Travel Blogs from Calangute
... and the church was consecrated in May 1605 by the archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes
Our week in Goa was closed by a wonderful dinner out with family and friends.
To our Goan family, thank you so very much for everything. See you next trip.
Another late start as I barely slept. Actually woke up at 6am and showered before falling asleep outside. Ended up rising at about 1:30 and headed straight to our favourite wifi cafe. I had more banana pancakes and a coke (20p bottle of coke!) before leaving at about 3 to hit up the beach. Today we walked a lot further down the beach than we ...
... an old part of the market. They came right up to us and we had a little chat. It was quite surreal. We were sad to leave our friends, but excited for the amazing adventure ahead. We are happy to say that we have now arrived in Goa, India, safe and sound. It was a relatively hassle-free travel day, a few hiccups here and there, but nothing to fuss about. We are staying in a small town right on the beach called Vagatar. The hostel we are at is full ...
... the adventure began to Arambol.
Tash had spoken to some girls who said that they had been Arambol, walked up the beach, over a hill and found a lake and waterfall. So off we went, over the hill. On the way we bumped into this 14 year old Indian girl who had obviously been speaking to English people a lot as she had caught onto all the 'things to say’ – “come and have a gander”, “why don’t you have a butchers” and when ...
... people seem to be staying for a month or more which makes for a really relaxed open atmosphere.
We go to sleep to the sound of the waves and rustlings around our new home and can literally walk into the restaurant for breakfast where we sit and watch bright blue Kingfishers on the river, then across the bamboo bridge onto the beach. The sea is wonderfully warm and teeming with sea life, crabs, fish, starfish and dolphins with beautiful white sand and the waves are great ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Nizmar Resort Calangute
Dissapointed with the cleaning staff
we stayed at the nizmar for 3 weeks in january 06,the hotel itself was clean ,staff were very friendly and helpful,the cleaning staff were always nice and friendly too but on a couple of occassions money was taken from my wallet, plus i had 500 rupees pinched from my mother in laws bag which was a huge dissapointment ,we even had our combination suitcases which were locked .disturbed like someone had tryed to get into them.apart from this they had great theme nights and entertainment and staff always willing to help.
Good job we are all different
Been to Goa and stayed in the Nizmar for the last three years. Going again this year. The strange thing is we always ask for a room at the back (so do our friends that we met there the first year aand every year since.) The reason being that we love to sit on the balcony and look at all the beautiful birds in the coconut palms just outside our room. We also get a friendly hello from the locals and have even been invited to their houses. The staff are great at the Niz, we have had odd problems like the bedroom door locking itself but all problems sorted very rapidly, weve also learnt not to ring for laundry before youve got it ready as they arrive as you put the phone down. Cant wait to return. Fozie
Just got back from 2 weeks at the Nizmar, what a great holiday. The staff at the hotel could'nt do enough for you, even for the rude tourists who stayed there. The rooms were thoroughly cleaned everyday and the lads always enquired how our holiday was going. The only bit that I would say was'nt great was if you end up with a room at the back, they don't have great views from the balcony, though they changed our room to a garden view that was available, without any hesitation. They had entertainment every night though we did'nt stay for that as it was'nt our thing, but other guests loved it. Would recommend highly, but remember if you have'nt been to Goa before this is India and if you chill out you'll have the best time!
Not a good experience, we did have a look round this hotel two years ago and were impressed, however would say that standards have been allowed to slip badly. Our room was never cleaned properly, we were given bedding and towels which frankly you would not use on your pets and our door was left wide open on two occasions - not good - luckily nothing stolen, which I was surprised at as our fellow residents were not all the most trustworthy of people in my opinion. On the plu side there was a wonderful restaurant which could be reached by taking the back entrance out of the hotel and turning left and then right - it is called The Bistro and is a real gem!!
Nizmar not bad,BUT!!
