Lazy Lagoon is a small, fairly quiet hotel with about 40 rooms - it is part of the rapidly expanding Sarovar Group of hotels. It is about 1 mile from Baga beach. I booked two weeks in November/December through Cosmos/Monarch for a total cost of about £500 per person on a bed and breakfast basis including flights and transfers, which was several hundred pounds cheaper than Olympic and other tour operators. Rooms were fine, spacious enough with very large bed, flat screen TV, small balcony overlooking pool, pleasant bathroom with walk-in shower.
Dining room was air conditioned with reasonably priced a-la-carte menu, including curries and fish dishes at about £4 and even whole lobster at about £15... Large bottled Kingfisher about £1, bottles of wine from about £10... Choice of dining in the restaurant or garden area. Small air conditioned bar with dance floor and also outside open bar. Breakfast was fine - mainly Indian cuisine but with the option of eggs, omelettes, sausages.
Reasonable size swimming pool, with only about ten sun beds which proved to be more than adequate during our stay as other guests used them infrequently. Small gym with excellent treadmill, bikes, weights, exercise benches. Spa with very reasonably-priced massages and treatments (£12 for full body wrap). Steam room available which we didn’t use.
Hotel reception will assist with car hire (£14 per day or £70 per week) moped hire (£3 per day) or motorcycle hire (Royal Enfield Bullet £4 per day) - no helmets supplied. They drive on the left but it doesn’t count for much... so only embark on this if you have an adventurous streak. Taxis are safer and cheap, but a lot less fun.
Baga beach is about 1 mile from the hotel and a taxi will drop you there for about £2. On the way to the beach you will pass some really excellent restaurants on the right hand side - Poco Loco (part of Royal Goan Beach Resort ) has full menu including Mexican, with jazz on Friday and vocalist Nellie on Wednesday, J & A’s, Poisson Rouge... and also Jamies which is in Baga on the left just before you reach the beach parking area. They are very reasonable by our standards (fillet steaks at under £5) and drink is also cheap. If you have time, I would recommend that you try them all.
If you are a young party-loving person you will probable enjoy the busier and larger Baga and Calangute beaches (5mins & 10 mins by taxi). If you prefer a more sedate setting, try Candolim and Sinquerim beaches (15mins & 20mins by taxi). Further north, Mandrem and Querim beaches are clean and quieter (30mins & 45mins by taxi). The museum, observatory and new library in Panajim (30mins by taxi) are worth a visit and historic Old Goa is about a 15 minute drive from Panajim.
Lazy Lagoon represents excellent value for money. Some of the previous reviewers comments about cleanliness, linen, etc., have some merit, but I did not find the standards so poor to warrant criticism. Staff at the hotel were brilliant. Guests were mainly from India which was a very welcome aspect of the holiday - no offensive drunken yobs in evidence! There is not much in the way of amusement for children - just the pool and beaches which are a short drive away as mentioned above. Best money exchange rates are obtained near the hotel - the tailors shop opposite Sun Village was offering 88ir to the £ - avoid the exchange desk at the airport who were only offering 75ir to the £. One other tip from a frequent visitor was to buy malaria tablets in local chemists - stronger tablets (one tablet a week with overlap of only two weeks) are available for a few rupees, rather than the extortionate prices charged in the UK.
So, an excellent choice of hotel and I will be returning.
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- Also Known As:
- Lazylagoon Sarovar Portico Hotel Baga
- Lazylagoon Sarovar Portico Arpora
- Lazylagoon Sarovar Portico Suites Goa/Baga