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Riva Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mandrem
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Minimal yet impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2010

Its location is what largely works for this property. Riva Beach Resort, on the Mandrem Beach is definitely not out of this world but fits the bill. Being the onset of the off-season, it didn't have many occupants so I ended up getting Deluxe Beach Front Cottage for Rs 750 (A steal as it costs around Rs 1,500 during the peak-season!!). Inside, the cottage is very minimal and consists of a double bed with a mosquito net, color television, intercom, open-shelves and a bathroom with hot water facility and a WC. In my experience, the pictures posted on the website are exactly what these cottages look like. The deluxe cottage which I stayed in also comes with a 'patio'/seating area outside. The resort also has an ayurvedic spa.

The staff here and in particular Rashmi (receptionist) and Ajay (housekeeping) are quite forthcoming and helpful. The reception stocks: sun-block, alcohol, pamphlets/maps for tours and sightseeing and coordinates for taxis, bike/scooter rentals if need be.

While I was there, there was an ongoing construction around the cottages and the owner is building concrete rooms/villas. After enquiry, it appears that at least one side of the new development will be ready by the peak-season of 2010. I've uploaded few photos of the ongoing construction. Due to construction and greenery around, In case the mosquito net in the room doesn't help you get rid of the mosquitoes, the housekeeping will give a mosquito coil. However, I didn't face any problems with mosquitoes during my stay there.

Due to the ongoing work, the resort's in-house restaurant too was under renovation and I had to eat all my meals outside (which is not a problem). The closest restaurants around the resort are: Sea Paradise, Inspiration (my favorite place to eat and rest on the sun-bed!) and End of the World on the Mandrem Beach. Another restaurant, Blue Sea View is situated 5 minutes walk (road leading towards Arambol) from the resort and has a stunning view of the beach from the height it's located at. While the restaurants on the beach are relatively expensive, the Blue Sea View is a backpackers' paradise for good and cheap food! Do note, that because it has ONLY three restaurants and people prefer spending their nights on lively beaches like Arambol and Baga, dinner here can be a problem as the shack restaurants shut down by 21.00 hours (if there are no people). Blue Sea View, on the other hand is open till late. All the above mentioned restaurants are open for breakfast from 8/8.30 hours onwards.

From the resort, the Mandrem Beach is just a brief walk across the small bamboo bridge and the beach is very clean, almost white sands and has relatively few people. I would classify them as being classy/well-to-do people compared to the crowded backpacking/hippy-like crowd at Arambol. The only problem which people will face around here is the sheer number of stray dogs. Because I'm a dog-lover I didn't have any problem with these dogs. The dogs, by the way are very friendly but are territorial and can get into fights with other dogs on the beach. One night, they were barking/fighting for nearly two hours!!! If one can ignore that, the place is quite cozy.

All in all, if you're not fussy and don't want to spend much but want a quality stay -- Riva Beach Resort is your place!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Chets11
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sachin17, Owner at Riva Beach Resort, responded to this review, 3 February 2012
sir,
we really appreciate your comments on riva beach resort which was long back in 2010. now on 1st jan 20012 we have reopened with the same name but the management and ownership has been changed,the whole resort its amenities and facilities have been changed with world class wooden cottages and rooms,not only that but we are the only one in the village who has a garbage disposal system and sewage reatment plant as we care for the nature and consider its our responsiblity to take care of the beach and surrounding area.
sir please consider your reveiw as its hamperring our image, we will mail u the new pictures of the resort for you to check out the difference and for any further clarification pls feel free to contact sachi naik +919930885551 or mail at sachin@rivaresorts.com
hope fully you understand our concern and do vist our resort to find the difference we assure you will not be disappointed .we would be highly obliged if you please remove the review.
thanks
regards.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2009

I had booked this hotel at 2000 Rs/day without meals ,the tent was with an AC but overall the tent was very shabby even the bed was not comfortable at all, the bathroom was also terrible . The experience was not something that you expect from a 2k/night accomodation. The only good thing about this place is that it is located on one of the best , less crowded and a clean beach.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Too expensive for the setup
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Samip7
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sachin17, Owner at Riva Beach Resort, responded to this review, 3 February 2012
sir,
we really appreciate your comments on riva beach resort which was long back in 2009. since 2010 the resort was closed for renovation as the ownership has been changed its now on 1st jan 20012 we reopened with the same name but the whole resort its amenities and facilities have been changed,not only that but we are the only one in the village who has a garbage disposal system and sewage reatment plant as we care for the nature and consider its our responsiblity to take care of the beach and surrounding area.the rooms and coco wood cottages that are built now are of world class quality. we try our best to serve the best food and give the best service.

sir please consider your reveiw as its hamperring our image, we will mail u the new pictures of the resort for you to check out the difference and for any further clarification pls feel free to contact sachi naik +919930885551 or mail at sachin@rivaresorts.com
hope you understand our concern,we would be highly obliged if you please remove the review.
thanks
regards.
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London
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2009

