10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Excellent nature resort
"We travelled to the wildernest resort 10 days ago. We were not sure what to expect, but the place was simply delightful. The resort is set in the forest and blends in with the surroundings. The cottages are clean, well kept and roomy. The staff are very friendly and warm and have an excellent knowledge of the fauna and flora. They take time to explain the various plants and their uses in daily life and we found this very interesting. The hikes to the highest point give an excellent view of the Ghats (mountain ranges). This is a birdwatchers paradise. The food was excellent with a good selection of Goan vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes.
Would definitely recommend this for a short nature break."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of February 2009
Birds, Babies and Bliss
"We stayed for four nights in January 2009. The hotel provided a comfortable car transfer from the airport with a careful driver, at my request they also arranged for him to take us to an ATM on the way, the first example of the excellent standard of service we enjoyed through out our stay. The cabins are comfortable and airy the only downside being the lack of adequate light for reading.We had many big black ants in the bathroom , which I accepted as the price of living in the forest but when I mentioned them to a member of staff she was appalled and that night there were no ants- housekeeping had clearly been told and dealt with the unwanted wild life.Wanted wildlife is abundant .Mostly birds but lots of rustling in the undergrowth indicated other presences.The scenery is breathtaking. The food fulfills the promising of being local and different from the usual tourist dishes.The only thing I could fault was that the chairs in the dining room and on our veranda were in need of replacement and the saggy canvas was not comfortable. However, this is not a place for very young western children. There was a family with a toddler and a baby while we were there; the children could not cope with trekking, bird watching or the food and their protests were loudly expressed. As sound travels amazingly in the silence of the countryside all the guests were aware of their constant misery: but without babies the place is bliss."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of February 2009
Truely Nature's Treat
"When i booked this hotel i was not sure as to what was expect.I had relied completly on reviews by trip advisor.
To start with we moved to this place from the happening candolim beach.
The drive is two hours from candolim and advise is to book the cab from hotel itself as the drivers are really professional and the way is really tricky.
Situated in the midst of beautiful mountains fills you with complete awe as this place contradicts the loud and jazzy goa to the tranquill image of this resort.
The jeep ride from the main road to the resort is really enjoyable.
Then there is sushma to welcome you at the reception.
Depends on you if you want to prefer valley view or forest view resorts.
I took up the soliya cottage in the middle of the jungle and the shrill cry of cicada is always there to keep you busy.
The cottage is most simply set with wooden architecture and dimly lit and the forest viuew from the french windows is simply divine.
We didnt have any mosquitoes in our cottage but just a good advice to keep your doors closed to avoid insects from creeping in to the cottage.
Its truely a jungle resort and the Infinity pool is simply divine.Its the world's best pool with the pool having water from the nearbby waterfall no cholrine just fresh sweet water fro you overlooking the valleys.It seems nature has gifted you with this beautiful pool.
The food is something i cant stop praising as it purely konkani cuisines.I haven't seen any foreign tourists being unhappy with it.
A good sumptious diet after a dip in the pool.
The resort takes care of ensuring you all the features of nature are very close to you.
Bird Watching,trekking,bonfire,tribal dance,mehendi art.
I have written my opinion.But the thing to keep in mind is that don't go there thinking it would loud like goa it is peaceful and adventure filled.
Best of luck!!"
- Travel date: Tue 25th of November 2008
Exotic. The one word that describes wildernest
"I have returned from wilder-nest months ago but the experience has left me numb to all the other places. The stay, food, service was just fabulous. I booked this place few weeks in advance through a very courteous lady called Jia who works in their Belgaum office. She was very helpful & extremely sensitive to all our travel needs.
Geographically speaking, wilder-nest belongs to Maharashtra but there are no routes from Maharashtra to wildernest through Road or rail, the only way to get to wildernest is through Karnataka or Goa. This resort is located in Swapnagandha valley which is a private property.
My fiancÃ© & I had to attend a wedding at Belgaum & I had been planning to visit wildernest since 2006 after seeing this property on a travel website. We took the Rani Chenamma express to Belgaum, from Belgaum the resort vehicle picked us up & dropped us off at Wildernest. My advice is to reach Goa & ask for the resort vehicle to pick you up, if travelling in your own vehicle, than take the route from Goa as the roads from Belgaum is miserable.We were privileged to be accompanied by none other than the owner of the property who is fondly called as "Baba" by the staff. This man at his age was an encyclopedia & was a great travel companion till wildernest. We made pit stops at various points to view the numerous stream & valleys that we came across.
On reaching wildernest, I was awestruck by the beauty of this place. The owner & staff are very eco conscious & have made the place a plastic free zone. On reaching our cottage we were stunned as the view from our balcony was breathtaking. Right from there you could witness three magnificent waterfalls gushing down from the mountains. The rooms are spacious, clean & truly exotic. I cannot but miss to mention the bathroom (view pictures attached) as it is built in a very traditional style & one can have spectacular view from its huge window.
