Santana Beach Resort
About Santana Beach Resort
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- bar lounge
- free parking
- room service
- air conditioning
- dry cleaning
- non smoking rooms
- laundry service
- concierge desk
- flatscreen tv
- family rooms
- bath shower
- hair dryer
- seating area
- multilingual staff
- airport transportation
- breakfast buffet
- outdoor pool
- paid wifi
- baggage storage
- car hire
- bottled water
- express check in check out
- currency exchange
- english amenities
- 24 hour front desk
- free breakfast
- private balcony
- reduced mobility rooms
- pool beach towels
- paid internet
- complimentary toiletries
- swimup bar
- poolside bar
- coffee tea maker
- 24 hour security
- private beach
- valet parking amenities
12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Have been to Goa four times and i can definately say that this is the best simple hotel i have ever stayed in.....The rooms are kept spotlessly clean and the sheets and towels were changed every day....All the staff were so friendly and would do enything for you....The pathways were lovely and also nice gardens leading down to the beach......A couple of minutes walk took you down to the main street with all its resturants,,shops and bars,,,,,,A perfect spot to relax,,,,,,,cant wait to go back next year "
- Travel date: Fri 20th of March 2009
go with an open mind and be pleasantly surprised
"just got back from the santana.the first day there was surelly a hitch coz our room was not ready so they had to put us up at a room far away where construction was still in full swing.but once we were alloted the room 406 we were very happy.Clean,neat and simple.its not 5 star but considering what u r paying i thought it was great.attached kitchennette ,cheap mini bar,smiling waiters,bartender.even the men who were tending the plants were always smiling and ackowleging you.breakfast was very simple infact a little bit of fruit added would be good.eggs to order,1 indian dish or fruit one day,tea,coffee,cornflakes,toast.thats it.not lavish like breakfasts at 5 stars where u end up forcing down food just coz u have paid for it.ordered room service which was cheap and yum.ate at the calamari which i thought was a bit overrated!but thats my opinion.rent a bike,forget your diet,drink like a fish and laze!thats goa for u !as for santana i would say it was a decision based entirely on ta rewiews and they were perfectly correct!"
- Travel date: Fri 7th of November 2008
Wonderful Santana Beach Hotel
"I agree with all things said about the Santana in all the reviews.
Small and quiet lovely gardens nice rooms excellent facilities like tea and coffee making equipment but it was nicer just to order it from the bar to be delivered pot of coffee and pot of tea did not cost much more than about Â£1. Very cheap. Nice reception with lock up boxes and there were two nice security men one days and one nights to let you in if you were late back he was always there. Cannot find any faults with this hotel. Its the third different one we've stayed in including Victor Exotica all inclusive although that was not our choice we were bumped up and the Phoenix Park Inn Resort both nice but if we go back again it will be the Santana we choose to say in. Good restaurants all around Candolim. Too many to mention all but the Stonehouse and Sweet Chilli and Inferno, Alexanders opposite Inferno and Raffles very near to Santana."
- Travel date: Fri 5th of September 2008
Enjoyed our stay at Santana
"We blocked the whole hotel for an event - over 70 of us descended there on the long weekend in August 2008. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there - this is a 3 star property extremely well located in Candolim and virtually on the beach. The hosts made us feel very much at home - and it was great to spend time chatting with them and learning about Goa. They recommended some great eating spots nearby, and helped in transport arrangements.
The pool is very small, and Candolim beach needs to be cleaned!!
Food and service was excellent and we would recommend this to others who are looking for a great value holiday!!
- Travel date: Thu 4th of September 2008
Perfect Goan Hotel
"In March, my girlfriend and I went to Goa. My girlfriend had been previously and warned me that the entire place was beautiful but yet very basic.
Upon arrival I have to admit I was slightly concerned, the airport was not greatly organised and having arrived slight after a 747 plane load of people the arrivals hall was somewhat overcrowded.
However upon leaving the airport and taking a taxi to our hotel which was approximately a 45 minute drive I soon changed my opinion. The taxi driver was wonderful and spoke very very good english. He explained the interesting sights and some history of Goa to us on our journey, and i must say i do not envy him driving on the Indian roads.
