We have been comming to Goa since 2000 and this was our fourth visit to this hotel. Previosly we stayed at the Osborne but got tired of the majority of staff allways looking for tips and giving us a sob story. The Palmarinha is a totally different atmosphere. The staff attitude is tip them at the end if we have done a good job. and believe me they do. From the welcoming smiles, hot towels and welcome drink when you check in, reasonable exchange rate, service from the room boy, and the head Waiter Diago with the constant smile and all the others, who are all genuine and friendly. The room are reasonably spacious with fridge, sat TV with english speaking channels including HBO, Balcony, good air con and fan and decent shower room with.pretty near constant hot water. It might seem daft but the toilets allways flush on demand which can be a problem at other hotels we have stayed at. They are cleaned every day thoroughly. The laundry service is brilliant with shirts comming back clean and pressed and folded so sharpley you could cut yourself on the creases. The food in the restuarant is very reasonably priced. Breakfast a choice of fruit, cereal, toast, fried eggs or omlette with a choice of fillings cooked to order, endless fruit juice tea and coffee; plenty to fill you up at the beginning of the day. Bacon and sausages and beans are available at a small extra cost. Lunches snacks are OK with a bookmaker steak baggette with fries about 200 r/-.(£2.90). Evening meals are reasonably priced and good quality. They also cook to order things that arn't on the menu, such as beef curry or chicken korma which with rice and naan came to about 600 r/- for the two of us. Try the pork chops or the beef assado, but every thing is ok. If you dont want it too spicy then just ask and if you dont like it you dont pay. Entertainment is ok with the grill nights being good. Just remember its a BBQ and the meat might get overcooked a little. The pool boy Raj does a spectactular fire dance soits not just the currys that are hot! As for helpfullness from the hotel staff if something goes wrong here are a couple of examples. Thje first time we stayed here we had room 51 just behind receptionwhich was noisy in the extremeand after two nights of this we had had enough. at a polite request the house manager came and knocked on our door, appologised and escorted us to another room which was better on an upper floor at the end of a corridor and away from the road. 5 minutes later the room boys wer at the door and moved all our belongings and after about half an hour later the manager was back asking if there was anythin else we needed and if we were totally happy with the room. Stunning service!!! Another occasion occurred when the wife had a fish bone lodge in her throat when she had a meal at our favourite shack. Prompt first aid with dried bread and bananas dislodged it but she was still feeling a bit sore so back to the hotel and call a doctor which the lovely girl at reception sorted. advice was to get her checked at a hospital which again she called, then she got a taxi driver of the rank outside who took us to the hospital in Mapsa about ten miles away, waited with us for the doctor, took us to aniother emergency hospital for an x ray, waited with usfor them to be developed and back to the specialist who had come in from his evening meal to see us. Thankfully it had been dislodged and had just left the throut very sore so pain killers and anti biotics and back to the hotel. All done in four hours! The cost including taxi fares, waiting time, 2 digital colour x-rays, doctors fees and medication came to £28 including a sizeable tipto the driver. That was service so far above and beyond it got us hooked with this hotel. I also noted the last reviewer mention his wife suffered from night mares with malaria tablets. We found over the years if you take them at breakfast you dont get them. On the health side The hotel spa offer a brilliant range of theraputic massages we had a full body one with special ayurvedic pain relief therapy that lasted an hour and 40minutes for 900 r/- (about £12) and it worked no back or joint pain and we have been home for two weeks.
Shacks the best ones we have found are S2 at Ashwem/Morjim or Dunes at Mandrem. There are both an £800 taxi ride and normally an all day stay for the driver. the foodat both of these is cheapand reasonable and neither permit beach hawkers to bother the guests.
Restuarants for eating out Soumyens kitchen is up market for Goa but you can get a very good steak. Having said that I had two on the trot in the same evening tiurn out rough but a polite complaint about the old Indian cow that had been in the sun too long rsulted in no charhge being made. Fiesta is good for itallian. Souza Lobo is ok for cheap nosh quality is as a good workers cafe in the uk- totally acceptable and good quantity. For snacks ther are a couple near the Lu Ma suppermarket in Calungute, Maples and Babuttes which both are street side cafes and do good all day breakfasts.
Out and about we use Day Tripper for trips, run by an english guy, Eddie Forster. Much better value than the reps and better organised. The spice farm and elephant interaction is a good all in one day trip, white water rafting at Dandeli in the next state is a real hard core adventure with the journey absolutley mad but fun. Hampi is a good one for a three day two night job with a 9hour return train journey thrown in. And for tigers do the tiger and tusker which is a three day two night with train and minibus and visits an elephant sanctuary and tiger and lion sanctuaryTons of interaction with jumbo and tiger spotting close up is guarenteed with fabtastic photo ops.
Just a quick point on getting there and getting home. Do the health screening forms before you go and fill in the immigration forms properly on the plane before landing. it saves a lot of time for yourself and those in the que behind you. After going through customs the first time traveller is assaulted by porters trying to take your bags. best advise is to let them butmake sureyou know which coach you are supposed to be getting on. the pavement outside the airport is pretty rough and with the crowds you can easily turn an ankle and for two quid a bag after a long flight and an hour or more in a sweaty airportits worth it. If any hawkers come up to you a polite but firm no thankyou works fine. On the way back you dont need a porter its easy 15 m walk on good tarmac. And after checkin but before you go through passport control and security there is a decent restuarant where you can get a good breakfast so keep about 400r/- each for this. There is also a half decent book shop and souvenier shop in the same area. get in the que for immigration and security about one hour to one and a half hours before departure as this can take some time especially if you havnt filled the forms in properly
Thjere is duty freeshops ( ciggarettes on offer about 50P per pack) and a small snack bar for tee cofee and bottled water. The made up snacks are a bit rough. One final thing. If you are taking any booze bought in Goa home put it in your checked in luggage as ALL liquids and gigarettes lighters in had luggage or on your person will be confiscated.
Hpe any one reading this has a good time
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- Palmarinha Resort Calangute
- Palmarinha Hotel Calangute
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