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Caravela Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Varca
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

The beach is one of the finest in Goa. Very peaceful and secluded. The sea facing rooms on the 1st floor is just out of the world.
The food could had been a little better as the spread especially veg was on the lower side.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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RCBRGeneralManager, General Manager at Caravela Beach Resort, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Dear Hrishikesh88
Thank you for your feedback. The first floor rooms do indeed have a fabulous view. I will speak to the Chef about the vegetarian food. Best regards
T P Singh Uberoi
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

we stayed from the 28th march to the 12th april and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, the staff were very friendly and helpful at all times, especially the pool bar guys who showed interest in football and stoke city fc and other topics (loved sitting at the pool bar with a couple of drinks). The rooms were very comfortable and cleaned every day, breakfast had a good variety of fruit,pastries and continental food, played golf twice and really enjoyed it, it was challenging enough for myself who plays off a16 handicap and still ok for my fiancee who is a beginner, we would definately recommend this hotel to anyone,The area is a little quiet and isolated but we hired a scooter so we were not tied to the one resort thanks Mark and Sue.

Room Tip: pool views are very nice
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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RCBRGeneralManager, General Manager at Caravela Beach Resort, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Dear markdago
Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Golfers usually enjoy a game or two during their stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back at the Resort. Best regards
T P Singh Uberoi
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Guwahati, India
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

What a awesome holiday we had with friends. The staff were very courteous and helpful. The beach is one of the finest in Goa. Very peaceful and secluded. The sea facing rooms on the 1st floor is just out of the world. ( room no 276 to 280). The food could had been a little better as the spread especially veg was on the lower side.

Room Tip: Room nos 276 to 280 are the best.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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RCBRGeneralManager, General Manager at Caravela Beach Resort, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Dear 989ashish
Thank you for your feedback. I will convey your comments on the spread of the Vegetarian food to the Chef and enhance it. Best regards
T P Singh Uberoi
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

I was with my friends and did a lot of survey of hotels/resort which will fit to all our requirements like private beach, nice pool, good rooms, great service, nice food etc etc. And to be honest in lot of departments this Beach resort is bang on. What a location, stone throw away distance from beach which is nice, clean and very private no much of crowd. Couple of Sacks too (but predominately catering to the Russian tourist and guest).
Now I tend to tick all the boxes for a self claim 5 star category Resort but there are few areas where the Hotel need to work on. First of the service quality be it be room service or house keeping or serving at your table in the Coffee House, the stewards need to be prompt, warm and smiling which we felt was lacking during our stay.
As part of the Casino Package we were told that during your time at casino while playing the we would be served free unlimited Drinks and served snacks. But to our surprise after the second drink the steward very rudely told there will be no drinks after this. Then about the Snacks all the staff of the Casino collectively told there is NO SNACKS served. So be happy with it.
We also tried going to the Discotheque at night which is called "Saturday's", to everyone surprise both the time we saw the security having a nap amidst the loud music, which was quite intriguing how can anyone sleep with such a loud music ON until unless had been doing this for months or year.
Otherwise Ramada has a fabulous and fantastic property great Location, well kept.

Please please improve on the service parts...will definitely come back again.

Room Tip: Please if you are paying extra for the sea facing then don't compromise by staying in the Ground...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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RCBRGeneralManager, General Manager at Caravela Beach Resort, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Dear sabyasachi1210
Thank you for your feedback. I will check on your experience at the Casino concerning the cessation of Food and Beverage service. I will also take up the matter of speedier service. Best regards
T P Singh Uberoi
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Mumbai
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We traveled as Couple in Oct 2009 and got a fantastic deal for the same.

The Hotel property is grand... Grand Lobby... Big Pool... In House Golf Course... Huge Garden / Outdoors... Private Beach (Minimal intrusion by public)... Decent Sized Rooms... but

Service is slow... like Goan life
Food... decent but nothing extraordinary...
Cleanliness / Housekeeping... Okay / Not up to the Standards of a 5 Star Property.

As it is situated in South Goa, it is Far from all points (Station, Airport, Central Goa, Goan Life, etc)

Decent place if you are on a holiday to relax on a beach and not worry too much about food.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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RCBRGeneralManager, General Manager at Caravela Beach Resort, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear czar_amol
Thank you for your feedback on the average quality of Food and Housekeeping. This has been noted and I will speak to the Chef and the House Keeper to focus on the same. We look forward to seeing you at the Resort on your next trip to Goa.
Best regards.
T P Singh Uberoi
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Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

I stayed there from 31st Mar-5th Apr 2014 with my wife, 2 kids, 1 infant, my mom and my nephew (=friend). We took two rooms through TUI, checking took some time because TUI did not inform additional guest as my mom but Mr. Amit at reception helped us very well and took to our room. Rooms size, cleanliness was as per the standards of any 5*.

So, first thing here, if you are travelling with old person or with an infant (like in stroller or cuddling the baby) ask for lower ground floor room (pool level) because there is no elevator there.

Now, come to the breakfast/food, buffet breakfast was good all the days including South Indian dishes but my nephew noticed that omelette chef made a pork sausage omelette in the same pan in which he was making normal omelette, I don't know if anyone has anything to do with this or not but this matters to us so we avoided eating omelettes. But isn't that policy of a 5* to use different pans / utensils for different items?? I could see some lack of personal attention of the staff to help us out getting water/tea/utensils. May be they have more focus on foreigners!!!! Ms. Joshita, dine in-charge was very co-operative and nice girl.

