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Neemrana's Ishavilas
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Ishavilas is no doubt a lovely little retreat but I do think it makes sense to go here during their 'low season' (At that price I would have given it a four star rating). After staying in multiple places around Goa, paying various rates during different seasons, on and off, I didnt feel I was getting my money's worth in terms of service. It wasn't up to the mark.

We were greeted with surprise when we arrived as the staff had mixed up our arrival time. It was also difficult to communicate with the person at reception as he didnt seem to follow English or Hindi very well. Later on in the evening we met our host who was quite hospitable. The food was average, presented as home fare but maybe not yet on par (speaking as someone familiar with coastal cuisine). The rooms were well maintained and the decor is on the luxurious/ ostentatious side but clean.

Having said that our host recommended a number of wonderful restaurants North of Candolim in the Ashvem beach area and we had a great time exploring the area on a bike.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Ishavilas, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback about the Ishavilas holiday villa in Goa.

As you may be aware, Neemrana tries to employ as many local people who are often not educated. We put them through a training program and then try to empower them to run their local heritage with pride. Although the service staff is not fluent in English, they speak good Hindi and strive hard to deliver warm and efficient service. Nevertheless please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Your feedback about the food is disappointing. At Ishavilas, broadly, we serve seafood and Goan cuisine with a few Continental dishes, to suit a range of tastes and palates. Should you desire to taste a special dish or have a particular preference, you can certainly make a request at the previous meal, and the Chef will try and please you whenever you visit next.

It is our endeavour to constantly improve our services and it is feedback such as yours which helps us to do so. We thank you for your valuable feedback and look forward to welcoming you at our 27 properties across India !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

This place is truly a hidden gem was recommended by a friend who had stayed in one of their other properties.As my little sister summed it up for me one evening during the stay "Everything is just perfect."The property is absolutely gorgeous.Everything is in place for a perfect vacation right from lovely reading material,to music and movie DVDs to the fresh flowers they put in your rooms every time they make up your room.Went there with family so we stayed in the terrace suite(the best of the rooms) and the Kailash room(which was equally lovely).Oh and the chef is the best,the food is absolutely to die for,lovely fish preparations and vegetarian options finger licking good.The service is also very attentive and customized to your needs.The manager Newton is also very helpful with useful recommendations and helps make your stay perfect.
All in all a lovely lovely vacation,shall be back soon.

Room Tip: The terrace suite is by far the best.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded June 21, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind words about Ishavilas in Goa. It is only the initiated traveller that is able to appreciate true authenticity! We are delighted to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the facilities at the Noble Home, including the small touches by the team. Your compliments about the food and the service have been conveyed to the Chef and the team.

On behalf of the entire Neemrana team, we thank you and your friend for the continued patronage and support. We hope that as you discover more of real India with Neemrana, you’ll find more to tell us about.

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Nice experience at Isha Villas, Nice place to be in North Goa specially when you are in a small goup of 3 to 4 couples with chidlren. Good food as you like and what you want. Stayed in the Terrace suite and this was very good.

The team - Kitchen and Service, is like what you would have at home needs to be told in advance of your expectations and reminded but they take very good care.

As mentioned above it turned out a Home away from Home I woudl like to come back as a small group.

Maybe it was monsoons but the poolside had some mousquitoes and small flies in the pool late evening but that was the only hindsight rest was good.

So enjoy

Rohit Kapur

Room Tip: If you are with Children prefer the Terrace or the Deluxe Cottage. If you love to go for a swim late evening than the Deluxe cottage is better.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded June 21, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your warm and appreciative review about the Ishavilas holiday villa in Goa. We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your stay in the Terrace Suite and were well looked after by the team.

With respect to your feedback about the presence of insects near the pool, we do take daily measures to avoid the same. However, the housekeeping and maintenance team at the property will take greater care going forth. As an additional measure, we recommend carrying insect repellent sprays and lotions for enhanced protection for you and your family outdoors in Goa.

On behalf of the entire Neemrana team, we thank you for your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

staying at isha villas is like having your own luxury house in goa rather than staying in a hotel. The staff is very attentive and the food is great. The place has great character! I would recommend this hidden gem to anyone who likes their privacy. I will be going back soon!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Ishavilas, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2012

Dear Guest,

We are delighted to receive your warm and appreciative review about the Ishavilas holiday villa in Goa.

It is heartening to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and decor of the property, and relished the food during your stay. Your compliments have been conveyed to the Chef and his team.

This is what we strive to achieve and it is always rewarding if someone at the receiving end can sense the effort and the love.

We hope that as you discover more of real India with Neemrana, you’ll find more to tell us about. We thank you for your continued patronage and look forward to welcoming you at our 26 properties across India !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

I can't say enough about our experience at IshaVillas. The rooms, hospitality, food, location all par excellence! A truly memorable experience. We will be going back very often. Thank you all at Isha :))

  • Stayed: November 2011
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Ishavilas, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your motivating feedback about Ishavilas, Goa.

We are delighted to learn that you had a pleasurable experience at the property and enjoyed the food and the ambience.

Your feedback is heart-warming for the entire Neemrana family, for it is guests like you who continue to reinforce our belief in providing experiential hospitality to our guests.

Your compliments have been conveyed to the team at Ishavilas who look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Warm regards,
Team Neemrana
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