We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A nice resort but basic cooking”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Honey Beach Cottages
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We spent 3 weeks in the that resort. It is very secluded and peaceful. From the next village, Ankola it is 8 km, the last 3 km on gravel road. So you have little chance to escape the food offered at the resort (no other resorts or hotels within walking distance). We were lucky enough to have an indian friend with us who was allowed to prepare food for us in their kitchen. The quality that we tasted from the "official" buffet at various occasions was very basic so we have daubt that "normal" indian tourists would appreciate it. The bungalow that we rented had a nice location and was very quiet. For a very nice swimm you have to walk ca 5 min. to an other beach which is very clean and unhaunted by souvenir wallahs. The beach ist very clean with only little garbage. The staff is very very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: rent a scooter, so you are able to reach Ankola or Gokarna to do some shopping
See more room tips
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank SagIchNicht
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (50)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

33 - 39 of 50 reviews

Reviewed March 16, 2013

Not many long distance trains stop at Ankola as it is a small station. We took the weekly Veraval Express. Since we were unsure about the connectivity from the railway station to the resort and since we didn’t want to pay what the autos (taxi) would demand, we had the hotel guys book the to and fro part, which they did diligently. A 20-km to and fro trip cost us Rs. 500. It was on the higher side but the destination was interior and the roads were not good for half the journey and it was lonely. So, we didn’t mind paying that much. But the point is; you have enough autos at the station to take you to your destination. Try and come in early in the morning so that you can make the best of your check-in time and you are in the day hours, best time to travel locally.
Pluses of Ankola:
1. Great, beautiful destination, not known to many, and you will pity those who think Goa is the most beautiful in terms of beach
2. Excellent road connectivity to the town (but not to this resort, which is not reachable in the rains)
3. Nice train connectivity if you wish to travel without the worries of managing your vehicle (this is a plus or minus depending on your taste, I love to travel carefree without having to take my own vehicle)
Minuses of Ankola:
1. It tends to get very hot, even in the Sep-Oct period

Pluses of Honey Beach resort:
1. Excellent, scenic destination (Moment you reach the gate, you realize this is an outstanding location).
2. Cordial staff, mostly east Indians, good nature and helpful
3. Great privacy, in the resort and also in the beach (which is pretty much open only for the resort, therefore making it a like a private resort (covered by rocky hill on all sides). We went on weekdays and there was no soul on the beach for most of the time (only a dream)
4. One of the most beautiful beaches with excellent water show by mother earth
5. Besides the sand beach, you will find a nice rocky beach also, a good change to see water splashing and you can walk on them too
6. Plenty of harmless crabs, fun to watch, track and photograph
7. A climbable hill adjoining the beach gives another vantage point to watch distant boats, ships and plenty of birds of prey (especially the Brahmi Kite: white neck, dark brown body)
8. Excellent huge boulders at the side of the sandy beach, makes for a great photography companion
9. Photography – Since you have privacy, you get plenty of great looking backgrounds with your loved ones and of course, the great scenery too
10. Food – I would term as good but I’m not a big fan of food, as I look at food as a source for being healthy and alive, period. They cook fresh, that’s nice

Minuses of the resort:
Resort is not great, I would barely give it a star rating
1. Rooms are clean but there was no effort to clean the next day (you should ask)
2. Only bedroom can be locked, living room has a netted door which allows tiny insects and frogs to feel the resort, this is fun but some may not like it.
3. No hot shower, only cold shower (very surprising)
4. Toilet wouldn’t clean-up even when you flush, had to be done repeatedly and if you watch carefully, you might find worms in there. I chose to believe that since this is near such a forest like area with lots of water around, this is natural and harmless
5. Frequent power cuts but they have back-up, but due to the power fluctuations, my Canon charger was burnt. Hotel manager calmly declined to take responsibility and placed the blame on the government, which I thought was not professional (resort should have at least provided a stabilizer for delicate electrical equipments if they know about fluctuations that cause electrial damage).
6. Food – average food, not much choice but good enough, may not please all.
7. Nights are very dark around the cottages, the CFL bulbs don’t lit-up the place well enough and therefore, gives an eerie feeling at night.
8. The resort is clean but not clean-enough, many guests misuse the place and throw garbage around (beer bottles, plastic were littered at quite a few spots though this was not as bad as other places)
9. Cell phones don’t have enough range but if you go to the beach, you can get it
10. The most painful part of the trip was the beds were only visibly clean (though there were a few stains here and there), and the issue was, both of us picked-up an unnecessary guest – the head lice
Resort features:
- Wardrobe
- AC rooms
- Hot water (but not for the shower)
- Phone
- Magazines
- Blanket
- Bath linen
- Soap and shampoo
Location rating: 5/5
Room rating: 2/5
Food rating: 3.5/5
Staff rating: 4/5
What’s the best feature: Lots of walking space around the beach to explore and be blissful, lots of crabs, peace, tranquility, shaded spots, small hill top.
Value for money: At 4000/- for 3 days/2 nights + food (all meals) + railway station transfers, this is good. But I lost a 5000/- Canon charger due to the power supply issue and the head lice were totally uncalled for.

