34 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Ignorance is bliss
"Having just returned from the Highland Beach - I am amazed at the previous comment regarding 'residents' - we had great fun getting to know the 'residents' or should I say - elderly people who are enjoying a long stay in the sun - and all the tips they had to share - we found the pool atmosphere to be very relaxed - plenty of sun beds to go around if you are up and about at a reasonable time in the morning - clearly if you arrive at the pool after lunch time you can't expect beds to be available - the only down side for us was a group of extremely uncouth individuals in our block who thought it was amuzing to drag sunbeds around the pool at 2am in the morning!!!!!!! - clearly some people have no respect for others.
Great location - close to all bars and restaurants - basic but clean rooms - entertainment within the hotel on a regular basis - helpful staff - well worth a visit."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of February 2012
"This was our 6th stay in the hotel and by far the worst. Rooms in need of attention, manager and reception staff not very helpful. Every single day of our holiday we had to ask for towels and most days toilet paper. I can confirm it was my last time in this hotel. "
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of August 2011
Very enjoyable Stay
"This was a 2nd time to goa and we enjoyed our stay at the highland beach the staff were frendly (after the tipping) they bent over backward to help never ate in restaurant as it the menu was basic and not appeling the room was tiny but it had everything we needed Air con etc. Room was cleaned every other day with clean towel and bedding would go back again next year allready looking at prices would recommened this hotel to any body well done highland beach"
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of February 2010
"We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Highland Beach Resort. This was the 4th time at this hotel. We have always really enjoyed our holidays there. Not this time! Although on the surface it was the same, there were numerous things that disappointed. The restaurant, which was previously of a fairly high standard was disappointing, the food was mediocre at best. The room service now ceases at 11pm sharp! As does service at the bar!!! There were no sizzler nights etc as before. The waiters were extremely helpful as always. The faults seem to be in the management not the staff. Be warned if you are returning to this once excellent hotel, it is not the same at all"
- Travel date: Mon 15th of February 2010
our holiday in candolim
"Stayed at Highland beach for two weeks. Staff very friendly and helpfull, always a smile for the tourist. Rooms basic but cleaned every day. Clean bedding and towels every other day. Pools always clean can't fault it. Candolim is lovely can't wait to go back 2010.Will stay at the highland again without any doubt. The locals are really nice always a good morning or afternoon.The only downfall was the main road leading to the beach road, it was a bit daunting trying to cross it.
- Travel date: Sat 25th of April 2009
"Our party of 12 first visited the Highland in 2007, was pleased, so went back in Feb 2009. Very disappointed to see such a change. Rooms dirty, lack of clean towels and bed linen, swimming pool not cleaned daily, lack of sunbed towels and sun umbrellas. Spoke to other holiday makers and a lot disappointed with accommodation. Only plus was the reception and catering staff and breakfast was good. Weather was the other thing and our evening meals with the company of our party that made our holiday. We will not go back to the Highland Beach, but will definitely visit Candolim and Goa a magical holiday destination."
- Travel date: Thu 26th of February 2009
Highland Beach stay
"Hi, Well if you are looking for the Ritz stay away, but if you are looking for a clean and very friendly hotel then look no further. From the moment you arrive, the service is second to none. Cannot praise all the staff at Highlands enough, the Manager ( Tommy ) should be proud to have such a good team. He obviously leads by example. The rooms are basic but clean and tidy. Cannot comment on the food, as we eat out nightly at the exceptional restaurants that flurish throughout Candolim. Would not hesitate to recommend to someone looking for a friendly place to stay."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of December 2008
i am 21. my 1st time in goa was when i w...
"i am 21. my 1st time in goa was when i was 12. i have been back almost every year since and have once lived there for over 2 months. my mum now has an apartment in the highland which was a hotel we chose years ago because my mum is scottish, we made a good choice and i am due back this november with my bf who is a 1st timer in Goa woop woop!!!!!!!!!!! excellent hotel, great staff, 5 pools, whatmore can i say?
- Travel date: Fri 27th of June 2008
we went here january 2007, from the outs...
