Booked this hotel via the First Choice website.It was my fifth time in Goa having stayed at the Heritage at Arrosim Beach on previous occassions. My son and I arrived on 29th December 2006 in order to be there for new year. First impressions were laughable as upon entering the inner lawn and pool area, we were greeted by the sight of an eight foot snowman and loads of Christmas paintings on all the hotel windows! Evidence that the staff really made the effort to keep up the festive season.
Generally we were pleased with the hotel, the pool area was never crowded in fact there were times when we were the only people there and it was like having your own private pool. The pool attendant was always there with towels and the best thing was that there was no music playing all day like some hotels I have stayed in where they seem to think that you should be bombarded with pop music all day. Not so here, just perfect peace and quiet.
We were A/I and it has to be said that some days the food was a little disappointing. Breakfast was the same thing every morning with only one cereal (cornflakes) porridge that was more like gruel and various cooked offerings of dubious quality. We rarely ate lunch but the couple of times that we did, I wasn't impressed.
Dinner was a little better, again not impressed although the food that they put on for new years eve was supurb, they really pulled the stops out on that one. This showed that they are capable so why not a little more effort all the time.
The resort itself does take a bit of getting used to and at times you can smell the fish drying in the sun but the area does have a buzz about it and we loved it. The locals are fantastic and new years eve was quite mad but a great experience with the fireworks and parties on the beach. We used to use a beach shack called the Silver Spoon where you could use the sunbeds all day as long as you had a few drinks and something to eat. All the guys working there were fantastic, especially Martin, as was the food. Don't be put off by these shacks as the food is perfectly safe, absolutely delicious and the whole day will only cost about a fiver for two.
The place to eat in the evening is Mickeys which is in Colva, about a ten minute walk from the hotel. You usually have to wait for a table as it is always full with as many locals eating there as there is tourists, always a good sign! They serve food to die for and again it is not exspensive. The bill for six of us including beers and spirits was about £27 sterling and we did over order with the food.
Would I go again? Yes I probably would but possibly not A/I next time. The hotel is good, the staff are exellent, rooms are clean and well serviced if a little short on storage space and it is so peaceful. Unfortunately it is let down a little by the standard of the food
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst of lush green paddy fields, a whiff of sea air, a crafted beach resort, where you are assured to experience hospitality at its best. The Resort is ideal for everybody to have a great time of their life, with south Goa’s most popular white sand beach, the Colva is at a walk able distance of 500mts, offering exciting water sports and oodles of entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pearls Oceanique Hotel Colva
- The Golden Crown Hotel & Spa Colva Goa