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looking to go to goa in november advice needed

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looking to go to goa in november advice needed

My huband and i are looking to go to goa in november this year. We are late forties and love to lie by the pool or beach during the day we love total relaxation can anyone give us advice on which part of goa to go we are not nightclub goers we do like a drink but not that fussy as to whether they are busy or quiet bars. I have been told that its pointless going all inclusive because it is so cheap in goa. We have always been used to all inclusive as we usually go to dominican republic, cuba, Jamaica on all inclusive packages any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated

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1. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

From what you've mentioned then South Goa might suit you. The South is less commercialised and less busier than the North and is suited more to those people that like to just chill out and take things slower.

Most hotels in Goa are B+B, there are also some AI but by doing AI you would be missing out on some great food served at the shacks and restaurants.

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2. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

Your budget range would be helpful for accurate advice; but it sounds to me like Agonda /Palolem would suit if you are not looking for big hotels. I understand far north would also does total relaxation but not been there myself.The all inclusive debate has advocates on both sides but I am a definite do not do it ,but then I hate big hotels! My concern would be that if you usually do DR, Cuba and Jamaica then you are probably looking for more conventional comfort and might therefore prefer some of the bigger all inclusive around the middle section. Nearest to our experience of Cuba we have found in Goa was Club Mahindra near Varca but it was ages ago that we went. pool was good and beach super but at that point you were pretty well stuck eating in the hotel, may well have changed now.

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3. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

Welcome to the Goa Forum. Agonda and Palolem are both very nice indeed, but most of the accommodation is beach hut, rather than hotel or guest house. Standards vary from very basic (think of a shed!) to more sophisticated, verging on the concept of boutique beach hut! The great thing about staying in a beachhut in my view is that it is so laid back that you hardly need to take any luggage with you as you practically live on the beach and it's all very casual (and no one else is dressing up either nor straightening their hair!!). If you want gentle lazy quiet days on the beach, gentle lazy quiet evenings in restaurants on the beach, either place may be for you. November is quite early in Agonda and not all the beach restaurants may be up and running by then, but you certainly won't starve and will still have a reasonable choice. Palolem is quite a bit busier and has a very nice little range of tourist knick knack shops along the Beach Road and the main road too, and I never tire of wandering along the shops there (although I buy very little after so many trips, just the occasional bit of Tibetan silver that I can't leave behind!). Personally, prefer the northern end of Palolem Beach as it's a bit more grown up, grown up hippies that is. However, Ciaran's gets good reports and that is at the southern end of the beach (friends who stayed there last year loved it but too close to Neptune's Point for my liking).

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4. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

From what you've said I think that Cavelossim would be worth having a look at. It's not as busy as the main resorts in north Goa but has a good selection of restaurants, shacks and shops and a beautiful beach. Not sure what sort of accommodation you're wanting but the Holiday Inn is a lovely hotel, situated about 20 minutes walk out of the village. It's on a beautiful section of beach with a lovely pool. If you'd rather be more central there are some excellent guest houses in the village. You could have a look at Casa de Cris or Sao Domingos. We stay in Luciana's which is the newer block at Sao Domingos.



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5. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

Seven years ago we wanted a change from the DomRep and chose Goa, we chose AI and found the Heritage Village Club at Arossim Beach, returned there every year since.

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6. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

when anybody ask for a quiet beach everybody says south south south there are some quiet layed back beaches in the north eg: Arambul sweet water lake not sure whether the huts there are for rent though ,vagator, morjim,mandrem and more you then have the option of a short taxi ride to the busy bits and night markets

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7. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

I'd also recommend the south, and that you don't go all inclusive.

Eating out and trying the different local restaurants is part of the holiday fun.

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8. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

Totally agree with qifitness don't do AI. Each to their own and everybody likes something different from a holiday but to travel that far and spend it by the pool is a waste in my opinion. Went to the Dom Rep and the majority believed that they had to stay within the confines of the hotel complex under the watchful eyes of the armed guards on the gate. Sod that we got out and explored ourselves as there's so much to see and do.

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9. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

We have been to the Marinha Dourada at Arpora in North Goa twice now, and will return again in early December this year. The hotel has two pools and is set amongst two beautiful lakes, which you can fish in if you are that way inclined. The hotel setting is beautiful and very peaceful - however, you are within walking distance of many restaurants (so definately wouldn't go all inclusive). You can get to Baga, Calangute or Candolim very easily by taxi (which are not expensive at all) if you did fancy something a little livlier. I would also recommend trying the quieter beaches, either Mandrem or Ashvrem - both are lovely and not too far in a taxi. The MD offers rooms on a B&B basis - but the breakfast does leave a lot to be desired - however, there are a couple of restaurant 5 mins walk away you can go to for breakfast etc.

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10. Re: looking to go to goa in november advice needed

I will second the Marinha Dourada as PamGB suggests. We have stayed there three times over the years and agree with all that is said above. We always recommend this hotel to any friends that we have going over for the first time. Good luck and enjoy wherever you go.