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... dip and I see this fin very close to where we are swimming..we are really close to the shore so maybe I imagined it..? But then I see it again and we both see it and starts rushing out of the water like two idiots! We could still spot it clearly from the beach and it was a big fin!! Shark??!!!!! The same evening we found out from the hut owners that it's very common to spot dolphins that close to the shore but there is no sharks. Thank god for that!!!! Swimming with dolphins ...
... miles better. The place we stayed in last night would be classified as my attempt at building a bungalow, awful in other words. Today's at "Ciarans" on the other hand could of been built by Stoph's and his superb carpentry skills. With our best lodging yet, we set off into the backstreets to figure out our next move. The dilemma is do we endure the massive detour and huge hours of travel and embark to Hampi. Hampi is meant to be amazing and those that ...
... we waited for it to cool down. Miriam still smiling after seeing the dolphins!
We drove back through sleepy goa, down the road which uncle Maurice didn't recognise on the way...the road had natural arch ways of coconut trees and the speed bumps were slightly hidden by their shadows....breaking fast is a speciality of brother Maurice!
We drove past a stop where Clíonas grandad had admired the view. But he was too occupied with his camera ...
... the coach moved slightly we thought we were going to be thrown out onto the floor, as there was only one little bar by our legs and as we'd booked upper berth tickets this was quite a drop. Oh nearly forgot to mention the suspension was non-existent so we were bounced around the entire journey! Quite funny looking back but as I ended up by the window and have not sustained any sort of brain injury (that I'm aware of) is quite remarkable! Had to be done though as all part ...
At our hostel we woke up and we had a visitor on our balacony, what looked like a friendly dog. After we learnt from the owners of the hotel that he belonged to the family that lived behind the hotel and was their pet but the hotel mainly looked after him. The young guy that worked at the hotel told us that a lady who had stayed there previously for 6 months, had fallen in love with him ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson White Sands Resort Goa Salcette
Not bad, but had better
First of all under no circumstances go for the all inclusive option, unless you want to be shackled to the buffet for breakast, lunch and dinner. We went with First Choice, and in the brochure it said we would have $14 each for lunch and dinner to put towards the bill in the a la carte restaurant if we didn't want to eat at the buffet. When we got to the hotel we were told that this option had gone a year a go but nobody bothered to tell first choice.
The only place you can eat (apart from the snack bar)on the all-inclusive option is the buffet and it gets very boring after a couple of days.
Also everything is so cheap even in the hotel that the all inclusive is a waste of time, especially as the staff haven't got a clue what's included as apparently there are five different all inclusive packages depending on what part of the planet you come from.
Last thing on the all inclusive option - when you ask for a menu at a few of the restaurants you find out that the all inclusive menu is about half the size of the normal one.
The hotel is really nice though, and the pool is fantastic. The rooms are also pretty good. The staff drive you nuts as they are so lad back and would rather put things off to sometime in the next century. This was nicely illustrated when we requested a room change on the first day as the room we had been put in had a view of a brick wall and the sound of the hotel power plant throbbing through the wall (Can't remember the room number though). The receptionist claimed that they didn't have any rooms available until the next day, but after bugging her for half an hour one turned up.
The food is above average but not amazing. The curry has the ability to burn parts of your anatomy.
Massive beach, but no good for snorkelling due to currents.
Probably wouldn't go back as I have stayed in better hotels.
The hotel is really nice, great pool and location. The staff are friendly and are very accommodating. The rooms are lovely.
We only ate breakfast at the hotel which is buffet style. The drinks and food are expensive, but there are beach shacks and restaurants (about 7) around the corner, so you dont need to get a taxi if you dont want to.
I do prefer the south and Varca inparticular. I ahve stayed in the north. Would definately stay at this hotel again.
Amazing - most relaxing holiday ever!!!
We stayed at this hotel for a week and I cannot fault the service. The hotel was full but because it was so big, we hardly noticed it at all. staff were extremely attentive.
1. pool amazing;
2. beach v.quiet;
3. breakfast choice very good;
4. entertainment of some description on every night;
Bad points (very minor ones):
1. not much else around hotel to walk to therefore unless you get a taxi, you need to have every meal in hotel;
2. probably not a 5 star resort by british standards;
3. hotel very expensive for food in comparison to rest of Goa however still cheaper than UK.
Overall I would definitely visit the hotel again although would maybe stay in the north for a few days first and then come down to the South.
Not to be missed-Radisson
This was my first visit to Goa and having researched hotels and locations I chose the Radisson White Sands. The staff were exceptional-so friendly and helpful. All requests were completed with a smile, even clearing the insects out of our room! Great food was served, good value and quality. It was a pleasure to return to this relaxing and clean hotel after a day of sight seeing. The Ayurvedic full body massage is not to be missed! I would certainly recommend the Radisson without hesitation.
I'm very particularly about where I stay. I did a lot of research before I booked Radisson white sands in Goa.
I managed to pick up a great monsoon package/offer in August 2005. We also upgrade to a super deluxe room.
Rooms are very big, enough to accommodate 4 persons easily.
Overall the complex is very good and the service is excellent, pool is huge
I don't have anything bad to say about this resort.
I would certainly go back to this resort again.
The hotel was well spread out with great rooms with all amenities. The food was excellent. Lots of activities. Will definately be going back.
The beach is very clean and far away from the more popular beaches of Goa. Lots of privacy.
Best in Goa so far
I have been travelling to Goa for many years. Great service in this hotel and v.v.friendly staff. Must dine at the Seafood Beach reataurant! Great pool and endless white sands beach - not crowded.
great place, good food, warm service, beautiful hotel, lots of entertainment for the whole family, affordable rates! couldn't ask for more!
Decent but not Great
The Radisson is a decent hotel, but they could do a lot to make it a great hotel. The good:
1. Clean overall (no bugs)
2. Great pool (lagoon-like pool)
3. Right next to beach (beach is great!)
4. Good rooms
5. Decent entertainment (great band one night at the bar on the beach)
1. Check-in/check-out took about 20-30 minutes for each.
2. Food was mediocre, and there are only about 3 restaurants. Nachos (corn chips with a bit of salsa was about $4).
3. Hotel over charges guests to take taxi in town and does not allow guests to call other taxi companies.
4. Service is spotty. Waiters took a long time to get coffee at breakfast. They spilled half the beer at dinner and didn't automatically get another bottle. The rooms were cleaned, but not always that well. They left dirty towels and didn't always mop.
5. Spa treatments are overpriced.
Here's what we did to combat the bad: we walked to the main town (about 1 hr 15 minute walk). We ate at the restaurant outside the hotel gates. There were also several restaurants on the beach and at the nearest town.
Excellent resort - good food (no ill effects), lovely people, nice climate. Resort was exceptionally clean and had everything you could wish for. Will definitely be going back here!