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Dona Sa Maria
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Cavelossim
Certificate of Excellence
rotherham
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“out-bloody-standing!!!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

this was our second visit to dona sa maria and it wont be our last.When we visited last year we loved it,we didnt know why but we did.This year i think we sort of worked it out,its a combination of many things. 1, the staff,they are so attentive,so genuinely nice and very skilled in the little things that make a holiday to remember,2, the owners,serafino and puri,they are always there, maybe in the background, but always there,3 ,the location,it really would be hard to find a better one, on the walk to the beach you will encounter pigs,cows,dogs, chickens and cats,and not a one will bother you,they just do their thing, and just walk around you.4, the guests,dona sa maria has a massive reputation for repeat visitors,and we now count ourselves amongst them 5,the food,outstanding, we didnt have one bad meal ,but whilst we were there one couple constantly complained about the food,saying it isnt like the indian back home, well you aint back home deal with it, or go to margate and have a good old chicken tikka massala and CHIPS.6,.And most importantly the goan people themselves, we all agreed that these people are most probably the nicest people on this planet, now we know this is a big statement, but you have to say it as you see it.Ok now the ad for the dona sa maria is over.The area around dona sa maria is quite rural and all the people who live and work in the area are pleasant,well mannered and never bother you ,all you get is a,hello,good morning,how are you,thats it really.The walk to the beach is great, about 25 minutes walk.but if you dont fancy it,get a cab from dona sa maria for 100 rupees(just over a quid).The best shack on the beach that we found was the seagull inn,to find it you simply go to the beach turn right,walk up the sand and there it is!Please mention mark /ann and sue when you meet the coolist man in india,Glorio, so chilled,so laid back plus, he also serves great food .One of the highlights of both visits to dona sa maria is Anitas bar, oh! what can i say about Anita and Donald.Thats it fan-bloody-tastic,they are what goa is all about.You could not find nicer people anywhere in the world.They have two stunning daughters that we only saw twice,and on our last day we popped into a chemist and there they were ,both working,they ran up to us and gave us a great big hug,it really brought a tear to my eye,so much so i had to walk out of the shop.These people have nothing,but still give everything freely.The trips out are well worth it,all i can tell you are the ones we visited,which were elephant safari (jungle book) and the castaway,made the mistake of booking one day on the castaway(should have booked two).Anyway to sum it all up go,give it a try,who knows maybe you will give the dona sa maria a better review than us,i doubt it,because we simply love it!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

This was our third stay at Puri and Serafinos guest house we were lucky enough to have a three week holiday over xmas/newyear our stay was very relaxing the hotel its self is very clean the rooms are basic but contain all you need for your stay.the staff are excellent and nothing is to much trouble to them very friendly.a special thanks to Savio and his lovely wife Anita who helped us so much we will definately will be returnig hopefuyl at the end of this year .thinking of our dear friends love victoria and lance x

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cleobury Mortimer, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

Another great holiday at Dona sa maria.Just returned from a month stay,thanks to all staff and Puri also Serafino for the warm welcome back hugs.This hotel is our little heaven on earth,we feel like part of the family. Savio,Anita,Stephanie,Geoffry,Rodrigrues,Anhil(driver),Puri and Serafino have become very special friends to us.Cant wait to return next year.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank lindamu
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Rouen, France
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412 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

We've just returned from a 2 week stay in India starting with 8 days in North India driving from Delhi to Agra (a 7 hour drive as we got caught in traffic jams all the way), then Allahabad (definitely not the best place in india to get a decent hotel : we drove round most of the hotels there and eventually spent the night in a noisy, far from clean and rather expensive hotel). We went on to Varanasi with our driver and we spent 4 days there. Then, we flew back to Delhi and then to Goa where we stayed 5 nights at Dona Sa Maria. It was our 5th or 6th time there and once again, we enjoyed it all the way. The rooms are basic but spotless. The swimming pool is very pleasant and makes your stay at DSM relaxed and comfortable. The beach is approximatively 1 km down the road but the walking to get there is very nice. The hotel restaurant is good but there are cheaper places on the road to the beach in the village before the crossroads. the staff are all friendly. Margao is the nearest town and can easily be reached by bus you can board in the village or on the main road .

