If you are expecting a 5 star property, you will be disappointed. It could qualify as a 4 star hotel, but as a resort it is strictly 3 stars! There is a nice, but small swimming pool, a spa, a pool side restaurant, bar etc.
Service is what I was impressed. I was picked up at the airport, given some water bottles and wet towels, transferred in a Toyota Innova and was courteously received at the hotel by a two member band playing Goan Tunes. The front office was ever willing to help.
The room was nice, perfect sized for the base category with a small balcony overlooking the pool. Bathroom amenities were minimal, but for the price it was no reason to complain.
The hotel is NOT on the beach, no matter what the website depicts. There is a shortcut from the swimming pool that lead to the road that leads to the beach. But the beach is a very short walk (about 100m) from the hotel and though not outstanding, it is a nice beach. There are a few beach shacks there and some water sports, though I would rather rent a bike or a car and hit Baga beach for water sports - both the variety and prices are definitely favorable, though you will one among the pack there!
Food at the hotel is good, again, not outstanding, but definitely justifies the three stars. The breakfast buffet was sufficient, while most dishes remain the same daily, the potato preparation changes everyday, there is a nice live omelette counter and you have a choice of pancakes or french toasts on the conti side and a choice of dosa or idly or uthapam for indian breakfast. THe usual cereals, milk, breads, butter, fruits, baked beans are all there! We had dinner one night at the hotel and we enjoyed it. Prawns pery pery was out of the menu but made without any fuss, while the goan fish curry with rice was satisfying. Everynight there was some activity, with either a DJ or karaoke of some form by the pool side.
There is a friendly shop outside the hotel, who will arrange for a bike or car or alcohol or travel exchange for you! Even the hotel gets you cabs from there, but beware, cabs for short distances are very expensive. To put it in perspective, a trip to South Goa Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Spice Plantation and a couple of churches and back will cost about Rs 2200, but a short trip to the Calangute Beach, which is 4 km away will cost you 150 bucks!
Overall, it is a nice hotel to come back to after a day out in the waterfall or beach or shopping! Service was very friendly and for that I will rate this place 4/5. But I went in October, so if you go completely off season, somethings might not be functional.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whispering Palms’ unique feature is its location. It is just a minute’s walk or 175 meters from the well-known Sinquerim Beach situated in a very peaceful and serene surrounding. This often-described “Island onto itself” all-inclusive resort comprises of 106 well-appointed, air-conditioned accommodation units with en suite facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whispering Palms Beach Hotel Candolim
- Whispering Palms Beach Candolim
- Whispering Palms Beach Resort Candolim
- Whispering Palms Goa
- Whispering Palms Beach Resort Goa/Candolim