34 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"What a holiday, can not wait to go back here, the resort is very good indeed and the silver sands is fantastic! But if this is your first time in India be warned, nothing or no one can prepare you for the massive culture shock that WILLhit you like a brick in the face. Just go with the flow and let the people and place grow on you (and it will) we were so shocked when we got to resort that we asked to be put on the next flight back to the uk and only due to the fact there was none that night going back, we had to stay and IM SO GLAD WE DID, this turned out to be the best holiday ever and very very cheap, we found it hard to spend our money. We both had as much to eat and drink as we liked AND had a private taxi driver on several days to take us everywhere and wait about to take us on to another location ect and for the full two week we did not spend Â£600 and thats for us both. A good meal and side orders for TWO people and four or five drinks each worked out about 750 rupees (Â£10.50) and remember thats with all the drinks for two people, WOW. The exchange rate was 70 rupees to the pound and a DOUBLE vodka and coke was about 50 rupees, a LARGE (660ml) bottle of kingfisher larger was about 75 rupees. A chicken masala 160 rupees, a garlic nan 35 rupees, rice 35 rupees. You may pay more if you want to eat and drink in one of the top eating spots such as the rising waves but even then its only pence more. The staff at the silver sands are great and can not do enough for you, the waiters are so helpful and i would like to thank Pintu and AJ for making this holiday even better. A couple of tips for anyone going to candolim for the first time are to take a torch and spare battery as there are several power cuts a day but only last a few mins, another good tip is do not pay full price for anything you buy from gift shops or for presents ect.... work on paying about a third to half there starting price and barter hard, if you need to, just walk away and they will come running after you almost begging you to buy it at a silly price, try it, its good fun. All i can say is go with an open mind and remember this is india, you have to let it all wash over you and relax, lay back and enjoy."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of November 2010
excellent place to stay
"my partner and i have just booked to return to silver sands for the third time the accomodation and staff are excellent wouldnt want to stay anywhere else we had a bungalow right opposite the pool which was cleaned on a daily basis with clean towels and sheets every time reggie who did our room made different patterns every day with the towels we loved goin back to our room to see what he had come up with next we absolutely love the place and 22 march 2011 cant come fast enough"
- Travel date: Tue 20th of July 2010
Ian and Cheryl Hall
"Our superior room at the silver sands was spacious with a very large bed, which contrary to some previous reviews was quite comfortable. The building did have a bit of a run down look to it, but the cleaning standards were very high. One irritation was that the en-suite bathroom's basin had no hot tap only cold. The air conditioning worked well, but had an annoying high-pitched beep when it cut in and out. We had breakfast every morning at the resort's Sheetal restaurant,(thanks to our friendly waiter Ravikant)and also contary to previous reviews found the service very good and quite quick, though we had been told by a local that the problems in Mumbai some months ago had caused many cancellations of holidays. My wife and I cannot praise the Silver Sands staff highly enough. They were all friendly, courteous and helpful. From the receptionists to the waiters and the cleaners, everyone said Hello and was eager to please. The walk to the beautiful beach took literally minutes. Being typically English we love our tea, and we had a pot of tea delivered to our room on a number of occasions. On our morning of departure reception gave us a call and bought our tea up at 5.30. Despite being a bit worn round the edges in some places we have no hesitation in recommending the Silver Sands, as long as you're not expecting the Hilton. Thanks also go to Kate, the First Choice rep."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of February 2009
"I just don't know how ANYONE can have a moan about this hotel!!
A superior room is well worth the extra you pay...although we never used the
aircon much in dec, as the ceiling fan was perfect for a nights comfortable sleep, but the balcony was to die for...the room was huge...and the fridge was very handy for the gin and tonics!!
All the guys at the Silver Sands are lovely...Neil..Ajay (who loves birthday cake!)
and Lorina on reception...they will do anything they can for you...and I just can't wait to go back and see them all this year!!
Goa is fantastic....and Candolim is the best resort of all...the beach is super...the waves are great fun....sitting on a sunbed and watching the dolphins splashing around in the water...well..it doesn't get much better!!
The shopping in Goa is fantastic...so take a big case with you!!
If you walk down past the hotels shack, closer to the sea...there is the Boat Shack, where Santos and the guys will look after you all day and all night...him and the boys down there were fantastic with the kids....gave them boogie boards to ride on ect...and even organised massages and pedicures for us grown ups!!
The Spice Plantation was a great trip..as the kids enjoyed bathing and riding the Elephants....and you must visit Roma restaurant in Candolim where they do great Italian
food..and the gorgeous Roberto works there!! lovely guy..was a big hit with us all...as was becky...his dog!!
The Curry House restaurant was also fantastic...a big thankyou to the boys there for organising my daughter India's birthday party...brilliant!!
YEP....you gotta go to Goa!!!!"
