The Beaches of Ratnagiri are awesome and if you don't believe me, so did I when I was first told about them.
The water was cleaner than Goa beaches. I went 5 feet into the beach and I could still see my feet under the water. The sand colour is similar to Goan beaches, but some silkier and doesn't stick much.
The best part is the Ocean Beach Road. I took the one between ratnagiri town and Ganpatipule and the views of the beach and ocean from the hill roads are extraordinary. You can park your car and get down and relax enroute.
Now the hotel, the property is divided into 2-3 parts. 1 is the spa region atttached to the beach, the other is the villa/pool/restaurant part and the 3rd is the expansion part.
The rooms are clean and big. They are plush. I'll rate this hotel as a 4 star and not a 5 star.
The buffet was small unlike a 5 star. BUT every dish was very tasty. The veg fare is larger and equally tasty as the Non-veg. The Non-Veg variety could be bigger, but gain, its better to have 9 "very tasty" dishes than 25 "tasty" dishes.
For me, it was the beach that took the cake. Fantastic. All this region needs is an airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the enchantment where 75 acres of tropically dense premises offers an oasis of luxury in a sea of tranquility. The elegantly designed Portuguese styled villas overlook the wide expanse of the ocean. Dining and refreshment alternative cover international and locally inspired cuisine and selection of vintages from around the world. The Atlantic cafe- multi-cuisine restaurant,Tides-beachside open deck restaurant, infinity pool, Siam Spa, yoga and meditation lawns provide personal space and an uncompromised standard of luxury. Enjoy the truly rare and divine experience that will put you in harmony with your soul. ... more less