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Review of Laid Back Waters

Cruise along the back waters and bask in the serenity of life.
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Cruise along the back waters and bask in the serenity of life.
Bedroom - Air
Overview of boat
Bedroom Earth
Dinning Room
Front Deck
Upper deck
Sunset from the Boat!
Sunset on Chapora river - No photoshop
Sunset in Jan
Bedroom - Fire
Down the Chapora river .
Sunrise from the upper deck
Passage to rooms
Ensuite Bathrooms
Birds taking wing at Sunset
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2
Chapora, North Goa District, Goa

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11NEIL
2 reviews
“Another Great Trip”
Reviewed 22 March 2018 for a stay in March 2018

We've just returned from our holiday in Arpora while there we booked onto the overnight trip on Laid Back Waters after doing the trip several times last year, we had already planned to go back on board this year and again after three trips this year all thoroughly enjoyed, meeting the crew again was great all still as helpful as ever nothing was too much trouble, the boat and cabins all clean and in good repair. We met twelve other people over the three trips some seemed a little sceptical on boarding the boat and all got off saying how great a time they'd had very relaxing and peaceful, food courtesy of Gopal was always really tasty and plentiful. We are returning to Goa next year and will be returning to the boat all being well. So again many thanks to the crew
Ramesh, Ashish, Anan, Guru and Gopal the shy chef who all help make the trip more memorable (sorry if any names not quite correct) also not forgetting the help from Lyndon and Priyanka in the office.

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Management Response
24 Mar 2018
Thank you Neil!
A pleasure to see our list of repeat guests increase .. And am sure our crew are overjoyed to have repeats, as this has been the very same team thats been on the boat ever since our inception and part of our boat building team on the same river ..
We look forward to having you on board again and do not hesitate to request for any special requirements, its always our endeavor to go that extra mile to give our guests that extra smile ..
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Ghita H
1 review
“Enjoyable trip”
Reviewed 21 February 2018 for a stay in February 2018

Very nice and relaxing. The service was good - maybe a little too good because one of the waiters talked very loudly the entire morning, and when you come for a quiet time that was a disappointment.

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Management Response
22 Feb 2018
Thanks for the feedback Ghita.. will brief the waiters on the same.
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Darleneru
Buxton, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing time”
Reviewed 16 February 2018 for a stay in March 2017

We went on this trip last year and will certainly be doing it again this year. Had a fabulous time it was that good we did it 3 times captain Ramesh and crew made it even more enjoyable with their knowledge of the river. Each time we did it we saw something different. Very laid back and relaxing. A trip well worth doing

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Management Response
19 Feb 2018
Thank you. Laid back is the essence of this trip and glad you felt just that way. Welcome back aboard.
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Voyager21...
Slough, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not worth a night stay”
Reviewed 16 February 2018 for a stay in February 2018

We were picked up from our hotel in South Goa and arrived at the boat after a two hour white knuckle drive. It seems the drivers do not allow enough time and it was a rush to get there.
The crew are great. The accomodation is basic and quite claustrophobic and close. The attached bathroom is poor with a broken toilet seat and a shower which did not drain properly so one is left in dirty standing water.
We were served a basic dinner and brekfast on the boat which was fine.
The cruise is great but can be done as a day trip of three hours. The return journey to our resort was another log two hour dustry drive and we were glad to be back in our hotel.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
18 Feb 2018
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your response!
I guess the crux of the problem, was the long drive, but the reason we have chosen this river is its the most scenic & only river in Goa sans mining activities, which gives our guests clean waters to even swim in!
All the same our drivers make sure to take guests through heritage streets, which most guests do enjoy when looked at it from the right angle:)
Our rooms are the largest known rooms on any houseboat in the country and apologies for the broken toilet seat which has since been rectified.
Our meals have been carefully curated so as to give our guests a one of a kind dining experience and don't think that we can do much on that as this is the first mediocre comment we have received on our cuisine since the last ten years .
Had you brought the toilet seat to the notice of any of our staff on board (Or any of the complaints mentioned) we would be more than glad to compensate for the same...
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Sofie J
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
Reviewed 12 January 2018 for a stay in January 2018
1
person found this review helpful

Me and my family visited Goa in January 2018. Our guide recommended to take 1 night on Laid Back Waters. It was an amazing experience. We had a really great time onboard. The boat was in great condition, really neat rooms, the starf was really kind and the food was amazing. I Will surely recommend this experience if you are visiting Goa!