I'm surprised to read other reviews because I hardly found indian veg dishes on the menu except Dal Tadka, Dal Makhani and lots of Paneer dishes and that's it though there were good numbers of Indians guests. My mother is pure vegetarian and she had a bad time, though we enjoyed several sea food dishes at the hotel and hotel's beach shack.

We decided to take a cab from the hotel and visit old goa, I talked to concierge and found Mr. Suvendra was very cold and busy all the time on phone or looking at computer. When I requested a cab he asked my room no. and checked that there is no package included!!! so what man? Am I taking that for free??? Anyway, he agreed to provide one, I insisted for hotel cab only for which he promised but it turned out to be outside taxi to which I paid in cash upon return. The taxi stand is just on the entrance of the hotel.

For activities, hotel has 7 to 7 timing like swimming pool, beach sun loungers, beach towel facility etc. I reached at hotel's cycle stand for hire around 6:45 AM but I was informed that I had to wait for 15 mins, what the hell..... It's 6:45 in the morning, sun has already come out and you are telling me to wait!!!!!! Finally I got my cycling 5 mins prior to 7. Thanks....

Apart from all these, we all enjoyed there very well, the swimming pool, beach surpassed other hotel lil's this and that. Swimming pool was good and clean, I took inflatable water essentials for my kids (hotel has a book shop where they sell those items but at 2-3 times of normal cost) when we are free from pool go to beach, hotel has private, clean beach and that's the major plus point and that why I chose this property.

Hotel is far from panjim or goa airport and it takes about 45-60 mins to reach there by taxi. Location is very peaceful and only for those who don't want to go out each day, just stay at the hotel's pool or at the beach.

No doubt property is so good but next year I would go to Zuri White sands (I was planning but until I made the booking, hotel was sold out). This coastal strip of South Goa or say Central Goa has so many exactly same locations like Taj Exotica, Zuri White Sand, Holiday Inn, Leela are the few.

In last, I would like to say to the hotel to include some more indian Vegetarian dishes, keep separate utensils for different items, pay little more attention to the guests who are not coming to you (but they would be glad if shown some attention) specially with the old person and with kids/infants.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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RCBRGeneralManager, General Manager at Caravela Beach Resort, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Dear ansdanish
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Rest assured I will look into the Omelette making process and discuss the variety of vegetarian food with the Chef. Suvendu will be spoken to. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Hotel on your next trip to Goa. Best regards.
T P Singh Uberoi
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Very big property with its own private beach... However located in a little secluded part of the town... Good for people who are looking for peace and calm stay with a clean beach.. Food was good and there were couple of shacks on the beach...Rooms are big and decent and the staff is friendly..Has multiple conferences halls with all required facilities..

I find it a good place for both holidaymakers and official programs..

Room Tip: Choice of rooms on the first floor, garden,pool side..
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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RCBRGeneralManager, General Manager at Caravela Beach Resort, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Dear stormcatcher83
Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us here.I look forward to welcome you back again. Best regards
T P Singh Uberoi
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Property: Caravela Beach Resort
Address: | Varca Beach, Salcete, Varca 403721, India (Formerly Ramada Caravela Beach Resort)
Region: India > Goa > South Goa District > Varca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Varca
#1 Luxury Hotel in Varca
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Varca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Caravela Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 199
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Goa’s first international beach resorts, The Caravela Beach Resort is located in South Goa on the serene, pristine white sands of Varca Beach overlooking the beautiful Arabian Sea. This luxurious 5-star deluxe resort sprawls across 24 acres of lush green landscape and offers 199 rooms - each with its own balcony overlooking either the ocean or manicured gardens and the swimming pool. The Suites and Villas are airy and lavish, and radiate a contemporary, elegant decor. The Presidential Villa is an exercise in extravagance, splendor and grandeur. It features a stunning space with a grand living room, two bedrooms and a private balcony overlooking the ocean, while the master bedroom features an outdoor rain shower and Jacuzzi. One can discern a strong presence of the old Goan architecture with Portuguese influences in the large open Atrium lobby, with its high arches and beams. The wide range of indoor, outdoor and beachfront restaurants and bars entice the guests with their distinctive culinary delicacies and exotic cocktails. The hotel has one of Goa’s largest free-form swimming pools, direct access to the soft white sand beach, its own 9 hole Par 3 golf course, an Ayurveda spa, a scenic jogging track and ocean front beach lawns, all of which make The Caravela Beach Resort a perfect destination for families and couples, and those seeking relaxation amidst the perfect Goan surroundings. With Goa’s ever-increasing popularity as a fun destination, conference and wedding venue, the resort promises to create some unique and memorable experiences. The poolside facing the inviting lush green lawns overlooking the scenic white sand beach and the elegant pillar-less banquet rooms offer an unmatched choice of locations. Besides, the flawless service and delectable cuisine at The Caravela Beach creates those perfect magical moments for a dream destination in Goa. ... more   less 
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Ramada Caravela Beach Hotel Varca
Ramada Salcette
Salcette Ramada
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Caravela Beach Resort Goa/Varca

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