10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very Cool Spot - However Expensive Huts
"There is no doubt that Yab Yum is a very cool place on a very nice beach. The minute you walk into the resort you feel the calmness and peace that surrounds the place. Cute hut-pods, lanterns, private breakfast tables, hammocks and swaying palms all add to this atmosphere. The huts are very cool but at the end of the day they are $100 a night huts. If you are uncool with insects in your quarters this is probably not the place for you as the windows are basically holes in the walls (can be closed) and anything can crawl through the thatched roof. That said you do sleep under a nice big bug net and we didn't encounter anything too intimidating. My main complaint as many other reviewers was the noise factor (from the ocean)and the lack of air circulation. There is little air blowing through the small windows and our table fan was so noisy we couldn't turn it on. I think if you are into hut living you are better of down the beach at one of the many huts along the beach at $15-20 per night with washroom. If you have some extra cash to spend and are very sensitive to ambience and atmosphere and, of course, "hut living" this could be the best place for you. As mentioned the beach is beautiful, big, and chill with lots of shacks with cheap good eats and cool 20-40 somethings hanging out in the sun."
- Travel date: 20th February 2009
Relax in gorgeous surroundings
"We stayed for 4 nights at Yab Yum at the end of our trip around South India for a bit of luxury. Over 4 times the price of your average beach hut but also much more sophisticated. The resort is private and exceptionally well designed, serene and beautiful, the accommodation well spaced for privacy. Service is very efficient and european in nature. Food excellent, breakfast (included in price) is a feast to set you up for the day with good choices. Drink service available all day (beach as well), evening meal is an optional extra and there is a choice of veg or non veg, we had both. The meals consist of 8 - 10 dishes + pudding and tea/coffee and are delicious, reasonable value at 375rs or 450rs for non veg. Dinner can be served at your pod or the communal eating area. Best coffee we had in india. Pod is very cool with a large comfy bed that has a mosquito net. Our bathroom had a resident frog (bog frog) and lizard, there was also quite a bit of rustling in the thatching overnight. Yab yum's position at Aswem suited us perfectly, not busy but enough amenities round and about. The beach is gorgeous and the sea warm with rolling waves."
- Travel date: 5th February 2009
Excellent location - very relaxing
"We stayed here for six nights from the 28th December 2008. The hotel is located in a very quiet location comparied to Calangute and similar beaches in Goa . The pods are unqiue and they do tend to amplify the sound of the sea, but even though I am a light sleeper I got used to that. Breakfast is served at your pod on an outside table amongst the palm trees which is very nice. We plan to return sometime in the future. The food at the Pagan Cafe next door is excellent and I would highly recommend eating there."
- Travel date: 13th January 2009
"I had really high expectations of Yab Yum and was not disappointed. As soon as you walk through the gate you know you're staying somewhere pretty special. The pods themselves are great! Quirky, fun, huge, with loads of nice touches. Great beds, torches, incense. hammocks, private sun-loungers etc etc. I loved it. We had the Honey Pod, which was the same as the others inside (I think) but had the best location. Up on the dune looking out to sea - a great place for sunset. The grounds are also lovely. A proper tropical paradise with lots of cared for plants, and loads of space and privacy around each pod or house. And you walk out of the gate, onto a pretty much deserted bit of beach. Sun-loungers provided. All good. The beach itself is a huge expanse of sand. On first inspection it doesn't feel picture-postcard territory. It feels quite wild. But it grows on you! And the waves are great - they look scarier than they actually are. Lots of fun. If you walk right towards Mandrem and it gets quieter and quieter, walk left towards Asvem and you find pockets that are pretty busy (like outside Le Plage). Walk futher south to Morjim and it's like little Moscow - this bit of beach has been very much adopted by the Russion crowd. Food is possibly the only slight downside of time spent here. Compared to other parts of Goa, you aren't quite as spoilt for (good) choices. The thing we really wanted was great Indian food, but lots of places were trying to do Italian, French (credit here though, it's Le Plage, and they are the experts), 'health food' etc etc. The best we found (on our last night - damn!) was a place to the right of Yab Yum....about 5 mins away. Keep walking past where Arabian Nights is (which is also very nice, just not for indian) around the rocks, and it's the place that's got sunbeds up on a raised deck in front of their restaurant. Really great food and lovely lovely staff. It's called Redrock or something (?). In short, Yab Yum is great. We spent a week there, which, if you're happy doing very little, is absolutely fantastic. I'd definitely go back!"
- Travel date: 7th January 2009
"...although the staff were very friendly and the beach location is wonderful, regrettably we had a less than relaxing time here. We stayed here for five nights (way too long) in the Honeypod which is the closest pod to the beach. I guess as its just a bamboo type construction there is no insulation and this meant that the rush of the sea seemed to reverberate around the pod and unfortunately it felt to us like trying to have a kip on the central reservation of the M25 during rush hour. The sea sounded so relaxing when you were sitting outside of the pod, but when you got inside, it seemed to be amplified 10 fold! We also had problems with loud music from nearby bars - this place isn't as remote as you think! Although the staff were very helpful when we raised our concerns, there wasn't always a lot they could do about it. One afternoon we had spent nearly Â£50 on relaxing massages within the complex (recommended - if a tad pricey) only to have our nerves frayed within the hour by the start of 4 hours of loud drum and bass type music - not good. Perhaps it was because it was the run up to Xmas that the place was noisy but it really wasn't the tranquil getaway we had hoped for. Might have been ok for a long weekend"
- Travel date: 28th December 2008
Beautiful, peaceful break
"My sister and I dipped down into Goa for a much needed break during our recent trip to India. The cottages and pods are comfortable, the staff welcoming (without being pushy) and the property is well-maintained. We had a beautiful time and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet retreat for a few days."
