10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
paradise re discovered
"basic but confortable and well situated bamboo beach huts. loved the hammoc on the balcony . perfect place to sip a watermelon juice overlooking at the sunset.
kids and people in the village where great. the bar next door served beautiful food and the staffs were great. no problems in accessing tranport or service. gurav made our stay confortable. my children loved to hange around with him. wonderful blissful place"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of April 2009
agonda is a breath of fresh air, a peaceful haven
"We stayed in Agonda at the beginning of our trip and enjoyed it so much that we decided to return at the end of our trip after travelling north. Away from the hub bub of activity in Palolem (which is easy to access by rickshaw and recommended to go for the day or even the evening when the heat subsides) the Om Sai beach huts we stayed in was budget accommodation, had basic amenities, and meant you had the beach right at your doorstep. The family who looked after it were lovely and the kids were an endearing pair. The place provides transfer to and from the airport as well as offering day trips to the spice farm, waterfalls, elephants, etc. I'm sure if you ask there's more to see/do that they can take you to. The driver Ahmed is a trustworthy driver and a great travel companion on the journey. Agonda is a treasure not to be missed, you won't want to leave! and you'll definitely return! Go for a meal or a cocktail at the turtle lounge further down the beach, amazing. Helena and Eva"
- Travel date: Fri 10th of April 2009
Absolute paradise !
"Following an amazing 2 month tour of India we decided to see if we could find somewhere to just chill out, relax and get ourselves slowly together before
returning home and found Om Sai on Trip Advisor. Although we only intended to stay for aprox 1 week, as soon as we arrived, had a good nights sleep, and opened the beach hut door in the morning we immediately decided to spend longer at
the breathtaking and relaxing Agonda Beach.
The beach is truly amazing, wide, long and clean soft sand, the water is warm and clean. You share the village with the locals, many of which are enterprising, by opening shops and small restaurants. There are a number of restaurants along the edge of the beach, offering a good range of various styles, Chinese, Italian and of course Indian, and all at reasonable prices.
So what of the huts themselves? Well, yes, as you can imagine, they are basic, made out of giant ply crates. The bedroom is large enough to accommodate a large double bed, (quite comfortable) with a central fan. The bathroom contains a electric shower, a small basin and a European style toilet. Thats it!!! BUT, the point is that you spend your time enjoying the outside, the balcony (with hammock) or on the beach. Both of us were, after 2 weeks of pure relaxation, sad to leave. Our next resort on our itinerary was a lot more expensive and nowhere as nice!!!
If you want a 'get away from it all' total relaxation type of holiday, then we can certainly recommend Agonda, and Om Sai. The owner, who was always nearby if you had any problems, advised us that for 2010, he will be improving the huts, adding little touches to make life in the huts more comfortable. We cant wait to go back later this year. Dont miss out!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 25th of March 2009
Great place to Chill-ax
"âOm Sai Agonda Beach Hutsâ were perfect in every way, offering enough comfort to sustain two weeks of sandy living whilst still feeling a hint like youâre ship-wrecked on a coconut palm paradise. The huts are situated in a quiet yet central location on the beach within walking distance to everything. The family are great, especially the kids. Siddesh, the site manager will help you with anything you may need so donât be afraid to ask. Agonda Beach is the perfect retreat for anyone not quite prepared for the youthful âenthusiasmâ of Palolem or the other similar Goan beaches synonymous with a party scene."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of March 2009
A good way to start your holiday
"We booked for the minimum 3 days over the internet. We were met at the airport A/C taxi and driven directly to the beach hut. We stayed for 2 weeks as it was just perfect. It was not clear at first what service was included. But Siddesh, the boy, was ready to clean/mop the bed room and shower room, change the bedding, towels and provide toilet paper on request, he wouldn't go near the hut unless you were actually present. The rest of the household were keen to help find anything else you needed. We were welcome to join in the temple events. We were helped to bargain with the travelling material salesman and shown where a local tailor lived."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of February 2009
Loved the place-and the kids!
"For the price that you pay, and the fact that its smack-bang on the beach, Om Sai is great. You get running hot water--and interiors that are clean and pretty much insect free. We found the family which looks after the place very friendly and helpful--and loved their kids!"
- Travel date: Tue 17th of February 2009
Great Beach, So-so satff
"We loved the huts and the whole beach atmosphere but we definitely agree with TorontoDanny's assessment. The staff seemed very lackadaisical. The young man "in charge" sat on a hammock and talked on his phone much of the time. The staff showed little initiative and we had to ask for most things that we required. The local kids were annoying and overstepped their boundaries at times. They frequently asked for a gift and always wanted something. We loved Agonda Beach and had a wonderful time. With a little more effort Om Sai could be top notch!"
- Travel date: Fri 30th of January 2009
paradise but without service
"The beach was fantastic as were the local restaurants nearby. The huts and grounds were fine but could be so much more with just a little work and attention to some very basic details by the owners and "staff". Nobody seems to work except to sweep the sand daily. They really ought to pick up the garbage, provide clean towels daily, sweep the sand from the hut porches and instruct the local, very cute children to not be so rude and or aggressive. Further the local "manager" who seems all of 15 years old should be taught to smile and serve his guests. They don't seems to realize they are in the service business. Having said all that, its a great overall experience and I'd go back. Its just a shame its not better because it would be so easy to improve with just a little effort and common sense."
- Travel date: Wed 14th of January 2009
Life is in Goa
"The Agonda beach is HUGE!! 3 kms long and has mighty waves striking at you, a lot different from the calm waters of Palolem. The holiday experience at Agonda was indeed very swwet and nice.
We went to Goa for a small weekend break and decided that we'll stay away from a beach that is touristy. Agonda and Arambol were the obvious choices. We chose Agonda as we'd touch it the last time we were there, but had never felt it. This time we thought we would do so.
Om Sai huts were exceptionally good to help us achieve our FEELING weekend. We asked for the beach view hut and got it. The ocean was there are all the time and the waves kissing the beach in the early morning sunlight was a treat for the eyes.
The huts were nice, recently built and offered good value for money spent. Overall, a good choice for tourists who like the idea of being near to the water."
- Travel date: Mon 8th of December 2008
Loved Om Sai
"What an excellent place to stay! Nice and quiet with an excellent beach. The beach huts are right on the beach overlooking the ocean. The staff are so friendly and extremely accomodating. A must do is the dolphin trip. Could not recommend a better place to stay. Enjoy!"
- Travel date: Fri 5th of December 2008