We stayed in As’ Holiday Resort for 5 days. We had been looking for a peaceful place to relax after a long and intensive journey through northern India – and we certainly found it.
The location was in fact the greatest advantage of the property. The villas are located away from the hustle-bustle of North Goa and more crowded spots in South Goa, and just 5 minutes from Sunset Beach – one of the most fabulous beaches in Goa – beautiful, almost empty (really – we never saw more than 12 people as far as we could see!) and very clean (as for India). The way to the beach leads through peaceful fields full of palm trees and birds. Just remember to take a flashlight with you if you plan to come back after the sunset (which is highly recommended – firstly because of the sunset itself, and secondly, because of the fantastic beach eatery – Anri’s Place). Apart from the beach and the eatery, also a shop with basic beverages, a pharmacy and some 2-3 more restaurants are available on foot. To do some more shopping, e.g. buy fresh fruits, you can walk to Colva (half an hour by the beach).
The property itself (the word “resort” would be too much) consists of 6 villas and a swimming pool. We did not use the swimming pool – mostly because the beach was so lovely, but also because we saw dead frogs inside, and the water was not exchanged. The villas are comfortable. The decoration and furniture is very basic but clean. And so is the bathroom – basic but clean. There is TV (no satellite), and WIFI works well. There is also a balcony with pretty view over the fields. The kitchen is also convenient – though we did not use it for cooking, only our breakfasts were prepared there by a cook who came every morning to make whatever we liked – usually omelettes or Indian breakfast.
Our only reservations regarded the service. We are independent and do not require a lot of attention, but in terms of service As’ Holiday Resort fails to meet even the lowest expectations. The staff, consisting of a man, a woman and two guards, is nice but speaks hardly any English and is not able to assist with anything. There is no cleaning unless you specifically ask for it – otherwise, they do not clean, and when you come back in the evening they ask if you want your room to be cleaned, to which you obviously deny, since it is already time to take a shower and rest. Weird. Any contact with the owner was impossible. At arrival, we asked if they needed anything – Agoda voucher, passports, anything. The man said that the owned would come in an hour to talk to us. After two hours, we asked about the owner. The woman seemed to be offended, as if we wanted to make a complaint. She said the owner would not be coming, and the man denied having told us the opposite. We did not see the owner for the next five days. On the last day, in the afternoon, the man told us that the owner would come – in an hour, yet again. Many hours later, when we were already in bed (before an early flight next morning), the owner eventually came to visit us. The only thing he wanted to know, however, was whether on Agoda we will rate his estate 9 or 10 out of 10. His second (and last) question was if we needed a taxi to the airport – and of course we had booked a taxi by then. By the way, the taxi driver was somehow afraid of the villas’ owner and asked us several times not to disclose his name – which was again more than strange.
Generally, we do recommend As’ Holiday Resort, especially for independent travellers. The location is perfect and the villas are really nice – just do not expect too much attention.
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