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Cola Beach Exclusive Tented Resort
Ranked #3 of 79 Canacona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
west midlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

We stayed in tent A (one of the closest to the beach on the ground level) and had an absolutely fantastic 1 night, 2 day stay. My husband has mobility problems and was assisted up and down the steps, which was really kind of them. There were a lot of steps, but they are quite shallow, with a walkway every 8 or so steps, making it easier to descend. The tents were basic, but fit for purpose and reasonably clean. There was a separate wet room/wc and a bedroom with twin beds and a mozzie net. About a 5 minute leisurely walk away there is a lagoon where you can swim with fishes. The beach is clean and deserted (apart from your fellow campers of course). It was a lovely experience and we may do this again when we return to Goa next year. The food was quite nice and the drinks were really cheap. Some ladies came from the village and danced for us on the evening; the same ladies turned up the following morning to clean the tents! They do tell you that all the ladies can say in English is "thank you". This isn't actually correct as I had a basic but understandable conversation with 2 of them and they were really lovely. The trip is reasonably priced and good value for money. We booked via our tour operator and a guide was present at all times. You can sunbathe, walk along the beach, play volley ball ... do whatever you like really ... it's your bit of paradise to enjoy as you please. TIP: Watch out for the very cute looking little kittys: despite the fact they come up to you and look at you adoringly (and have huge eyes like the kitty in Shrek); they're feral and have claws and know how to use them!! I found out the hard way ... ouch!! This is one of those trips that is so simple it's easy to overlook and be tempted by one of the more adventurous ones - but it's really not to be missed. Laid back and relaxing I think describes it quite well.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

In a state where most tourist views of the fine golden beaches is one in which they are largely obscured by a seemingly endless stretch of sun loungers and beach shacks, Cola Beach is often described as one of the last unspoiled beaches that survive here. The best really is unspoiled, primarily because it is privately owned and difficult to reach down narrow roads that end in 2-3km of unsurfaced dirt track winding down to the coast. At the end of this is a small bay, with a shore of the same golden sand backed by palm trees. This is how Goa must once have looked but is now the preserve of those willing and able to pay a little more. For those wanting to sample this Cola Beach trips, available through most of the tour agents along the coast, offer a holiday within a holiday, a mini break of calmness and beauty that for once live up to the advertising claims.
Located around two and a half hours by road from Candolim/Calangute or a little under two hours from Panjim, Cola Beach offers mainly overnight accommodation for which you should take an overnight bag, including swimwear a towel and any toiletries you will need. Don't forget your camera either!
The dirt road mentioned earlier ends just above the beach at a small wooden gate repeating the 'No entry' sign seen earlier on the road and from here you can see the small group of white tents spread among the palms. In truth this is not really a private beach and there is a right of access, but from the signage this does not seem to be the case and the tour operators discourage all but a few local fishermen. Set discretely back at the other end of the cove, near a covered area offering ayurvedic treatments, there are also a small number of quaint thatched roof cabins, with small verandas that belong to a competing concern, the Dwarka Eco Beach resort, offering a similar but slightly more expensive experience. This should not lead you to believe the beach will seem crowded. There are 9 twin bedded tents here and around 1/2 km of golden sand so especially if you are used to the popular beaches of North Goa this will seem pretty deserted and certainly feels exclusive.
The tents each have a small slate patio with a table and two beach/deck chairs and face seawards, though some have a slightly more restricted view due to other tents or the covered eating area and small bar set just off the beach. Inside there are twin beds, a couple of low tables and a heavy flap that covers the entrance to the slate floored rear that has a toilet, basic shower (cold only) and a heavy folding wash stand with tap, metal wash basin and mirror. It looks every bit as though it would have felt at home on a Victorian safari.
Elsewhere in the camp is there are a couple of hammocks and a handful of extra sun loungers and that's it! This is a place to forget your cares and chill out. Walk the sand, enjoy the sunset, watch out for a Kingfisher or passing Brahamin Kite and look for some of the gorgeous shells to be found along the shore. Perhaps the only source of possible disappointment relates to swimming. There is a remarkably small area marked out as safe for swimming that at first sight seems unreasonable. Wait until the tide goes out however and the reason becomes clear as more and more rocks are exposed. These are also formed of the same laterite as those whose sharp surfaces you can see here and there along the shoreline - you would not want to brush or swim into these when unseen below the surface.
The native boats drawn up at a couple of points on the beach are not here for show. Rise early enough in the morning and you may see one out in the bay and watch its owner drawing it up the beach over wooden runners laid on the sand, or perhaps mending their nets. Also for early risers are the many small crabs that burrow into the sand here, undisturbed by the thousands of feet that cross other Goan beaches daily.
For those who book an overnight stay here it includes a pleasant buffet lunch (mention when asked if you are vegetarian, pescetarian etc.) served around 1.30pm, afternoon tea and biscuits at 4.30pm and dinner with a few additional help yourself offerings at 7.30pm. Additional drinks are purchased at the bar with prices clearly displayed on a large board. This builds up a tab for your tent that is settled on the morning of departure.
Shortly after dinner there is, at the time of writing, a display by a group of local ladies who are students of Goan dance, introduced by the gentleman who plays a kind of small harmonium for them and displays an obvious passion for what they are doing. Using a single slow step for much of the time and using either rhythmically beaten sticks or bearing oil lamps I'm their hands and balanced atop their heads, they work through a series of routines. Whether you enjoy it or find it a little tedious after a while depends on your own taste, but it has taken a good deal of practice and it is courteous to offer a tip at the end. Photography, for which you will need a flash or video light as the display is not that well lit is perfectly acceptable.
Before retiring you can sit around a small bonfire and have a final drink or discuss the day with some of your fellow guests, or perhaps take a nighttime stroll along the beach to take in the stars.
Departure will almost certainly be unwelcome and occurs as soon as the bus returns which should be around 11.00am. Before this you will have had breakfast and perhaps taken a final walk on a beach with no-one else in sight. Alternatively, you have the option of a 45 minute power boat ride along the coast that as I write is priced at 300/- per person.
Checkout is at 10.00am and it's safe to leave your overnight bags grouped near the centre of the camp while you make use of the hammocks or loungers as you wait. This is perhaps where the only real criticism of the Cola Beach trip arises. There is a welcoming reception on arrival, but nothing on departure. Particularly if the bus returns a little early you can find yourself being called and left to make your way back up the steps, ignored as the new guests are welcomed. This can leave you with the sensation of being hustled out of the way and rather undermines the earlier sense of hospitality. Even if this is the case however, it should not put you off. This is a truly relaxing place to stay that will almost certainly leave you with very welcome and possibly quite romantic memories.

