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The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Varca
Reviewed 10 April 2012

We really enjoyed our stay, large room overlooking the smaller pool. Staff in restaurant helpful, everyone working there smiles and greets you very politely. The beach is wide and long not crowded. Shack (Misha) on the beach lovely, especially watching the sun go down. Gardens were huge with plants, trees and flowers everywhere. Would return.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

The property is one of the finest in Goa with an excellent beach. The property is comparable with the best seen in Bali. The beach sand is almost like talcum powder - so soft, I have not seen anywhere. The pool is huge by any standards and it snakes around the property. The housekeeping service was slow and the food was nothing to write about. The hotel was full even in April which goes to the credit of Goa and the hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

My family and I stayed in Goa in February in several resorts. We had read good reviews about Zuri White Sands on TripAdvisor and decided to stay there for a few nights...what a mistake! The resort smacks of a decrepit Las Vegas hotel: aged, shabby, uncared for and staffed by people who don't seem to like their jobs very much. Oh yes, there are also cockroaches. When we informed reception they didn't seem very surprised. The cleaning staff simply swept the roach out of our room to the hallway immediately outside of our door. Hmmm. There are so many other lovely places to stay in Goa in the same price range that it breaks my heart to imagine anyone using precious holiday time and money ending up at this place. Please, please, please....do yourself a favour and find another place to stay!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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ZuriHotels, Manager at The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2012

Dear Guest

It was very surprising to see your comments about our resort. While we humbly wish to state that our team members are exceptionally warm, hospitable and go beyond expectations to make every guest happy and have a wonderful experience, we are sorry that you did not feel the same. It is quite evident from the many reviews of how our guests enjoy their stay with us. If you wish to share any other concerns you may please write to us at gr.whitesands@thezurihotels.com. Cleanliness and hygiene of all areas is of utmost importance to us and we also have a pest control company working round the clock in all areas of the hotel. You must have noticed that our resort has a vast expanse of landscaped gardens and for this reason we are even more careful to prevent any insects entering the rooms. We value each and every guest of ours and it is our endeavor to win back dissatisfied guest and we wish to make amends for the issues which might have made your stay not so memorable. Please accept our sincere apologies once again.

Warm Regards
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

superior room with pool view,well worth the little extra.the pool is large enough to find your own private spot.breakfast offered excellent choice for everybody,waiters were attentive and helpful.the service in the room was very good,we never had to ask twice for anything twice and the room were cleaned every day.reception staff were very helpful.the only drawback,on some nights was the sound of music around the grounds(although this is over by 10-30pm)from other hotels viewed in the south this suited us the best,

Room Tip: we chose superior room with pool view and it was suitable for our needs,
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

My sister in law got married at this resort. The hotel itself is stunning, with plenty of restaurants onsite. Rooms were luxurious and very very clean. The beach itself was a 5 min walk from our room. As we were here for a wedding, so most our time was spent enjoying a 3 day wedding celebrations on the lawns from the beach, views from here were out of this world. This hotel is a fantastic venue for holding a wedding. There were a few issues with room service being far too slow.....but we guessed this is because everything was on Indian and not normal timing. Overall an amazing stay, can't wait to return here again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

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.

Room Tip: Rooms at near the beach front and pool provides a nice holiday ambience but a longer walk to the hot...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

We stayed at the White Sands for 3 days after a tour of the Golden Traiangle in Feb 12. it is a lovely looking hotel in expansive grounds and the rooms are beautifully decorated. The beds and pillows are very comfortable, but if you want a double bed make sure your holiday documents say so, becuase ours said twin room and they really didn't want to move us into a double bed room.... aparently that was an upgrade. After waiting over half an hour to check in (no idea why it took so long) and telling them several times we wanted a double not a twin they showed us to our room.... a twin! When we yet again pointed out we wanted a double bed they offered to push the beds together....not the same at all. He then said they had no double rooms free that night but would move us next day. We couldn't be bothered to move again, after 9 days of moving hotels we just wanted to unpack and stay put for 3 nights.

The breakfast buffet was all standard stuff and ample choice but the waiters took forever to come and pour your tea/coffee. One morning we had almost finished our breakfast before we got tea, despite asking 4 different waiters throughout the breakfast to bring it.

The hotel has 154 rooms so only just over 300 people when full, because it is set in such expansive grounds the place always felt half empty and at night it was like a ghost town. I don't know where everyone (it was full at breakfast) ate but it didn't appear to be in the hotel. Consequently there wasn't a great atmosphere. The bar was totally empty the 3 nights we were there (OK the last night was dry because of the election but not the other two) We went to one of the restaurants just outside the hotel gates one night but although much cheaper than the food in the hotel restaurants - which is very expensive - it too was not full, only 2 other couples as well as us. (We ate at the beach restaurant our first night it was a lovely location and they had a great singer on - for 3 couples - we had a main course and I had a pudding, double vodka and coke and 2 beers and it was nearly £60... that's London prices! They wanted 1500 rupees for an outside BBQ buffet one night (we didn't bother). Never went in the Casino... perhaps that was where everyone else was!

The pools are lovely as are the gardens and the beach area, so this is a great place to come and put your feet up to relax. But for us 3 days was enough we were bored with the place after that. It depends what kind of holiday you want....this place certainly delivers peace and quiet.... at a price.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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ZuriHotels, Manager at The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2012

Dear Guest,

We sincerely apologize for the slight lapses that happened during your vacation. We have taken care of the coffee service at breakfast. Regarding the bed choice, we sincerely request our guests who make reservation through our travel partners to kindly specify the bed type as it becomes difficult to assign the same in a sold out situation. We once again apologize for the inconvenience but it was the best thing we could do under that circumstance to offer you a bed of your choice on the next day. Thank you for your understanding and appreciating all other services of our resort.

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Additional Information about The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino

Address: Pedda, Varca 403721, India
Region: India > Goa > South Goa District > Varca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Varca
#4 Luxury Hotel in Varca
#4 Spa Hotel in Varca
Price Range: $150 - $822 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino 5*
Number of rooms: 154
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