12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great Resort To Stay
"Baywatch resort is a very good hotel to stay. It has the cottages system and you got your own cottage equipped with every premium things like television, A.C., refrigerator, locker with personal code, cupboard and much more. This all are the benefits of the room.
Now let's go outside the room and you will find greenery everywhere there are many plants and lawn outside your cottage and through out the way to any other place. There are two swimming pools, health club, sports room, gaming room, dance room, gymnasium, massage parlor, trendy bar and restaurant with all the international and Indian menu.
The resort is situated near colva beach and it is a beach resort. The beach is clean and not so crowded. It is a best place for everyone specially for newly married couples.
I have visited this resort 3 times during last 3 years. So, i really enjoy this resort and also will go in the future."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of March 2009
A Fake 4 star hotel
"The resort is good. But not good enough to be called a 4 star resort. The biggest problem is that they claim that they are a beach resort. however, they are 300 mts away from beach. People who are staying in deluxe rooms / suites ( and not beach villas) re not having direct access to beach. You need to walk down by the road t beach.
There is no play area for children. There is no changing room at the resort for the pool users. When we asked for it, we were taken to a room which was a bit away, didnt have a door :) and light inside. This was funniest part of all.
The staff is not trained and doesnt seem to be caring.
I would rate Majorda a much better resort than this one comparing they are equal costly."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of January 2009
not up to the mark
"i had gone with my wife and 2year old daughter and was very much dissappointed to say the least.
it does not liveup to the expectation of a 4* resort.
i feel this resort is for elderly people with no activities at all and for those who just wanna lie under the sun and do nothing else.
we were totally bored because their was nothing to do in our entire stay of 4nights 5days.
we were upgarded to one of their beach side villas and though the staff were friendly and ever smiling,the landscaping beautiful,the food was horrible.
it was very very oily not at all suitable for us leave alone our 2year old daughter.
their was hardly any choice for food in our package as it was always the same south indian in breakfast and north indian in lunch and dinner.
i would not recommend this resort for young couples with or without kids."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of January 2009
"Absolutely loved Goa, and the Baywatch Hotel, would definately go back, loved the location, nice and quiet but had easy access to everywhere. Would never go to the north of Goa as was far too busy for us and the beaches were't half as nice as they were in the south, but if you want a busy night life thats the place to be, although there was plenty of bars and restaurants in colva and benaulim. Hotel was very clean staff couldn't have been nicer and room service was very efficient. Had amazing view from our balcony looking across a field full with loads of exotic birds. Was a short walk through the same field to the beach. Planning our next trip back already."
- Travel date: Fri 9th of January 2009
"As it is rated as 4* standard by it's owners, we had high hopes of this hotel, but we were disappointed.
On arrival dirty plates and an empty beer bottle had been left outside our room. Despite visits to our room by various staff during the day, they were still there in the evening and were only removed when we complained. The room was pleasant enough with a king-size bed and sitting area, but the bathroom was hot and steamy, and the floor got very wet and was difficult to dry. Due to the heat and humidity there was a lot black mould between the tiles.
The management should realise that there is more to achieving 4* status than charging 4* or 5* prices for drinks. For example, the price of a bottle of local wine was 1,400 rps, (+ Tax!) whereas at the two other similar standard hotels we stayed at on this trip, the same wine was 530rps.
All guests seemed to be on the inclusive buffet menu which was acceptable but lacked variety. The dining room was reminiscent of a works canteen (which is fine, if you're at work) ,but this and the brightest lights we have ever seen in a restaurant ,resulted in the evening meal becoming a bit of a conveyor-belt process with a total lack of any atmosphere and pleasant ambience. There also seemed to be no dress code for evening meals with flip-flops, sports shorts and sleeveless singlets being a common sight. This is not normally acceptable at a 4* hotel.
Having said that, the dining room staff were, with one noteable exception, very good, and the breakfast was reasonable.
The split-level pool is good but only 4 feet deep. The surrounding area is paved with little shade, making it uncomfortably hot between mid-morning and late-afternoon, and as aresult is often deserted during that part of the day.
At best this hotel is 3*, comparable with the Marinha Dourada, in Arpora but below the standard of the Haathi Mahal at Cavelossim."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of December 2008
Very tacky with a few redeeming features
"Baywatch is a resort hotel about a km. north of Benaulim, about a 10 minute walk from the beach. It purports to be posher than it is. The rooms are large and reasonably well appointed. However the fixtures and fittings are rather decayed; things kept falling off the walls. Worse still the standard of cleanliness was rather poor - and rubbish was not collected regularly. The pool was of a decent size, four foot in depth. However the lower of the 2 was full of dead cockroaches. The restaurant - we had meals inclusive was a little dismal. The food started off ok - lots of good Indian vegetarian food - but it was too salty. Over our stay it got worse, and we ended up going a little hungry. The management were the worst thing about the place. Officious and patronising. We were berated for bringing our bottled drinking water that the hotel had supplied to dinner, and it was only with hard work that we managed to get the filter drinking water that they virtually hid. I will say the laundry was good.
The local beach is superb if a little wavey, and the beach shacks were fine but difficult to reach at night. I would definitely return to Benaulim but not to Baywatch"
- Travel date: Fri 12th of December 2008
most beautiful beach
"The most beautiful thing about the resort is the beach. Its not at all crowded and very clean. You almost feel its just for the resort. But only the villa rooms have beach front, most of the resort does not have the beach front and you have to walk 5-10 min for the beach.
The villa was great!! Staff was great, too! The rooms in villa were excellent and the service was great.
