We spent a lot of time researching a trip to India as we had heard both good and bad reviews. A lot of the hotels that looked good when advertised had average to poor reviews by customers and appeared not to match up to the resort description. This IS NOT the case with Aldeia Santa Rita. It is everything it says on the website and more. It is on the door step of the local town with lots of restaurants, bars and shops to stroll out to if you fancy a change of scenery. The staff are also superb and can't do enough for you, Francis and Ramesh on the pool bar will keep you entertained throughout the day and Orlando the Restaurant Manager makes the resort feel so special. The rooms are immaculate and very comfortable and the grounds and pool are kept spotless. A real Oasis and a home from home.
With regards to location, Candolim is at the quieter end but it is still very busy and commercialised. The beach is also not what we expected. You can not swim in the sea due to the currents and as a lot of ships sit in the neck of the Mandovi River the beach is not the best. However as a central location for visiting Panjim, The Spice Plantations and Old Goa it is fantastic. You can also take a 40 minute taxi ride to the beautiful Mandreen beach and spend the day there for just a few pounds, which is highly recommended.
I would recommend this trip to couples who like to stay in beautiful and comfortable surroundings and who enjoy mixing with other couples.
If you want to experience Goa without paying for expensive organised excursions my tip is meet by the pool bar at 5.00pm and talk to the other guest, most of whom have been to Goa for years, listen to where they have been and pick up recommendations of good taxi drivers and places of interest.
If the Saturday Night Market is on in Apora when you go, it is an absolute must...even for those who don't like shopping, the live music , food and atmosphere is fabulous.
Even after 2 weeks there is still so much that we didn't get to see, so we will definitely be going back.
Finally if you haven't been to India before you will find the roadsides a real shock as they are covered with litter, you will soon see past this though. Also you do get what you pay for when it comes to accommodation. 2 star hotels are really low standard and we met so many people whose holiday was spoilt as they went for a really cheap option and hated the accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in the style of a Portuguese village, Aldeia Santa Rita provides a delightful escape with its multi-hued, well-manicured appeal. A swimming pool with sun loungers, spacious rooms, each with a private balcony, and a multi-cuisine restaurant (Cravo do India) make Aldeia an irresistible choice for the discerning tourist. The hotel also has a rustic ayurvedic massage and treatment centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aldeia Santa Rita Candolim
- Aldeia Santa Rita Resort Goa
- Aldeia Santa Rita Hotel Candolim
- Aldeia Santa Rita Goa/Candolim
- Aldeia Santa Rita Hotel Goa