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Club Mahindra Emerald Palms
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Varca
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Bangalore
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73 reviews
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“Excellent value for money”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

Excellent value for money. But set away from the crowd, even in South Goa. Margao is over 10 Km away and north Goa, over 50 Km. The Varca beach is quite and peaceful. CM can make the stay more interesting by adding a discotheque and such. Else, it is boring to be in Goa and not party!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Pune, India
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

I was in Goa with my family on 16th June 12. This was my first experience of Goa in monsoon. We were a group of 9 and had done our bookings @ Club Mahindra Emerald Palms (Formerly known as The Retreat). Locals (even cabbies) still call it the Retreat. I have broken my review into sections hope it helps.
What to expect
1. Friendly staff
2. Nice rooms. We had booked 4 rooms, so got the entire cottage unit for us.
3. Located in a very quiet place. Varca is an amazing unspoilt beach.
I found this place to be a bit rustic. Staff needs hospitality training. Though they were extremely courteous and tried very hard to match up to our demands. Since Goa is a place to relax and unwind, we actually didn’t get irritated by the confused environment. Few staff members on the floor were really pleasing and worth giving credit for. Restaurant Captain Joy and the bar tender (I can’t recollect his name). Fun zone is a very small unit, with hand full of activities. Swimming pool is OK. Spa was well appointed and had good options varying from 1200 to 5000.
Wine n Dine
They have a small but cosy bar. The bar tender was amazing, the first day we had to explain him our preferences (eg Frosted Mugs for beer, mixes etc.). Throughout our stay he remembered them and served accordingly. Liquor is cheap and we enjoyed it .
For the first day we opted for fun dining (900+taxes for all meals). Buffet was OK, nothing wow. It was a disappointing Goan spread (nothing authentic about it). My in laws liked it, since north Indian spread was tasty. All in all the buffet lacked imagination. (infact of all the club Mahindra destination I have visited, none have matched the Munnar quality.). I hear Goa Varca has a better spread. We were also told, we could visit that place and try out the spread. We didn’t .
Next evening we asked the manager (Rajeev) to arrange a special dinner for us. They had set the dinner @ the Sol Bar. I found the arrangement s and serving staff amazing. Again we found the north Indian veggie fare better, but this time the Goan fish curry (actually it was more of a mangalorean gravy) was really interesting. Rajeev got this arranged for 600+taxes pp (Not a bad deal).
Travel
Cabs are very expensive and they rip you off. 1900 for an Airport transfer (hardly 30 mins drive). We were looking for a self drive jeep, couldn’t find one.
What not to expect
1. Professionalism. If you keep this expectation aside, you will really love this place. Infact I found it refreshing, as people were more real  and showed concern.
2. Resort amenities. Its a very small resort (not sure if I can call it as a resort.)
3. Its not bang on the beach, its a 10 mins walk. But its a very nice walk through the village.
4. Its a very quiet place and has very little to offer. Its perfect for a relaxing holiday.
Overall I like this place, just because we enjoyed our holiday and staff really was caring.
Note:- Martins corner is just 7-8 kms away, so do visit that place for a good lunch/dinner.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms in the main building (one which houses the lobby). Cottages are good.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Mumbai
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

We stayed in a 1 Bed room apartment in the first week of June. After being to Varca and enjoying the place, we went with a bit of trepidition to this property. But boy, we were quite bowled over by the place. It is not a Club Mahindra - Varca setting but it is nice in its own way. The large format rooms & the setting were fabulous. The entire place has been given a Portugese styling in white. Place is well maintained and the pool is good. The only regret is that the fun zone closes at 1930 everyday & the rooms do not have a kitchennette, which the CM guys promised would be done by the next peak season. Overall, loved the stay! Visited the place with wife & son of 12 year old. If you really want to enjoy the stay, do not cringe on taking adequately large accomodation. More individual space will help a lot in relaxing and making the stay worthwhile, unless you are the type who only use the accomodation to hit the bed!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Club Mahindra Emerald Palms
Address: Pedda, Uttor Doxi, Varca Drafidila Layout, 4th Block, Varca 403721, India
Location: India > Goa > South Goa District > Varca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Varca
#4 Luxury Hotel in Varca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Mahindra Emerald Palms 4*
Number of rooms: 106
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