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Club Mahindra Varca Beach
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Varca
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“Planning to visit in december first week”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

We are planning to have holiday in december first week. Booked hotel unit room(HU). But not able to view the photos and details of room. Any body stayed there and any suggestions. Also any clue on the nearby places of interest.

Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Travel Dates: 16-Oct-2012 to 19-Oct-2012

Rooms: We booked a 1 bed room property, the rooms, sheets and towels were clean. The room had a terrace and two balconies, a place to hang out clothes - overall thoughtfully designed. Now, the bad part: The shower in the bath was leaking, so the water did not have enough strength to have a quick shower. The faucet near the WC was also leaking. The AirCon misbehaved during nights - went into some power saver mode or whatever, we got up sweating!

Swimming Pool: There are three pools, each has an option for infant, children and adult swimmers. The bigger swimming pool was about 3 feet in depth - therefore a bit difficult to swim around - however, the positive side was that I could leave my daughter to play without being in the pool myself.

Food: There are multiple dining options - buffet and a-la-carte, the food is expensive and low on value for money. Buffet was way too expensive, so we went for a-la-carte - none of the dishes were made properly.
The breakfast had a motley mix of items - the fruit juices were diluted, and the fruits were not cut properly. For the money they charge per head: Rs. 250 + 22% tax. - I felt it wasn't worth it. We went to the Fisherman's Wharf near Holiday Inn, and found the food to be much better - price and quality wise.

Beach: Nice clean beach just outside the resort, but a bit crowded - this is Goa after all :-). We saw a lot of jellyfishes and starfishes on the beach.

Service: The staff was very good, responsive and helpful.

Value for Money: Average - the rooms and locations are good, good service, food was not good.
Would I Return: Yes! Why? Food I can always sample from the nearby restaurants instead. For the rest, the property is pretty good.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Huge property.... 3 different pools. Different types of villas and rooms and accomodations... gardens.. beach access directly from property.. kids pool with slides..
you can;t go wrong.
Their restaurants are kind of strictly ok. But manageable.

If u dont have your own vehicle, you are kinda stuck, as is the case with other club mahindra properties. You go out of the property, the taxis have unions. you have to take their own cabs. They are nothing but rip-offs. The tours from their travel desk are also really expensive. So be ready for that. You can't just walk out, and hope to catch a cab. There is nothing out there.. and the unions and all that jazz will ensure that you take the taxi from the hotel premise only. So eating in the restaurant within are your only logical option.
Their spa is also good. The shack food options are good...
Children would love the gaming and fun zone activities here.
So all in all, except for the taxi mafias, you are happy and great place to be in your vacation.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

The overall experience was good and we had a leisure time. Pools are good, but with lots of chlorine and bleaching powder. Food was good, lots of choice for vegetarians. Courteous staff and overall well maintained place. The bridge to cross over to reach to the beach is very dirty filled with drainage water and smells yuck.

The ambience at the reception is very good and soothing but a little suffocating due to lack of ventilation.
The staffs are very courteous and helpful.
Food tastes good.

The biggest turn-off was swimming pool. The pools look good but are badly maintained with over usage of chlorine and bleaching powder; your eyes will have irritating sensation when you come out of the pool.
We were initially allotted a room in the old building block which was very small, not clean and not up to Club Mahindra standard, later on request, we were moved to the main building where the rooms are mod and fine.
Staff, though are courteous are non-responsive at times (especially the front desk). They need to be reminded and followed up frequently (in my case for room change, getting print of my ticket, late checkout request etc), but the house keeping staff are very good.
There is no free flowing hot water, you will get a bucket of hot water from geyser and wait for 15 mins to next bucket. This is not expected from a 5-star resort. Also the towels smell smoky.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sunnyvale, California
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

good and comfortable rooms, lovely swimming pool, ample shack restaurants around in case you want to escape outside and explore, private beach and water sports add the zing... a good peaceful beach holiday is guaranteed. Food is good too, the club also has many engagement activities for kids, a basic amenities store, gym and spa facilities.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Navi Mumbai, India
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

It's 15-20 mins drive by car from Madgaon station. Club mahindra has its own Travel desk which is very much reliable, charges are high though. The place is too relaxing and refreshing. you will get what ever you have imagined about relaxation and rejuvenation for yourself and for the family too. it has everything thing for every one. there are two pools which are clean and hygienically maintained. The main swimming pool has got 3 levels, baby pool, 3ft pool and 5ft pool. it's got a lounge too.
There two restaurants (among many which function season wise); one Tamara and Dune shack are too good. we really had a good time at our dinning table. Lavish food options are fun to have. The service is too good. (not to forget my child's favourite "Mr. Deb") the staff is very friendly. Spa is also too good, though you feel a pinch about the charges but its worth i feel. There are some activities which are free but most of them are chargeable but are good. young parents can get some private time with the help of the baby sitter!! No words to explain about the beach. It's the highlight. its clean and maintained private beach. (be careful about the ?people/agents from some other restaurant/hotels, who rush to you from somewhere near the beach and claim to provide better service at cheaper price). CLEARLY IGNORE THEM. Have fun fun and fun. its a really heavenly place for the whole family. Last but not the least, They run some activities every day from 8.00pm for all the guests out there. which gave us chance to get together and know each other.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Troy, Michigan
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

a 15 minute drive and Rs 450/- got us to the varca beach resort from madgaon station.the initial check in process takes a couple of minutes.. since we reached at night, all the best rooms were gone..we got a room in one of the older rooms which have not yet been renovated..faced a few issues with the airconditioning and after 2 nights we got an availability in the newer studio rooms in the main building.loved that room.easy access to the swimming pool,buffet area and to the lobby right above which is equipped with wiifi (free of cost!) so dont forget to carry your ipad,tab,laptop...or else you will end up paying a lot of money for using their computers..free activities for toddlers and kids at the entertainment area ,turned out to be good time pass for my daughter.she also loved the 2 feet pool,where she could easily wade through the water.the lifeguard near the pool provide towels and ball to be used in the pool :)...there are also various other hobby activites going on through the day at the resort but you would end up paying for most of them.a spray tatoo cost Rs 135/- .the grocery/souvenier store carries fresh bread,chips,ready to eat noodles and also swimwear if required(but are pricey)..the housekeeping is extremely quick and efficient..they also come on prepare the bed when you need it.the only issue is the procey taxi service outside the resort..which cant be helped..there are 42 cabs outside and each drive gets only 1 turn ..so he makes the most of it..i would highly recommend travelling in your own vehicle if you intend to do a lot of sightseeing around goa..but if you intend to just stay in the resort through your holiday ,using the taxi service is fine..they charged us Rs 500 for a drop off to the madgaon station.. all in all a good experience with family..the visit to the beach which has direct access from the resort was the cherry on the cake..very good place for a relaxed holiday..

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Club Mahindra Varca Beach
Address: 176 1 Survey No | Salcete Taluka, Varca 403721, India
Location: India > Goa > South Goa District > Varca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Varca
#2 Spa Hotel in Varca
#2 Luxury Hotel in Varca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Mahindra Varca Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 205
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