Patrice the manager answered all my questions prior to arrival and was at the studio when we arrived due to regular communication as we travelled from airport. He was friendly and accomodating giving lots of local information that enhanced our stay. The studio is compact (NB. the picture shows the studio and its semi-detached adjoining studio which I initially had thought was one apartment) but it has all you need including a decent shower, western toilet, aircon and a large and comfortable bed. It is clean, and secure with plenty of garden offering sunny and shady spots. A highlight was the roof top from which we enjoyed candlelit meals in the evening overlooking the village and river and giving a fabulous vantage point to watch a village festival procession and fireworks. It is situated back on the main road through the village but it is a relatively quiet road and did not bother us. When we stayed the adjoining studio was vacant except for one night. I think this enhanced our experience- the garden and roof top space is shared.
The best beach we found in this area, Talpona, is only 5 mins walk away. It is mostly deserted with two or three small eateries at the back from which you can watch the sun setting whilst enjoying a very cheap but decent meal. One of these eateries, has a relationship with the manager and is responsible for cleaning. They helped us out straight away when our toilet got blocked. Power is available 90% of the time with frequent but short interruptions. Wifi is a little more variable.
Your own transport is desirable but not essential. There is a regular bus service but shops, in Canacona, are about 20 mins away by car. The Saturday market in Canacona was well worth the visit with a vast array of fruit, veg and spices. We also enjoyed exploring Cotigoa Wildlife sanctuary about 30 mins away by car. The whole area is under development. Several roads existed that were not on google maps but there was no building noise or work in our vicinity. The sleepy fishing village feel to it may not last too much longer.
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Amazing location, luxury room, very nice manager !
I will come back again.
The road between the room and Palolem is stunning
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