Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa Candolim
This hotel was beautiful! I spent some time by the pool bar and the rooms were spacious and comfortable. Food was delicious and the location was perfect for the music festival I attended during my stay.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa Candolim
Pretty hotel. Nice pool, nice kiddie pool
Cabs available right outside, bargain for the price including, total hours and sites/neighborhoods to visit.
Walking distance from Nino's Nook. Nino's Nook is good bodega or small supply store.
Walking distance from Acron Arcade - shopping area & outdoor restaurant. Kareoke on Wednesdays.
Clearly under construction, swim-up bar not open, desk staff can help very little with touring info & planning. They barely had a map of the area.
All you want or need in a very nice Hotel
This is a very new hotel set just back from the main Candolim to Calangute road. It is very well managed by a very enthusiastic team of people. Many are ex Taj group employees.
This is the sort of hotel that makes you feel relaxed as soon as you check in. We were met at Dabolim with an air-conditioned car and driven to the hotel in around 45 minutes. On arrival we were ushered to a lovely decorated room with all the "trimmings" so a relaxing drink (or two) was consumed from the Mini Bar as we unpacked our cases for a month's stay.
Where ever you are within the hotel, you cannot avoid the shaped swimming pool that has a swim up bar and a child's segregated area.
The Lemon Tree Hotel has a romantic alfresco restaurant and a cracking internal one (where you also take great big breakfasts). The service you receive is very attentive but friendly and the meals are very nice.
Free wifi is available in your air conditioned room if you bring your laptop or iPhone plus the usual bits and bobs plus dvd player, satellite TV (managed to watch Spurs loose as usual).
Step outside the hotel and you are in the heart of Candolim's bars, shops and restaurants though, as the hotel is laid back from the road you do not hear any noise once inside the hotel. Leaving from the back of the hotel, the beach is a 5 minute stroll across the burning hot sands!
Can't go wrong with this one.
Good Hotel, Great Service
We were at the Lemontree Amarante recently and enjoyed our stay there. Good value, we took the monsoon package. The hotel is not large but well designed, with nice stained glass windows adorning the façade.
Location: Good location in Candolim not far from Fort Aguada on one side and Calangute and Baga beaches on the other. The property is on the right diagonally opposite Dona Alcina Resort when you travel from Calangute.
Room: Rooms are spacious with good queen sized beds. We stayed in a garden room which had enough room for an extra bed. Room comes equipped with a TV and Dvd player. Decent selection of dvds available at reception. Coffee maker and complimentary wine bottle (pretty good actually).
Bath: Again larger than one expected. Done up pleasantly with a tub and good pressure shower flow.
Facilities: The place is Wifi equipped, didn't check this time, but rates seemed reasonable. Small kids playroom and combined gym and spa area.
Pool: Nice size pool, not too deep. Clean and well maintained, with a swim up bar in one corner.
Restaurant and food; Since it was monsoon only one restaurant was open. Good breakfast spread, idlis, dosa, egg to order, bread basket, cereals, paratha, some veg gravy, French toast and bacon or sausage, choice of juices mostly canned with one fresh juice, we didn't eat much at the hotel. Room service menu is comprehensive, though costlier than the other restaurants nearby.
Service / Staff: Very efficient and friendly staff all around. Sharifa at the front desk was very helpful and gave us good tips on places to visit and restaurants near the hotel. We believe she will go places in the hospitality business. It rained though most of our stay, and housekeeping staff kept coming around to pick up wet clothes to dry and return at no extra charge - very nice touch.
Local area: Many eating options not too far away - 'Carmos' small eatery short walk to the left of hotel serves typical goan fare, 'Cinnabar' further down in the Arcon arcade serves seafood, steaks and pastas. At Calangute do visit 'Souza Lobo' - try the fish rawa fry and the beef goan style - excellent.
Only negative we could think of was the limited car packing available in the front. The hotel does have additional parking behind the property.
Overall very good experience, and will definitely go back again.
Great Experience at the Lemon Tree
We stayed at the Lemon Tree in the off season. The three night packages were very reasonable. The hotel is nearly new and well maintained. The staff are attentive and well trained. The hotel is clean, the restaurant was good but we only used it for breakfast so can't say it was for other meals. The pool is large but shallow so if you like a pool you can dive in to this is not it. We had the standard room which was nicely decorated, the bed was comfortable. Rooms on the ground floor have a glass door at the back. some don't have keys to open them so you need to check to see if the room you are given has an openable door if you want fresh air. The only flaw we found in the room was the bathtub design whihc allowed water to flow on to the bathroom floor which was a small annoyance.
The beach is close by. In the summer the sea is rough and not swimmable but still a nice place to walk. Try out Bob's Inn about 2 Km down the road from the hotel for great seafood and amazing prices. We spent every evening there.
Overall a very good experience.
Lemon tree is value for money but.....
