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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Leela Cottages Goa/Mandrem