Aldeia Santa Rita
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Travel Blogs from Candolim
- Great resort (the Aldeia Santa Rita), we could have stayed another week!
- Very friendly people
- Still too many cows on the roads!
- Driving is sedate compared to rest of India
- The great trip to visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls (with the incredibly bumpy 4x4 journey to get there - watch your head!) and the spice plantation - …
... for 200 bucks. Being monsoon it was cheaper. And we set out to find a good breakfast place. We were determined to try out new places to eat.
There were not many options during early hours in the morning and hence we ended up in one of the shacks along the Candolim beach. It was windy and the sea was roaring with high waves.
Although the breakfast wasn't too good. But ...
... it would be loads of noise and real quay side hustle and bustle. I really liked to see all the boats selling there own fish. So no need for a auctioneer. = no middle man to pay (but I'm sure someone would get a backhander). When I approached the boats the smell of fish was replaced with fenni air the local brew. Not tried it yet but will be bringing some home for the village, well Will Gills already practically blind the amount he drinks he can be the ...
... redeemed himself since the Cuba Libre Crisis, having seen it all before, knew who to believe and who to avoid. In the end, after dodging the misleaders, stray cats, dogs, and rats we made it to our hotel and passed out in the muggy heat to the gentle whir of the fan (which conveniently drowned out the honking of the streets below). India is the ultimate sensory overload. I don't think there is ever nothing to smell, hear, or see at one moment in time. Saying all this, I ...
... been working with him for over 30 years and expertly guided us a few hundred metres around the plantation. To sit on the back of such a powerful animal was scary at first and then just fantastic. When we got back it was Kara and Liana’s turn to go for a ride. We all really enjoyed the experience but the best was yet to come.
We were led back towards the plantations stream and when we arrived the baby of the group ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aldeia Santa Rita Candolim
We stayed here for a week and first impressions were not especially great. Firstly we had been unable to secure one of the superior rooms and had to take one at the back of the complex. It was pretty basic and not particularly clean.
A big no for Veggies....I had the worst ever Veg food here in my life.They did not change my room even after my consistent persuation for the same.A very down market kinda hotel..
Friiendly Basic Hotel
When we first arrived at the hotel it was quite a culture shock, but it was our first time in goa and we was prepared to give the hotel a chance. The rooms are very basic and the room we was given was not what we saw on the website (this was down to the travel agent) I would recommend to upgrade to the superior room for a more comfortable stay and the extra luxurys!
The hotel staff were very friendly and my partner & I felt they actually made the holiday and the hotel.
The only downfall for me was the food, too spicy and not much variety so we did eat out most nites.
All in all lovley hotel, cheap and cheerful for a low budget holiday or as they say (cheap as chips).
I was loathed to recommend this place as I want to keep it a secret for as long as possible.
We've been twice and are going back again this year. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and the food is simply the best I've had in India (and I've been 5 times). Yes, the hotel is a little 'basic' but it's always been spotless. All the rooms have satellite TV - which can pick up Premiership football! The rooms all have a separate living room and (tiny) kitchen with fridge which is pretty amazing in what is billed as a 2/3 star hotel.
If you're looking for nightlife though, this probably isn't the place to come as it's geared towards couples and locals.
I can't praise this hotel highly enough. If others don't like it - great, more space for us!
Lovely little hotel
We'd been to Goa and other parts of India before, so we weren't expecting the Hilton and our first impression of the hotel didn't disappoint! However we asked to move rooms to a less shabby looking one and by the time we had our first beer and bite to eat we felt right at home.
Yes, its very basic and rough around the edges but it was cheap and as cheerful as they come and we loved it there.
The staff were amongst the friendliest and most diligent I can remember and it was a shame to say goodbye.
It only has 55 rooms, so almost everyone there got to know each other and it had a much more personal feel to the place than more upmarket places.
Lots of people we spoke to had stayed there before and come back for more. We certainly will.
Disagree with "don't go"!!
Have just returned from the Santa Rita and can't believe it was the same hotel as the previous reviewer who said don't go.
The food was always clean and lacking in flies, the pool had the odd leaf in it as there was a tree poolside, the pool is cleaned every morning by 9am.
All electrics in our and our friends rooms were fine and the rooms kept clean.
Add to this the very friendly and helpful staff and you have a good well run small-ish hotel.
Bottom line: it's a small, fairly cheap hotel and worth the money, we'll return if we have chance.
There were 4 of us who went to Goa. We read the reviews of the Aldeia Santa Rita and we were really looking forward to it.
This is a wonderful hotel. We met people who had returned time and time again to this hotel. The staff are polite and friendly. The pool has a beautiful flowering tree near it very picturesque. The rooms are ample and cleaned well. It is a bit of a walk to the beach but we didn't mind as it was the only exercise we did. The rooms are two storey apartments very prettily painted portugese colours. We rented the staffs mopeds while they were are work for a few pounds a day. It is quite a small hotel and the manger was very elpful. I really recommend air con in the rooms, it gets extremely hot but we did go the month before monsoon season! I've been to many holiday dest, this is the only place I would visit again.
First time in Goa wont be the last.
Aldeia Santa Rita Candolim, what a wonderfull place, Orlando and staff are superb.
3* Hotel with 5* service
A gem ina golden coast
We have stayed in this small friendly hotel for the last four seasons and can say without fear it is like a good wine, gets better every year. Designed as an old Portugese village with a number of separate villas each brightly painted and containing four well decorated small suites which are well appointed.
The staff are always helpful and friendly, and nothing is too much trouble.
The food is Goan with a good mix of European and oriental cuisine and will suit all pallets.
Situated at the quieter end of Candolim it is definately the place to go to relax in the sun during the cold English winters.