a memorable experience in a beach hut and we were not disappointed. We had 1 of the 2 pods with a sea view and it was one of the most beautiful accommodation ive ever stayed in. There are huts nearby that you could get for a fraction of the price, however you get what you pay for and my friend was not up for slumming it. I would recommend the yab yum resort for anyway who wants to do something abit different on holiday in goa, but still wants abit of luxury and I can see why this resort has previously got write ups in the Independent newspaper (which I found on the internet). The resort is located about 30 minutes from anjuna market and 45 mins from candolim, we just got a taxi there and told the driver to pick us up the next day. Aswem beach which is where it is situated is absolutely beautiful, spacious and is a nice contrast from the hustle and bustle of baga or candolim beach. There are great shacks on the beachfront including the famous La Plage restaurant which is a sophisicated place to hang out and is to the left of the yab yum resort. Alternatively meems bar and restaurant is to the right and is fantastic just to sit on the cushioned floor, sip cocktails and watch the sun go down. In your room there should be a big touch charging up so please remember to take it as walking down the beach in the dark can be abit scary, although me and my friend felt safe enough and we are both girls! I have been to alot of places but I'll always remember our stay here!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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far north queensland
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

After the hustle and bustle of working in delhi for 10 days,we looked forward to our flight down to goa,and our long deserved family holiday together. Finally we arrived at our destination for our last 6 days in india, we had picked north goa simply because we had heard so many good reports about it from friends, in particular we had been reccomended yab yum over all other places for its peace and tranquility, and child freindly atmosphere. I had managed to call the resort from delhi as a last minuite booking, and was told they could take us, but I would have to pre book and pay online, luckily it worked no problem. We arrived on the early flight, and so got to Yab Yum a good 3 hours before we could check in to our room. We were given breakfast, a spare room was made available so as we could change and shower whilst we waited for our booked room to be vacated and cleaned. In the mean time, my wife headed for the beach with our eldest , whilst I and our youngest spent some daddy time together painting pictures, using the painting kits that the reception girls provided. We had booked a ‘large’ family dome, which we all loved, very spacious, cool, hip and breezy, but the most important factor being that in was situated in the safety of the palm grove, tucked behind the dunes,yet only 20m from the beach, which for our peace of mind was a great asset for the children to be able to run and play without us having to worry that they may stray onto the beach.

The next six days were spent swimming, sunbathing, and with the occasional trip out to the flea market, and local villages, it's quite difficult travelling around with two young children who only wanted to stay at the resort and play. Our children spent most of the time either in the paddling pool,(the sea can be quite rough in places) in the teepee playing with the toys that were provided, they also made friends with the resort kittens, (always a winner) or painting. My wife lazed on the beach reading and topping up on her tan, whilst i managed to catch up with some last minute work via the wireless internet that was available though can be sporadic, not something I was too surprised by especially as this was rural India.I even managed 3 sessions with David, the in house masseur who managed to stretch my back to the point of feeling 2 inches taller. Food was great, we ate at yab yum twice, Mr Pal cooked us a sumptous feast, minus the chilli, and the Pagan cafe next door was excellent for lunch and snacks. My wife and myself even managed to get two evenings to ourselfs thanks to the baby sitting service provided and ate at La Plage which was amazing.

If I had to criticize yab yum I would say that it’s almost too laidback for some people, if you want music, alcohol and action then this isn’t really the place but then you can always take a taxi to Arambol or Anjuna which are not far away.

All in all a very welcomed break, we were looked after from start to finish,and would not hesitate to come back.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

Booked a large family Pod after a transfer to the bank account. Had gone there with lot of expectations but unfortunately was quite disappointed. To be fair, Yab Yum does offer an alternate choice and tries its best to be as unique as possible, however the relevance of such an accomodation is very limited for a place having a climate like Goa.
Location:
Yab Yum is located in the northern part of Goa, on Ashvem beach, behind a sand dune, with the beach being accessible from only one common exit point of the resort. Frankly, Ashvem beach itself is a disappointment as compared to the other Goa beaches for the following reasons:
a) the sand is blackish and certainly not as white as the other beaches
b) the texture of the sand is very fine akin to dust and hence it really sticks to you.
Accomodation:
Acco in the resort is in the form of an igloo that are spaced out from each other to offer you your privacy and tranquility. The design is very unique and appealing instantly. The interiors are also very well designed and spacious and are bright indigo in colour. The bed is also comfortable. The toilets are clean and reasonably big. However the room is very stuffy and gets really intolerable during the afternoons when the heat and humidity is simply killing.
Food:
Breakfast is complimentary at the resort while diner is made available on payment of fixed sum. Both breakfast and dinner is served outside the igloo in a fantastic surrounding. We found the food to be very tasty and excellent. However the portions were too less and a second helping was not encouraged at all. Imagine having two prawns and one little red snapper for dinner in a place like Goa. The breakfast too was extremely edible but in limited quantity. The problem area is the lunch which is not served at the resort and hence you have to go out in search of food in the extreme heat. Not many good eating places other than La Plage is to be found near the resort. We had our food at the Arabian Sea of Meems Beach resort at the recco of the Yab Yum staff but found it to be very passable. At all other times only sandwich is available at the resort although the fruit juices were really good.
Ambience:
The resort is set amidst several palm trees which is its USP. You feel really close to the nature and wish to lie in the hammock at all times. There is a paddle pool for the kiddies which however was dry when we visited.
Service:
The staff is friendly and helpful in a limited way. There are no intercoms and hence you have to walk to the reception every time you need help.
Let downs:
We did not enjoy the place because of certain general and certain specific reasons:
a) When we came back from the beach late evening, we found that there was no light in our igloo while all other lights were working. The reception person informed me that one phase is gone and that it should be repaired in about 10 minutes. However even after 2 hours the same was not repaired. My kids were howling in the dark and the heat was extremely unbearable. Also one could not sit outside due to the onslaught of mosquitos at sun set. The reception people could not do any thing except making phone calls to the power supply department. They did not have the contact details of the owners of the resort and really did not know how to help. Finally at my suggestion they agreed to call their electrician who could connect my igloo to any of the other one which had light. The electrician came and found that someone has just switched off the main power supply to the igloo. The people at the resort were not aware that there is such a thing as a main connection to the igloo and we had to stay in the dark in an unbearable environment for more than 2 hours.
b) In all the melly, I found that a frog had entered into the bedroom. Being close to the nature is extremely desirable but finding a frog in the bed room when you are in the room with your little kids is a little too much of a bother.
c) The geyser in the toilet was not working and the same was not looked into even after several complaints. On the day of check out we were provided with hot water in a bucket but that was simply not good for a place for which you have paid more than 5500 bucks.
d) The biggest disappointment was that there were no sea views from the igloo. The sea was tantalisingly close, you could hear it but could not see it. When you are staying in a beach hut like accomodation for a price as high as this one, you expect to be on the beach. Thus while this place had all the difficulties and limitations of a beach hut, the biggest advantage of a beach hut being on the beach was not there.
Verdict:
It is definitely a unique and different concept but simply does not work for its limitations on account of its location and climate.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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yabyumowner, Owner at Yab Yum Resort, responded to this review, September 6, 2010
Unfortunately this is the kind of review that drives owners crazy!! When things go wrong we should admit it, make amends and apologise, but when somebody just makes a bad decision as to the type of accommodation they want there's nothing we can do!

