The Zuri White Sands Goa

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178 &179 Pedda, Varca, Varca, Goa
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This spa resort is situated in South Goa, on a private stretch of Varca Beach's white sands. Additional nearby points of interest include Benaulim Beach. read more
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We stayed between 27th and 30th 2011. This is considered the peak period in Goa due to it being Carnival season. The reception area is spacious with many places to make yourself comfortable. We reached early by road (7am) and we were the only ones being attended to. We had to wait for our rooms which would only be available by 3:00pm. We could use the facilities while we waited. We freshend up at the spa and headed straight for the beach. The resort is on the beach. The rooms are on two levels, and you will not get a beach view from most rooms on the lower level. However, you will get a pool view from the lower levels. We visited with our kids ages 11 and 3. Our room was on the lower level with our balcony opening directly to the pool, less than 10 steps away. Our rooms were very clean. I don’t know how they manage to do that with so much sand being trekked into the rooms. When room service cleaned out the rooms somehow all the sand disappeared. The only negative was our A/C that could not be turned off. It kept our room at a constant 22 C - which some people may not like - but was perfect for us. The rooms are quite sound proof – but you will hear people in the corridors. The pool is very well maintained and is quite large. Its in a horseshoe shape and one end of the horse shoe is not visible from the other end - that should give you an idea of how large the pool is. The kids pool on the other hand can accommodate about 10 toddlers. Surprisingly, the kids pool was not chlorinated. At night there were about 10 frogs in that pool. No idea where they disappear in the day time. Service was excellent! The staff is polite and courteous. Everyone greeted you with a smile. They even have a doctor on site. We needed him as our younger daughter had a slight fever the first morning when she awoke. Dr. Pradip was available between 9am-5pm. He too was courteous and polite. Prescribed some medicines which we could get delivered by the hotel staff or I could purchase. I opted to go out and buy the medicines from the local pharmacy which was about a mile away. The food in the resort was excellent. The included continental breakfast had quite a variety to offer, from English breakfast foods, south Indian specialties, cereals, fresh omelets bar, fresh fruit juices etc. etc. The Fins Restaurant had the seafood specialties - the food was excellent. Rambooz - the bar by the beach has probably the best bartender in town. He made the best cocktails. Mind you - the food is expensive. Our average bill was about Rs 4K at the resort. They have a restaurant by the pool which serves pizzas and sandwiches – the food here was OK. Just outside the resort on the beach, you will find many restaurants. These restaurants have beach umbrellas and beach chairs for you to relax in. The food is usually 1/3rd the cost of the resort. Skip the cocktails at these places - they are no good - although very cheap. Stick to beer. You will get fenny in these places real cheap. A shot of fenny at the resort costs nearly as much as a bottle of fenny outside. Nearest town is Colva. Go there if you want local food for dirt cheap. Four adults and 3 kids had dinner with dessert for the equivalent of about $25. Goa is chockfull of Russian tourists. The locals even speak Russian to accommodate them. All the menus are bi-lingual - English and Russian. The beach is not a private beach. The resort is in Varca which is in the southern part of Goa. This area is not yet as commercial as the northern areas of Goa. They say the beaches are really beautiful in the north. The beach here is nondescript but un crowded - which is very important for me. There were even a few topless sunbathers who were quite undisturbed. There were exactly 3 vendors who were not very pushy. The beach is patrolled by the police in a Jeep and these vendors are constantly on the lookout for it. They were no awkward gawkers to bother us - this I hear is a problem in other parts of Goa. There are lifeguards a
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Jan 5th, 2008
Ramada Caravela Beach Resort

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Teen Murti, Fatrade, Varca, Salcette, G, Varca, Goa
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The 4-star Ramada Caravela Beach Resort stands along the white sands of Varca Beach on the blue Arabian Sea. Benaulim Beach is about 2 km from the resort. Goa-Dabolim Airport is 32 km north. read more
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As a resort it has all the normal features. On the beach, inviting swimming pools, pool bar, beach bar... etc. The facilities are getting very tired. TV reception is crackly, rooms are basic, wooden chairs around the pool are falling apart, food is nothing special. Another issue we had was with the monopoly they have on the local taxi drivers. An example: It cost us 650 R to get from the airport to the resort using the prepaid service at the airport. However from the resort the price was 1300 R? We tried walking away from the resort to find out other taxi costs and all of the taxi's we stopped we using the same hotel price card. Once you are there you stuck paying resort prices. Thank you beachshacks for making our food and drink more affordable.
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Jan 12th, 2005