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Tantra Beach Shack and Huts
Ranked #17 of 68 Speciality Lodging in Anjuna
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“Cool and basic”
Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

This backpacker hangout was definatly a cool place to hang out. Lots of cushions thrown about and fabrics streaming from wooden frames.

The rooms are very basic but this is reflected in the price I think. Don't expect the earth and you'll be fine.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tantra_Anjuna, Front Office Manager at Tantra Beach Shack and Huts, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Cool we are, basic we are not ! How many properties in Anjuna are able to give such grand chill out tree house 15 of them, areas as your private balcony right on water ? Not even those, who charge a fortune and gives a chlorine filled swimming pool or a prison room or sun burn tents, without any shade of trees and still 2 km away from beach? Every sq. meter of Tantra has green tree and plenty of tree houses right on water with thick cushions and curtains, how this could be called basic ? Its pure luxury, which not even the most luxurious hotels can give you. Please open not only the eyes but hearts too. Some people thinks, by paying more they can have the best. We say the best things in life comes with the most reasonable price and last longer and gives the best feeling, without making a hole in your pocket. People who search for shortcomings and likes to make complaint for small small things, please stay away. Open heart and open spirit people are most welcome.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

This place is fantastic!
Right on the beach and very affordable. Laid-back unique and rustic ambience. From morning til night this place just radiates charm and good vibes.
There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of the ocean. The closer to nature the better as far as I’m concerned and this place is right on the sand. Amazing sunsets, well-made cocktails and good company. What more could you ask for. A place like Tantra attracts such a great mix of travellers from all walks of life. Met some wonderful people that I hope to see again in the future.
However, what really made this place better than the rest was the staff. Welcoming, honest and lovely people. Thanks to Hone, Krishna, Sam, Andy, AJ and all the staff. I hope the owner of Tantra realises how much of an asset you all are to the business and rewards you justly at the end of the season. See you next season! Alex (New Zealand)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Tantra_Anjuna, Manager at Tantra Beach Shack and Huts, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Wonderful guest, wonderful review, many, thanks !
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Had an amazing experience at Tantra beach huts!! The food was amazing and the staff were out of this world!! You can't get any better then having your room right on the beach next to the ocean and right beside the flea market!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tantra_Anjuna, Public Relations Manager at Tantra Beach Shack and Huts, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Great guest, great positive comments. Many thanks.
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Brantford, Canada
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

I found this place randomly while wandering up the beach. At first glance I thought the front was amazing but the huts didn't seem like much. When told the price at I declined, as a solo female traveller, I was on a budget. They then asked what was in my budget and gave me that price. They seemed genuinely interested in making sure I had a good safe place to stay. When I settled in I found the ceiling fan was wonderfully powerful, the bathrooms basic but very clean and once the lights were on it was quite a welcoming little hut. The staff were always friendly and laid back- I even had to remind them that I needed to pay for a second night. The food was also really good and the view unbeatable.

My only issue was that there were a few hiccups in booking and a friend I had met there was very nearly kicked out of his hut at 10pm because they had double booked due to online reservations. Eventually the whole thing was resolved and my friend got a full apology.

Loved the place, loved the vibe, loved the food- even loved their adorable and extremely well kept pet mice that have a lovely enclosed home in the back.

Room Tip: I stayed in #1, it might be a touch smaller then the others, but everything was clean, in working or...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Tantra_Anjuna, Public Relations Manager at Tantra Beach Shack and Huts, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
Dear guest, thanks for a positive review ! Please trust us, that we, do not have any kicked out policies to any guest, even in most difficult situation, even, when a guest is extremely angry and comes charging at employees, stubborn and makes a big scene at late evening or night, when other guests are just preparing to sleep. Being a very popular place among budget, back packer guests, we do meet our be^te noir a fair 2 to 3% out of 100 guests. This scenario, one can only understand, when one manage a popular place. Thanks again.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We had already booked a room elsewhere, but how could we resist. staying beach-side open air. It was great. The pillows were hard but who needs a pillow! the sunsets were out of this world and service was fantastic. The food is amazing and if you have fear of leaving your things in an open hut, they have storage lockers! Give this place a GOa (see what i did there??) Talk to Hone! he is a pretty cool dude!