"we went here january 2007, from the outset it is a major culture shock going to a third world country for the first time but you soon learn how they live and the strange suddenly seems normal.
Hotel staff couldn't possibly help you more, polite, kind and available 24-7.
I think people that have negative comments about this hotel are naive to the fact they'r used to holidaying in Spain, as this is one of the nicest hotels in candolim.
rooms are all you need for the amount of time you spend in them, they are cleaned daily and the cleaners can be trusted, as i dont think they'd put they'r family income in jeopardy.
we adopded a taxi driver from outside mango grove and he looked after us for the 2weeks we were there, you can go anywhere with them and it will cost you Â£5 at the most for all day. Advise prople travelling to candolim to go to the spice gardens, we went and paid the locals something arounf Â£3 to ride an elephant!
i was unwell whilst holidaying here, this is when the staff at the hotel were extremely helpful, calling and arranging the doctor to come see me and checking up on me every few hours.
the children beg, carry (sedated) babies round with them and try sell you jewellry, dont just believe them, if your going to give them any money, just make sure theyr not jumping into a bmw at the end of the day to go back to their mansion!!
i do reccommend staying here as it was lovely, with a choice of swimming pools to choose from, beauty salon and resteraunt.
only one thing to criticise about the highland. eggs for breakfast everyday arent a good idea as the main serving, scrambled, boiled, fried, gets to lagg a little for 2weeks!!
go to.....anjuna beach, coco beach, the night market, spice gardens, the crocodile boats, the waterfall and anywhere else yout taxi driver reccommends, theyr the best tour guides!!"
- Travel date: Sat 26th of January 2008
First time in Goa and def not last, High...
"First time in Goa and def not last, Highland Beach is a clean hotel a few building works going on but after 3days you forget about it, 8mins walk down to the beach where you can see it all including cows on the beach, Goan people are very very nice a real pleasure meeting a few of them, got to know staff in silver sands resort a great bunch of guys and have booked up there nov 08, had our own taxi guy Philip who was a great help, through him got to see a lot more of Goa at a very cheap price, even as far as taken us to meet his family it should put us to shame at how easy they open there homes up to tourists, after your first shock of Candolim it is a great place to relax eating drinking is very very cheap, canât wait to go back and meet up with Philip and Jason and co from."
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of January 2008
What an excellent holiday, the hotel was...
"What an excellent holiday, the hotel was clean and the staff efficient at all times, loved Candolim in general, great variety of food and it is very inexpensive, taxi driverâs fab. We used Mr Saga, Roy, Stranger, all were very helpful and did not over charge us.
We would go back to the same hotel again, Jungle book was really good and donât be put off by the mud huts, the whole experience of sleeping in the jungle was amazing and the elephants were enchanting, the staff at jungle book provided wonderful entertainment, not a dull moment on the whole tour.
- Travel date: Sun 13th of January 2008
We stopped here for the first time in In...
"We stopped here for the first time in India we came back New Years Day and booked for the same time again this year but three weeks this time. We found the resort top notch, staff were very helpful indeed maybe if you go round with a lumpy face and don't smile dont expect the people to smile at you.
The room was cleaned every day, pool were cleaned every day, as was the paths. Breakfast was basic but was plenty good enough although we did not eat a lot at the hotel (late night and late mornings), so we used the mango grove Patrick and Reggie are brill do anything for you, what ever variations or combination of breakfast you want.
Raj jewellers at the Highland Beach I can recommend, done me and the wife two very nice rings well worth a look he is very nice if you do go to see him give him our regards from Paula and Adrian.
All I can say if you don't like the Highland Beach Resort then go to Spain and get ripped off, we were happy with everything.
Also we had a taxi driver Mr Sagar on the side of his taxi what a star he took us wherever we wanted to go and never overcharged us and had very good knowledge of Goa, please use him if you go he sits at the bottom of the road at the Fishermans Corner which I may add what a good meal you get there - sea food platter to die for.
Gato Loco opposite give it a miss charged us 4000 rps for a lamb dinner way over the top.
So here is looking forward to Dec 2008 at the HIGHLAND BEACH RESORT WELL DONE GUYS SEE YOU SOON."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of January 2008