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TravelPod Member ReviewsHighland Beach Resort Candolim
Spent two lovely weeks here, for my friends wedding, had eggs every morning!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Highland Beach Resort Candolim
Staying at highland bech
we spent 3 weeks (march 17 - April 7)at highland beach after recommendation last year. the hotel itself has grown substantially and there are a few problems as a result. the rooms are not as clean as they could be - we had to request that the rooms boys cleaned toilet twice and remove cobwebs that had been around for dont know how long. they also tried to con us on the mini bar three times despite being picked up on it so watch the numbers. and DONT what ever you do order room service...inedible is a compliment! However the grounds are nice, the staff are super friendly and the place is really quiet. as a place to kip you cant really go wrong...and candolim is as relaxed as ever despite the increase in mopeds!
Highland Beach Resort - Good and Clean
We stayed at the Highland beach resort for 4 nights and found it a really nice place to stay. It was clean and safe and the staff were really friendly and were happy to go out of their way to help you. It has three nice pool areas and two restaurants. However, we only ate lunch at the hotel as we wanted to sample the many restaurants in Candolim Village. Breakfast was very basic, toast with Butter and Jam, Eggs to order and juice, tea and Coffee.
The rooms were basic but fine for our stay. There was hot and cold water and the shower was good. It was starting to get fairly hot in Goa at this time of year (End of March)and we needed to use the aircon at night, which was quite noisy. We also foudn that there was quite alot of Mosquitos, so suggest you take plenty of Repellent and plug-in's
Food generally took a while to arrive and when we asked why it took so long we were told that they were short staffed in the kitchen as a couple of people were on leave.
This is a good place to stay if you want something that is a clean and basic.
building work excepted, the Highland beach resort was a lovely hotel. any problems we encountered were sorted straight away by the reception staff, they were very helpful and friendly.
there is a choice of 3 swimmimg pools so space is at a maximum, the rooms were very good, though basic and were kept in an immaculate condition by our cleaner.
the towels and linen were changed daily.
room service was very slow, we'd lost our appetite after waiting 30 mins for 2 plain sandwiches, but at least it arrived.
a very big resort so breakfast could be a bit of a squeeze around 9.30am!!!!!
Welcoming Highland Beach
We had been warned about the poverty but it was still an eye opener on our drive from the airport. However, once we arrived at reception in the Highland Beach we were made extremely welcome.
The staff were wonderful and went out of their way to help. I lost my camera, the second day on holiday, and one of the staff found it and handed it in. I am not sure that would have happened in many other places.
Yes, the rooms looked a bit basic at first but were spacious and very clean and staff came in daily. Once we had settled in we certainly warmed to it.
The gardens are beautiful and plentiful and the pools are very inviting although we were hardly in them as we preferred the wonderful beaches. It was abouta 20 minute walk to the beach but there is so much to see that you don't notice the time.
Candolim itself is one of the quieter resorts which is just what we wanted. Still plenty of shopping and many wonderful restaurants. The food was extremely good and the price was ridiculously low.
Goa is a shoppers paradise with many bargains in leather and jewellery.
We spent a day with the elephants and that was just wonderful. To be able to ride them, swim with them and help to wash them was the most wonderful feeling.
We are now planning our next trip back to the Highland Beach Hotel, later this year.
Loved the Highland beach
We booked for the first time and went in Jan 2005,immediately we came home and booked for Jan 2006, we fly out on 26th Jan and can't wait, Hotel was clean and basic but everyone was helpful. Eggs for breakfast every day, but youy only get what you pay for. We used white horse beach shack and the guys were all great they ran after you all day and made your holiday good. There are lots of fantastic restuarants to try them all they are good. I am sure we will be back next year again.
Second stay at the Highland Beach and we love it.
The service is great and so is the security. Love the layout of the rooms as there are three of us we get two bedrooms which is a real bonus with a teenager!
Only down side, the beds, the matresses are rather hard!
