11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
If you want a quiet,moderately inexpensi...
"If you want a quiet,moderately inexpensive (but not cheap) place then Coconut Grove is for you. 200 yards from the sea, half a mile from local shops it has everything you want. Friendly staff, good food, small but good pool (it doesnt need to be bigger, the sea is 200 yards away!) and rooms with what can only be described as enormous beds. Hard, but enormous. All the usual fixtures and fittings including hot drink facilities and a fridge (fresh milk from the village). Bathroom was a little tired but everything worked. No plugs in the sink but as there were lots of Russians about thats not surprising, they seem to collect them where ever we have been in the world.
Just up the road past the Alagora Hotel is Katherines house. Katherine is recently widowed and takes in washing, sells 5 litre water bottles and has recently started to offer meals. Very basic but also very inexpensive. Butter Chicken and veg biryani are great. She also will supply EGG & CHIPS. After a week of curry, bliss. In the village of Betalbatim is HD 86 another food outlet run by Henry. Slow service but beautiful food. There are other eateries a taxi ride away and they are all covered in the guides. Crab Quay is well worth a visit.
The beach goes on for miles in either direction and has food shacks every few hundred yards. Anri's to the north is great for a whole day. Never managed to spend more than Â£15.00 from 10am til 8.30pm. Drinks, food, sunbeds everything you need and always a smile. Going south, Little Palm is good but no sunbeds.
Flights from Manchester due to late booking but if you can, upgrade to bigger seats at the front. It might cost a few bob but boy is it worth it.
Tail wind meant that we got there over an hour early (5.40am) which caused our only gripe. The hotel didnt have any spare capacity and we didnt get the room til after 12.00. Not a huge problem but after a long flight all we wanted to do was crash out for a few hours and had to make do with the pool area.
One of the best holidays we have had in years."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of March 2008
"Me and my brother went for a relaxing holiday to Goa and stayed five nights with Coconut Grove and reading the recent reviews we are a bit surprised; we had an excellent stay even though we're not seniors...Rooms are comfortable and clean and the staff very helpful and friendly. We ate at the restaurant several nights and the food was great, in fact much better than the one we were served at famous Martins Corner (where we got hen instead of chicken...). The hotel and surroundings are well kept with beautiful flowers - even though the beach could be cleaner...
The beach is nearby and not crowded (sun-beds free of charge) either by fellow travellers or by vendors. We would agree with the review regarding Russian travellers behaviour though..."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of April 2007
good if you're a pensioner
"First, let me set the platform: I'm 56, divorced, and was traveling with friends who stayed at a different hotel.
That said, Coconut Grove is OK if you're over 60 and want to sit by the pool or meander to the beach through the dry rice paddies. Its also OK if you don't mind taking a taxi to everything else as nothing is wiithin walking distance at all - except the beach.
The beach closest to Coconut Grove has two beach shacks. Each is OK. A few minutes down the beach, in front of the Nanu Resort, are 5 shacks, but that's just an example of how the Coconut Grove has little to offer itself.
As for the hotel, it is pretty enough, especially the open-air reception, but the units are mediocre at best. I was on the ground floor; the room smelled damp. If you had told me the place was built in 1980 and about to be updated, I would have believed you, but, in fact, the hotel is only about 5 years old. The decor is pseudo-Mediterranean; the bathroom's in need of repair (cracked caulking; loose toilet seat); and the towels are like sandpaper on a newly reddened skin. The mini bar contains nothing but drinks - no snacks - not even cashews for which Goa is famous.
I compared Coconut Grove to the Oceanique where friends were staying. Their rooms were more modern; bathrooms much nicer; balconies larger, and pool better placed.
I will not stay at Coconut Grove again. It is just too remote and nothing to write home about to be so isolated."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of March 2007
The grounds at Coconut Grove is the firs...
"The grounds at Coconut Grove is the first thing to notice, many different plants all around the villas/apartments.
The beach is only a few hundred metres away, and is worth the journey.
A few well run shacks and a lovely view from every direction. Majorda is 30 minutes walk North, and Colva 30 mins south... and a lovely walk it is too!
The hotel staff are very helpful, and the local taxis are excellent, with a good knowledge of most things.
The hotel has a restaurant, serves good food and it is slightly more expensive than others in the area.
The Little Palm shack at Nanu Beach (5 mins walk), and Baggies were both very good. Restaurants used were Martins Corner, Sinatras, Pentagon, Fusion.
Obviously the seafood is excellent in most places, the king prawns and mussels were to die for!"
- Travel date: Mon 12th of March 2007
Wow is this the best hotel in south Goa we think so
"Well just returned from the best holiday weve ever had , there are lots of reasons why . First and formost the hotel was set in portugese style with picture perfect gardens palm trees swaying gently in the brezze , the rooms whilst not the plushest were well presented cleaned and tidyed every day bed changed every other day , all had tv,fridge,tea&coffee making faciltys and the obligatory hair dryer oh and a nice balcony. The staff were friendly,helpfull and always smiling , Sonny the hotel manager was on the premises daily and always happy to see us.
The hotel is just a 2 min walk to the beach where you will find a selection of beach shacks , Joels famile shack was the best we visited , Joel was the host & his wife was the chef , the food was some of the best food we ate in Goa and joel & famile were always pleased to see you (the second reason for our perfect holiday) . Whilst in Goa we visited lots of places the one id recomend is Margoa just find the little bar & coffee house near the market and watch the comotion the best free enertainment id ever seen ., the market (if you brave the comotion) sells anything and everything (Smirnoff Â£3.50 a ltr ciggies Â£7.50 for 200 safronÂ£2.00 a box & vanilla pods Â£2.00 for ten ) but be prepaired to haggle the goan's love it . All in all 10/10 c u soon goa luv R&J"
- Travel date: Tue 6th of March 2007
Just back from Coconut Grove and had an...