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank gilles c
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Zuerich
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We actually stayed at Veeniola which is just beside the Dona Sa Maria. For the first night we ate at Dona Sa Maria. The food was very blend. It is OK for a tourist who does not like to real Indian food so much. But if you are into real Indian food just walk down the road (right side of Dona sa Maria) for two minutes and visit Anita's Place. It's a very simple but really nice local Restaurant. you will have to order your food for dinner early in the morning or better one day in adance BUT this means you will get the freshest food ever because the will go to the market on that day and buy whatever you have asked them foor. The Veg. Byriani rice is to diie for and the Crab Maslala is also great. Try Anita's Cocktail if her husband Donald is there. Its' very nice. The whole family will really take care of you so it's a much nicer place than Dona Sa Maria, which was nice to but if you are into some local stuff, definately give Anita a try. It's very clean, nice and authentic indian food (she also has fish and Chips or eggs etc....)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Masib
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middlesbrough
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51 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

We have just returned from a fantastic 28 night holiday in Dona SaMaria.Family run small hotel.These people will do everything to make your holiday a good one. Serafino & Puri are the owners and one of them is always on hand to answer any queries & to ensure you have a great holiday.We have been to this hotel several times.Many are repeat guests and I think that says it all.Planning next year already.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank bossMiddlesbrough
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cheshire
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51 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

This will be our 6th visit to Dona Sa Maria and we love it - you are made to feel so welcome. We did flight only this time and rang Puri the owner to arrange a room. We flew with Qatar airways manchester to Doha and then onto Goa really nice flight far superior to Monarch and cheaper by £800. We always get a taxi from the airport which is set price of approx £10 -£12. We arrived early in the morning and were greeted by Rodregis with a friendly smile. The rooms are basic but clean and yes the pillows are thin and beds hard but you only have to ask for extra pillows and they will be provided. Could of done with another power point and more wardrobe space but I did take rather alot of clothes. We hired a scooter from Joe just down the lane at 200 rupees a day. The dona sa maria does not have internet access but you can use the internet at the hotel next door at 50 rupees an hour. All the staff at the Dona sa maria are all very friendly and Sarafino and purie treat you like one of the family its all very relaxed and casual - theres not many owners that buy all the guests a drink when it was puries birthday we were all included in the celabrations. The food is very nice and the service excellent nothing is to much trouble and if you want anything not listed they will do their best to get it. Calu runs the little shop my husband had a made to measure suit £60 and excellent quality and if you want jewellery he will find what you want at a good price. Francis does an excellent massage he's a sports physio and comes most days to the hotel. If your lucky the jets fly over doing practice manouvers the piolets even have lunch at the DSM. Jeff and Nora organise quiz nights they are guests that have also been going for years - the money raised goes to local charitys and its good fun I won this year first time in six years : ) .... Taxi drive to cavellosm approx 400 - 500 rupees return we used Ben alot and also lads from DSM. We ate at a bar the coconut palms you cant miss it the outside is painted red - sandra and john the owners make you feel very welcome and the beer battered prawns are devine as are the irish coffees they also have entertainment it seems to be a favourite with the british. The Goan village is another good place to eat and the river cove very busy on entertainment night advisable to book the chips are superb as is the chicken tikia and mojito's. There is also the river view nice for fish my favourite is Betty's Kitchen its on the left side going into cavallosm got tables and chairs outside - inside is really modern the lasagna steaks beer battered fish are divine all the starters and very reasonable priced £5 for fillet steak the chef gave me the recipe for the lasagna yum ....de melo's chemist is always busy with everyone stocking up on pills be careful though as customs target the flight home for people with drugs such as tramadol diazepam and viagra...he also has a good exchange rate as does the DSM mosquito repellent really good and was confusion over malaria tablets if you speak to regulars at DSM they dont take them but its always best to check with your GP the malaria tablets are alot cheaper from De melo's than the UK. Another fab place is the blue whale its an eco resort the food is excellent and very peaceful clean beach the eco rooms are very modern and spacious and staff so friendly. There is no problem getting back to DSM and yes sometimes the gates are locked but Rodregis is always about to welcome you with a smile and there is never any problem with staying up late sarafino just asks that you keep the noise down so as not to disturb the other guests.....They have fish nights and tandori which are always very popular.....and any trips you want organising Puri and sarafino are more than happy to help. If you are looking for a warm and friendly place to stay DSM is ideal if you are looking for perfect grouting and home comforts then its not for you .....if you want a friendly family atmosphere then look no further DSM is just that ...Ive already started looking at dates for next year

Room Tip: We prefer the rooms at the back of hotel in the seperate house
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Dona Sa Maria
Address: Tamborim, Cavelossim 403731, India
Region: India > Goa > Cavelossim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dona Sa Maria 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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