Upon arrival at the hotel we were met by the hotel manager with a glass of Mango juice and check-in was very quick and simple. As with most foreign destinations a passport was kept for a few hours.
We were then shown to our room by the room boy, the room was very basic yet had all the amenties which one could ask for A/C, fridge etc, but most of all it was impecably clean.
Well i could go on for hours talking about Goa and inparticular Candolim, however I shall round up now.
To summarise, Goa is very basic and increabably cheap, the people are wonderful and friendly, they simply cannot do enough for you. The food is out of this world and again stupidly cheap. Eg. for a 2 course dinner of steak and prawns it would cost no more than Â£10/$20 for two people.
All in all i would recommend Goa to anybody I speak to and my girlfriend and I shall hopefully be returning next year."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of July 2008
Good time had by all!
"Stayed at the Santana Beach Resort for the last 2 weeks of the season so everywhere was fairly quiet. Had a lovely relaxing time. This was our third trip to Goa but our first in Candolim and we will definitely return to Candolim and the Santana Beach. The hotel is the best we have stayed in in Goa with good sized, very clean rooms, wonderful staff, fantastic food and lovely garden. They have started building some extra rooms and another larger swimming pool to be ready for next season. The food in the attached beach shack, the Calamari, was also exceptional. The lower tiers of the Calamari were taken away about a week ago due to the erosion of the beach and the sea now lapping the bottom tier. I expect they will have to move the whole shack back before next season.
The local papers in Goa say that the River Princess will not survive the monsoons and will probably break up before the next season - hopefully they will be able to clear this otherwise the entire beach will be unusable until they do.
All in all a wonderful, relaxing holiday with good food, friendly people and I would like to thank the staff of the Santana Beach for making it even better."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of April 2008
"Have just returned from Goa having stayed at the Santana Beach Resort in Candolim. Went with husband and 2 close friends. Excellent holiday and would recommend the Santana Beach Resort. Small hotel with only 33 rooms. Typical Goan rooms - fairly basic but with comfortable beds, shower room, kitchen with fridge (drinks are same price as at bar), tea/coffee making facilities (i.e. kettle) and all rooms have balconies. Electricity supply slightly dodgy - no change there then for Goa! But never caused problems - they even supply candles and matches in the rooms just in case.
Restaurant is by the (small) pool, and we couldn't fault the service! Food fine and breakfast is good quality if simple. Included in the B&B rate we paid was toast/eggs cooked however you like them/juice, rolls, tea & coffee. If you want bacon/sausages etc. then you pay for them (very cheap for extras though). Without exception the staff couldn't be more helpful and friendly - hello to Sunny and Antonio! Although the pool is small, it's more than adequate for cooling off in and although there was a problem with the filter one day during our stay it was quickly sorted out by the staff.
Santana is the only hotel in Candolim that is on the beach - 5 minute walk through the small gardens to the beach past the Calamari beach shack which is owned by the hotel. We ate there once and food was great - be warned though that most of the beach shacks close at about 9pm. Owing to recent (late January) very high spring tide, there has been a lot of erosion along the lower part of Candolim beach and this has effectively removed most of the useable beach for sunbeds immediately in front of the Calamiri. If like us you like to be within a few paces of the beach on your sunbed then you need to walk a bit up the beach to the other shacks.
As far as eating out goes, we ate at the Octopus, Posh Nosh and Stone House amongst others. Although the Stone House is supposed to be THE place to eat in Candolim we were very disappointed. The food is great; but the whole atmosphere and ambience was terrible. The place is dirty, waiters look like they've been dragged in off the streets; paper napkins and VERY loud music blaring out. By the far the best place we found (we went there 3 times) is the newly opened this season Posh Nosh just up the road from the Stone House. Couldn't rate this place highly enough. The staff really care, food excellent and overall a fantastic eating experience! This is definitely a place to keep an eye on - will become the most talked about eatery in Candolim.