I completely agree with the previous 2 posts. It's a beautiful beach but Riva is far too expensive for far too little. Don't be fooled by the website, the huts are shabby alright. But mostly it's terrible value for money

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank GuyPhillips
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sachin17, Owner at Riva Beach Resort, responded to this review, 3 February 2012
sir,
we really appreciate your comments on riva beach resort which was long back in 2008. since 2010 the resort was closed for renovation as the ownership has been changed its now on 1st jan 20012 we reopened with the same name but the whole resort its amenities and facilities have been changed,not only that but we are the only one in the village who has a garbage disposal system and sewage reatment plant as we care for the nature and consider its our responsiblity to take care of the beach and surrounding area.
sir please consider your reveiw as its hamperring our image, we will mail u the new pictures of the resort for you to check out the difference and for any further clarification pls feel free to contact sachin naik +919930885551 or mail at sachin@rivaresorts.com
hopefully you understand our concern,we would be highly obliged if you please remove the review.
thanks
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NZ
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2009

Definitely avoid, there are much better choices at both Arambol and Mandrem. This place is overpriced, the huts are shabby, the service is extremely poor and the location is dull.

We pre-booked a deluxe beach front hut for 5 days, when we arrived we were given a shabby hut which backed onto the road and was extremely noisy throughout the night. With the location being neither here nor there we found it to be slightly annoying as we were making numerous walks along the beach to find nicer places to eat and relax. The beach itself is not very appealing. The restaurant service was very slow, whilst also being incredibly overpriced. We were also disappointed to find that the taxi service run by this resort charges a premium on all local taxis picking up guests therefore a taxi from the airport which should have cost 900 rupees actually ended up costing 1100 rupees.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank MillyNZ
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sachin17, Owner at Riva Beach Resort, responded to this review, 3 February 2012
sir,
we really appreciate your comments on riva beach resort which was long back in 2009. since 2010 the resort was closed for renovation as the ownership has been changed its now on 1st jan 20012 we reopened with the same name but the whole resort its amenities and facilities have been changed,not only that but we are the only one in the village who has a garbage disposal system and sewage reatment plant as we care for the nature and consider its our responsiblity to take care of the beach and surrounding area.we have done our best to give the best service and food at our hotel
sir please consider your reveiw as its hamperring our image, we will mail u the new pictures of the resort for you to check out the difference and for any further clarification pls feel free to contact sachi naik +919930885551 or mail at sachin@rivaresorts.com
hopefully you understand our concern,we would be highly obliged if you please remove the review.
thanks
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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2008

Only listing in Lonely Planet for this beach but suggest avoid. Beautiful location but has been brought out by Bombay construction company. Read on. Booked in advance by phone but was told fully booked on first morning - not mentioned by reception. Complained and got larger hut by restaurant for more money. Lads hangout in restaurant playing this loud "Techno Beat" music all day, impossible to eat and sleep at night. Most residents wander up beach for other eating places which are far better. I found The Dunes and left Riva for here the following day - what a relief ( everything you're looking for at half the price). At Riva I found overflowing drains, unprotected well and broken toilet pans. My water tap was turned off and I witnessed staff throwing rubbish into the sea. Expensive when compared to the attention to detail at the Dunes.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Loud Music
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank twotoneblue
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sachin17, Owner at Riva Beach Resort, responded to this review, 3 February 2012
sir,
we really appreciate your comments on riva beach resort which was long back in 2008. since 2009 the resort was closed for renovation as the ownership has been changed its now on 1st jan 20012 we reopened with the same name but the whole resort its amenities and facilities have been changed,not only that but we are the only one in the village who has a garbage disposal system and sewage reatment plant as we care for the nature and consider its our responsiblity to take care of the beach and surrounding area.
sir please consider your reveiw as its hamperring our image, we will mail u the new pictures of the resort for you to check out the difference and for any further clarification pls feel free to contact sachi naik +919930885551 or mail at sachin@rivaresorts.com
we would be highly obliged if you please remove the review.
thanks
regards.
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Property: Riva Beach Resort
Address: Junas Wado,Mandrem | North Goa, Mandrem 403527, India
Region: India > Goa > Mandrem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mandrem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riva Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riva Beach Resort situated right on the white sand beach of mandrem,one of the finest beach in Goa. we have world class coco wood cottages and ocean palms luxury rooms,all the rooms have a sea view, aircontioning,hot shower,32"lcd,minibar,phoneetc..we provide private sun beds and beach service for all our room customers.we have Buddha grill muti-cusine restaurant where we serve finest food and best service.we also have ayurvedic massage center and yoga thearapy centerother facilities like bike on hire,doctor on call,forieng exchange etc are also available ... more   less 
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