Travel Blogs from Arpora
... and waited,
And waited ....and waited ...then after about 40 minutes, I had to accept that although the light was on the kettle, it really was just for decoration and was never actually gonna heat owt up.
The hotel was situated close to the airport on a busy dual carriageway with 3 lanes either side. The following morning I got in the taxi for the airport, which, incidentally, was in the opposite direction to the way the three lanes of traffic were all going ...
.After the beach we had a few hours at the pool, which was very pleasant. There are a lot of Indian families staying at our hotel, and it was really nice watching several of the them enjoying playing in the pool, but once again I find the restrictions placed on women by religion very difficult to understand. The husbands were in the pool (in their undies & vests) playing with the children and having a great ...
... our problems. Santo warned us that he had heard that the train would not be going all the way to Goa, something to do with a strike or accident, not sure which. I couldn't quite get to the bottom of the reason, but due to this hiccup, he said it was likely that we would have to take a public bus to get to Goa. This made the original 13hr train trip look like a walk in the park, as the bus journey would add at least another 4 hrs on to our travel time! Not exactly ...
... probably good) and 13 hours long (definitely bad)!!!!!
We manage to get to the station in time. The bus is nicer than the other one I took. This one is just like the tour buses in the US ... without a toilet. Never gonna make it. I'm told it stops halfway for a food/potty break. Ok. Still not gonna make it.
We drive 45 minutes to Panjim to get more passengers. Drive a little ways further to Mhapsa ...
... was great!
Tonight the entertainment was amusing again. Back at Coco Loco we had Shark for dinner and then the regular entertainers aka the show offs turned up. Expressive dance girl was on top form, with a permanent manic grin on her face. We think she might be taking something. Tonight was hippy swaying night, well that’s the name we gave it.
See next blog entry for photos and our day out!
Rob’s turn now ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Sun Village Arpora
My husband and I returned on 24 April from 2 weeks at the Sun Village having had a great holiday. We managed to get a really good deal through Direct Holidays. This time of year it is very hot and humid as it is close to the monsoon period, the season ended at the end of April. I would say Sun Village is between a 3 and 4 star for a hotel in Goa which cannot be compared to a 4 star in somewhere like the Caribbean. Having said this it is clean, excellent food, pretty gardens, good entertainment and lovely friendly, polite staff - what more could you want? The hotel is built into the hillside so there are many steps to climb, from the lobby to our room on the 4th floor was 64 steps - this could be a problem and if you have any walking difficulties, I would not recommend this hotel. We did have a great view from the balcony though. We asked how much for an upgrade to our room and were told £25 each per night, we felt it was not worth the extra. An upgrade meant a free bottle of wine and champagne, bath as well as a shower and priority in the a la carte restaurants. The wine was free with the all inclusive package and we had no problems booking the a la carte restaurants. Ladies, take your hairdryers as these are not provided in the standard rooms.
We stayed at the Sun Village in April 2005,there was me, my boyfriend and daughter, the hotel itself was clean but basic, the staff were very nice and helped you in every way they could.
The Sun Village is a nice hotel located 20 minutes walking distance from the main Baga Beach or a short taxi ride which will cost only 50 rupees (83 rupees to £1 as of 20/03/05). The staff at the Sun Village are brilliant, they can not do enough for you. Food is excellent especially the Fragipani (BBQ) al a carte which operates on 2 days a week. You can choose between the buffet each day & an al a carte option except for the Gala nights held on a Monday & Friday on the Village Lawns which is a buffet with live show. The entertainment in general is OK however some acts are a little poor. If you like a bath in your room, diet coke & international spirits upgrade to the Superior room as all of these are included in the price. It also allows you to go to the al a carte restaurant every day they are open & priority reservations (let the reception know on arrival what time you like to eat & they will automatically make your reservations for you at the al a carte restaurants). The downsides are the location as the roads are best described as bumpy dust tracks which are one & half cars wide which make it a little un safe to walk around especially at night time as the roads are unlit. Secondly the hotel can be noisy at the night due to the design the noise amplifys from the poolside bar area & can go on to the early hours. Recommend this hotel but request a room at the front of the hotel & take a taxi to Baga Beach.
