We arrived on the 39 hour train from Delhi and managed to get the last free room at Ciarans. We were very impressed with the effort that had been put into the huts with nice touches such as the large mirror in the room, extra pillows, warm showers and the hammocks.
We intended to stay for only a couple of nights at first but completely relaxed into the laid back atmosphere and friendly service at Ciarans and ended up staying for a whole 4 weeks.
We really enjoyed the inclusive breakfast each day which kept us full up until the free tea and cake each afternoon. We spent many a happy hour propping up the bar or relaxing whilst perusing the feast of free books in the library.
The price of the huts is more than other acommodation on the beach but if you want to stay somewhere that is clean and has lovely surroundings including a beautiful garden, relaxing shaded library and bar/restaurant then this is your ideal spot.
For the extra money that you will pay at Ciarans you are getting more for your money with exras such as free lockers, free water refils as well as the breakfast, afternoon chai and little touches such as incense and burners in the room. There will certainly be travellers that are not interested in the extra touches and are more concerned with value for money as they are on a long trip or a tight budget but for us it was just what we were after and made the place more special.
The manager Mervin and the staff including Boop behind the bar and John the owner are very friendly and helpful and a great bunch of guys.
I will definately stay at Ciarans again if I was to visit Palolem again as it is in a great location and spent many happy days there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The crescent shaped bay of Palolem Beach is lined with swaying coconut palms. In the heart of this idyllic location lies Ciaran's, a handful of boutique beach cottages set around lush green tropical gardens. We hope you can join us in this breathtakingly beautiful corner of Goa. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ciaran`s Hotel Palolem
- Ciaran's Goa/Palolem