I would reccommend this resort for a private getaway. People looking for relaxation on the beach."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of December 2008
For a Relaxing Holiday
"We recently came back from a Holiday in Goa. We spent 4 nights at the Baywatch Resort, which is near Colva Beach. Colva, though a very popular beach, is very crowded. The resort is five minutes walk from Sernabetim Beach, an excellent beach 20 minutes walk along the Colva Beach and is not crowded.
The resort itself is a beautiful property with a swimming pool, health club, restaurent and a bar. Yoga classes are organised in the morning and in the evening some or the other event is there like Live DJ and traditional folk merchandise targetted towards tourists from abroad.
The restaurent offered buffet (part of the package) with a variety of dishes for both herbivores and carnivores. The staff was courteous and helped us in getting dishes suitable for my 2 yr old daughter, who does not like herself or others eating in peace.
The package included half day visit to Mangeshi Temple, St. Francis Church and Boat Cruise in the evening.
Go Karting at a popular venue, which was included in the package could not be undertaken, as we were informed of a technical problem there. To compensate for which, we were taken for a shopping trip, which was done more to comply with the letter than spirit. Since we were not keen on shopping, no complaints!!!
Another sore point was housekeeping. On day two of our stay, the room cleaning took place very late and that too after a lot of reminders. Finally I had to stand at the door getting the room cleaned with my daughter asleep in my arms. Some not very courteous remarks were made by the staff like, you cannot expect priority cleaning everyday. We have new guests checking in etc. Except for this incident, the staff were extremely polite and courteous.
Overall, the place is good. Especially for those who would like to spend a relaxed holiday, spending time lazying around the beach and swimming pool eating delicious food, reading and sleeping. My mobile connectivity was so poor, that I did not get a singe call and even sms used to reach me after hours' (sometimes day's) delay, though that had more to do with my operator, as my wife's phone (different operator) worked fine."
- Travel date: Fri 28th of November 2008
one of the best in goa
"We stayed in this hotel with an extended family. we were total of 11 persons occupying six rooms. and believe us our stay was memorable in all aspects. service from the staff, food, cleanliness, ambience everything was excellent. Previously at Goa we stayed at leela beach resort which is 5 star hotel but our stay at baywatch resort was no less comfortable. It's just in the walking distance of one of the best beaches of goa, quiet a peacful place. even transport from railway station was well provided by the hotel. our 3nights 4 days package which included all meals, one day sight seeing and few complimentary passes was worth every penny we spent. Atleast we will not opt for any other hotel if happen to go to goa again"
- Travel date: Tue 11th of November 2008
Baywatch is good but...
"The hotel is very well located and has a nice feel about it. The beach is a stone's throw away and is quite peaceful and clean. The package was great and the food was above average (could be better but no complaints). The inclusions were really good and the staff at the restaurant (with a very few exceptions) and the bar were very courteous and helpful. The front desk staff though decent could have been much more cheerful and helpful.
The main problem though was that the room that we got initially had two separate single beds which were quite noisily joined together AFTER we moved into the room. And even after that, we spent our first night with a bit of a chasm between two mattress. Partial redemption the second night onwards was achieved through a single bedsheet which held the two close together, but didnt really make it completely comfortable. The bathroom, towels and toiletries weren't exactly befitting a $100+ room a night nor was the television and programming on it. Also, the room opened right onto the boundary wall out of the balcony and the front door faced a utility building! At no point during the reservation (which was with cleartrip.com) or check-in did anyone offer an upgrade (even a paid one) to a pool facing room! Another minor hitch was that the support and housekeeping staff werent exactly sharply attired. A very important aspect of the kind of impression a hotel makes is the way the staff dresses and I would encourage this one to look into this.
But these things apart everything was nice. I'd say that these issues caused 20% dissatisfaction but the remainder 80% was really good. The half day tour of south Goa was not exactly thrilling, but was satisfying nevertheless. The go-karting inclusion was really good fun. The pool - where we spent a good amount of time - was great. As was the bar.
Overall, we had a really good time. I would recommend it to other travelers, but clearly if I have a little more cash to spare the next time I take off to Goa, I'd rather stay at a fancier hotel. And its the 20% effect!"
- Travel date: Tue 7th of October 2008
A Pleasant Experience !!
"We have spent around 5 days in Bay Watch and I must say that we have had a very pleasant stay there...The staff have been very friendly and co-operative. The ambience was peaceful and the room service was excellent. The best part of our stay and infact the most memorable part for me was the FOOD !! Oh it was awesome :-) We being veggies enjoyed the veg menu thoroughly. Infact the menu had more of vegetarian stuff than non-veg. The dishes were different but tasted perfect ! The icing on the cake was the music shows they have arranged for our entertainment every night. All in all I would rate this as a wonderful experience rather a memory. If you are a veggie and are going to Goa...u wont be worried if you are at Bay Watch !! Both my hubby and me loved the place and it is yes a must-stay resort atleast once :-) !!!
Haritha & Phani"
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of September 2008
"This was our 5th visit to south goa and our 1st at the baywatch Hotel. Very impressed. Medium sized hotel with large airy bedrooms. Nice gardens and swimming pool although we spent most of our time on the beach which was clean and uncrowded with a choice of beach shacks. One big advantage was that the beach sellers were not allowed on this section of the beach. Much though we love them, they can become tiresome after awhile! A 10 min walk along the beach takes you to Benaulim which is more lively and has a variety of shops and restaurants. Much nicer than Colva which is 15 mins the other way. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel appears to be popular with Russians / East Europeans and although this is not a problem they are not very friendly to other guests or the staff. Plenty of Indians holiday here as well so it's quite nice not to be over run by other Brits and feel you're in little England! Having said that , we did still make friends with other Brits at the hotel!
we would certainly stay at this hotel again."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of February 2008