Went to Calangute for a day (having been there 8 years before) and were very disappointed. Might as well go to Tenerife! Beach very crowded and the shacks are about 2 foot apart! Very glad we were staying in Candolim which is still a lot quieter.
The River Princess (washed ashore in 2000) is still lying just off the beach at Candolim and dominates the scenery but oddly enough in a nice way! Have loads of piccies of the boat and the sunset; it in no way detracts from the view or your beach experience. Unlike unfortunately the increasing number of jetski's, banana boats, parascenders etc. The tourist is spoiling Goa, so go now while you can still enjoy the experience.
The market at Anjuna is still well worth a visit although do not expect the number of "hippie" stalls that there used to be. Do try the samosas at the stalls - some of the best I have eaten! Mapusa market is not for the weak stomached although to our mind the smells, colours and heat are all part of the experience. This is a genuine municipal market and a great day out!
The last time we went to Goa we had a lovely sunset cruise down the Mandovi river; but unfortunately this time decided to do what was advertised as a " Dinner Cruise" on the Santa Monica! Don't do it - all it was was a glorified disco - not what we had been expecting at all!
The driving style in Goa is still as amazing as ever - we hired scooters for a day out and had an amazing time - when in doubt hoot and go - worked for us!
All in all an excellent holiday!! Would recommend to anybody!"
- Travel date: Mon 25th of February 2008
This was the fourth time we have been to...
"This was the fourth time we have been to Goa, we have always stayed in Candolin, we have stayed at the Highland Beach (twice), Phoenix Park, and last but not least the Santana. The Santana is about 2mins walk to the beach!! The rooms are cleaned every day, the staff are very friendly, this hotel is great if you want to just relax and chill out.
The swimming pool is abit on the small side but ok for a quick cool down. The main shops and restaurants are about a 15-20min walk, but there are some good restaurants we found close by."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of February 2008
Very enjoyable stay
"Just back from our second holiday in Goa. After an average experience at the Phoenix Park last year we stayed at the Santana this year and were delighted with everything about the hotel. The rooms were fine in the context of Indian standards. Everything worked and there was plenty of space with a separate kitchen area. The room boys were great keeping everything v clean and all of the staff were exceptionally helpful. The hotel is in pleasant grounds and although the pool is a bit small, the beach is a minutes walk away and Calamari beach Shack is owned by the same people as the hotel and is a nice place to spend the day. It is a shame that the beach is being badly damaged at this end by the tides - it is still Ok although they will have to do some more permanent work to protect the shack before next season. This end of Candolim is quieter although there are plenty of good restaurants in close proximity - reviewed in the location section.
Food at the hotel was fine - breakfast the usual eggs/toast/cornflakes although you can order other things off the menu at reasonable prices.
Overall I would definitely stay at the Santana again."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of February 2008
"Great Hotel , Great Location , Brilliant Staff .We stayed here for 3 weeks over the Christmas and new year.The staff couldnt have been more helpful.The food and drink here was better priced than in some of the shacks we ate in and the mini bar was the same price as the bar and restaurant.The Calamari shack which is just outside the hotel was great free beds great toilets and fresh water shower and you could use their beach towels aswell.Found the taxi drivers ok"
- Travel date: Tue 8th of January 2008
"We were a little worried about going staying at this hotel as there were no reviews we could find and we had originally booked to stay at the Phoenix Park Inn.
After a long transfer from the airport we arrived at the Santana Beach. We were greeted by reception as the housekeepers took our bags to our room and showed us how to work the air con and shower.
The rooms are of a good size with a separate sitting area. Itâs equipped with a TV and air con unit (great when you just want to cool down). There is also a kitchen area where there is a cheap mini bar â same prices as the hotel bar.
The hotel has a small restaurant that caters for all tastes, if you fancy some traditional Goan dishes or even just steak and chips. The lunch time menu is just as good offering toasted sandwiches, salads and much more. You can set up a tab at the hotel and sign for each order then settle the bill at the end of your stay which is very convenient. Food and drink is very cheap across Goa and we spent approx Â£120 between two of us during our one week stay, this included all our drinks, (alcoholic and soft drinks) lunch and evening meal.
