The plus points – the extensive & beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking 2 lakes & the very easy access to the Baga stretch (5 mins drive) & most North Goa beaches.
Other than this, I really cannot think of a reason to go back. The rooms are average, poorly lit & the facilities provided are minimal including no tea / coffee maker though (an empty) fridge is provided. There is only one plug point in the room which, in these days of multiple gadgets, is pretty inadequate. The wood in the particular room we were in was infested with little bugs which, while they didn't really bother us, got into everything you placed on the tables or cupboard. The cable TV in the room shows mainly foreign language channels & none of the popular English or Hindi news, movie or entertainment channels so, at the end of the day, if you want to just sit back & relax, there is nothing to watch on TV.
Food was good enough though nothing to write home about. The restaurant overlooks the pool (which overlooks the lake) & is a beautiful venue but very unimaginatively put together with a few plastic chairs & tables lined up against the walls.
But what really ruined the vacation for us was the terrible sleep quality we endured. I can honestly say that we didn't have a single night of good undisturbed sleep on all the nights we stayed there. The main mattress on the bed was hard as a rock so to compensate for that the management had placed a softer (but lumpier) mattress on top of the main mattress which made it even worse. The pillows were uncomfortable & way past their end date, the bed sheets were not made to fit over two mattresses & it was time for the blankets to be donated to charity. Most people come back refreshed from a break in Goa; we came back home tired, looking forward to our own bed & a good night’s sleep.
This is one of the older properties here in Goa. It is such a pretty property & I believe, runs full through most of the year, so I don’t think it can be too much of a charge on the management to make a few improvements around the property & in the rooms to ensure that their guests go back relaxed from Goa.
As for me, I certainly will be visiting Goa but not the Marinha Dourada
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- Also Known As:
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Arpora
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Resort Arpora
- Marinha Dourada Hotel
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Hotel Arpora
- Resorte Marinha Dourada Goa/Arpora