I know that most posters on this forum are regular visitors of Goa and this will get alot of criticism. This is my opinion/feeling only. I hope it will help those who are on the fence about visiting Goa. I've read a lot about Goa prior to making a decision to go there. I guess I came with too high an expectation and felt quite let down.
We stayed at the Lemon Tree hotel in Candolim. The hotel is nice but only if you stayed within its compound. Once you stepped out of the hotel, it's a total chaos! The traffic and dirtiness that we've known and expected from India is there. I guess for those from Europe or nearby areas, it can be an affordable beach holiday but for us N. Americans, Goa is simply too far and too expensive for a not very enjoyable beach holiday in my opinion.