You can view the website at http://www.colabeach.com/ for more information.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

I stayed here with two nights during our fortnight in Goa and didnt want to leave. This is a wonderful, secluded spot where the only sound you here is the sea. We stayed in tent "Evening Primrose" the closest tent to the water (only just as they are all really near). The tent had a double bed (with mossie net) and table, and a basic washroom. The tent was basic but really clean. We booked direct from the UK with Peter Fernandez - he didnt ask for a deposit to be sent but said he would meet us on arrival. He emailed me when we arrived to say it was OK and he would just get us picked us up on the day agreed - which he did.

The food was superb - kingfish cooked on a barbecue was wonderful. The guys were great and couldnt do enough for you. The drinks are reasonably priced and a wide choice.

The first night we were there, there was only one other couple - and on the second day there was only the two of us - it was like our own private beach - fantasic.

We went out both morning with the local fisherman (only a few pounds) to see the dolphins - the first day we only saw one very briefly, but on the second day it was fabulous - a whole family swimming very close to our little boat - what an experience.

Would highly recommended this resort to anyone who wants to get away from it and just chill in paradise.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

We have just returned from our trip to goa and our special stay at the Cola Beach resort ! I cannot recommend this highly enough to anyone ! We had a full day and night of peace and tranquilty and excellent service ! The tent was everything i imagined and the attached wetroom was basic but clean and such fun !!1 The food was excellent and the entertainment was spot on
If you want a break away from the hustle and bustle please take a day out of your holiday to try this ! We were picked up from our hotel and returned the following day seeing much of rural goa on ur journey. Visit the web site it is well worth a trip !!!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

I stayed with my wife for 2 nights after staying in Palolem. I loved Palolem but it was crazy busy. After partying for several nights I wanted to relax and read a book. We spent 3 nights at "Cola Beach Resort". There are 9 luxury tents that have a view of the sea. There is nothing to do except chill, dip in the sea, sleep and eat and Im sure you could think of a few other things to get up to. Perfect and relaxing for me and my wife. Complete chill time had. Thank you Cola team. x

Room Tip: All the tents have a view of the sea.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

We stayed on a 1 night excursion at Cola Beach, while holidaying in Candolim , Feb 2012. We had the most amazing time, Cola beach is really beautiful, the food and the bar were excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. Well worth the time to go and relax. Really private and really peaceful.

Room Tip: We stayed in Tent L.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

This is the third time in as many years that we have stayed at Cola beach. We did see improvements from the first visit we made, mainly new mattressed on the sunbeds, and two more tents set up further down the beach.
The food was excellent, and the bar prices are no more than you would pay in town.
We had our usual tent, which was called Evening Primrose, and consisted of a double bed, fan, table and bathroom, all you need, as most of your time is spent outside relaxing and admiring the peace and tranquility.
Always book with Peter before we leave for Goa and never had any problems.
Would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of town and the hotel.
Any questions please ask.

Room Tip: All the tents are the same, ours was the one nearest the beach.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Cola Beach Exclusive Tented Resort
Address: Cola Village Matimol | Matimol, Canacona 403603, India
Location: India > Goa > Canacona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Canacona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is a lux tents resort on a secluded unspoiled beach in Goa. All tents have attached toilets and showers. Price is per tent for 2 person per night with B&B. Cola beach yoga holiday and retreat starting from 5th Jan 2015 at cola beach. For beginner or Those who wants to strengthen the core of your existing practice in Hatha & Ashtanga.3 nights package all inclusive. ... more   less 
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