Having stayed four days at Lemon tree in goa , I must say it is value for the money I paid as far as the accomdation is concerned but on the service front, it is slack, the front office has no clue of what is going on most of the time and yes do not forget to ensure you ask for an aircon car for pick up and drop orelse they make such a big deal of this small request that one ends up leaving with a bad taste.
Thank you for your response, based on your feedback we will be giving only air conditioned cars for arrival and departure.
Pamper Yourself in Goa
I recently returned from a 9 night stay at the Lemon Tree hotel. I was very pleased with the room, the staff, the amenities, and the location. I would highly recommend it to people who want to retreat to a luxurious little oasis apart from the hustle and bustle of Goa.
The hotel opened in the fall of 2006 however I didn't notice any major issues resulting from the recent opening. The room I stayed in had a large queen size bed with a very comfortable duvet and fine cotton sheets. There was a DVD player with free DVD's from the front desk. The a/c was very efficient and the housekeeping was excellent. For example the maid noticed that I was drinking all of the bottled water she was providing and so she doubled the number of bottles.
The breakfast buffet was hearty but it was more geared towards the tastes of Indians. It's worth trying the samosas which are a bit like crepes Indian-style
The staff are very helpful and friendly and they make you feel at home. The main pool is cleaned every morning and it's large enough to swim laps. The spa had a full program of treatments and the fitness club was equipped with the latest machines. The beach is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Unfortunately there is a huge tanker just off the beach which is quite an eyesore. There's talk that it will be removed this year but it seems unlikely.
Overall I was very pleased with my stay and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to visit Goa.
Have just returned from a 4 night stay with colleagues to relax, after having been in the Meridien in Pune for work. Unfortunately for us the hotel suffered by comparison.. We all had been 'upgraded' to Garden Rooms, which as far as I can tell were the standard rooms which are on the ground floor surrounding the pretty although rather warm pool.
Although the hotel was new I was surprised by a few 'rough around the edges' problems which took the shine off of it for us. I had an ant trail in my room, which involved having to plug up the gaps before I could sleep at night.
The room was cleaned regularly but not as well as expected.
The staff in general have a friendly and helpful attitude, in fact we were very impressed by one of the waiters in the restaurant who filled us in on the hotel, the resort, and his ambitions for the future.
The breakfast was designed for the largely Indian residents, which left us with toast and omlettes, but our delicate stomachs could not handle the aromas in the morning.
Security is visible and all day. Taxis are constantly waiting outside, and we were given a complementary transfer from the airport both ways.
Candolim as a resort was closing up for the winter, and as a result may have lost some of its atmosphere. The beach at the back of the hotel, was an amusing wander past locals, cows etc, and most of the shacks had been taken down. However, when in season I would think the beach would be popular as when you get there it is long and sweeping. Our favourite beach however, was Baga beach.
Overall a reasonable hotel, in a resort that appears to have a wide variety of standards..
A little Gem inside the madness of Candolim
We had a very enjoyable and memorable 28 night stay here Feb/March 2007. We stayed in a standard room which surrounds the lovely clean and immaculate grounds and pool. The room, having an enormous bed, was immaculately maintained with as you would expect, normal 5* fittings/toiletries, room service, mini bar/fridge DVD & Sat TV. Free bottles of mineral water, tea/coffee on tap. Wifi for the laptop.
The senior staff are all highly experienced and motivated and the hotel's management must be very proud of all of the staff that they employ. This is reflected in the standard of care shown by all who work at this hotel.
The alfresco Palmeira Grill restaurant, can easily equal or succeed the After Seven standard of restaurant that Trip Advisor members rave about. Breakfast/lunch and snacks are taken in the Citrus Cafe overlooking the pool. The breakfasts are presented 5* style, plentiful and a variance of choice; UK/Euro and Indian taste.
What makes this hotel win win win is, it is up market, but located in a lively area unlike the other top Goan hotels that are located in isolated positions. This hotel is a genuine little oasis within the bustle of Candolim.
Just returned from a 4 night stay and cant praise it enough. Was concerned at first that the property would not be well organised as is fairly new. How wrong I was, the staff were friendly and attentive and determined to make your stay a happy one. The property and its grounds were well maintained also with security 24 hours a day at all exits.
We stayed in a Heritage room which was breathtaking with its four poster bed and high ceilings and would highly recommend. Breakfast was a varied selection both Indian and continental and was very nice. Food and drinks around the bar and main restaurant were reasonably priced as well.
Only faults I can think off are that the beach is at least a ten min walk through a residential area but all locals are friendly. Also if you book a treatment, be prepared that a full body massage involves losing all dignity so be firm with them as to how much clothing you want to remove!! There is a large variety of restuarants and bars to keep you entertained on the main street into Beach Road just be aware that the North is more lively with lots of brits and they do seem to have taken over.
All in all a lovely well kept resort -I would get in there quick and book before it becomes overun by large tour operators.
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