The Whispering Palms is a lovely complex and when the full refurb happens I am sure it will be fabulous, the plans are. At the moment there are tired areas and the pool needs attention. The food was fantastic, we stayed for two weeks and apart from veg options, never ate the same thing twice. I agree there could have been some spicier options, but there were otpions for all palates, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Spanish, British, vegetarian and sumptuous salads! The complex and rooms were spotless, no mosquitos or cockroaches in sight, which is miraculous in such a hot climate. The staff were friendly and very helpful. We moved rooms after the first night due to noise and air conditioning units racket, we still didn't get a refurbished, but we saw one and it was lovely and modern. The entertainment let it down in my opinion. I went with my parents who are in their 60's but none of us were too keen on the entertainment. The same oldies sung almost daily by an indian guy, who was a bit out of tune, like our equivalent of Jim on the organ :)) The band was good and we even managed to get a couple of Hindi songs out of them which everyone seemed to enjoy and we danced to.....maybe there could be more of that. The hotel put on 3 special nights and really put their hearts into it, but apart from the food it wasn't spectacular. The a la carte restaurant was lovely and the food great but limited, would be better to have two menus to alternate for those staying more than 2 weeks. The British clientele were mostly over 60 and repeaters who seem to know each other and meet up every year, some stay for 7-8 weeks. I wouldn't recommend for children either Goa or the hotel as there's not much for them to do. It was nice when we could get a sunbed (up early towel on bed) to lie around the pool as you wouldn't be pestered by the hawkers. I found the hotel to be quite noisy with the traffic on the side street so avoid those rooms and the crows were a pain making a racket and pinching the food off your plate...lol
I rate the hotel on cleanliness, friendliness and food. I recommend the a la carte restaurant and the spa for a facial and threading. The tailors a bit old fashioned and the jeweller a waste of space. Get a room away from the street and the main building for less noise, we started in 107 + 108 then moved to 221 +223 which were all noisy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whispering Palms’ unique feature is its location. It is just a minute’s walk or 175 meters from the well-known Sinquerim Beach situated in a very peaceful and serene surrounding. This often-described “Island onto itself” all-inclusive resort comprises of 106 well-appointed, air-conditioned accommodation units with en suite facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whispering Palms Beach Hotel Candolim
- Whispering Palms Beach Candolim
- Whispering Palms Goa
- Whispering Palms Beach Resort Candolim
- Whispering Palms Beach Resort Goa/Candolim