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We had another day at the pool, by accident. Thursday was going to be a day at the beach but Jason convinced meit was Friday, a pool day. I rummaged in the wardrobe for some likely books for Jason but he said he wasn't interested so I started reading an Andy Mcnab book, my 14th only for him to nick it half way through. Had the simple but nice buffet lunch at the hotel..& ...
... br> Oh dear, another egg breakfast. After that, we went in search of a petrol station but got caught in one of several downpours, and tried to hide under a roadside mango tree- although in retrospect not sure how much it actually helped. We headed for Arambol, a hippy seaside town, compared to glastonbury, but now out of season, it was deserted. There was a reasonable beach with a few beachside cafes open, which came in useful when the heavens, yet again, opened. We worked our way ...
... water created almost a kilometre long wall and in the middle of it there was a rail track and we were lucky enough to actually see the train passing by. Amazing!!! But the best thing of all about that place was the fact that we could have a swim in a little lake at the base of the waterfall. OMG!!!! How fantabulous was that?!? The water had a perfect temperature - colder than the sea but not too cold at all. Bear in mind that it was something like at least 35 degrees outside so ...
Quotes: Hello my friend I make you good price Make big lucky for me Come take a look, looking is free I have your size, your colour (actually almost nothing fit my fat ass!) Lessons: Initial price is stupid Start at 50% or lower Enjoy the ...
... deserved beer!
Second day of biking and I don't think we realised how much it would exhaust us! We head to Betul beach, but the signposts are so subtle or non existent that we drive for a good 20 minutes too far. We turn around and once back in Betul we ask for directions, but all the locals say there isn't a beach or tell us completely conflicting directions...they obviously want to keep it a secret. Eventually by accident we reach the opposite side and can see the beach, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Prazeres Resorts Candolim
we went to goa in in december 04, it was our first time and we really did not know what to expect at all, but we had a fab time it was great the people are really friendly and the prazeres hotel was brilliant.we could not really fault it at all it was always kept clean and the staff were second to none. the resort was ideal too and there was plenty to do.
Beware of the waves as they can be dangerous the current is just so strong as i found out when i was out there and got caught but that was the only bad thing about the holiday.
we are going again for 3 weeks in novenber but are having a change of hotel not for any reason other than a change the prazeres was great and the entertainment and staff made the holiday even better.
Back at the Prazeres Dec 2004. The Bread for breakfast is the worst in Goa. I do not believe one word of the write up that it was so fresh and wonderful, that is total make believe. Most of the staff are really great,
Staff were good
we stayed they 3 weeks found the staff very good the rooms could do with better furnishings, the steps of the pool were hard to climb up but we spoke to the manager about this and asured us that when we go back in jan 29th that they will be better,he also listen to what we said and is doing everything to get the place as best for hoilday makers.as for cleaning the place was done every day the pool aera had a lady that walked round all day picking up any papers ect from 7am till 4pm every day. people left bottles glassess ect and they were cleared away right away.we were given nice clean towels at the pool side every day. we enjoyed our stay there in nov 2004 and just waiting to return in jan 2005
As I do agree with the review from Jan 2005 regarding the beds and the linen, I must say that the hotel itself and the staff were exceptional.
The staff couldn't be more friendly, and the restaurant had a variety of foods and was very reasonably priced.
I suppose if i had paid £3000 for my holiday I would be fed up. We were lucky and had a good deal, so at the price we paid we were quite happy.
As for the staff uniforms, they earn 50 rupees a day and are expected to wash and look after their own clothing and supply their own shoes.
We had no problem with the toast, there was always fresh loaves of bread for us to use, perhaps we could talk further sometime.
I must say that I was very disapointed with the Prezeres, and especially after reading so many of the reviews. My family and I were quite horrified with our accommodation. The first smell to hit you which was most overpowering were the mothballs which were scattered around everywhere. The mattresses were very badly stained as were the pillows and was absolutely vile. I could not believe what I was seeing. The sheets did not even cover the whole of the bed, we slept with towels over the pillows. We paid over £3000 for this holiday and expected at least cleanliness and hygiene. Whilst I understand that India is a poor country living in poverty, who rely heavily on tourism, more money should be spent on the basic's in the hotels, i.e. mattress pillow covers etc. The gym was an absolute disgrace, it was down in the basement in a dark hole which was a death trap. The staff were friendly, however their uniforms were terribly worn and could have done with a wash. The bread for toast was always stale, and the cutlery and teacups were always only half washed. I would never again stay at the Prezeres.
Fantasic Everything! Couldnt recommend it more
Stayed at Prazeres for around a week in November and was amazed. Staff the friendliest I have come across, the room was enormous and clean and the general atmosphere of the place was supurb. Dont stay anywhere else in Goa!!
The Prazeres is the only hotel to stay in at Candolim, The staff cant do enough for you. We have been twice in Feb 03 and Feb 04 and the staff remembered us and treated us so well.
Where else would you want to stay in candolim
+we had the pleasure of staying at the hotel over the christmas period in 2003/2004. we had a wonderful time .the staff were wonderful and thenguys who cleaned the rooms everyday .... Well you went out in the morning and you wouldnt know what to expect when you arrived back after a day on the beach its amazing what can be made out of a few towels and discarded clothing ,,, All the staff were very pleasant and nothing was to much trouble ... a more pleasant place would be hard to fine ... The quality of serwice and the quality of food would be hard to beat . we are retuning in 2005 with 10 people this time so .... hey it must be good ....
If you have been to Goa a few times. This hotel is a little Gem
A peaceful location, friendly staff. Many hotels can disappoint you but not this one.
for the price we paid, we expected a little board house, what we got was a wonderfully clean and vibrant hotel. The staff werte friendly and we are still in touch with 2 waiters 2 years on. in a perfect setting if you like some peace and privacy, just a 3 minute walk to the beautiful sandy beaches, where you will not be interupted by many of the 'sellers' as candolim is one of the quietest Goan resorts which holds onto its primitive and magical ways of life which I found other resorts had lost. there are plenty of restaraunts within walking distance of the hotel, though the food in the hotel is fantastic, the way they do their 'english style' pizzas is a little strange, but try it . The hotels pool is fairly large and very clean and wonderful to dive into & cool down after spending a day on the beach or visiting some of the wonderful sights in and around Goa. taxis are on hand 24/7 outside the hotel, these are the best taxis to use as they wont rip you off because they get good wages from the hotel and generally Goan people are very honest. The manager of prazeres (who's name I've forgotten) interacted with guests constantly and was very entertaining, always ensuring guests had a pleasant stay. We fell in love with Goa the 1st time we went there in1999 and in 2001 we fell in love with the Prazeres resort and its way of making you feel on top of the world day and night, tipsy or sober, just stay away from the underground nightclub, the music is extremely cheesy!