Resorte Marinha Dourada
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... why I dread eating at most restaurants since it takes so long. At least here there is no need to be in a hurry and we barely notice how long the food takes since we are usually reading our books. We did find a cheap local place on the main street called Calcutta Restaurant that had amazing egg-chicken sandwiches. Basically they chop hardboiled eggs and chicken chunks in some sort of sauce and serve it on ...
... etc and when we stopped at a beautiful temple in the middle of nowhere, our guide said "don't worry, wander in - as long as you take your shoes off outside". A fantastic beautifully decorated building apparently filled twice a week with worshippers. Made all the more special, I think, when our driver went through his ritual and prayed there before showing us around...
Now, I've been to some really nice places in my life and I know there ...
... wondered if maybe it was a last big push to get stuff finished off before the big tourist season starts in a couple of weeks - but then, on reflection - probably not .....
So we all had our goodbyes with our adopted daughter, Kate, and Santo. There were no hugs or kisses with Mark, who just waved and shouted a spitty sschcheerio. Didn't see the Canadians before they left and funnily enough, they didn't seek us out to say goodbye. Didn't see Lynette & Gary ...
... were on the beach, it was almost like some major stag weekend. I don't understand why Indian men wear their undies and singlets when they go for a swim, it's not as though they can't buy swimmers or board shorts, we noticed plenty displayed in the shops down by the beach. Maybe it's their answer to budgie smugglers. On the other hand the few women we did see enjoying a dip in the sea were all fully clothed! I was taking a ...
... observing the early morning goings on at the railway station. Fascinating.
I don't know if I've mentioned this, but it's a bit like the quick and the dead getting on the trains. Europeans, as a rule stand back and let people get off before trying to get on, the Indians on the other hand show no such restraint. The stopping time at a station is about 3 mins, so there is always that nagging little fear that you'll be the one left on the platform. Today however ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Resorte Marinha Dourada Arpora
Great value - great hotel!
£600 for two weeks from England - what more can you ask for!
Clean rooms with showers, air con, TV etc...
Nice pool and bar. Fantastic tailor and jeweller on site - absolute bargains.
Great location overlooking a lake (and not forgetting the local elephant who works in a nearby field.) Trust me this is important - i've been to Goa a few times and many hotels (even the nice ones) are lovely inside but the minute you step outside it's like a building site, rubble everywhere....
The food is good - nice snacks - anyone who stays in to eat is mad as food in the restaurants in Goa is amazing! Do not go all inclusive anywhere in Goa!
To sum up.... great value hotel, you will stuggle to do better for your money anywhere in the worls.
Marinha Dourada Baga
Stayed here a year back, clean neat place, large fridge, good breakfast but ofcourse the basic.
Close to Baga beach.
Hotel rooms, clean and basic amenities okay.
Food lousy. You get better food outside the hotel.
Excellent hotel. Friendly and caring staff offering a first class service. The grounds with the ajoining lake makes this an idealic location. It is situated in my opinion, away from the hustle and bustle of Baga, with an excellent array of restaurants in Arpora. This is certainly better than the 2 star rating given in most brochures.
Quiet Hotel close to attractions
Have just returned from 2 weeks staying at the Marinha Dourada.
It is a basic hotel but very clean and it appears, to be one of the better hotels in the area. There is not much in the local area that you can walk to so would get a taxi everywhere which you can get from outside the hotel and at standard rates.
Would recommend staying in the annex rather than the main block as it is much quieter and less over looked.
The staff were nice and helpful especially the guys at the pool. The staff at Reception and Security were always very friendly but felt that the restaurant staff could have been a little better.
The tailor on site is also very good and made some great clothes for us.
This hotel is constanlty overbooked. Every week travellers are forced out into other hotels around Goa (none of which are of the same quality as Marinha Dourada). They tried to bump us on our arrival but we had a sit in in the managers office and refused to move until we were found rooms. In at least one instance the owner is moving travellers into another hotel that he owns (so he is being paid Marina Dourada rates by the travel companies for his other, not as high quality, hotels). I spoke to the reps of most travel companies when I was down there and they are fed up with this situation as well. The hotel itself is great (if you can get a room!)
this hotel overbooks by 15 rooms and tour operator thompsons does not let you know untill 2 days before even though you book 11 months in advace
Peace at last
beautifully situated, clean and quiet. no radios or discos blaring all the time. still near enough to baga for night life. staff excellent. will be vising again
Just peaceful & so delightful.
HI to all. we have just spent 2 wonderful weeks at the marinha dourahda in arpora GOA this Hotel should be a 3 star as we enjoyed a very comfotable vacation. we were looked after so well that we just want to return ASAP SO go to goa and enjoy while those looking after you enjoy it too.
Spotlessly clean, very helpful and friendly staff , beautiful setting , everything you would want will be returning in Febuary
We have been to the Marinha Dourada 3 years running and will be returning this December again for another 4 weeks. Excellent hotel to stay in, rooms basic but pleasant, staff really helpful and friendy, got a nice restaurant and bar area, located 5 mins away from beach and busy areas which makes it peaceful and relaxing.