10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice but expensive
"Three friends and I attended a work related meetings in Delhi and decided to take a short detour to Goa to relax. We are all seasoned travellers. We chose the Pousada together thanks to recommendations in Trip Advisor (which we use frequently and trust!) and in the Lonely Planet Guide which also mentions the Pousada. Our stay there was nice, but not as outstanding as some of the other reviewers describe. Overall, it was ok but more expensive than it ought to have been for the quality of the facilities and services offered. Things we liked: The setting (lush gardens, quiet, tucked away), Chef Andrew and his excellent cooking and friendly banter after meals, the very nice and helpful staff, the pool area, the location, fresh towels and beach towels every day... What we liked less: - The breakfast menu is very limited. For a boutique hotel, we felt that the options could be more creative and change from day to day or at least every other day. - The rooms are expensive and very average for the price: We decided to share a room between the three of us. The room was comfortable (it was like a suite) for us. But we ended up paying 330 Euros+Tax which works out to be USD $500 per night for a very simple room! For that price we could have stayed at a luxury hotel and had more services and amenities. The aircon was old and very noisy. The windows did not have mosquito nets on them, so sleeping with windows open with the fan was not an option either. - The bathrooms leave a lot to be desired. Very average, only a little soap bar, no nice shampoos or any special touches. This does not even come close to the Zazen in Koh Samui which I have also reviewed for Trip Advisor. And that was less than half the price we paid for the room at the Pousada. I think we would have been more satisfied with our stay if the total cost had been at least 50-60% less than what it was. But we did not feel that the price was a good value, nor the hotel very "boutique-y". Lots of special little touches could be added to make the clients feel like they were in a truely boutique location."
- Travel date: 19th November 2008
FairyLand in Goa
"In November 2007 we visited Bhutan for the first time.Â Our trip was very interesting but it was all too formal.Â No friendliness was extended anywhere:Â everything was just impersonal. It was lucky that we had planned a few days in Goa in order to relax after our trip and what a good idea it was to have a short break at the Pousada Tauma .Just walking into the Pousada made all the difference! We suddenly felt welcome!Â Everything was there to make us happy and feel comfortable.Â The suites are all different but equally charming.Â Each one of them has a small private outdoor garden or terrace.Â The pool is most attractive and very clean.Â The lush vegetation is everywhere but very much under control. Neville, the owner looks after his property in a very professional way.Â He has created his wonderful Pousada himself with a lot of loving attention.Â One can feel this everywhere.Â Nothing is left unattended.We have known Neville for many years and have practically seen the Pousada grow from the ground. Neville has turned it into the charming place it is now.His assistant, Matthew,Â looks after the guests in a discreet and efficient way.Â He seems to be there just whenever you need him and he makes the guests feel comfortable.Â All the staff are friendly and helpful.Â The Chef needs a special mention for the wonderful meals he prepares.Â Every dinner is a surprise menu and the candle-lit terrace makes it all like a dream come true.We look forward to seeing the new extension of the garden which should be a wonderful secluded retreat in the shade.Â Thank you to all our friends at the Pousada.Â This year we shall unfortunately not be visiting India but we definitely hope to be back in 2009.Take care and see you all again soon. Jelka and RenÃ© from Switzerland"
- Travel date: 30th September 2008
relaxation at it's best!
"After a hard week of work in Mumbai, we headed down to Goa for a relaxing weekend. We were referred to Neville's place by a friend and did not know what to expect. We were overwelmed by the beauty of the property and the friendliness of the staff. It was a perfect weekend - exactly what we needed. You cannot find a more peaceful or relaxing place!"
