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“Christmas Day 2007 - beautiful in every way”
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The Turtle Lounge
Ranked #49 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Canacona
Oxfordshire, UK
1 review
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“Christmas Day 2007 - beautiful in every way”
Reviewed September 11, 2008

We, my best friend and I, were recommended to visit the Turtle Lounge, Agonda, by the lady running the hotel we stayed in on Palolem Beach. She recommended it so much that we decided to spend Christmas day there .... it was just magical. Empty beach, and just the right number of people around in the hotel to make it feel special, but not lonely.
Very stylish decor, excellent and friendly service, great food, and the bar was well stocked and tended all day! Perfect Christmas!
What started as a 'day trip' turned into a virtually all day, all evening and well into the night trip .. and remains one of my most treasured memories. 5 stars to the Turtle Lounge; can't wait to be there again.

  • Liked — Ambience of the venue and overall feeling as well as location
  • Disliked — Can't say I didn't like anything at all
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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london
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Reviewed March 17, 2008

We stayed at the Turtle Lounge for three nights and they are by far the best beach huts in Agonda, if not Goa. Shame there are only two. It’s worth pointing out they are beach huts and not hotel rooms meaning no air con, no phone, no tv and no hot water, just fantastically decorated rustic rooms (the pictures speak for themselves). If you want mod cons your better off hiding away in one of the many 5 star resort hotels but where is the fun in that! The accommodation is very spacious, clean and the location is fantastic, much better than the neighbouring beach of Palolem. The staff are incredibly helpful and well trained, speak perfect English and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. A real asset.

The huts are expensive by comparison to others along the beach. You pay over 5x the price but get 100x the comfort. Lying under a 60 watt light bulb, stained mosquito net, bed made of a few lumps of plywood and a hose pipe for a shower can not be much fun.

The restaurant is good but the menu somewhat limited as we were hoping for some really authentic Indian cuisine and seafood. The bar is really chilled in the evening (and during the day for that matter) and a great place to catch some rays (a few sun beds are provided on the beach for customers).

  • Liked — decor, staff and location
  • Disliked — limited indian menu
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Sint-Michielsgestel, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 12, 2008

By far the best looking accomodation in Agonda. Two very nice beach houses on wooden piles. With interior design as can be seen in glossy magazines. So we (my wife) "had to take it", even though it was extremely expensive for Indian criteria.
No regrets though. The experience of living two days in a glossy right at the beach was wonderfull and romantic. The evening at the lounge banks on the verandah with a bottle of wine staring at the sea. Sleeping with the doors open in the large and comfortable bed, hearing and seeing the sea. In the morning having the beach and the sea to yourself.
The only thing missing was a mosquito net for the night.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2006

The Turtle Lounge sits on Agonda beach alongside a rapidly growing sprawl of ramshackle restaurants and huts, and it really stands out from this crowd. It has just two detached rooms and is parted owned by a German who used to be a fashion photographer. It's his first venture into this area, and he has clearly had a ball designing the two rooms. He has also insisted on high quality finishes - the furniture is good enough to have been produced in Europe or US. His staff told us that everything had to be done multiple times until he was happy with teh quality.

Each room is two floors - bedroom and dressing area upstairs, open air bathroom downstairs. There is also a huge terrace with two enormous day beds to sprawl on. There is no safe as such, but there is a lockable cupboard. No air con, but a nice breeze through from the bathroom and up through the roof.

Bed was very comfortable. The interior of the room is very dark (designed to be), but come night time, you need a torch to read. The design is for a look rather than to be practical!

The room was cleaned twice a day, which was a bit intrusive for our liking. Also, our room contained their storage cupboard for linen, so occasionally the cleaning lady would appear to get something else - not what you'd expect in a chic place like this, which was just made for a romantic getaway.

Turtle Lounge also has a thriving restaurant/lounge. There are four 'pavilions' which you can lounge on (economical and comfortable way to visit for the day if you're not staying here), comfortable sofas, and palm thatched tables draped with sari material that give an intimate feel. And it's the only place I've ever visited with a crystal chandelier hanging from a palm tree!

The food was very good - beautifully served and well prepared, and the menu offered some 'different' dishes against those from other local restaurants.

Even if you don't stay here, make sure you visit for a drink or meal - it's a real one off in this area.

  • Liked — Stunning design
  • Disliked — Intrusive cleaner!
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank TimeToTravelAgain
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Property: The Turtle Lounge
Address: Agonda Beach, Canacona, India
Location: India > Goa > South Goa District > Canacona
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Ranked #49 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Canacona
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
The Turtle Lounge Hotel Canacona
The Turtle Lounge Goa/Canacona

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