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Management Response
15 Jan 2018
Thanks Sofie.. Glad you'll enjoyed the trip. Do visit again during your next trip to Goa.
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Louise G
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“An Amazing Adventure!”
Reviewed 7 May 2017 for a stay in April 2017
2
people found this review helpful

We booked though Thomson when we were staying at the Dona Sylvia Resort in South Goa.

We were collected by a friendly driven and were driven, in an air condition car, through the villages up to North Goa, that in itself was an interesting trip. I must add that we felt very safe with the driver, the driving out there is different to in the UK!

We arrived at 4.45pm and boarded a beautiful boat and met the very friendly staff and we were made to feel very welcome. Due to the other couple being unwell we had the boat to ourself, we were well looked after, served amazing food and all of our questions about the river and surrounding area were answered!

We were shown our room, it was a room called fire and it was lovely, the window was open and the window dressings were floating in the light breeze. When we went to bed we managed to sleep very well, it was one of those, pinch myself moments when we woke up, all we could hear was the lapping of the water on the boat, it was beautiful!

Once we had settled we were taken along the river to watch the sunset, and that was a fantastic sight. We were taken back to our mooring spot for the night and we had a gorgeous meal cooked for us. Tasty butter chicken, prawn curry, fried prawns, boiled rice and rice with fried cabbage, this was followed by sweet bananas. We had to pay for our drinks but they were very cheap, the water was free.

After our meal we sat on the top deck and read our books, it was so peaceful, cool and relaxing.

We were up by 6.05am to watch the sunrise and then we were cooked tasty omlettes and ate as much toast as we wanted, washed down with tea or coffee. Then we started the calm journey along the Chapora River. There was so much to see and so many people stopped and watched us sail past, everyone wanted to wave to us. There were fisherman on the water and men diving for oysters, we saw numerous flying fish, birds, water buffalo and two brightly coloured kingfishers fly past us! We were not lucky enough to see a crocodile on our trip. My husband was allowed to steer the boat for a while which he absolutely loved.

We returned back and we were served a hot lunch which was once again lovely. We didn't want the day to end!

This is one of the best trips that we have done, it is hard to put into words how to describe it. Serene, tranquil, calming just stunning!

Thank you to all the staff aboard Laidback Waters that made us feel so special, we haven't stopped sharing our trip and showing everyone the photos that I took!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
18 Feb 2018
Thank you so much for your response!
Apologies for the late revert and we do hope to see you again on board! In case you revisit and need something special, it would be our endeavor to comp the same to you as a sign of gratitude to your response!
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BroLucius
Winchester, England
Level 6 Contributor
854 reviews
92 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,300 helpful votes
“Enjoyable, restful trip on peaceful river”
Reviewed 28 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017
2
people found this review helpful

Three couples from the Taj Exotica hotel shared a one-night cruise on this Keralan houseboat. The meals were very good. A multi-element dinner was followed by a breakfast with scrambled egg and a vegetarian lunch. We were moored at the riverside during the night. Several different species of bird could be seen, but you really need binoculars. The bedrooms are comfortable and have en suite facilities. The crew are friendly and we all had a great time. Just three couples is perhaps the perfect number for such a cruise.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 May 2017
Dear BroLucius,
Thanks for your feedback ..
Rest assured the next guests on board will have binoculars ))
Happy you enjoyed the rest of the experience!
Would be happy to throw in a special gift for your next booking or a booking made through your reference ..
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