- Travel date: 23rd September 2008
Oasis of Gentility and Charm
"The final destination on our journey through India, having just arrived from beautiful Kerala, with its lush backwaters and hill stations, was the charming Pousada Tauma. Well situated near the bustling roundabout of Calangute, one steps into a cocoon of calm - of waterfalls spilling into the whimsical large pool - of the well kept gardens surrounding the bungalows and best of all, a professional and welcoming staff. We felt well cared for by the professional, yet relaxed staff. Matthew was our guardian angel. A nice change from many hotels where I never really felt trusting enough to let my guard down. The attention from staff, both on the grounds and in the restaurant, was balanced and of European standards. Andrew, the chef, prepared Goan cuisine which was superb (the restaurant is highly rated in the 2nd edition of Frommers). The Pomfret and Kingfisher were outstanding. Our last night, my partner and I shared the Seafood platter which was also wonderful...and at prices that were more reasonable than we had heard from other travelers eating elsewhere. Oh, and don't forget to try the fried okra appetizer - we hadn't enjoyed that so much since Bukhara. I'd suggest a massage by Ravi as well. He blends an Ayurvedic approach with Swedish techniques. Your close to the shops in Calangute - there's an amazing antique store down the street which houses an entire attic of Indian objet d'art. You could spend hours there. Matthew will arrange transport to Asvem beach, which is lovely. It has a tasty tapas restaurant nearby...but go back to your hotel for dinner after arranging your special requests that morning. There's a new area that is being built with a pond and sculptures surrounding - which promises to be quite nice. So, after a busy day of shopping at the massive Wednesday market, or basting on the beach, or even better, just sitting by the Pousada Tauma poolside, treat yourself to the Oasis of Gentility and Charm that P-T has to offer."
- Travel date: 11th May 2008
"The world has changed. We live in great times when most people can afford to travel and have new experiences. More people than ever have the chance to experience the wonderful things that some of us have been extremely lucky to take for granted. No matter how wealthy, how successful, or how beautiful one may be sensitivity, simplicity, and comfortable elegance cannot be bought. These things require special people who are willing to share their vision, their gentleness, and their hospitality with us. Pousada Tauma is an oasis in the truest sense of the word. This is a spot on earth where one can go secure in the knowledge that the second the gate closes behind you everything in the "real world" and all of the problems of life, home, work, and everything else are a million miles away. Neville and Matthew are true masters at their craft and, like all masters, they make it all effortless and simple. Pousada Tauma is not luxurious in the silly pretentious sense that one comes to expect from over-the-top 6 star hotels across Asia and the rest of the world. Many of those have wonderful qualities too. Someone else here commented that the bathrooms at Pousada Tauma are simple. Yes, they are simple: simple and elegant, with just the perfect cake of Chandrika aruvedic soap, soft towels, and everything just perfect. If you want chaos and want to be seen then the quiet and elegant restaurant at Pousada Tauma is maybe not for you. However, if you want to feel like you are a pampered guest in a wonderful private home, then you will be very happy indeed at Pousada Tauma. Once your there, if your at all like me, you won't have the slightest interest in even going out of the front gate (though the staff is always ready to organize fun things to do). Pousada Tauma is not glitzy, it is perfect. It also happens to be that Pousada Tauma is just about the only place on earth with I feel totally comfortable and at ease. Simplicity with elegance and panache is the most difficult thing in the world to achieve. Neville and Matthew make it all look easy. Terry"
- Travel date: 20th April 2008
A piece of heaven
"We spent a week at Pousada and were entranced by the peace and tranquillity. The exotic flowers, lush greenery, quiet atmosphere and individually designed and decorated rooms make it the perfect place to escape to rejuvenate your mind and body. We had massages, me relaxing, him revitalising, every other day and could have used the gym if we wanted. Never was anything forgotten, in fact our needs were anticipated. Our first day we ordered a refreshing chilled drink at midday and ever after as we left breakfast were asked what we would like delivered to the pool and it arrived as if by magic. The staff were discreet and offered excellent personal service to take care of each of us whatever our need was. Wonderful Goan food, my husband particularly loved the Prawn Balchao and Goan Sausage. For me the array of fresh fruit and just squeezed juice was a great start to the day. I love the fact that there are not too many people around, it is like having your own private hotel! We will definitely go back and the sooner the better!"
