Returned from this hotel in early December 2006 after almost 2 weeks there.It was magnificent and I really couldn't fault it (and I think I'm fussy).The staff were exceptional and the facilities were very ,very good.Our room was large with 2 seating areas and a balcony.Cuisine was excellent.
If you want to wander outside you can go to the very quiet beach at Patnem.This has numerous 'shacks' with low prices and it's 5 mins. walk along the beach from the front of the resort..
About 20 mins. walk along the beach or 5 mins (100 rupees) in a taxi is Palolem.Picturesque, bigger and much busier,but still laid back and unbelievably cheap (i.e. inexpensive. . not tacky).