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Whistling Palm Beach Resort
Ranked #32 of 46 Dapoli B&B and Inns
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent Stay and cordial staff”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

i would recomment this hotel to everyone here.
the staff is very helpful.
the food is excellent.room are decent
the view is breathe taking.
sea food is their specialty but overall all local dishes are excellent
overall a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

There is a lot to share about this resort.
Stay Duration - 3 Days ( 15-18 Nov13)
Tourist Group: - 3 Couples - 4 Kids

Ambiance: - This resort has got 180 degree Murud-Karde beach view, you can enjoy beach-view lying on a bed or with a cup of tea from terrace. Simply Its extraordinary in terms of ambiance.

Room Service- Staff: - Rooms are very much big in size will all the amenities that a normal resort provides.

Food for kids:- Staff is very much cooperative, They prepare food for kids as per tourist recommendation. On request, they also make arrangement for seperate cooking gas for kids so that tourist can cook their own food for kids.

Food for adults : -
Veg: - Being as a non vegeterian I cant say about veg food, but the tourist with me rated it as good.
Non Veg: - Non Veg food is good except fish.
For fish you may buy fish from harney beach and get it cooked from localites.
Near to this resort, there is shinde messwala who provides good quality of dining for sea food lovers.

Access to this resort: - Road to this resort is very much dusty, but everywhere you go in kokan you will find dusty roads. There is nothing that resort management can do on this.

Amenities: - 24hours hot water supply, ample garden space for childern to play, ample space for parking, generator backup is available.

Room Tip: Every room has got excellent beach view. Do bargaining they may provide healthy discount for group b...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

The view is good but to reach the hotel, the approach roads are awful with no amenities nearby. The room was not clean. We had paid extra for the kids but no bed was provided instead a thin cotton mattress was thrown on the floor. There was no arrangement for hot water for taking a bath. In spite of repeated request, they did nothing. When my husband threw a fit then they got 1 bucket of hot water for 4 people to take a bath. The service in their drab restaurant is slow. And there were so many flies. Ugh!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Pune, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2013

I stayed for long weekend with family. the place is awesome. Also the experience of staying was good. The service we received was good but above all I liked food very much. To my amazement I found out that the charges were very reasonable.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Visited Whiistling Palms with family on Mar 29, 2013 for the long weekend. Will start my review with the strongest possible point -

Location -

Amazing location bang opposite the beach with no interference in the sea view. Its just too good. However good things come at a cost. There is no road to resort per say... its terrible for cars...dusty road... and there are about 5-6 resorts along this road... all these resorts should see to it that a tar road atleast a decent road strip is provided to tourists.

Rooms -

Decent rooms, neat and clean, airy, good A/C's, no power issues faced even in summer time. One king sized bed present which is comfortable for family of 3. A/C 's are actually not needed since the rooms are very airy (even in March) and hence cool. The rooms have full sized sliding doors for balcony and even have a netted door.

Food -

Very good - Solkadi and all curries
Good - Chicken and veggies
Thumbs down - Fish (so disappointing !!!!!!)

Alternates to Food -

Veg - Hotel Sanman near Rickshaw stand @ Dapoli (Kelaskar Chowk)
Non-Veg - Hotel Jagdish near Rickshaw stand @ Dapoli (Kelaskar Chowk)

Drinks -

Only beer available that too in the evening... but u can carry your own drinks... NO FRIDGE AVAILABLE IN ROOMS...

Service and Staff -

Thumbs up... no room to complain... very helpful and courteous...well behaved pleasant mannerisms...

Things to do/ Places to Visit -

- Dolphin ride in the morning is a must..saw a lot of dolphins...
- Harnai Beach Fish auction is enjoyable for the zeal of fishermen and fun of auction..also road to harnai is very good coastal road...
- Water sports at murud beach


Overall a refreshing experience....

Room Tip: 2nd or 3rd floor rooms ... All rooms are sea facing
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Pune
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

I went with to Dapoli with my family and friends. After a lot of research we decided to book Whistling Palms hotel and we were not disappoined. We stayed in non-ac rooms which were on the ground floor but that did not hamper the spectacular view of the Karde beach. The beach is just 100mts away from the hotel. Karde beach is very clean, with full privacy for family to enjoy. It was like our private beach. We could see dolphins from our room. The hotel staff was very friendly, the room and toilet were clean, restaurant has less options for sea food, only the expensive ones were available.
We went to murud beach early at 7am to watch the dolphins then enjoyed the water sports. we then went to Harnai beach to witness fish auction but were late as it ends by 9am. Nevertheless we bought fresh pomfret and surmai after a lot of bargaining. Carrying the fish was easy because they pack it all up inside a termocol container filled with ice.
Overall it was a fun filled experience. We will surely stay in this hotel the next time we plan to visit Dapoli

