Well, to begin with, we made the bookings first and then decided to read the reviews. Yeah, pretty dumb i know, but never thought of it.
When i first read the reviews, i was aghast. Rude managers, torn bedsheets, filthy toilets, everything seemed to be bad. But it was to late now, the booking was made.
Anyways, since it seemed that there was one good review for every bad, we said, what the heck, lets go for it.
We had booked from 20th to 22nd May. Infact, just got back and decided to write this right now.
For a Sunday to Tuesday trip, i must say i was pleasently surprised, the resort was pretty full, which was quite surprising.
Ok, cut to the chase.
We booked the Luxury Plus room and all i can say is that if you can afford it, go for it. At 7000/- for a 2N3D package, with 6 meals, this is a STEAL.
The rooms are spotless, the bathtub is huge (I'm 6'1" and 110kgs but i fit in it comfirtably), the whole package is wonderful.
The food was awesome, superb omlettes and eggs in the morning, but lunch and dinner was... OK OK. The veg selection was wonderful, but the chicken, in all 4 meals, was a little undercooked and stringy and the curry was also average. The Dal in all 4 meals, i must say, was incedibly good. My litmus test for any restaurant is the Dal. If you screw that up, you are worthless and for the Dal alone, i would give Silver Sands a good rating for the food. Oh yeah, avoid the caramel custard if you can, it was a little synthetic. But if you like cheese, the chicken and cheese toasted sandwich is a must.
One meal also had a nice macaroni soup, although it was a tad bit spicy. And the Biryani... well, lets just try and avoid it, unless you are the kind who will eat a Biryani anywhere. Let's put it this way that Biryani is best left to Lucknowi and Hyderabadi chefs who know how to make it ;)
And try the Chaas. It will blow your mind.
So, if you are looking for a lavish, 5 course meal, go somewhere else. The food here might not be 5-star standards but with a soup, starters, fresh tandoori rotis' with as much butter as you can eat, 2 veg and a non-veg gravy, a veg and non-veg rice preperation and 2 desserts, its homely, nutritous, hygenic and clean tasting. As close to home-cooking as it can get, which is good. Oh yeah, the most important part, they dont scrounge on the Chicken or Paneer. You will have chunks of it floating around, as much as you can have.
That was the food part. Now the staff.
Yes, there is this bald man, Mr. Dominic i think, who is... well, not exactly a suave, sophisticated manager. He is a little coarse and unsmiling, but i have a hypothesis for this. This is Daman. A place where people come to get drunk (Which Silver Sands is DEFINITLEY NOT. Just the cleanest, family crowd mind you), so, one needs to be a little stern, tough and strict. But Mr. Dominic, word of advise to you Sir. If you see a family crowd with kids, or old Parsi couples, it wouldbt hurt to smile a bit Sir.
The rooms are gorgeous, atleast ours was in 801. Clean, spic and span and tastefully decorated.
The pool is a little small, but then again, you have a beach 50 meters outside the hotel.
The food on the a-la-carte menu is slightly on the higher side, which is why taking a package makes sence.
The staff could smile a little.
The food is delicous, nutritous and hygenic.
The resort is definitely worth a second, third, fourth and even a fifth visit.
My advise to you is to go for the Club Crown/Luxury Plus rooms. It's worth it
So, my scores are
Hotel Room 5/5
Staff courtesy 4/5
Manager courtesy 3/5
Go for rooms 801 or 805
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