"Just back from Coconut Grove and had an excellent 3 weeks.
After experiencing the '5' star Ramada last year we thought we'd try this hotel out.
It was like night and day. This hotel knocks spots of the big ones.
The staff are great and can't do enough for you.
The rooms are large and clean with fresh towels when you want.
The food in the restaurant is good quality but can be a bit on the cold side. Itâs great to find a hotel bar that actually charges the same for beer as the shacks and outside bars.
Breakfast can be fun, trying to beat the waiters cooking the toast twice. If you lose it's like concrete.
The beach is only 300 yards away and Sunshine Shack has the best food of all in the area.
Restaurants to try are Pentagon, Crab Key, Fusion and Martin's Corner. All a short taxi ride away.
Best value for money we found was Filpee's at Benaulim, Â£14 for 7 of us for a two course meal and drinks for the whole evening."
- Travel date: Thu 1st of March 2007
"Went with two girlfriends on a business/vacation. Couldn't find more delightful staff - so friendly and welcoming. We didn't eat in the restaurant except for breakfast as we wanted to sample more authentic indian food - not toned down for the tourists. Best restaurant by far was Martins Corner, a short taxi ride away. Great atmosphere and the food was amazing. We also ate lunch at the beach shack cooked to order by Santana - so cheap too. The taxi drivers were very friendly - we used to book them for a day at a time and alternated between three of them as they run a very strict queue system and always adhere to it otherwise they get a hefty fine. Taxi fares are regulated but obviously they are more due to the hotel mark up but still cheap for us. The boys in the bar were masters at creating cocktails for us in the evening!
Only downsides were the rubbish on the left of the beach as you walk down and the Russians in the hotel who were loud, offensive, with no manners."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of February 2007
"Stayed here Nov 2006. Having been to Goa several times in several hotels would highly recommend this one.
All staff very helpful and ensure a good stay. Just a short walk through the paddy field takes you onto the beach where there are several shacks but can be difficult in the dark,
- Travel date: Sat 20th of January 2007
"We have just returned from the Coconut Grove, and have visited Southern Goa many times, but this was our first stay in this resort. THE BAR/RESTAURANT STAFF ARE BRILLIANT. If you are looking for a very quiet holiday and intend to use the hotel only and the two shacks on the beach then this is the place for you, the other restaurants are only accessible by taxi. The resort is well planned out and very picturesque, but it is cosmetic. We had a "cottage" which was spacious with lounge and kitchen (no cooking facilities) bedroom and bathroom, the bath was cracked so could not take a bath, and it needed a bit of a re-vamp i.e. the mastic round the bath was coming away and the bath had been painted! On our first night there we exchanged travellers cheques at reception - we were given 76 Rupees to the Â£ : We later found out that other money exchangers were giving 85 Rupees to the Â£ : Needless to say we did not use that facility again. The food was ok, but we did find that the vegetables served with main courses always came out cold. The bar area was very small, BUT THE WORST THING OF ALL was the disgusting smell from the old rotten food that was just behind the bar, we eventually had to buy incense sticks to put along the bar to cover up the smell - this was reported to the manager, he did try aerosol spray but this only lasted a few minutes. We did find the hotel to be very clean."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of January 2007
The best located hotel in the area
"Beautiful hotel, with well appointed rooms and the necessary AC. Head chef is ex-PO Cruise ships so food quality and hygiene standards excellent (no Delhi Belly here). The owner has a number of highly prestigious properties around the world and this was no exception.
Staff were delightful - it was a very friendly hotel. We really enjoyed our stay here and went on a few great trips with the taxi boys outside (set your fare before you leave!).
Only downsides were that they closed the AC restaurant in favour of eating outside (under cover) but it was very hot and humid even at night. We would have preferred to eat indoors; and the pool looks deceptively large in the brochures - it is really quite small but adequate but could have been clearer.
Used by Russian tour operators, so lots of Russian visitors present. Popular with the locals too, coming to use the pool and eat out.
The hotel had the best spot along the great beach. We walked to Majorda in one direction and Colva in the other and were convinced that the beach was best here.
Cheap to eat, cheap to drink, cheap to get around. We loved it and will go back some day. We think it was the best of the bunch."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of November 2006
A good place to chill out .....
"Stayed here a week, and managed to have a Cottage room as they had run out of rooms, even though I booked in advance. The Manager asked me to move to another 5 star hotel down the road for 1 night after my first night, but compensated me with free dinners for my last 2 nights (I didn't like the Majorda Beach as much as it was too big, busy and impersonal). Only downside to Cottage room is that on a "themed" night, as the room is close to the restaurant, the noise from the music etc can keep you awake if you want an early night. Cottage was comfortable, the bathroom was OK but could do with an update (and I am fusy about bathrooms!). Power cuts were regular, but power came back on again quickly. The setting of the hotel was excellent, being only a short 250m walk to the beach and the Arabian Sea. It was easy to ge around with a driver I used from the Hotel, and taxis are cheap. A "must do" is a visit to a Spice Plantation, especially if you eat Indian food and know all the spices used in the cooking! All in all, a good stay for a week for my first time to Goa. I'll be back with my family next time, and would stay here again."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of April 2006