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Leela Cottages
Reviewed 4 May 2011

My friend and I spent 2 weeks at Leela Cottages as part of a Yoga holiday. The huts were fine until it rained when quite a few sprung prodigious leaks! The aircon was variable, it worked but didn't stay on because the electricity supply is quite erratic and they don't pay for the full power link. They have a generator for emergencies. There is WiFi but again, not a consistent service although it is free.

Decor isn't too bad. Big picture windows with curtains which are best kept drawn to keep the sun out. We had two single beds with the hardest mattresses known to man, it spoiled my stay as I found it hard to sleep. The bathroom is basic but adequate, water supply to the shower is fine although the geyser is very small so the hot doesn't last very long. The toilet works and didn't smell but several times was home to a frog (when it wasn't on a wall or under a picture); a bit unnerving in a rather dark room in the night to find Jeremy Fisher peering up at you from the seat :o) We had linen change and a quick clean every other day (sorry but blokes just don't do much of a job!)

Our stay included meals, the breakfasts were always fresh fruit salad served with yoghurt, honey and a sort of muesli and eggs anyway by request. Freshly squeezed fruit juice, watermelon, papaya or pineapple and their speciality, hot ginger and lemon drinks. Dinner was always curried vegetables with dhall and rice and roti. All tasty and you could ask for meat or fish for an extra charge which was never more than a couple of hundred rupees. There is an inhouse menu if you want to purchase lunch etc. and the staff seem happy to cook at any time.

At present, an extremely good yoga teacher, Paramjit Anand does yoga classes twice daily until May. She plans to continue next year. There is a purpose built Shala with ceiling fans.

The grounds are very pleasant, coconut palms (beware falling branches and coconuts!) and various chairs, loungers, tables and hammocks were dotted about in front of huts. The beach was a short stroll away and was very clean and sandy. The sea is always quite rough but it is possible for good swimmers to have a dip and there were others kite surfing. There is a prevailing wind all the time which makes the beach cooler. The usual sarong sellers walk up and down and are difficult to get rid of but they always remain polite and pleasant.

There are plenty of other restaurants and bars along the beach. One has music playing all day and most of the night with a constant bass thump. There are a lot of dogs but these are unfailing good tempered and friendly and all look quite well fed and mostly keep close to the food outlets. They are tolerated by the locals.

This is a lovely place if you like the heat, the beach and eating out for not much money. The roads are variable in quality but have improved on what they used to be like. Taxis to markets and larger towns are quite cheap especially if you share. Leela cottages is presently run by Ravi who is very pleasant and helpful although what he promises and what he delivers are pretty standard Indian practices. The site is kept clean and fairly tidy (again by Indian standards) and I can recommend it. It is safe for children and has a night security guard.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

Most of the reviews here seem to have confused the Leela Cottages at Mandrem ( north Goa ) with other resorts in Goa that have the same or similar name .
The Leela Cottages at Mandrem - http://leelacottage.com/ - are small little chalet-style huts dotted about a coconut grove . The lovely beach - Mandrem - is a fifty-metre walk away through a little gate .
The cottages are colourful and quaint , decorated with lovely antique furniture and paintings . Our cottage had a lovely four-poster bed and wooden floors . Unlike most beach huts , these are air-conditioned . There was a lockable wooden cupboard in ours as well as a writing desk , two chairs and a table - maybe some floor seating with cushions would have made more sense and maximised the use of the area near the nice large windows that overlook the adjacent coconut grove and then the beach and the sea right after .
The bedlinen was clean . Sheets were not replaced every day but when we asked for a change the attendant was prompt enough .
The bathrooms are basic but clean for the most part - my critter-averse boyfriend would beg to disagree - he spent most of our two days there in fear of the resident frogs ( I thought they were cute - if far too prone to leaping about ! ) .
Breakfast ( included in the price ) was very basic and never varied - two slices of toast , a scrambled egg and coffee . But the good thing is that the attendant would rustle this up for you anytime of the morning .

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For the price - Rs. 2,500/- per night - we were paying , we never had an experience removed from that of a regular and far cheaper beach hut because the air-conditioner never worked - because of the problems with electricity there it stayed on for a maximum of a minute and then promptly conked out again . If we had known about this problem we would have worked out a non-A/C rate with the owner - we paid full-rate as we hadn't thought that this would happen and the owner absolutely refused to re-negotiate the rate when we were paying up at the end .

The water pressure in the showers was abysmal and there wasn't an option to switch to a bucket . I understand that the structures are temporary keeping in mind the CRZ regulations but water is a basic requirement - bathing was very difficult - trying to get the sand and soap off in that thin spray of hard water was quite a task !

There was just the one lackadaisical attendant who needed far too much prodding for getting the simplest task done - but this attitude may just have been because we are brown , unlike most of the visitors from overseas .
The bigger annoyance was all his friends coming to the coconut grove and hanging out there - it is uncomfortable to laze in one of the hammocks or sit in the garden chairs when there is a noisy group of men horsing around next to you .

In the end , the cottages stand out for their cute-cute looks and their charming and funky decor but the area of Morjim-Mandrem-Ashvem has a huge range of accomodation options and you could do far better .

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2010

Hotel location ,stay ,pickup and drop arrangements ,quality and variety of food in restaurents are excellent .

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2010

good location to stay in the exocetic sea shore very wel decorated room restaurant was good and the food was also good but it is expencive better to stay in off season

Stayed: April 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 May 2010

What a pleasant surprise to find a hotel like this one. Great location since its in a quiet part of Candolim but yet a walk to the main street which is so full of life. The staff are friendly and attentive and nothing is too much for them.WIFI Internet is free as well as water in the minibar.

Stayed: May 2008, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Leela Cottages

Address: Morjim Road | Ashvem, Mandrem 403527, India
Region: India > Goa > North Goa District > Mandrem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Mandrem
Price Range: ₹ 3,768 - ₹ 10,134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Leela Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a quiet beach-front property in Ashvem, amidst verdant coconut groves, Leela Cottages offers 10 individually designed wooden chalet style cottages.The cottages are crafted by hand and furnished with antiques and regional artifacts, each with a large bay window that offers stunning views of the palm grove and ocean beyond. With chairs and hammocks dotting this charming property, Leela Cottages offers a simple yet pleasant place to stay on Ashvem Beach.Leela Cottages sits on a lush ocean front property dotted with coconut trees and charming chalet style huts with private access to the beach. Cozy nooks have been created all through charming beach-front garden with hammocks and lawn chairs to lounge in.Each eco friendly wooden cottage is individually designed,a few with private ocean-view terraces and others with four-poster beds, antiques,and artifacts. Every hut, however, offers views of the coconut grove it sits on as well as the ocean beyond through large bay-windows. ... more   less 
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