10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Quite nice for a couple of days but there are better
"Ciarans is a decent enough place to start a stay in Palolem. Probably the priceiest huts on the beach but if you're going for a week or two it won't break the bank. The rooms are set around a really nice garden and there's a nice bar overlooking the beach. It's a few seconds walk to some more lively beach shacks and not too noisy at night. Biggest problem is that you have to whisper as the huts are built almost on top of each other. Stayed here for three days and was quite happy, but then moved on to Dreamcatcher at the north end of the same beach and found it way nicer (and much cheaper). Ciarans is often full probably because they've made the effort to get their website together which none of the others have."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of March 2008
Too cool to be nice
"Ciaran's is definately the fanciest (or the only fancy) hut complex in Palolem.
We compared the prices with some friends, and we realised we paid 9 times as much as our friends did for a nice place.
For 3500 rupees we got a nice room, but the quality wasn't excellent. They had just made the surface look nice. Also the noise from the beach kept us awake
We found the service a little too cool compared to the Goan laid back, friendly atmosphere. Everything that was promised, we got, but anything out of the daily routine seemed to be a nuisance for the staff. For example when one of us was getting a cold and asking for hot water with the free breakfast, they chraged extra for that.
We were a little disappointed after we read all the positive feedback from this site, because we didn't feel welcome at Ciaran's.
We wouldn't recommend Ciaran's to laid back backpackers. It's not a place where you necessarily want to hang out.
Ciaran's is considered a luxury resort, and so the staff has started to act like it. It didn't feel like luxury with the service we got."
- Travel date: Tue 25th of March 2008
Great Time in Goa!
"When we arrived after the overnight train from Kerala we had a prearranged taxi to take us from the rail station to Palolem Beach 50 minutes away...through forest, mountains and trees then finally we arrived at these wonderful coco huts, well-managed, clean and lovely. We enjoyed 3 days relaxing on the beach, buying trinkets in town and enjoying the fresh air and fresh seafood.
The room was stones throw to the bar/restaurant and adjacent lending library and just two more steps to the beach and warm dolphin filled waters of the Arabian Sea.
Breakfast was included and served seaside. It was plentiful with both western and Indian choices."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of March 2008
"We have stayed all over India in all sorts of accomodation (including a coco-hut for 5 months a few years back) so we were disappointed with ciaran's as I know some people love it.The veranda was lovely so we tried to stay out as much as possible! The hut itself was dark and depressing. I don't mind basic at all but given the expense the least I would expect would be cleanliness. The bathroom felt dirty and the mattresses were really grubby. Sheets didn't fully cover the beds, were greyish with holes in them. Not pleasant! We had an extra bed for our son and the mosi net they put up had massive holes all over it. We were glad we had brought our own. A lack of care with details like this don't justify the price tag. Having said this, looking at the rest of the accomodation it probably is the best on the beach which is a shame."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of March 2008
Great location on a great beach
"Stayed here for four days in January 08 and although I would agree with the general opinion that the prices are too high I rate this place highly.
The staff were flexible and accomodating and the restaurant served us with some excellent meals including local goan dishes.
The huts are arranged around a lovely garden and ours had a roof terrace with a review of the beach but they are basic considering the cost and the bathrooms are just about adequate.
All in all a good choice if you don't mind paying the extra."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of February 2008
"Ciaran's was recommended by a colleague, and on staying there i saw why. In Paloleam beach, all the other beach huts are built of sticks and blue tarps. Not kidding. I estimate they were built in 3 hours and cost $50 in materials, if that.
Sooo, having said that, Ciarans is a palace compared to that. It's really nice there, with a fantastic restuarant/bar and a library, great views and the rooms are great, and the service is great. It is a bit pricey at 3,500 R a night, but worth it."
- Travel date: Tue 12th of February 2008
"We have just returned from our 3 day stay at ciaran's camp, palolem. The bar/restaurant area face the sea and we enjoyed good food and drinks there. The staff were also friendly. We stayed in a 'garden room' which had a small terrace. Unfortunately the bathroom had a rather pungent smell from it most of the time and this is due to the poor drainage system. This can obviously be quite off- putting for some! Also ciaran's is in a very noisy location with a nightclub with a license until 4am being only a few doors down! I note that one reviewer received a fruit platter and port wine- this was not present in our 'garden room'. Ciaran's is known to be the best camp in Palolem- I would hate to see the others!"
- Travel date: Thu 7th of February 2008
"After spending a fitful night at another location in Goa, we moved ourselves to Ciaran's, which was our first choice. Due to last minute booking, we were unable to get Ciaran's the first night (email early!), but after arriving there, the stay was relaxing.
Not only was the complimentary breakfast superb, the 'hut' set up around the garden makes for a tranquil environment away from the hustle and bustle of Palolem beach. Our hut, had a nice deck and hammock, which was perfect for the post-lunch nap.
With friendly staff, and a goan lobster (dinner menu) to die for, Ciaran's is definitely a choice location for visitors to Goa."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of January 2008
Lovely, relaxing place.
"This place is lovely, located smack on the beach, right in the centre of the crescent of Palolem beach. To describe these as coco-huts doesn't do them justice. Although relatively expensive (R2500 - R3000) by local standards, they are well worth the extra. And lets face it, its still only the equivilant of Â£40 or so. Ours had a large living area, nicely decorated with a good size bathroom and a sun deck on the roof (complete with day bed and chairs). The price includes a good breakfast and afternnon chai.
The restaurant there is good, and there are other places a short stroll away. It also has a nice bar and lounge area.
The staff there were all great - friendly and helpful, and the whole place felt very secure.
You definately need to book ahead though."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of November 2007
Recommed these beach huts
"These are probably the most attractive beach huts in Palolem, more expensive than most, but worth it. Each hut has either a porch with chairs and a hammock or a rooftop sundeck to lounge on. We paid 2,500 rupees for a hut with a patio (the rooftop sundeck rooms cost 3,000 rupees). Tariff comes with breakfast, and you get a few choices from the set menu including fruit, hot or cold cereal, eggs, toast, juice, tea and coffee. The huts are situated around a green lawn set amongst coconut palms.
The room is basic: a bed with mosquito netting, ceiling fan, lights, some canvas shelves hanging on the wall, a table with a candle (the electricity fluttered off and on frequently), incense, a basket of fruit and a small bottle of port wine. Be sure to bring your own soap, itâs not supplied. They do supply TP.
The outdoor patio restaurant enjoys views of the beach and itâs particularly nice in the evening with candlelit tables. The food is decent, affordable, bottled water only costs 15 rupees, and the restaurant attracts many non-guests. There is an extensive library of books for guests to read and complimentary chai tea at 4 pm.
We had a problem booking the room. They require full payment before arriving to be paid through paypal. However, paypal doesnât work if you are in India. We were told to deposit the money into their bank account. But we never received the email with the instructions because they were having a problem with their outgoing mail. Then we asked if they could fax us the info to our hotel in Pune. Their fax wasnât working. Finally, they said they would make an exception and reserve the room for us. However, when we arrived, we did not get a rooftop sundeck room as we requested. I think we were lucky to even get a room.
Palolem beach is very scenic despite it being lined with beach huts. We enjoyed our stay."
- Travel date: Tue 13th of November 2007