Just returned from 5 day stay here. This resort was unrated on tripadvisor. However with experience and some photos we decided to try this. Situated in south of Goa, the place was not our usual hunt on north side.
We were given a warm welcome and greeted with cold drinks on arrival. Check in was swift. Just from the front desk I got a glimpse of the resort and was convinced that this time too the choice won't go wrong.
The resort sports very well designed landscapes. The trees add to the beauty of lawns. This is a resort of just 22 cottages and makes it perfectly tranquil place. The cottages are all wooden from interior and exterior. It has its own charm. The interiors are well put. Adequate toilettories were provided. The housekeeping made up room on each day. Each day had different towel decorations. My wife and kid were quite amazed by these.
The Benaulim beach is just in the backyard. The resort has a separate gate opening on the beach access road from where the beach is just a few steps away. The path has a fresh water shower to clean up all the sand on returning from the beach.
Ought to mention the front staff Jaslan / Rehman and Swizzle who did every thing to make sure we had comfortable stay. They met all our requests with a smile on face. Once we retured late in the night from a hectic drive to Murdeshwar and Jaslan seeing our baby asleep offered to help us with backpacks till our cottage which we felt was quite hospitable.
We had meals there a few times and found food portions adequate, food tasty and well presented. Though the menu card isn't exhaustive on veg choices, whatever was available was tasty. We even tried mocktails and found them satisfying. The food prices are very reasonable. From the restaurant side must mention that the staff kept up the mood and tone set by front desk staff. Frankie was quite welcoming. The complimentary breakfast was more than adequate. A late breakfast ensured we just had some bites in the afternoon which saved a us time visiting restaurants.
They have two types of cottages viz Winter Green and Club. The club was premium ones which are bigger with an indoor sitting area. The basin is in separate compartment. We stayed in club rooms for 3 days. These cotages are towards beach end. We stayed in winter green cottages when we extended our stay. Apart from being cheaper, these are also near the reception area which meant lesser walk in and out. Trying to hide from sun beaching wasn't our priority and hence winter greens suited us more.. Apart from indoor seating we felt the cottages were comparable on comfort. Als smaller sized cottages were cooled faster in summer heat.
The pool is perfect for a family type resort as it is only 4 ft deep which keeps adventurous swimmers away from messing up with lounging swimmers and non swimmers like us. Beverages could be had poolside. Us bing non alcoholic and it being election time meaning ban on alocohol, had soft drinks there.
All in all if someone is thinking of stay in south goa, this is definitely recommended. Someone thinking of North Goa should consider shifting to south goa as north goa is too crowded with domestic tourists on short runs who prefer happening environment more and can often intrude privacy of other.
One disclaimer though. We had our own car which meant we were easily travelling. I think it would involve little walk to the beach, guess 500m if someone wants avail public transport. If someone is planning a lot of site seeing, talk to the resort on travel facilities as a precaution. With self drive this would be my most preferred place for future.
As a suggestion, the restaurant can be made air conditioned as in peak summer, Goa won't be comfortable with fans aloneRestaurant menu is limited but we were told that soon the menu would be extended. The spa under construction when completed, would add up to the facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fern Beira Mar Resort, is on the beachfront of the wonderful and still pristine Benaulim beach. For those looking to rediscover Goa's unspoilt coastline, the resort offers 22 well-appointed, air-conditioned wooden cottages en-suite bathroom with hot & cold water, free access to Wi-Fi, O'PESCADOR Restaurant & Bar open from 07:30am to 10:30pm for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a-la-carte meals, lawns, Spa, outdoor pool, mini Gymnasium, Pool table, Concordia our Conference hall, evening entertainment and 24 hours security. Beira Mar literally means 'by the sea' and O'Pescador means "fisherman" is derived from Goa's rich Portuguese heritage that's still vibrant today, is set amidst manicured gardens. The layout of the cottages is in perfect harmony with the surroundings, ideal for a holiday that leaves the world outside. The Fern Beira Mar Resort, is on the famous Benaulim beach with a walking distance of one minute from the property, 3 kms from Colva Beach, 7 kms away from the main shopping area of Margao,8 kms away from Margao railway station, 26.5 kms drive from Goa International airport and 39 Kms from Panjim, Capital of Goa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fern Beira Mar Resort Goa/Benaulim