Ramada Caravela Beach Resort
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... 8217; by a foreigner was sold to another foreigner. The new owner tried to use the business to justify his permanent resident visa request. Since foreigners can’t own businesses directly, his business status was exposed to be illegal. He did not have to shut down the restaurant but the official Indian property owner had to pay more baksheesh to the police. 3) Police searched the hut of a tourist suspected of having drugs. Drugs ...
... London from us and Sydney for them. They offered some tablets as they heard how poorly we had been, very nice of them. They were in the same boat the night before and know it's not a good place to be.
By 6PM me and Lew were feeling a little better, maybe it was the spiced tea & cumin seeds made by Sahara that made us feel better, more curry just what the doctor ordered...hmmm i think not ha.
... a fishy fish person. I
realise that is like a girl saying that she wants a handbag for going out but
not out out. It probably dosen't make any sense but I like my fish to not taste
that overpowering and fishy. But, I am in Goa and the fish is never going to be
any fresher than this so I decide that I am going to try lots of different fish
dishes whilst I am here. Plus its good for you. Apparently. No, it is and I
should eat more of it. Now's my chance. I go ...
... shut the windows so the fog doesn’t get in. He then explained that if the fog gets in your ears it will hurt them and that is why he is wearing a woolly hat. Hmmmm. We also discovered the most effective speed bump. To the side of a main road is a catholic church. All the drivers turn off their music, beep their horn twice and slow down when they drive past! Works better than anything else to control traffic!
As soon as we arrived at the ...
... to go check out this famous beach club called Curly’s. We heard it was "hard to find" but we had no idea just how complicated it would be. Viba and I took our scooter to get money from the ATM in town and by the time we got back everyone else had already left. It was already 10 or 11 so we set out on dark empty streets, trying to find Curly’s. Finding anything India is especially difficult because street signs and addresses never make any sense. We knew that the ...
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My partner and I stayed at the Ramada Carvela beach for 7 nights in the middle of March.
My husband, two friends and I stayed at this resort for 3 nights after surviving a horrible Delhi guest house, but a pleasant stay in Mumbai. Even so, we ready for some relaxing time on the beach at the end of our tour and found it at the Ramada. The grounds are well kept and staff very friendly and helpful.
We booked a week here, but the moment we arrived we wished we had booked two!(or a month or two!)
Just back from 9 nights in the Ramada. We had a wonderful time. The beach is truly beautiful - you can only see endless beach... Staff are very friendly and helpful. Grounds and gardens are colourful and well maintained. Food is excellent although rather expensive (Dublin prices not expected in India!) and wine in particular was overpriced. Bars a bit of a let down, again alcohol in general is overpriced and only beer available in entire complex is Fosters (apparently they have the sole contract) - but 5-6 beach shacks nearby that sell excellent food and many beers at ridicously low prices and really nice staff. Yoga master Guruji runs yoga classes every morning at 8am, he is really good - many people come back year after year for his classes. He also does auyruvedic consultations - well worth a visit. Our hotel room was disapppointing. It was very basic with 70s style shabby furniture and quite stuffy. The once white furniture on the balcony was grey and grubby. The main downside of our stay in the Ramada was the entertainment at night. The same music was played every night (with the excepion of Tues night) and it is absolutely brutal - A lady from Goa very badly trying to sing Abba and Whitney Houston with lots of speakers was hard to take nightly! (staff said she is there all season). Goa itself is really diverse and buzzy with lots to do and although there is really little else to do around hotel at night (bar listen to...) taxis are plentyful and reasonably priced re going to other areas for dinner, markets etc. So if you have a choice go for non inclusive option - this leaves you with much more freedom and choice. Overall very enjoyable and relaxing holiday.
Stayed at this hotel for 4 days in March 2005.
We stayed at the Ramada Caravela (formerly Renaissance) for 2 weeks on Honeymoon in Mar 05. The resort is fantastic, has 5 excellent restaurants, 4 good bars including swim up bar, beautiful grounds, spa, nice pool, great beach and unbeatable service. The staff just could not do enough for you...fantastic people. Our only complaint was that the rooms are looking a bit tired as are some of the public spaces (coriddors, lobby, breakfast restaurant) and they need renovating. If they renovate in the next year or 2 it will continue to be a fantastice place but if they put the renovations off the hotel sadly go down hill.
We booked a fortnight at the Caravela Beach resort. It was a "treat" for myself and my partner following a traumatic few months so we needed a good break...and boy did we get it. Once we'd actually got there, the holiday was FANTASTIC. The journey there however was not. We had a late night flight from Manchester (UK) airport. I was astonished that a major international airport literally closed down after 10pm. There were no shops open and very limited facilities. Not a good start. We flew with Monarch, which was another disappointment. The aircraft was adequate ..... had we been flying to the Med. It was the most uncomfortable (12 hour!) trip I have ever had the misfortune of making and I will certainly pay a little extra for my holiday if it means avoiding Monarch in the future.
staff very very helpful and friendly such happy people. rooms very clean, and spacious, could do with better lighting. they think and supply of all requirements you need. a wide range of choice of food in the 5 resturants something for everyone.
I spent 4 nights at this hotel in January 2005. I was knocked out by the grand foyer and wonderful pool area, surrounded by beautifully kept gardens. We'd booked one of the garden rooms at a very reasonable price, as opposed to the villa rooms which looked really impressive. Take my advice guys - if you can afford it DO NOT book a garden room. The decor is a bit tired and our room was really damp and smelly, so much so that we burned incense every day to try and get rid of the smell. The restaurants looked quite good, they do a fantastic breakfast, but if you want great quality food, you need look no further than the beach shacks. They are literally yards from the hotel boundary, the shack staff are absolutely adorable and the food and drink is fantastic, not to mention ridiculously cheap. Don't be fooled into thinking that you might get a dodgy tummy by eating in these places, it's always been all inclusive resort food that's made me ill!!!!
Just returned from two weeks relaxing at this welcoming hotel. Friendly, helpful staff, lovely public areas, good choice of restaurants and bars, pool with swim up bar and wonderful miles of sandy beach, where you can walk or hire a bike. There is a mini golf course and tennis courtsetc. Only bad point - the rooms are a little tired, especially the bathrooms. Clean and spacious but need a bit of a face lift. They are now offering "all inclusive" but this is such a waste as there are so many wonderful and cheap places to eat and drink locally. Thoroughly recommended.