11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The best hotel in goa
"When I chose Goa as a honeymoon destination in the month of April, I was not very sure if I am making a right decision or not because I have heard that Goa is very hot during April. Finally I decided to go there and chose to stay at the Taj Holiday Village after doing hell lot of a research (which took around 2months) however the research was worth it. It was a wonderful experience staying at the Taj Holiday Village. They do have another hotel just next to it 'The Fort Aguada Beach Resort' we did visit there however that was not as exciting as Taj Village. The food also was plenty and lot of choices to make. The best part was the breakfast where you have too much to chose from. The LCD tv and the DVD player in the room gives you the opportunity to get yourself entertained in your free time as you wont find any movie theatres around but dont forget to take your DVD's along as they charge you too much to hire a DVD and their collection is very limited. Then comes the room which is neat and the view is fantastic whether you have a garden view or a sea view room. The next best part is the lawn in front of the cottages where you have lot of space to sit and spend your evenings. The AC's were chilling though they do have ceiling fans in the rooms which you will never be able to use as the AC's are so powerful. The staff is very helpful and always willing to do anything which brings smile on your face. I am just back from this trip and thinking of going back to Goa and stay at Taj Village as soon as possible."
- Travel date: Thu 10th of May 2007
"We visited Goa for this year for the 2nd time. Last year we stayed at the Leela in the south, and this year we chose the Taj Holiday village in the North. First impressions was that the Taj was not as nice as the Leela, the welcome was poor and we were waiting a while until someone sorted us out and gave us a drink while we were waiting, this was instant at the leela and we were in our rooms in 10 minutes. The grounds of the hotel were not as well kept, they were nice, but some people just did not take there rubbish back to their room and sometimes this was not cleaned up . That's the negative over, and they really are very small groans, the rest is all very positive. Lovely rooms, we had a garden room, great big room, flat screen TV, DVD player, fridge, as much bottled water as we could possibly drink, outside our room we had a lovely piece of garden with table chairs and brolly and 2 sundbeds with clean towels put on every day, it was just lovely. The hotel staff were great very helpful and friendly. The pool area is very nice right in the middle of the gardens with some very nice rooms around it, there is a lovely area under cover for anyone not liking the sun too much, my husband for one! even though he still comes back browner than me the sun worshipper!! Great access to the beach, and good shacks down there for a cool drink and good food. After a long walk down to Calangute or just to Candolim, when you arrive back in the Taj the security guard instantly asks you if you want a ride back to you room, lovely touch! We will definatly be visiting again next year, as we prefer the North to the South and we will definatly choose the Taj."
- Travel date: Sun 6th of May 2007
In booking this hotel, I relied on my experiences to date during previous stays at Taj Hotels and I was not disappointed. Our room was sea facing, very near the pool and beach. The overall atmosphere of the hotel is relaxed and the lobby/ grounds really well maintained. Our room was lovely and even had a plasma screen and DVD player (not sure if all rooms have this facility). The furniture and fittings were off a high class nature. Room cleaning and servicing was good.
The breakfast at the coffee shop had a good variety of foods and the service, whilst too relaxed at times, was generally ok. We did not eat at any restaurants but were quite tempted by the Thai place on site.
The hotel is located on Aguada Rd and here one can find several good restaurants and shops - very cheap in most cases. The service can be hit and miss but the food/ drink is extremely good value. If you can venture to Calangute, I recommend 'Soza Lobo' a celebrated (and cheap) local restaurant. Was surpised at the number of 40yrs plus aged Brits (probably 90% of the clientele). Would also recommend getting an 'Ayurvedic' massage for relaxation - pay no more that 600 rupees for 1hr. Taxis are always negotiable.
Not the cleanest and the sea is quite rough. The biggest 'eyesores' are the huge ocean tankers that 'litter' the horizon. The other quite irritating factor was the constant 'hassling' of the beach vendors (especially the watersports guys) who would not take no for an answer. Only positive was the length of the beach and some of the lovely beach shacks along it.
Good value and high quality hotel which will not disappoint for couples/ families alike. Be prepared to venture out to the local restaurants but do not head here if you want to lie on the beach."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of April 2007
5* Hotel, 5* Service, 5* Prices
"My wife and I stayed here in March 2007.
The standard of the accommodation, the quality of service from attentive but not intrusive staff, the provision of facilities and the beach-front location, for us, confirm the Taj Holiday Village as genuine 5* hotel.
We had a garden view cottage with a table and chairs outside, as well as a hammock and 2 sunbeds. The grounds are spacious and well tended. There is a good swimming pool, extensive lawns with palm trees and flowering bushes.There is also small a pitch and putt area where you can get golf lessons.
Golf buggies are available to transport you and you luggage to and from your room. Our room was kept supplied daily, free of charge, with mineral water, fresh fruit and a variety of teas and coffee. You can also use the facilities of the nearby Fort Aguarda Hotel for which there is a free chuffeaur driven transfer.
As the previous member said, the prices are high compared with local restaurants, but that's the same the world over. Having said that we paid $180 a night including breakfast. Where else would you pay that for a beach-front 5* hotel?
