Arrived here 13th january for a month, booked with first choice flight was 8.5 hours due to a tail wind, was apprehensive about hotel due to all the reviews mentioning rats yes i did see some in the roof but none in the rooms you have to remember this is India and being so close to the beach, with the food waste left after a day you are going to get them but they were not a problem. Was in Bungalow 111 great social vibe every one talks as they go past in the morning and last thing at night while you are sat on the balcony having a few drinks met some wonderful people who will be friends for life. Bungalow was clean and basic totally adequate as all you do here is sleep and shower. Staff were brilliant loads of good restaurants around the area Inferno, Sheetal, Casa sea shells and for some great english food if you get curried out Ocean best bangers and mash with onion gravy around, Beach sellers are not really a problem say no and off they go the only annoying ones were the gypsys selling name bracelets and the kids who want money saying they are deaf and dumb (they are not its just a con) Fresh strawberrys on the beach don't pay more than 50 rupees for them or go to the fruit market up the road. Did all our trips with Johns boats a fraction of the price of first choice/Thomsons and better the rice boat was fantastic 5000 rupees a person three meals fishing if you want it and your drinks are free we saw monkeys and a huge variety of birds. Mapusa Market wonderful cost you ten rupees each way and its where ou get to get some real bargains. Indigo night market another must live music from the hippy community about 650 rupees in a taxi to go. some great beaches to visit are Manderin and Arunbull a taxi ride but quieter than the rest and the sea is not so rough the sea at candolim can me a bit fierce with undercurrents we know of four people who drowned so be careful. Great food at Claudinas and Bonos on the beach but we spent most of our time at sea blue Formerly Frannies shack where Francis, Marisa and Alex will look after you really well and you don't pay for sun beds there but you do on some of the more populated shacks.
Cried when i left I really didn't want to come home every night was fabulous hint for mozzies buy some citronella insense sticks they hate the smell my husband got bit once but I didn't get one bite if you do get some anti histomene tablets which will take the swelling down but they are not to bad in this area. Will I go back maybe one day but last year we went all inclusive this year bed and breakfast and next year we have rented privatly for £350 for the month so will be flying out with Kingfisher, but if you are a first timer to goa this hotel is wonderful and such a great location. If you want to ask me anything feel free to inbox I could go on praising Goa for ever.
(Oh one last thing advise getting a taxi back to airport as it took us three hours to get through to departures and will only cost you a tenner leave an hour before your transfer time as the Russians drive you nuts.
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