The rooms are cleaned daily and towels are changed every day as opposed to every other day as stated. The house keepers often left towel art on the beds
There is a small pool with cushioned sun lounges. The beach is a two minute walk and there is a beach shack Calamari that supplies free sun lounges for you to relax on. The sea is a little choppy and some parts are rocky. If you turn left on the beach it is much quieter.
What makes the place exceptional is the caliber of staff. Everyone of them is friendly and helpful. The aircon unit broke down one morning and when I went to inform reception they sent some one up to our room straight away. I had also forgotten a plug adaptor and the staff were very helpful in lending me one at no cost .As we were new visitors to Goa we were unsure of the area and resort and when we asked one of the waiters, he gave us a simple guide to Goa and what to expect. He often suggested places to eat and recommended particular dishes. (Tom - you were very helpful)
After the initial culture shock and climatisation to a new country, the sanata beach really made up for the long flight. A huge thanks go to the staff who made our stay very enjoyable.
Tip: Goa is susceptible to the odd power cut so it is advisable to take a torch with you.
All the guidebooks mention The Stone House restaurantâ it is exceptionally good and lives up to its excellent reputation."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of November 2007
A real Gem of a hotel
"We wondered what the Santana beach hotel would be like because its not been reviewed before..but we were plesantly suprised and here is our review.
The hotel is clean and the closest to the beach in Candolim. The staff are friendly, go out of thier way to be helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them. There is a small but very clean pool and loungers along side the restruant in a garden setting. AMple breakfast, toast cerelas, eggs and in the day and evening super food with a large menu on offer. I liked the tandori vegtable plate, a work of art that tasted amazing. The Hotel owns the Calimari beach shack just out of the garden less than 200yrs, here you can lay on the beach on loungers that are free to Hotel guests but go early other less fortunate hotel guests tend to walk up and grab the beds. Food at the beach shack again first class and lovely friendly staff. Avoid room 101 and 102 these face reception and can be noisy as the phone rings quite a lot sometimes during the evening and night. Its not five star but cosy and very good value for money indeed. We will be going back next year and during our stay talked to many repeat guests all who were impressed by Leanne and her staff who go out of thier way to make your stay more than plesant. Rooms are simple but well equped with fridge, mini bar, tv Ladies hairdryers and straightners will overload and blow the trip switch in the room but then with the beach so near who needs them? Beach goes for miles and is sandy but strong currants can be a danger to less able swimmers. Take a torch to India there are many power cuts and whilst there is street lighting its not like here in the UK.
We took some trips via the Cosmos rep but the hotel will arrange these for independant travllers.
Elephant sanctuary most disapointing. We saw photos of many elephants with two people on them bathing them in what looked like a pool. Fact one elephant, with many people in a river with slippery rocks that one or two slipped up on. Elephant ride at the end bit like a zoo with two elephants. There is a show but not running last week. Give this one a miss
Boat trip Saturday lots of fun we fished, some snorkled saw many many dolphins and had dinner on a long sandy beach. ALl soft drinks and beer included. Boat crew really nice and made the day lots of fun too.
Night at Cola in a five star tent long drive to the south but ultimate in seclusion a beach and coconut palntation between 8 of us.
Tents have running water, are large and have loo's too. Beach horseshoe sand but rocks along the shore, reminde us of the the bounty bar adverts. All meals are provided and served with the ocean lapping the shore line and in the evening a camp fire is lit. Very relaxing, great way to chill out and be spoilt.
Do eat at the Stone house in Candolim its in all the good guide books, food is wonderful and not expenisive. The beach traders can be a bit off putting but please buy something from them they are nice folks and won't rip you off.
We flew with Monarch as part of a package via Cosmos and upgraded to MOnarch plus... Be warned we did not get to sit in the front of the plane our seats on the return flight were given to others. Its not good value for money but the crews are nice and do thier best.
Again we would recomend the Santana beach 10 out of ten for frendlyness and Goa we are goa goa back amazing place with lovely people"
- Travel date: Mon 29th of October 2007