We stayed at the Nizmar first 2 weeks in December and generally it is a decent hotel. BUT for 11 days out of our stay the toilet did not flush and the shower drain was always blocked occasionally flooding Effuent into the bathroom and once into the room itself while we frantically tried to dam the flood with towels!! Lovely! To be fair our complaints about this were always attended to by the maintenance and cleaning staff but the problem continually re-occured. Avoid the ground floor!! My mother in laws boyfriend had his mobile phone and some money stolen from his wallet in the the room, but the door was unlocked and he was sat on the loo at the time. The hotel staff seemed more concerned that we DID'NT inform the police than finding the culprit. The cleaning staff were more worried about their jobs than anything else. Who knows, could have been a guest??
Security at the hotel seemed very good with guards at both gates, i think this was to prevent guests from bringing in provisions from outside. This 'encouraged' people to use the mini bar which was fairly well stocked and they asked you to sign a chit for what you had had every day or two. Obviously the prices at the mini bar and indeed at the bar and restaurant were approx 40% more expensive than outside of the hotel. Did hear one guest complaining when he settled the mini bar bill that he didn't drink the Beer that was on the tab (Only hangover inducing Kingfisher stocked)
What a Pleasure
I have been to Goa 4 times now and this was one of the best hotels I have stayed in. The staff were all very friendly and the cleaning of all areas especially the pool area was relentless. It was the first time we upgraded our room and we were not disappointed. The Hotel is situated near the main road but was built far enough back not to get any of the noise from the traffic. Nightly entertainment was good and the food was excellant, great theme nights as well. I can recommend this hotel to any first time traveller or any seasoned traveller.
The only down side for me the area has become very "touristy" by that I mean crowded beaches, all manner of water sports. We hired a scooter and went further up the coast for peace and quiet, we mostly stayed at a place called "Turtle Beach" which if you wanted you could stay and watch the baby turtles hatch and make a run for it to the sea.
If you like rude staff this is a hotel for you...
Room staff are ok, the reception staff and the management are the rudest people ever, stayed at other hotels in Goa and this has to be the worst ever. The room when we checked in was full of dust and the water system wasnt working correctly for 8 out of the 14 days we where there. The breakfast was on par with a holiday camp and the evening wasnt much better.
The Best of the Best.
I have been to Goa on various occassions with Student groups & always picked Kamat Resorts as our place of stay but this was totally a different experience when a Group of students & I visited Goa this year in the month of June. This time I selected Nizmar Resorts as our place of stay. It was a gamble which I had taken but the gamble was worth taking.
On reaching Nizmar the welcome we got & the atmosphere we felt was totally different. The resort was great the service excellent & what was liked most was that we felt at home. The food was delicious & mouthwatering..
The siteseeing was well planned by those incharge & each & everychild enjoyed themselves. Nizmar has the works. The rooms are well planned & have all the facilities one can think of. Service is the best & one can ask for no more. Now that I know evrything about Nizmar & all that it has to offer, it is surely going to be my place of stay whenever I visit Goa.
I wish all those who belong to the Nizmar Family the very best & I can assure all who have not been here that you will never be sorry if you pick Nizmar Resorts as your place of stay.
Nizmar Resorts is situated in the heart of the Happening Place of Goa CALANGUTE.
I would like to Thank Nizmar for the Hospitality they imparted to the group & me. THANK YOU NIZMAR.
My first trip to Goa with my 8 year old daughter in February. Couldn't have picked a better hotel. All staff were extremely helpful and couldn't do enough for the guests. Accomodation was spacious (we had a room overlooking the pool), fans and a/c, mini bar and tv which kept my daughter happy when it got too hot outside. Rooms cleaned every day and hot water for showers kept me happy.
Facilities included beauty parlour,gym and discotheque, Jewelery shop and tailors. Cuisine included Mexican and Chinese restaurant and steakhouse as well as poolside menu and the food couldn't be faulted. Live poolside entertainment every night finishing at 11pm ended each evening leaving you feeling just wonderful.
Beach is about 15 mins walk from the hotel, or closer if you took a rickshaw. A must for superb Goan cuisine is Souza Lobo's restaurant on Calungute beach - you won't be disappointed.
This will hopefully be the first of many trips to Goa and I would definitely stay at the Nizmar again.
We stayed at the Nizmar Christmas 2001 and had a great time, we have returned to Goa every year since and always call in to see the staff who are very friendly. We are returning again in March and thinking of staying at the Nizmar again. I would recommend it to anyone