Benaulim, South Goa, India - Peaceful Location, Clean +well managed Complex, Less Than 5 Mins to Beautiful Beach
About Dave Griffiths
Born in Chester, England, 27/5/1961, living in Leicester, UK. Have worked in a major clearing bank for the last 35 years. Have been married to wife, Rita for the last 25 years. Three children, Carly, Jess and Sam. Rita, is actually the owner of our properties...I merely advertise and manage on her behalf! Rita's Grandfather, (fathers side) and Mother were born in Goa. We first visited Goa in 1989 to pursue Rita's ancestral roots and have never looked back! have visited most years since then! My interests are travel, most sports, fishing and not obsessively so!
Dave Griffiths purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Dave Griffiths chose Benaulim
Bowled over by the beauty of the area in general, and the management of the complex, in terms of maintainance and gated security also impressed. A truly beautiful part of the world! Warm sea and fairly unoccupied beaches which are only 7 mins walking from the appartment...(that is you dont get distracted by the excellence of Leanoras, Bar and Restaurant, whilst walking along the way)
What makes this Apartment unique
We took ages whilst waiting for the opportunity to buy this property....It's a very large complex and too many of the properties are a distance away from the pool, a further distance away from reception, so therefore much, much further away from the beach! Bearing in mind that "Lotus" is an extremely attractive and peaceful resort anyway, I wanted to ensure that clients still had prompt access to 1) The reception 2) The pool 3) The beach and restaurants and 4) Taxi's!...I believe that I have achieved this! Accept that the majority of our clients will be attracted by the tranquility of the resort, but with the need to obtain food provisions at best price advantage....This is most economically done by visiting the capital of South Goa..."Margao" embark upon some serious shopping
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
.God Location, nice ans clean
All perfect, we were met as arranged, everything was in good working order so would recommend it.
The property is large clean and is well stocked. All appliances work well. The bed is comfortable and clean mattress
Dirty, dangerous electrics, uncomfortable
This apartment is in our opinion was dirty and dangerous, the electrics need replacing, the bathrooms dirty and one leaking sewage, the beds uncomfortable, dust and cobwebs falling on the beds, Rusting mouldy furniture- I’m struggling to find anything good to say!
No we would not stay again or recommend it.
we are just coming to the end of our main letting season and the place will then undergo it's annual "brightening up"
I will certainly review all cleaning standards and other aspects, but I believe that the health and safety aspects of the wiring etc are as high as can be obtained locally.
The furniture isn't of the construction type that would rust
I do engage a day to day managing agent, whose contact details are made available to clients, and indeed in this case my agent was contacted to provide outdoor seats and beer glasses...These were promptly provided., so a little difficult to see why my agent wasn't called to deal with other shortcomings at the time.
The beach is golden, sandy, clean, rarely over-crowded, and is a 5 minute walk from the complex. There is a very slight gradient across the sand-dune. There are several attractive beach restaurants nearby.
The Arabian sea is warm and clean. Fair to say appreciably warmer than the Med! The waves can be fairly strong but without dangerous currents in this area. If you are feeling fit, then a rewarding activity is to walk along the beach to the adjacent Colva beach, (approx 1 hour).
The nearby airport is at Dabolim, approx 25 mins away from Benaulim. Taxis of all sizes are always available from this airport to Benaulim resort. Car hire not essential and not particularly recommended as a cost saving exercise as taxis are relatively cheap!
Fair to say that there is not a massive car hire culture within Goa, however you should have no difficulty in finding a car hire firm in the larger villages and towns. Vehicles are driven on the left hand side of the road, same as UK!
Benaulim village centre, the Maria Hall area, is approx 15 minute walk, 5 minutes by taxi. Colva village is 4 miles away, a 10 minute taxi ride.
Margoa, the largest town in South Goa is 5-6 miles and less than 15 mins by taxi.
Panaji, (Panjim) is the capital in Goa and 45 minutes away by taxi. A reliable public bus service runs from Colva to Margoa, (passing through Benaulim) and Margoa to Panjim.
Old Goa, the original capital and cathedral town is 45 mins by taxi.
Local "corner shops" and bank are in the Maria Hall area of Benaulim. Shops, bank's, cash machines, money exchange bureau's are plentiful in nearby Colva. Traditional tailor's, travel agencies, hairdressers etc also in Colva.
Street stalls selling fruit/veg and fish, within a short taxi journey away.
Craft stall's, clothes shops, ice cream parlours, again within a very short taxi-ride.
Everything else can be purchased from Margoa!
In Colva, there are outlet's providing expertise on aromatherapy, accupuncture, massages etc.
Medical facilities, medical store, doctors, are close-by. Main hospital in Margoa.
A concentration of beach restaurants and bars are within a 5 to 10 minute walk, and at Colva. Both villages host a many and varied selection of bars and restaurants.
Restaurant types are vegetarian/ non-veg. Cooking styles have Traditional Goan, Portugese, Punjabi, Hindu, south Indian influences. Goan dishes include fish and prawn curries. Most restaurants have excellent chinese dishes on the menu. The quality of beef and beef steaks is high.
Fresh lime soda's are a favourite soft drink. bottled coke, sprite, mineral water, are ever available.
Cold bee available everywhere! "Kingfisher" being the most common. Traditional "Fenney" and "Urak" are the local spirit. Chilled port wine can be very refreshing.
Water activities such as dolphin cruises, para-gliding, fishing trips, jet-ski hire are emerging, and provided for at both Benaulim and Colva.
It can be said that South Goa offers more unspoilt beauty than the more heavilly commercialised North, (most of the very top hotels are in the South) However if you fancy a days excursion, then the Northern beaches of Baga, Don Paulo's, Calangute and Vagatore, will be reached within an hour in the taxi, crossing the impressive Zuare and Mandovi rivers along the way. Nature/wildlife reserves including elephants, birds, tigers, etc, have emerged.
Local trades include Rice and Sugar production, even salt extraction.