The best advice we can give visitors is please make an informed decision when booking accommodation for your holiday - read a hotel's website, decide what amenities you want based on how you imagine spending your time there.
Many people come to Goa because they think it is cheap, people are poor and they will be treated like royalty, these visitors should stick to central and southern Goa.
Yab Yum caters to travellers that want a very laidback, relaxing break, people that can actively create their own experience and appreciate their natural surroundings.

Future guests please note: We are NOT a concrete hotel with TV, tea-making facilities and piped music. That is not the experience of Goa that Yab Yum endorses. If you want to hang out during the daytime in an air-conditioned room then why even go on holiday?! Hammocks, shade, history, food, natural beauty, beach...Goa is about being outdoors.


To address the issues raised in the review:

Is Yab Yum 'RELEVANT' in Goa? YES very, largely because we are eco-friendly and our accommodation is built using traditional methods and materials, and because we employ a lot of local people. The rooms are therefore much cooler than 'beach huts', try a beach hut for half the price and see the difference!

Food - breakfast (including quantity) is ordered by the guests themselves, so not having enough shouldn't be a problem, but if you want more then ask (squeezing 5 people in to a room designed for 4 (and telling us at the last minute) probably won't help...
Paddling pool - there is a big tap, really you can't miss it. Water usage is a big issue in Goa and we don't intend to waste it.
Electricity - the whole coastline experiences power cuts, as does most of India, and most guests realise this. Of course, power cuts then throw up issues with showers and lights, but as a team we deal with these problems quite well when they do occur.
Small frogs - we are in rural India, frogs are not dangerous and most people don't find them scary.
Sea view - if you want a room with a sea view then please book a room that has a sea view!!!
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed January 28, 2010

Coming from wintry Germany Yab Yum Resort was a perfect place to start our South India Trip from. We arrived very early in the morning after a long & strenuous journey and everything worked out comfortably due to the fine management: The pick-up service we arranged for Dabolim Airport was already waiting when we arrived and we got one of the cottages to rest in, for the room we had booked from noon onwards was still busy during the morning. Yab Yum Resort is beautiful and well maintained, the staff very friendly and considerate. We stayed in one of the domes which are pretty and spacious. The sandy beach is beautiful, clean and offers endless walks & the Arabian Sea was simply great at this time of the year (perfect temperature!).There are some good restaurants at the beach in short walking distance - our favourite was "La Plage" which is a 10 minutes walk to the south (if you go for dinner don`t forget your torch!). For all those who are looking for a tasteful and relaxed place in Goa without the turmoil of partying and jet skiing all day/night long Yab Yum Resort might be a perfect choice.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

After a long tour around India, this was just what we needed - quiet, hassle free and charming away from the trance music and bustle of other parts of Goa. The stone cottage we stayed in was clean and well appointed with a great view of the clean beach, whilst the staff from the local village were great. The evening meals cooked by locals were superb. The only thing that let it down was the cockiness of the British owner...

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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yabyumowner, owner (1 of them!) at Yab Yum Resort, responded to this review, January 20, 2010
Glad you enjoyed your stay with us! To be fair there are 3 of us that own Yab Yum, I agree one can be obnoxious, but the other 2 of us are hopefully humble enough to balance it out!
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Property: Yab Yum Resort
Address: Ashvem Beach, Mandrem 403527, India
Location: India > Goa > North Goa District > Mandrem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Mandrem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yab Yum is situated in north Goa at the edge of the tranquil village of Ashvem. Hidden away in a peaceful setting amongst 8000sqm of cool, shady and lush coconut and banana grove, Yab Yum sits directly behind the sand-dunes of Ashvem beach. Relax on top of the dune and watch the sunset as local fishermen bring in their catch from the Arabian Sea. Breakfast inc., Full bar, all-day lunch and dinner menu. Massage and yoga are available. ... more   less 
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