First impressions of this place leave you a little dissappointed, but this is a 4 star hotel by Goan standards. The decor is a little dated and the rooms spartan and dark - but we had two bathrooms (showers only), comfortable beds, satellite tv, mini bar, air conditioning (which can be noisy) and the friendliest staff I've ever encountered anywhere.
There are two pools and the complex itself is relaxing and beautiful. It's not a place for children. The breakfast buffet consists of various egg dishes and some traditional goan food - worth a try.
Goa itself is the most wonderful, magical place in the world. Everything is really cheap, the beaches are fantastic (be sure to get a cocktail at one of the famous beach shaks). Take advantage of massages and yoga that will surely be offered to you as you relax by the sea.
The Highland Beach is a lovely hotel, with all the basic comforts. However, you should spend the minimum time there - or in any hotel - and enjoy the pleasures of Goa instead. I can't wait to return.
First time in Goa, myself and partner (40 year olds), along with the in laws.
First impressions of the rooms in the Highland Beach were not good - a bit austere and drab looking. However, they turned out to be perfectly adequate with all necessary facilities, including fans and air conditioning.
The rooms were well maintained on a daily basis, and if anything was needed then the staff were always happy to assist.
Where the Highland Beach scored highly for me was the spaces for relaxing around the hotel. Particularly the swimming pools, two of them, where you could spend hours on end lounging around in the most splendid relaxed surroundings, coconut palms and mango trees all around you. Poolside staff on hand to fetch food and drinks for you also, and all so very cheap.
Also i made use of the free on site gym, and the massage which was extremely cheap and did by bad back the world of good.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
The beach is about a 10 minute walk away.
Talking to other people staying in Candolim, and local people/ shop owners, it appears that Highland Beach is one of the best in the area. Standards locally are quite poor (well, the standard of living is so low) so it seems that a lot of hotels are not up to western standards.
The Highland Beach Resort was a wonderful place to stay, and Candolim a very interesting and enjoyable holiday destination.
We stayed here for New Years 2003/2004. Definitely recommend this hotel and Candolim. The rooms were actually self contained apartments (living area with balcony & kitchenette) with two bedrooms - 1 of which had an ensuite and a balcony. Bathrooms have shower only, no bath - which is common for India. They were cleaned daily.
It's not 4 star decor or facilities but it's definitely worth its 3 star plus rating. We would definitely stay here again if we were looking for the next best thing below a 4 star - and if we were going with young children.
There were two pools - one at the front of the hotel and one at the back for those apartments - we had a two flats next to each at the back of the resort and had good use of the back swimming pool. They serve food and drink at both pools. We preferred the back as there weren't so many people coming and going.
The location is excellent. Candolim itself is one of the better towns in the North - not so busy as Baga - and has very good restaurants. Beach & beach bars are also better at this end as it's not so crowded.
My wife and I stayed at the Highland Beach in January 2004 for two weeks and immediately upon our return home, booked for January 2005. I have given the hotel 4/5 which may surprise others, but you have to remember you get what you pay for. We paid a low price and didn't expect the most luxurious hotel. We got what we paid for! The rooms themselves are reasonably appointed. Satellite tv, mini bar (stocked daily and/or on request), air conditioning, running hot water and comfy bed. The breakfast is o.k (again, you get what you pay for), but the bars are great. The Indian a la carte restaurant serves fantastic food, but we only are there twice owing to the quality and number of nearby restaurants.
The staff in the hotel are extremely friendly and will bend over backwards to help in any regard. My wife took unwell for a couple of days and had all the staff runnung after her without our asking (and she can't wait to go back).
The hotel is just off the main road and near to some fantastic restaurants. The road to the beach is also nearby and similarly has great eating places.
The beach itself is good and the food from the beach shacks is extremely good (and safe to eat).
You can lie on the beach all day and the shack runners will continually come down with drinks for you.
Everything is cheap in India, jewellry, food, drink, clothing etc but you still can't spend your money.
Whilst this may seem like a resort review as opposed to a hotel, the Highland Beach is a fantastic place to base yourself from. You spend little time in your room, but what time is spent, is comfortable and enjoyable.
See you in January 2005.
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