It is my first travel into India for a whirlwind business / tour of 3 nights. Our first destination was Goa with a pre-booked hotel by our local organiser in Goa, a well-known holiday destination for locals and foreigners. The Hotel Zuri White Sands was in Varca, in a more peaceful and traditional district that has distinctive imprints of colonial past from Portugese settlers, which Catholic churches every 5 kilometers. Even our taxi driver was Catholic, bearing religious images in the car. However, his driving was devilish, whizzing through narrow country lanes from the airport to the hotel at 7am. For a sleeping town, he was in constrast rushing like a New York cabbie.
The Hotel Zuri White Sands appeared after about 40 minutes in a relatively straight drive from the airport. It resembles a low density 2 storey hotel resort that is walking distance to the beach front. Most rooms are like chalets with balcony doors facing the circular pool with a floating bar or balcony doors that face the beach. You would not get a sea view being ground level and shielded by coconut trees and shrubs.
The resort is more suitable for families, with a nice pool, garden and access to the ocean. It is a beautiful beach that is similar to the Gold Coast and not very crowded at all, except for a few sleeping dogs and the ocassional cows, yes cows....that roam the beach. Waves are very strong so be careful if you wander in with young children. Ideal for wake boarders!
Breakfast buffet was sufficient with local and continental choices. The fresh eggs and dosai station was a nice touch. There is a Fins seafood restaurant facing the beach but we went out to town for seafood instead. The rooms were reasonable but wear and tear was visible. Bed was sufficiently comfortable but the room service was sketchy as they forgot to leave fresh towels after the daily clean. There was only one pair of slippers for a twin room. For over US$ 130 a night, the hotel only supplied 2 bottles of complimentary water, which is important in India - DO NOT DRINK from the tap even after boiling...so I thought it was not very thoughtful to charge for extra bottled water. Not Evian...just regular local bottled "safe" drinking water.
Generally, the staff were responsive when requests were made but make sure you double-confirm your airport transfer taxi as it is quite a long way to the airport. We went to this hotel for a business conference which was acceptable. However, the wi-fi internet in the basement conference room was very weak so it was not very convenient for web-based presentations.
There is nothing much to venture outside the hotel by walking other than the beach front. So this is not the most exciting part of Goa to be in.
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