It is literally the "last resort" as it is located right at one end of the town. They sent a car to the Bhubaneshwar airport and, about a couple of hours later, we were driving along the Puri beach with its innumerable resorts and hotels and kept going till we reached the very end where Sterling Golden Sands is located. The road could do with a lot of improvement !
The entrance to the resort looks impressive as we enter a really spacious lobby which houses the reception and the restaurant. Check in is quick and we are soon in our studio room.
The resort's infrastructure looks tired and we are told that there are plans to renovate the whole place. The room and bathroom need some fixing. The power tends to go off often,and, when thunder and lightening make an appearance, the intercom system gets switched off. The free internet facility in the lobby was not always working but the staff are happy to let you use their work stations.
The isolated location, with the sea on one side and and the river on the other, is perfect for someone who enjoys peace and quiet. The sea breeze and the background sound of the waves make the lobby a great place to read a book. They have taxis on call for local or other trips. Konark, Chilka and Bhubaneshwar are easy day trips. I
The food is good -- we particularly enjoyed the prawns. Unfortunately they do not have a bar and, for a South Indian, the coffee does not come up to speed.
The friendly and cheerful staff, in spite of some English language related problems, invariably went out of the way to make us comfortable. Rahim at the restaurant was always ready to accommodate our somewhat demanding tastes, Satyam, Sucheta and Sagarika went the extra mile. The Resort manager, Mr Paul not only ensured that we were well looked after but gave us valuable tips on where to eat in Puri.
Well wort a visit but i would wait tull after the proposed renovation.
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