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Best reason to visit Whistling Palms is the great stretch of beach from Murud to Karde, fine white sands, easy to walk on, clean beach, perfect sea (neither turbulent nor mild waves) and not completely devoid of activities (not sure if it was because of the New Year rush or whether it is a regular fare, but the beach had fair amount of activities like para-sailing, water scooters etc when we visited there). It is the same beach that runs from lush green murud village to mountainous terrain of karde village - you get to see two different landscapes from a single beach! Resorts in Karde in general have good sea view while the ones in Murud have more greenery.

Coming to Whistiling Palms, it is the first resort that you come across as you hit the beach at Karde. It sits right at the middle of the entire stretch of beach with view of lush greenery of coconut and casurina trees towards Murud, stretch of beach and hills towards Karde village, and vast expanse of the sea in front (completely uninterrupted view). In terms of location, it is perfect!

Rooms are spacious, neat and clean - perfectly acceptable for a budget resort. The paint was wearing off at places in our room but not really an eye sore. Every room offers view of the sea which becomes even better when you proceed to the sit-outs. A very thoughtful facility is the clothes line for drying clothes in the sit-outs. I guess the resort doesn't have laundry facility (at least there was no price list in the room).

Service was always prompt and courteous for most of the routine stuff but they struggled a bit when I asked for new batteries for TV remote as the ones it had seemed to have weared off. They could not provide new batteries but did replace with other batteries. Hot water is not available 24 hours and it is mentioned in the handouts left in the rooms but if you have not bothered to go through the handouts you may be in for a surprise. Service wise, I believe they provide pretty good service for a location that is remote and suffers from electricity shortage. It will be helpful if they can brief the visitors about these limitations right at the time of check-in and not bank on them going through the handouts.

Food was a mixed baggage. Buffet dinners were simply disappointing. They could get the taste right but not the texture (paneer chilly that tastes good but requires endless chewing, crisps that are too hard, veg handi with overflowing oil....). In contrast, they offered us ala-carte menu for lunch and we ordered all konkani food - every bit of konkani food was excellent. Breakfasts were something in between - neither bad nor excellent, just good enough. I am not sure whether they struggle with bulk preparation or with non-konkani cuisine.

Whenever I travel to Konkan, I always prefer home-cooked Konkani food as against typical chinese, punjabi, or south indian stuff that I can get anywhere in Pune. For people like me, there is a good option of home cooked konkani food just about 0.5 - 1 Kms before Whistling Palms, a place called "Kokan Kinara".

We welcomed the new year 2013 at Whistling Palms, the idea was to be at a calm peaceful place amidst natural environs to welcome the new year. However (to my disappointment), there was a dance party organized by the resort to welcome the new year. The party was preceded by a one-man stand-up show whose format seemed interesting - a mix of information about Dapoli, its famous people, places of significance, magic show, games and so on. The show was in Marathi so I could not grasp it fully. This show and the dance arrangement was all done outdoors, and the dinner buffet was also arranged outdoors. I was not interested in the dance party anyways, but the dinner was delayed (starters from 8:30 onwards but dinner served only around 10 PM) and it got cold quickly. All in all, I don't think it was worth it. There were just a handful of 8-10 people enjoying the dance. In any case, it is a matter of personal choice so I don't hold it for or against the resort.

Lastly, most of the resorts in Karde were freshly painted and Whistling Palms looked pale before them - it definitely requires fresh exterior paints (interiors are quite ok though). Each and every metal chairs in the restaurant had their paints peeled off and rust setting in (again, metal furnitures in the rooms were in good condition).

I believe anybody visiting Dapoli will do so being well aware the holidays in Dapoli cannot really be luxurious. Whistling Palms is definitely above average and offers good holidaying experience.

(Just a side note: It is really a shame on part of local government / administration such beautiful beaches like Murud and Karde have such poor road conditions. As soon as you get off the state highway from Dapoli towards Harne, the road condition is extremely poor and it is virtually non-existent as you turn towards Karde.)

Room Tip: Best view can be obtained from suite on 3rd flr that faces Murud beach as it has two sides open. R...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Whistling Palm Beach Resort
Address: Beach at Post Karde, Dapoli 415712, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Ratnagiri District > Dapoli
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Beach Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #32 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Dapoli
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Number of rooms: 19

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