- Travel date: Wed 21st of March 2007
Stay at the Taj eat at Tony's
"Stayed one week at Taj Aguada, as expected, but several accidents whilst we were there my wife and others tripping over uneven paving on the terrace. Hotel food and drink prices excessive, particularly for Goa. Use Tony's shack at bottom of steps to main beach, prices about 1/5th of hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of February 2007
Best Hotel in North Goa
"I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights in Dec 06 . It was a very enjoyable experience . The grounds and swimming pool are lovely , the rooms are of a high standard but most of all the staff with their 'can do' attitude are the best I have come across and this includes all of them ( Reception , House keeping , Pool staff and the waiters).
The only minor negative is that their restuarants are a little pricey relatively but then there are plenty of restaurants that can be easily accessed for a Â£ 1 taxi ride.
I have no hesitaion in recommending this hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of January 2007
Luxurious Stay at the Taj Holiday
"Taj holiday was an excellent resort. Breakfast was pretty good. We liked the fact since we are a yoing couple that it wasn't far from the happening places like Panjim and Bagga beech.
If you have kids there were a plenty of activites organized by the Holdiay staff for kids too everyday .
Club cabana and Titos were less than 9 kms from it. It also has the beautiful Taj ford aguada next to it. There is a complimentary shuttle between the 2 hotels and one is free to use the amenities in either place.
Few money saving tips:
1) Cottages are better than villas. If you get the Sea View cottage take it.
2) Dont get the massage from the Jeeva spa as it will set you back Rs. 2500 instead goto the beech and get a relaxing/luxurios masage from the local masseuse who are in plent fro around Rs. 450.
3) Titos totally sucks. Its just the hype. Club cabana on the other hand was different but the cover charge is 3 times that of titos Rs. 1000. The music in most clubs in Goa is Trans (just the tremondous European influence)
4) Goto the flea market close to Bagga beech on Saturday for great bargains on handicrft.
5)Avoid eating at the Taj Holiday , thefood except the breakfast just wasn't par excellence.
6) 2 wheelers are easily available just outside the Taj Holiday (close to Ford aguada). Dont waste your money on the ultra expensive Hotel Taxi service.
The local taxi service is 3 times cheaper if need be.
7) If you have the time instead of the dinner cruise try the cruise (forget the name) which has a casino on it. Though it is far more expensive but totally worth it.
8) Tip the bellboys at the Taj."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of January 2007
Loved the Taj Hotels but.....
"We booked at the Taj Fort Aguada next to the Taj Holiday Village. The water views and lobby at the Ft.Aguada has a wow factor. But the Taj Holiday Village has awesome grounds, pool and restaurants. We were able to use the facilities at both locations but preferred the Holiday Village. Great sunsets from the newly renovated bar and restaurant overlooking the ocean. We also liked the beach access at the Holiday Village. At the Ft.Aguada we had to go pass too many locals and peddlers to access the beach. Loved Goa nd the Taj hotels."
- Travel date: Wed 10th of January 2007
Loved The Taj Holiday Village
"Just come back from 2 weeks in sunny Goa at the Taj Holiday Village what a place if you are planning a visit you will NOT be disappointed, staff, room, food, ambience all excellent.
Lovely lush gardens private beach and excellent pool area it was a pleasure to spend every day there.
Breakfasts were something we looked forward to every day as there was so much of a choice of all foods we did not get round to trying everything! Water is delivered to your oom daily and rooms are cleaned to an outstanding standard!
will def be going back next year as location is perfect and walking distance from candolim!!
Great restaurants to try - After Seven (the ownder used to manage the Taj restaurant) and the Fillet Steak with Blue Cheese sauce is to die for !
Also, Sweet Chillies up the road from the hotel on a weds night there is great entertainers there, grab a hotel taxi - Hubert or Rosario they have air con cars and will look after you so well.
Great holiday shame it had to come to an end, hi to Ryan, Francis, Pravin, Mahesh and all the other guys round the pool who look after you so well, will miss you guys !!
Have a fab time !!!!!!!!! Book now !!"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of December 2006
Paradise on Earth
"This was our second visit to the Taj Holiday Village, the first was on business, and we loved it so much that we decided to book 2 weeks to relax and chill out.
Everything about this place is lovely. Although it is celebrating it's 25th anniversary, the cottages are impeccable.
Staff are so friendly, helpful and courteous that it caught us off-guard when we visited the first time!
The restaurants are very tasty - the Banyan Tree has exceptional Thai food. However, in stating this, expect to pay 2 to 3x more for a meal at the Taj than you would eating off the site (including paying for a taxi).
The motto the staff take at the Taj is 'no problem', whatever the request, and not only is it done happily, but promptly as well.
This is definitely the best place we have ever stayed at, and miss everybody there already!"
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of November 2006
This was our second stay at the Taj Holi...
"This was our second stay at the Taj Holiday village hotel and would go back again. The room have been renovated in the past year or so and are spacious and airy.
We had a sea view from the room and balcony which was lovely as not too many rooms which are situated in cottage style buildings have the pleasure of a sea view. But the garden views are also lovely. The staff make you feel welcome and special and will do anything to make your stay a pleasant one. The maid service is excellent.
The grounds are vast and beautiful and much more appealing than the sister hotel the Fort Aguada.
The buffet breakfast has improved considerably this year as I believe they do try to accommodate all nationalities.
This was our third visit to Candolim and each year it gets busier but is still much quieter than Calangute & Baga and plenty of shacks on the beach and numerous restaurants and bars in the resort."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of May 2006