The food fare is excellent. The cuisine is a combination of maharashtrian & goan fare. The activities there are numerous. You can just sit by in your balcony & do nothing & if you are the adventurous types then the options are many. You can trek to the falls or go on a wild safari or just laze around in their infinity pool soaking on the breathtaking valley views.
It was a wonderful trip far away from the cityâs bustling crowd. I would recommend this place to everyone as it is a destination in itself."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of November 2008
Great Jungle Retreat
"We stayed for 2 nights, and had a great time. My parents had stayed for 2 nights the previous week, and it sounded so good that we didn't want to miss out.
The resort isn't over-large, and very sensitively embedded in the forest. The accomodation is very stylish little huts in the woods, all nicely secluded and with big glass windows to look out - it's possible to bird-watch from your bed.
The infinity pool is fed by spring water (and it's cold), and has an absolutely jaw-dropping view.
The food is buffet - mostly indian, and good quality (although some westerners may tire of the diet by the end of their stay).
The activities - trekking to a waterfall, birdwatching, local villages, sunset point, cave of bats - are all well worth doing, but nothing is too strenuous, so suits all ages. There's generally two activities a day, leaving plenty of time for wandering, relaxing or splashing in the pool. You're not going to see big animals here, but there's plenty of birdlife, insects, reptiles and greenery.
Finally, the staff are all helpful and professional here too
Can't fault it!"
- Travel date: Mon 28th of July 2008
Worth considering - depends what you want
"We stayed at the Wildernest retreat for 3 nights. Despite being only a short distance from a moderately busy road, the resort is tucked away, and is very quiet and tranquil. Considering they are built into the jungle the rooms are excellent - very clean with all facilities, and ours (Bakura) had a great view. You have to access them via narrow paths through the jungle, but torches are provided to find your way to the restaurant at night!
As birdwatchers we enjoyed our time and we saw 37 species with a bit of effort. However 3 nights was perhaps a little too long since the trail system is pretty limited- basically there are only a couple of short trails and the track leading to the road to explore. Apart from that there is little to do. Although some guided walks are offered if there is enough interest we didn't bother so cannot comment on them. The food is ok for curry lovers, but there is no option of western food , so it became monotonous after 3 days. All in all a nice place for a short stay. It's only two hours from Baga beach but seems a world away."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of March 2008
A Good Adventure!!
"We stayed here a few weeks ago for 1 night, as our friend from Goa bought us a night for a gift!!
Yes, it was a bumpy 2 hour ride from Candolim but it was a great ride and nice to see the countryside.
We stayed in the Tulsi cottage...that had complete view of the falls...It was beautiful.
The rooms are basic and there are several creepy crawlers hanging around.
The food is fantastic at the lodge and the staff is friendly. The infinity pool is gorgeous.
We had a great time in the evening sitting at the outdoor bar and chatting with the staff.
Really a great experience overall!!"
- Travel date: Thu 25th of October 2007
"We stayed at the Wildernest for one night to mark our wedding anniversary. It's a 3 hour taxi journey from the main resorts of South Goa, followed by a short, but very bumpy ride down a dirt track, but absolutely worth it. This is an Eco friendly resort with a choice of either mountain view or forest view "cabins", we opted for mountain view and the view was truly stunning. The staff were excellent, very knowledgeable about their local environment and very helpful. There's various organised waterfall walks (in the appropriate season) and jungle treks. The rooms are basic, but very clean and adequate for 1 or 2 nights, please note there's no airconditioning, so if you can't manage without then don't go!
The view from the infinity pool is beautiful.
If you don't like insects and animal noises - then don't go! If you're looking for some peace and quiet in a beautiful setting then I'd recommend it."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of October 2007
Second time even better than the first
"Travelled up from Baga for 2 nights in April. - half price after 1st April!!
Stayed in same cottage as last year. Woken by monkeys using roof as a springboard. Saw hornbills , many eagles and large fruit bats. Couldnt do wildlife walk as black panther and tiger recently spotted close by!! Splendid location, fab food, wonderful staff will go back next year."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of April 2006
"Wildernest Nature Resort
Off Sankhali, Chorla Ghats, Goa
Tel. No: ---, ---, ---
we stayed here for 3 nights 20th Dec 2005.
it is the most tranquill of places i have ever stayed. there is a small pool which is situated looking over the valley and the cottages are nice too with private facilities, you cant see anything from them except the views no buildings nearby.
the staff are wonderfull they are helpfull and informative about the area which is set in the jungle on the mountain side. the food is typical Goan food and all the site is eco friendly right down to how the food is served.
there were treks to a waterfall and visits to a villiage and a local school.
Bonfire with roasted spuds one night we saw a shooting star.
wildlife and views to die for. well worth the visit and we are going again."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of January 2006