- Travel date: Sun 15th of February 2009
Silver Sands / Goa
"Just returned from the Silver Sands after arriving on Nov 3. We booked through First Choice and flew from East Midlands. GREAT!! No Gatwick and a 2:45 drive time and no expensive car parking as we were dropped off and picked up. First Choice seats are good, much more leg room than Monarch and personal screens on the seat in front instead of some old fashioned projector that pops down from the ceiling. As for the Silver Sands we had read many reports before we left and had an open mind. We booked superior rooms and were very pleased with the standard. Very clean, nice shower and hot water all the time. Satellite telly was good also. This was our 5th time to India and fourth to Goa so we are seasoned veterans when it comes to Indian hotel rooms. The staff are very friendly and accomodating and they have adequate supply of lockers to keep valuables and passports safe. SMOKERS BEWARE!!! We both smoke and this year the local government has passed no smoking rules in Goa. It has been enforced in other parts of India for quite sometime. ALL HOTELS enforce the ban but most restaurants and bars simply ignore it and you are free to smoke in peace. All of the locals think its a ridiculous idea and I think they should concentrate on cleaning up their litter problem rather than trying to dictate where people can smoke. The restaurant at Silver Sands is ok, we only had breakfast there. The toast is hard (as many otehrs have written) but other than that the food is of good standard. They had just completed their beach shack as we were leaving and it is truly a great feature. It is elevated off the sand and has lovely loungers and brand new pristine toilets, the best of any beach haunts I have ever seen. The tanker is still there (don't think it will ever be moved) and there are now lifeguards (first year) on constant patrol. The beach hawkers have been banned so there is no pestering whilst trying to relax on a lounger. They still operate but usually from
a dedicated beach shack as opposed to wandering up and down the beach. The pool at Silver Sands is nice but somewhat shaded and we used many other hotel pools within walking distance. Current exchane rate when we left was Rs73.5 to the Â£ and eating and drinking is still very cheap indeed. Overall,we liked the Silver Sands very much and would defintely go there again. We didn't see any other rooms but for what we paid (I think it was Â£50 extra) we were very satisfied with ours. We took advice from other reviews on this website and booked the superior. (Very accurate comments from previous guests) The location is good too, right at the bottom of Candolim Beach Road and 200 metres from the beach. Nice and quiet, average age 50 , no [--] heads running around blind drunk upsetting people.
- Travel date: Fri 21st of November 2008
Silver sands is a cracking little hotel....
"Silver sands is a cracking little hotel. I Flew out with some friends who were booked in here as part of a package. I was flight only and headed here on the off chance that there might be a room available.
I got one of the huts at the side of the pool, with a fridge and aircon for a very reasonable 900 rupees a night. That went up the next year to 1800 rupees! However this is still cheap.
The staff are so friendly, and they go out their way to make your stay as special as possible. I have never stayed in any other 2 star hotel where a waiter will serve you a beer when your in the pool!
Once your there, I would recommend using the hotel as a base, places that are well worth a look are Palolem beach, which was about 8 quid away in a taxi. If you stay on Palolem, stay at Dreamcatcher. It's the cleanest and best, but one of the most expensive.
- Travel date: Sun 28th of September 2008
My partner and I went to the Silver Sand...
"My partner and I went to the Silver Sands in Goa in Feb 2008 and absolutely loved it.
It was the best decision that we could have made.
The holiday was further enhanced by the hotel staff-Guru,Lorina,Neil,Jon,Manu,Ravi,Pinto,AJ,Sachin,Jono,Santos,Godspeel,Baloo and the Chefs at the Sheetal.
WE had a great time and were well looked after by everyone and we have made quite a few new friends.
The hotel was clean and our cleaner,Sachin, made sure our towels where a different animal every day!! (Thanks mate!)
We ate regulary in the Sheetal restaurant which is part of the Silver Sands.
We were very sad to leave to be honest.
On our return we immediately booked again for Feb 2009.
We can't wait to go back to our little piece of Eden!!
But don't tell everyone or else our Garden of Eden will disappear!!!!
Jane & Martin
- Travel date: Sat 7th of June 2008
we were at silversands in march 2008 thi...
"we were at silversands in march 2008 this is 6 times we have stayed their we stayed in a supreme room it was cleaned every day wen where there. i did not have a bad word to say about the rooms the facilities and the staff who welcome you and talk to you in a very nice and cheerfull way. we also in our other stay to silver sands stayed in a bungalow which again was very clean and very nice to stay in.We have already booked for christmas this year and march next year as the holiday to goa really is an experince to have .The overall place was top marks for me and would recommed it to anyone who is interested in a holiday to goa. "
- Travel date: Mon 21st of April 2008
when we arrived we had a little trouble...
"when we arrived we had a little trouble with the rooms but the staff were amazing in sorting it out.
the holiday was made special by the way the staff treated you at the hotel.
all of the waiters aspesialy Ajay and John and Neil were just fantastic will be back next year to see them for sure.
i have no complaints at all about the hotel nor the people there as i met some amazing people not just staff but also guests who were stopping at the hotel who also made the stay worthwile. "
- Travel date: Sat 8th of March 2008
"Just back from 2weeks at the Silver Sands holiday village a great location near to the beach plenty of restarurants around to walk out to. Rooms basic but clean pool area nice and clean.
Beware of the chicken/beef SIZZELERS at "Infernos " they can be abit volatile, spitting hot sauce at you, but very tasty. There are all types of food available in loads of different restarurants chinese, italian, even fish n chips with mushy peas and calvery's. Half the fun is looking and deciding where to go and what to eat, be careful of "Mad Cat"/catto locco over priced and over rated. Alexander's just round the corner was excellent, with Mama Alexander advising us on what was the tastiest and best Goan dishes to eat.
Trips are best booked local John's trips are always excellent.
We also booked a Jungle Trip to Backwoods Camp,( not with John) but wasn't as good as previous ones. Once small and friendly but now pile 'em in and stack 'em high.
PLEASE DON'T give money to beggars epspecially children. While they are begging on streets or beach and taking home money they won't be sent to school. Education is free and they should be in school. One "con" is the official looking form with a school/charity stamp, asking for donations stating that the child is deaf and dumb and asking for money usually 500 rupees.
Ask yourself why a school would send children on the beach asking for money.
Take some small gifts ballons ,soaps, toothbrushs, or carry asome banana,oranges, biscuit but please don't give money. (Only give pens to kids that go to school )
If we stopped giving money they might just end up in school.
Sorry about that, but it has to be said, please bare in mind that the people of India are not starving and there are provisions made for them. It might not be upto our standards, but, this is India.
The Silver Sands is a great place to stay, we were in a basic bungalow, usually reserved for Olympic holidays. Jewel in the Crown are in the annex blocks, but shows the bungalows next to the pool in their brochure.
The beach was very close by and some of the shacks on that part of the beach have clubed together and pay for security to keep the hawkers away. If you've been before you'll know what I mean. It can get very tiresome being pestered every few minutes to buy stuff. But, hey, some people like that, the girls that do the manicures and massages are lovely to talk to and really appreciated the baby and kids clothes that we took plus a huge bag of stuffed toys. You'll soon get rid of them and lets face it you don't need half the clothes you take. You can get your washing done for less than 300 ruppees.
If you go to Panjin and have any cash to spare you could always leave some at Mother Theresa of Calcutta's place next to St John Bossco's boys school.
Don't miss Ingo's Saturday night market, even the Indian's love it.
Great live music and lots of stalls and international food stalls. You'll even find an original hippie or two.
Last of all if your going say hello to the lads and MAX.
Max is a hand reared squirrel/chipmonk that visits at breakfast and sleeps in a box under the bar."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of February 2008
Went to Silver Sands on our 1st visit to...
"Went to Silver Sands on our 1st visit to Goa, was not sure at first but after you get some sleep itâs a whole new outlook. People are right when they say you either love it or hate it-WE LOVE IT!!
The hotel is 2 mins from the beach which in April is not that busy as itâs near the end of the season. We hired a fridge for our room in the tower block for 2 weeks - cost 14 pound. At the start of the 2nd week we upgraded to a room with air-con as it was getting really hot. The breakfast is really slow but better if you go to the hotels beach shack just round the corner. Used Bonos shack on the beach - nice friendly people and great food and toilets are better than the hotels.
Anyone going for the 1st time get yourself a taxi driver for the duration; he will save you loads of money on trips out. Went to Coco Beach for the dolphins at Blackies shack-no see, no pay! Take a trip to spice plantation and ride and wash the elephants-great fun, thereâs so much to do and see, we went out nearly every day.
The staff in the hotel canât do enough for you and will try and help in any way. We're going back in April for 3 weeks and have upgraded to a superior room and its cost less than 2 weeks did last year.
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of January 2008
Initially a culture shock, we brits are...
"Initially a culture shock, we brits are so pampered!
The hotel is charming, adequate, and very clean. The staff are so friendly, helpful and genuinely warm. Virtually located on the beach! Jewellery handbags belts and leather goods are priced so cheaply, it would be rude not to buy ha ha!
The average wage for people can be 10/15 pounds per month. So be generous with your English pound! Tip well but sensibly. An average evening meal with starter & all drinks included & generous tip was never more than Â£10 per evening at any venue that we tried for two of us.
Inferno was particularly wonderful. So much care taken with your order requirements. I visited Dr Pimenta (dentist) and I had 2 white fillings and a polish for under Â£40. I prebooked by email in the U.K. Take a small torch and flat shoes girls. There are many unlit streets and the pavements donât really exist.
Take a taxi without a worry it just wonât cost much at all. We had a driver for literally hours in attendance and it was around Â£4.00 in total. The tailors are great and so cheap for any running repairs or even a new suit for under Â£30!
We spent Â£300 on our total food drink and taxis for 2 weeks and we ate and drank freely without limits. Topless bathing is against the law, but the attitude to it is very relaxed.
Going back in March the experience was just sooooo good."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of January 2008