How to reach Ankola via train!r
North Junction: Goa (Madgaon)
South Junction: Trichur or Shornur
East: Hubli or Dharwad
From Bangalore, reach Mangalore and then take a train from Mangalore to Ankola or, take a train from Bangalore to Goa and then another train from Goa to Ankola. Best trains:
Bangalore to Trichur – Ernakulum Superfast (leave from Bangalore Central, Cantonment or Karmelram (near Wipro Sarjapur) at 6:30 am and arrive at Trichur at 4:00 pm. Take your seat in neat, clean and smart waiting room with options to charge your laptop and cell phone or take a walk in Trichur. Connection train from Trichur at 9:00 pm (Veraval expresss) which will drop you at Ankola on the next day at 9:30 am. Note, these days, most trains run either on time or are delayed only around 30 minutes.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
8  Thank AjPhotoArtist
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 5, 2013

A view is nice. The beach is very nice. The good thing finished with this.
Better pay your bill immediately. Next day it happens to be double, you are not able to prove anything.
We stayed some days, the director organized a boat trip and helped us to rent a car. Both times the end price was far more then our agreement. The boat trip was stopped somewhere in the sea with the discussion of more money. Pay more or swim back!!! The boss forced us to pay more for the car, in another way he did not let us to leave the hotel, so we could be late for the train. The taxi driver was afraid of him and did not take us without the permission of the bloody man. It was really awful. Never ever again!

Room Tip: There are no good rooms
See more room tips
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
13  Thank Frank M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 3, 2013

The place has excellent beach which is not private, but enclosed by rocky terrain on both sides, hence it's almost like a private beach. The sunset here is amazing. It's a playground beach.

Cottages are OVER PRICED and SHABBY. I won't recommend a stay here. The service is really unprofessional.

They allows Evening-Night- Cocktail-Buffet Dinner parties. You can BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE. Except for Beer and Soft drimks. The snacks are amazing. Their dinner is also upto good standards.

Their space for CAMPFIRE is good and they provide music systems too.

SERVICE! SERVICE! IS VERY BAD...

They don't have a good steward who could handle drinks at the counter. Not to mention LACK OF ICE CUBES.

I wouldn't recommend stay because of overpricing.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
6  Thank doctor-indyeah
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 28, 2012

Very dissapointed with this place, after reading good reviews on tripadvisor we zeroed on to this place thinking place will be good along with food, however when we entered the place it was not at all up to the expectation.. rooms are dirty, mattress were unclean, screens and windows are too dirty.. coming to food: initially when i called up the hotel manager and asked what kind of food is served, he mentioned they serve mexican, italian , chinese etc.. however its difficult to get decent north indian food also in that place.. they just dont have good option .. and there is nothing nearby if u want to have some decent food.. i woudl any day prefer driving down little far to goa instead of ankola which has good resorts and variety of food options.. This place is mainly occupied by people who come here for doing yoga . even if you want to relax in this place beach is not so great.. it looked little scary to walk in to the beach.. this place is def not at all worth the price !!!! JUST WASTE OF MONEY

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank my4thdimension
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Very difficult to access the property, inspite of their best efforts of writing their property name on the electric poles on the road. The last 4 km on the muddy road was a difficult ride. The staff are friendly and views are stunning. It is located on the hills overlooking the sea. On one side you can climb down to a rocky area of the sea and on the other side to an excellent sandy beach (almost a private beach). We saw a lot of western tourists (Ukranian) in the hotel. But we were very disappointed with the rooms. They are old, very poorly maintained. Bathroom fixtures and maintenance were poor. The bathroom had huge opening - we didn't like it as small creatures/birds could enter. I wish they had good rooms - we would have loved to stay there. We ended up cancelling our reservation, after seeing the rooms.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank Sekar-Travel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 1, 2012

I was very impressed with the service the staff provided. They were always eager to attend to any small detail we requested. We were a group of 40 people and they were available to assist us early in the morning till late nights. Security guard was with us while we enjoyed our late night on the beach. Everyone from Sachin to the chef and the waiters were always smiling and happy to help us out. They were very nice to the kids (almost 16). The chef was very nice and was ready to accomodate our menu even just before our dinner/lunch.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank socl99
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Ankola
17.2 mi away
Jungle Lodges Devbagh Beach Resort
6.0 mi away
Om Beach Resort
Om Beach Resort
#4 of 8 in Gokarna
122 reviews
6.9 mi away
Arthigamya Resort & Spa
Arthigamya Resort & Spa
#3 of 8 in Gokarna
47 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
17.4 mi away
Kinara Stay
Kinara Stay
#2 of 7 in Kumta
27 reviews
16.4 mi away
Citrus Karwar
Citrus Karwar
#3 of 11 in Karwar
18 reviews
7.3 mi away
SwaSwara
SwaSwara
#2 of 8 in Gokarna
88 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Honey Beach Cottages? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Honey Beach Cottages

Address: Off Nh - 17 | Honey Beach, Ankola 581314, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Uttar Kannada District > Ankola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Ankola
Price Range: $54 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline and Agoda so you can book your Honey Beach Cottages 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:
Honey Beach Cottages Ankola, Karnataka, India

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing