First things first, Mahindra-Varca is a beautifully laid out resort. Luxurious rooms and well equipped kitchen units promise a great family holiday.
We were there for three nights and the stay was very comfortable. The proximity to the beach is the biggest advantage of this property.
The check-in time is very odd - 2pm. We flew down from Mumbai, and reached the resort by 2.30pm which means that we hadn't eaten our lunch. Nobody bothered to inform us that the restaurants close by 3pm. First of all, the check in procedure was super slow. Secondly, if the check in was going to take so much time, basic courtesy is to ask if they have eaten and if not, then inform them about the restaurant timings and urge them to eat while the check-in procedure goes on. At 3.15 when we reached the restaurant after checking in, we were told that we would get only the restricted menu which gives us hardly any choice - sandwiches and some measly dal-rich combi meals. Didn't appreciate this behaviour at all.
If you are a family which likes to explore cities and places you visit, beware!
A bunch of goons man the taxi stand outside the Mahindra Resort. Its either their way or the highway. They have the most unrealistic ratecard I have ever seen. From Dabolim to Varca, the taxi fare is Rs. 750. However, from Varca to Dabolim, for the same distance, the taxi fare goes up to 1,000 rupees. How??? The Mahindra Resort management has no say int his matter. The taxi drivers are fleecing their guests right under their noses and all complaints with the management go unheeded! On the contrary, the person at the reception turns around and says, its the taxi unio's decision, we have no say. So, we pay Rs 2800 for a round trip to the Bom Jesus Basilica and Panjim, which is just about approx 118km in total. This is only for 4 hours. Anybody who knows the distances in Goa between two places would know that this is completely unrealistic. But thats the order of the day. Sheer dadagiri spoils the entire plan of Goa sightseeing.
The service at all restaurants is super slow. We were a group of 8 who went for dinner at the Dune Shack. All of us ordered various drinks, 3 of us decided to share a bottle of wine. The beers and the gins came promptly, but the wine took forever to arrive. First, they couldn't figure out the bottle, then they didn't have the corkscrew...what sort of a bar is this? By the time the wine came, the beers had gone flat let alone warm. Anyway, the dinner made up for the drinks faux pas.
If you stay at the Mahindra resort for 3 days, you will not eat idli, dosa, vada, poori bhaji for the next 6 months. The breakfast menu is extremely uninspiring and unappatizing. No creativity applied in planning menus.
The next day we reached the restaurant for dinner at around 9pm. We ordered for simple things like tomato soup and Hakka noodles. We had two kids with us aged 4 and 9. Both were very hungry and sleepy. Tomato soup should not take anything more than 10mins max to make. It took half an hour to come. By then the kids were cranky, one had gone off to sleep without having any dinner. Half an hour for tomato soup which is made out of tinned soup? That too after telling the waiter that we need it fast for the kids. But I guess thats the general speed of delivery at the resort - super slow!
Having said all this, I must say that if not for all these glitches, the resort makes for a perfect holiday destination. I would request the management to look in to these matters to make their guests more loved and appreciated. After all, we are paying a huge sum for the upkeep of the property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beachfront Property ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Priceline, Cheap Tickets, Cancelon, Agoda, TripOnline SA and Hotel.de so you can book your Club Mahindra Varca Beach reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Club Mahindra Varca Beach Hotel Varca
- Hotel Mahindra Varca Beach
- Club Mahindra Varca Beach India
- Varca Palms Beach Resort
- Mahindra Varca Beach Club India
- Club Mahindra Varca Beach Goa