- Travel date: 5th December 2008
"Yab Yum resort is a gem. The pods are great - very spacious, and we recommend the HoneyPod which is closest to the beach. Gives you a great view of the dolphins which we saw playing some 50m off the shore. The bungalows are also nice, although they do get hotter than the pods. Service excellent and very unintrusive - they'll even bring you a drink down onto the beach! Be prepared for very hot, humid weather if you go end March - April. It was well over 30C everyday, and only dropped to 25C at night. Fortunately the heat forces everyone to go at a nice slow pace which makes the place more relaxing. If you're unfortunate enough to be ill - the local Doctor in Arambol is very professional and speaks English fluently. All in all, this is essentially a camping holiday but with the warm weather and the beach to yourself, it's a wonderfully relaxing place. Beware of the sea - it's rough and there are regular drownings here which aren't publicised. Further out to sea, the currents are known to be dangerous. We would advise always staying in your depth because the big waves can easily drag you onto the rocks and there's no lifeguard to save you! The beach dogs are a feature here - all very friendly and living in a mutually beneficial relationship with humans. The dogs protect the resorts from wild animals - monkeys, snakes, rats, etc, and in return the dogs feed off the restaurant scraps. We loved this place, although we both got salmonella which was very unpleasant. Highly recommend a stay here to "get away from it all". This is the only part of Goa worth visiting if you want peace and quiet."
- Travel date: 10th May 2008
Perfect place to unwind
"This was our first stop on a three week trip around South India and we chose it as a place to unwind and relax a little before beginning our travels 'proper'. It was perfect for that. The pods are unique, nicely decorated and fun to stay in and are also a lot bigger inside than you expect. The only downside is they do get a little hot and stuffy at night, but that's a small price to pay for the setting and ambience of the place. It really is a very well run place, with a great location; it's set just back from the beach, behind a dune, which affords it the privacy that those directly on the beach don't enjoy while still being rough 1 minute bed - beach! And the beach is lovely, clean and unspoit, with relatively few hawkers. Perfect for sleeping and reading! The staff are friendly and helpful and best of all they don't fuss over you; they're always there but they don't hover constantly asking if you're ok! Breakfast is great and the coffee as strong as the western palate demands! If you turn right out of the hotel and walk for a couple of minutes the restaurant with the swing seats outside and the floor cushions is good for thali and snacks. Avoid the one with ed plastic chairs closer to the rocks."
- Travel date: 7th April 2008
"This really was a great holiday, no email,no signal for my mobile,and no noise other than the sounds of tropical birds and waves. We found this place after a friend of ours recomended it to us from a previous stay,she first saw it reviewed in the Independent as one of the top 5 pod hotels in the world.I went to their website and booked and paid online through paypal. The place was exactly as you see it on their site. A lush coconut and banana plantation tucked behind sand dunes right on the beach.We stayed in one of the pods,simple,clean and very comfortable.My partner an avid yogi took part in the classes whilst i enjoyed laying on a sunbed reading and watching the sea. This really is a chill out place,if your looking for action,then this is definatly not the place for you"
- Travel date: 28th January 2008
Peace, Tranquility and Beauty - A Real Gem
"This was my 3rd time to Goa in 11 years. My first time, I was a young 19 year old hippy that stayed in Goa for 3 months. 2nd time, 9 years later I took my bride to be, where I proposed on the beach of Candolim. 3rd time, we split the holiday between Asvem Beach and Bogmalo Beach. We are returning here in 2008 as the place is just magnificant. However, if you are into creature comforts, this place is not for you. There's no TV, no air-con, no mod cons. There are two types of accomodation, in two different sizes. The accomodation is either a stone cottage, or a stone bamboo dome. They are wonderfully simple, but clean, cool and spacious. Both come in normal or family size (extra 2 beds). You are situated literally 30m from the beginning of the beach, set back in the cool palm trees. It's like a piece of paradise. The whole place is tranquil and calm, as Asvem Beach is not a major tourist place. Yabyum comes with breakfast served to your verandah at the time you specify. It is all completely organic and locally grown. There isn't a restaurant, but you can get soft drinks any time of day, and the staff are more than happy to look after you at any time. There is no hassle at all here, and you can come and go as you please, which makes a change to being offered all and sundry all day long. The beach itself is wonderful, and there are sunloungers for private use by Yabum residents. There are a few restaurants 100-200m north up the beach, and nothing to the south. It is very isolated, and the beach sellers aren't as much bother around here. They are still there though, but it wouldn't be India without them. I can't explain how peaceful this place is; it's amazing. As I said, it is basic, but it really drives home the things that you really don't need in life. Sit back, relax, enjoy each other's company, eat and drink well, and relax some more - simply superb."
- Travel date: 13th August 2007
Yab Yum Resort is also called
- hotel yab yum
- yab yum hotel
- yab yum hotel mandrem