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Reviewed 7 February 2013

We stayed at the sister hotel, Vivanta Fort Aguada where they provided free transport to the Vivanta Holiday Village. We ate at the Banyan Tree for my 50th birthday and the food was superb. The staff were very attentive, the atmosphere calm and peaceful. On the whole this was the best meal of our holiday but far from the cheapest. I would not hesitate in recommending this wonderful restaurant.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Freedom449139
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

Great hotel and a great hospitality, stayed here for 5 nights and enjoyed a lot. Only one negative which i found about this hotel was you need to walk a lot if your room is far from reception because there are very lesser no. of golf cars. My suggestion would be to increase the golf cars

Room Tip: closer to the beach would be good if you like to relax at a less crowded beach
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank jayantc
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

We visited Taj Holiday Village, Goa in end September 2012 towards the end of the monsoon season. We were on the monsoon package(all meals included for 3 days) and 4th night complimentary on room only basis. We missed our first lunch as our flight reached only in the evening but the staff were kind enough to accommodate this complimentary lunch on the last day of our stay when we were only room only basis.

Visiting Goa during end September has its advantages. The weather was pleasant and rain never interfered with our plans. The beaches had just opened for the public and were clean. We got good rates as it was still low season. The school holidays had still not started- so we were not troubled by too many kids around spoiling our privacy. A couple of companies were having their off sites during the time of our stay and the resort was fully booked but they were not unduly intrusive.

On the flip side, most of the shacks and eateries were closed as tourist season had not yet started. Even at the resort, the Caravela and sunset decks were closed to guests as they were being refurbished. I was looking forward to spending time on these decks and had no inkling that they were not going to be open to public during our stay. This was an big letdown.

Now regarding my specific comments about the resort:

Location: The resort is located in North Goa, about an hour and fifteen minutes drive from the airport and 30 minutes drive from Panjim. The location is ideal for those who wish to visit the touristy Calungate and Baga beaches as they are in close vicinity. The hotel provided us complimentary transfers by coach to and from the airport. One can rent a scooter or car from the adjoining Aguada Taxi and scooter rental at competitive rates.

Campus: The Taj Holiday Village campus is really nice and well maintained with lots of greenery. Walking around the cobbled pathways with dense vegetation around you is an experience in it self. Some of the rooms might be a little far from the restaurants but it is good to walk a bit to burn off the calories one adds by overeating during holidays!

Rooms: The rooms were clean and of a decent size. We were in the superior charm cottage with sit out. I feel that the rooms with the sea view are not really worth it as they are not right on the beach and the views are obstructed by the fence. The bathroom was small but decent with nice herbal toiletries by Forest Essentials. The main problem with the room is the flooring. They have used Portuguese tiles to give the look of a Goan Village. But over the years, the flooring has got stained, scratched and chipped and now is in urgent need of replacement. The housekeeping incharge assured us that new floor tiles had been ordered and they would be replaced in 2013.

Food: We had high expectations from the food in the resort and we were not disappointed. There are 3 options to dine in the Village- Caravela, Banyan Tree and the Goan restaurant. One could also eat in the adjoining Taj Fort Aguada resort. The breakfast at Caravela had a large spread and there was something for everyone. However, I found Caravela to be a bit dark during breakfast time and personally enjoyed my final breakfast in Fort Aguada the most. Even though the spread was a bit limited, still I found the place to be more bright and lively and and it smelled fresher! Most of our lunches were at Caravela and were quite good. The only meal we had at the Thai restaurant- Banyan Tree was a set lunch. This was also quite good. The setting of the restaurant is lovely and there are not many guests around thus giving you more privacy. Our only complaint was that the set meal for monsoon package guests remained the same for all meals during our stay, so we could eat there more frequently. The highlight of our stay was the Venetian buffet at Il Camino- the Italian restaurant in Fort Aguada. Guests on meal inclusive plan have to pay a supplement of Rs. 350/- per head for the buffet but it is well worth it! The selection of items is wonderful and the dessert table is particularly spectacular.

Staff: The staff was polite and helpful throughout the resort.

Rating: We had a good holiday at the resort. I would give it a 3.5 rating primarily because the decks were not accessible during the time of our stay and also because of the old flooring.

I would like to visit the resort again once both these points are fixed.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank IshwinderSingh
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Not worth for what they are claiming..This is Taj Property at Goa called the Taj Village.Its a Run down property which needs renovation very badly.Very Pricey and food is ok.The Location the Size of Property is awesome..Would suggest to stay att the Grand Hyatt...Had Room work going on in the next room.Next night shifted to Room no 2010 which they claim to be their best room.Had yellow water coming into the taps.Sicne that room has not been occupied for a long time..The claim of Taj Being the Best in service is all false..The chef gave aloo partahas which were not cooked properly

Room Tip: Not worth staying for what you pay..Advice pls stay at Grand Hyatt...
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Sanjiv W
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Nice upper end resort-style hotel, but just lacking in some areas; the rooms are very nice and clean, and quiet. The Thai restaurant is excellent, and the Goan restaurant perfectly fine. The gym is a little tired, and slightly offsite, but adequate. Lots of staff hovering, but often more emphasis on chain of command than execution. Great beach views, but the beach is quite busy and a little dirty. Stick to poolside, but the walk round the point is fun.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank theramsays
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