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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riva Beach Resort Goa/Mandrem