Room Tip: ask about the front huts for better view. $$$ talks in India
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Tantra_Anjuna, Owner at Tantra Beach Shack and Huts, responded to this review, 27 March 2014
Thanks for great review, new pillows has been ordered to give you best sleep.
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Derbyshire, UK
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Arrived in Anjuna on a flea market Wednesday and consequently struggled to find accommodation along the beach. Staff at Tantra were obliging in adding an extra mattress into one of the huts to sleep three of us (cosy). Wifi available, alongside tasty food (which we experienced, although had been warned by a fellow guest that they and others had experienced upset stomachs). Good entertainment at night and didn't find it too noisy at night when trying to sleep, despite the beach's party atmosphere. Personally, one night was enough though- with just cold water and basic bathrooms I didn't feel particularly clean after showering. Worth staying here for the incredible sunset and friendly staff and fellow travellers!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Tantra_Anjuna, Public Relations Manager at Tantra Beach Shack and Huts, responded to this review, 27 March 2014
Thank you for the good review, however, Tantra is built every year new, using wood and removed every year to ground zero, we will never be able to give the facilities of a hotel built of cement and concrete. Whatever best we can do with natural material, such as wood, Bamboos, trees, we do.
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

I stayed at this magical place for 1-week in mid-Feb and in terms of location and the romance of the setup (sleeping in a tree-house over-looking the beach is just fabulous) combined with the enthusism and friendliness of all the staff, Tantra can't be beaten. It is just a superb place, with a beautiful ambience and ideal for meeting other travellers and fascinating people.

I would have liked to have stayed longer, but for two very important drawbacks which I feel I must point out. Firstly, I personally, and a fair number of other guests pretty much all went down with "runny tummys" from the food within a few days of arrival. The food tastes great and is good value, however, I am not convined the kitchens operate the highest standard of cleansiness or hygiene. I had a look in the kitchen where one relatively small surface is being used by 3-4 cooks at the same time to prepare fruit, chicken dishes, vegetable dishes, salad and Chai simultaneously. I didn't see any evidence of disinfectant products being used but rather surfaces were just wiped with the same rags using local water. Western stomachs are very susceptible to foreign bacteria and it is not much fun having to run to the toilet 6-7 times a day. I have to say my stomach returned to normal after I departed Tantra within 36 hours. This leads on to my second complaint...

For those sleeping in the wonderful tree-houses, we had to share 3 communal toilets which double as showers and which are also used by beach guests. The toilet seats were often broken, the showers were clogged up and only provided a trickle of water, and the floors, walls and sinks grimy and dirty. It is very apparent that no cleaning had been undertaken to the raised walls around the 'shower and toilet pit' since the beginning of the season - they are brown with stains and dirt! Surely it is not very difficult when one has a staff of c10 to organise that the toilets are cleaned regularly throughout the day! One night one of the toilets was 10cm deep in water, the sewage was blocked and the other toilets were out of action and nothing had been done to sort the situation out (until I complained to the Manager).

So I guess my point is "please improve the cleansiness all round - kitchens and toilets". Its not hard to scrub the walls, sills, floors of toilets and wash-basins and to keep all the surfaces clean and disinfected; or to repair broken toilets (buy better/stronger seats). It is not hard to set up a roster where they are cleaned and inspected 4-6 times a day. It is not hard to implement a more hygienic regime in the kitchens ensuring that food is prepared in a way that is safe for our weaker western tummies :)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Tantra_Anjuna, Public Relations Manager at Tantra Beach Shack and Huts, responded to this review, 19 March 2014
Dear guest, thank you for a straight forward review and calling spade a spade. We have taken your observation and complaint very seriously and making all those changes, which will make Tantra, a worthy place as you and our other guest, would like to be. In the kitchen, all the cloths used for different purposes will be washed separately with disinfectant, though the water used for washing dishes comes from aqua guard water purifier, after using ultra violet rays and 2 filters. Secondly, regarding toilets, there in fact 7 toilets and not three, because along with 3, the forth one looks in other direction, which many guest do not notice, then other 3 toilets are at 20 meters distance from these 4 toilets. Fortunately or unfortunately, so many guest visit our place in day to stay or to eat, that, all our effort to keep them clean goes in vain and then some use the flush buttons roughly and damage them then irrespective of reminder not to flush toilet papers in commode, some guest throw toilet paper in them rather then throwing in hygiene bucket . We continue to repair, but average one a day keep on breaking and we continue to repair them. Another reason, that, if government of Goa, would have allow us to built permanent toilet in the wall, we would have made state of art toilets with sanitation pipeline, but all is built using plywood wall and thing starts getting shaken after few months, and then on 15 may every year, we need to demolish all and live not even a nail there, because this is the law of government to dismantle every thing before may end and when they issue new licences in October, we rebuilt, tree house, kitchen. cottages, new pipe line of water, new sink tanks and restart every thing from zero. However, every thing you pointed out will be taken on urgent basis and will be done, so no guest get upset at toilets. Thanks
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Property: Tantra Beach Shack and Huts
Address: Flea Market, Anjuna beach | Goa, Anjuna, Bardez, India
Region: India > Goa > North Goa District > Bardez > Anjuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
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Ranked #17 of 68 Speciality Lodging in Anjuna
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tantra Anjuna, is right on Anjuna beach, just the first property on right side after Anjuna flea market on beach. The entrance is from beach side as well as from back side road connecting to property.12 Pinewood cottage with all having attached toilets are covered by trees to keep cool. Tree houses are another great attraction with comfortable cushions and sitting looking at sea for drinks and dining.Plenty of Parking space for guests cars in the adjoining road at owners risk. ... more   less 
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