I stayed at The Palmarinha with my fair lady in the last week of November and we had a really lovely time- it's a bit further from the beach than the other hotels but we took this as a plus point since the ones in the town centre were amid hustle and bustle where there seemed to be no peace and quiet at any time of the day or night. It's a taxi ride to the beach or centres but there are drivers (like our friend Adnam) outside the gate at all times and it's only a 2 pound journey in.
We didn't spend much time at the hotel but the time we did spend there was comfortable, and we found the staff very friendly indeed. Bedrooms were cleaned every day and the public areas were spotless (although I did have an interesting run in with 3 cockroaches on the first night, coming out victorious and looking very brave in front of the mrs!)
We would have recommended the beach at Baga for the day and evening meal since the shacks are relaxed, friendly and good to booze at whilst the sea comes in past your table, over your feet in the evening. That said we got a taxi out to Ashwem beach for the final 3 days and this is definitely in my top 10 world beaches as it is less populated than the more touristy ones- the driver will take you there and back (and wait in the car for you all day) for about a tenner and the S2 shack is mint for fresh fish, vindaloo and chilling out.
In all, we picked this hotel because it seemed the best value for money and we like to think we made the best choice- as a twenty something couple (except for me who may possibly be 31 that is) we had all the fun we wanted, felt safe and had a really enjoyable time. We highly recommend Goa and Palmarinha to all as close enough to the action but far enough away to provide a retreat from the daytime beach frolics.
Ben and Aimee
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