- Travel date: 2nd April 2008
Thank goodness for this Oasis in Goa
"This small boutique hotel is hidden away from the busy, touristy, and dirty streets of Calangute, Goa. Finding this jewel saved my family vacation and made our stay in Goa much more enjoyable. I loved it so much that I even proposed to my fiancee in their private garden. (she said yes :) ) The atmosphere: - lush greenery - grand suite rooms with private entrances and each with its own unique character - chirping birds wake you (not too early) - amazing pool with very little clorine - landscaping done by a genius The staff: - I was lucky enough to meet the owner, Neville, who is a delight - The day to day staff is extremely courteous and attentive...every need we had was met with a smile and a quickness - Say hi to Matthew...he is the best! I highly recommend this hotel"
- Travel date: 2nd April 2008
"well.Overall the experience was average.The staff Mathew etc. were good,but end of the day thats not the only thing you paying for.although the property with just about 12 so called suites is different but definitely not worth a 300 pounds a night.??What put me off is despite shelling out a decent amount there were frogs in the pool.which i was told are pets??yuck...!!rooms were basic although clean.hotels of the same decore ambience were asking for half the price.Dear ownwer please slash the prices before competition slashes you.."
- Travel date: 28th March 2008
A Boutique Resort, But Overpriced
"For those traveling to Goa who, at the end of the day, want to get away from the chaos, crowds, and noise of Goa, the Pousada Tauma is a good choice. Styled as a boutique resort, the Pousada boasts only twelve suites, each with individual flavor, surrounding a lovely irregular shaped swimming pool with a small waterfall on one side. Never crowded, the Pousada has a Western clientele, mostly made up of European tourists. It is also an adult-oriented resort -- no children were in evidence during our four days there. The rooms are clean and spacious. The bathroom is split into two rooms, with a toilet and sink in one room and a large bathtub and shower in the other room. That said, the Pousada Tauma is horribly overpriced. We stayed during the holiday season, and as such, paid the maximum rates. What should sell for $300 anywhere else goes for $450 to $500 a night here. I do not understand the glowing reviews written by travel publications for this hotel. It is nice, but nowhere near the standards of an Oberoi Hotel, which go for the same rate, but boasts much better service. The food is also expensive for India. The service was rather poor as well. Two young men seem to do everything at the hotel -- they are nice and friendly and will answer your request, but it is clear that they are overworked. Our tour at the beginning of our stay was a joke -- the young man simply walked us around the hotel, not saying anything, and never bothered to inform us there is a gym in the hotel. Calangute Beach is a ten to fifteen minute walk away, although there is not much of a sidewalk and it is a rather unpleasant walk through a street filled with hawkers and stores geared to tourists. The beach is probably one of the less attractive in Goa -- it is too crowded and commercialized. If you stay here, try Baga -- a little less frenetic. There are very few other options for luxury accomodations in Goa -- the hippie backpackers who flock here are not the market for those hotels. But the Pousada Tauma takes advantage of this scarcity to charge outrageous prices. If you are looking for a luxury resort near a beach, maybe you should just avoid Goa altogether -- try the Kovalam beach in Kerala."
- Travel date: 15th January 2006
Not that special
"Read an article in Tatler saying how special it was compared to Nilaya and for 350$ a night I was definitely expecting special! Well not so. I was upgraded to one of their medium range suites, which are okay if a little impersonal (despite them being all different). The bathroom was dingy and not that spectacular. The staff was corteous but not friendly. The pol on the small side. A nice place but not worth $350! We had dinner at their restaurant - music was loud and inappropriate, place was dead. Calangute is not a nice part of Goa - busy and full of charter flights hooligans."
- Travel date: 1st February 2005
Pousada Tauma is also called
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