We have just come back from spending our honeymoon at Sun Village. Everything about it was fantastic. The staff couldn't do more for you. The food selection at every meal was brilliant and as a vegetarian, that's saying something. Everywhere was clean including the pool. Possibly the only negative comment I could make was being kept awake at night. This was nothing to do with new hubby lol or the hotel. It was the few holiday makers who insisted in sitting around the poolside late at night even though there were signs asking people not to after 11pm in consideration of other guests.
Sun Village Hotel, Goa
Stayed in Sun Village Feb 20 - 27th and would highly recommend the hotel. Very pleasant rooms with good a.c. and facilities, 2 picturesque pools (though with a shortage of sun beds) and good food considering it is all-inclusive. Staff very welcoming and attentive. Recommend the a-la-carte bbq although note you need to book well in advance to be sure of a table
Recommend using the taxis outside of the hotel for trips - just tell them where you'd like to go and arrange a price in advance, the cost is very low. Temperatures more pleasant on the coast where a sea breeze usually prevails
The best holiday yet
this was one of the best 14 days holiday that my wife and myself have had in a long time the staff where so nice and caterd for your every whim we have visited many countrys but none have come up to the standerds of the sun village that is why we booked a return trip in november 2005 and are looking forward to it
Adored Sun Village
Spent Christmas at Sun Village a wonderful hotel, excellant food, all the staff have impeccable manners. Goa itself is wonderful once you have got over the intial shock i.e. the roads, the haggling. Fantastic beaches if you want a quiet beach try Ashven for the more fun loving try Baga beach. The markets are fantastic. Can get your own taxi driver he will spend the whole day with you (very cheap) showing you the sights. Ours was called Nanoo, a lovely man. The best Holiday we have ever had. Can't wait to return to Sun Village next year.
Wonderfull hotel and staff
We totally agree with Blackpool travellers about Sun Village, we have
been on 2 occasions the best was spending christmas and new year 2003 absolutely fantastic. we also made great friends with the staff and also the local taxi boys outside the hotel, in fact we have been writing to some of the hotel staff and Appy the taxi driver and i must
say we have just recieved some beutifull Christmas cards, and if it was not for lack of cash we would have returned this year.
We have travelled to many places .Europe.Carribean, and the only thing we ever have anything negative to speak about is the entertainment. It is always a bit hit and miss.However,the entertainment at sun village was excellent.Very entertaining shows and really good solo artists. staff are not overpowering but are always happy to help.Rooms are spacious,comfortable and very clean. air con and fans are in good working order and are needed. The food is really nice,
Visited the Sun Village last December. This is the second time in Goa, and this was definitely the better option. Although not situated on the beach, there is a shuttle bus every hour (free), and taxis are just outside the hotel gate (very cheap). Although Baga beach was quite busy, and quite a few sellers, it was still a lovely beach. Back to the hotel - staff were friendly, nothing too much bother and always had a smile. Food was excellent, mostly buffet, but could go a la carte twice a week (had to be booked), barbecue once a week, and two outdoor gala nights each week - all good fun. There are two pools - one was definitely a lot quieter than the other, but both good and cleaned daily. Towels and sunbed provided free of charge. Rooms quite big and spacious, again very clean and tidy. Shower room/toilet also very spacious, and always clean towels. Not much for children, but if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, this is definitiely the place to go. The bar has a pool table and some form of entertainment most night - i.e. local entertainers, karaoke, etc. Pool table in the bar. The bar is only open at night, but there is a poolside bar open from 10 inthe morning unlimited drinks. Try the auyervedic massage (pay extra) - it is absolutely brilliant. There is also a beauty palour if you fancy a wee bit of pampering. If you want to explore, get a local taxi driver who will take you places much cheaper than through your travel company. And they will stay with all day, and point out all the local points of interest. You must spend time at Anjuna flea market - brilliant experience. Only bad point about this hotel - it is set onthe side of a hall and even the lowest floors have stairs to climb to get to them!!! However,y ou will feel fitter by the end of your stay because of this!!We would definitely return to this hotel without any hesitation.