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“We got beat with the zen stick”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Yab Yum Resort

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Yab Yum Resort
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Mandrem
Certificate of Excellence
Berlin, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“We got beat with the zen stick”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

We stayed at Yabyum for the first part of our Goa honeymoon, and now two months later we're still dreaming about it and how we can possibly get back there. We found it on i-escape and decided on a cottage with private balcony, and we were very happy with our discovery.
Everything throughout from the moment they picked us up at the airport was perfect.
Reaching the gates of Yabyum after a long trip and entering the beautiful grounds of the resort, you are already relaxed and have forgotten about wireless headaches and vibrating pockets.
Order their Thali for dinner, it changes daily and will be something to look forward to all day.
We planned on doing yoga and started out with a private lesson. We enjoyed it so much we ended up booking private lessons for the rest of our stay. It worked perfectly even though one of us was a beginner. We got so much out of it. Thank you Deepti! We still do our sun salutations.
To complete, we would go straight to Nina for the best massage you can imagine.
Everyday breakfast was brought to our serene little porch setting. We couldn't wait to get up for it. The omelete masala was so tasty and the homemade jam and fruit juice live large in memory, we could go on...
You will love this place if you are looking for a relaxed, stress-free holiday in unpretentiously stylish and comfortable settings.
We did. 100%.

Visit the enormous Banyan tree nearby. It's straight out of a dream.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2012

We stayed at the resort in January 2012 after finding it on the web and booking it in advance. We were pleasantly surprised on arrival by the beauty of the grounds and the size of the domes. We stayed in a standard dome and it was huge! The living area is vast and cool with electric fan, power points, mosquito net, storage areas, a table, chair, plug in insect repeleent and a lamp. The bathroom is large with a hot shower and clean facilities. Our outdoor area was lovely with a hammock (this particular hammock available from Arambol hammocks at the north end of the beach in Arambol, we brought one home!) and we ate our breakfast each day on the table outside. A great way to start the morning.

Breakfast choice is vast and all food is prepared beautifully, fresh bread, perfect eggs and a good coffee. Staff are friendly and eager to please, taxis are available to book from the reception and are at a suprisingly good rate (cheaper than we found outside to go long distances).

The beach is lovely and quiet and there are some great restaurants nearby (le Plage, Roma Italian). Recommend a trip to Arambol and a look round the shops there.

Would heavily recommend and we will definitely be returning when we come back to Goa.

Room Tip: Standard domes are very good size, photos dont do it justice
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2012

utterly relaxed, loved the coconut huts, nicely spacious so you're hardly aware of other guests. delicious breakfasts.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2012

Back to freezing cold London for New Years after two weeks in Goa and we’ve decided to write our stay down before it all fades away into the January grime. Our time here was beautiful, what more can we say? How many times in your life are you going to wake up every morning in a cottage that steps out on a sandy coconut grove right on the beach, drink your morning coffee on the verandah, eat the freshly cut fruit, head out to the white pristine beach and spend the day sipping lemon sodas, reading books, having a cocktail or two and doing it all again. It was just perfect. We went out for dinner at a few places in the evening but other than that we realised we just didn’t want to leave Yab Yum. I already want to go back again and now we’re in the cold thinking our stay was just a dream. So sad to leave, but so happy we discovered it. Compared to all the other places around it, which were either too basic, too expensive, or full of brashness and loud music and bad service Yab was just calm and classy and had a real understated attention to detail. Great!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2012

We stayed here in December 2011 for just the one night, we had travelled up from the busier tourist areas in North Goa and literally rolled up at the door and asked if they had anything available. They had a bungalow available and the price was 5000 rupees which was just over £60, which I thought was a bit steep. However the lady that greeted us was very pleasant and polite.

It was a beautiful setting and seemed to be popular with people with young children, and I would say it seemed to fit that type of tourist well. It seemed to appeal to the type of crowd that used to go backpacking 20 years ago in a gap year but now have more money and less time, but still like to stay in this type of 'beach hut' accommodation and this caters well for that type of person.

The breakfast was excellent and was served on the veranda of the bungalow which was lovely.

On the downside the room was not clean, and that means there was dust on a lot of surfaces and in the bathroom on a higher shelf it looked like it hadn't been cleaned in months, perhaps years. Worst of all on the window sill of the bathroom there was a ball of coagulated pubic hair and dust which was frankly disgusting.

I have stayed in better places that were a 10th of the price and I did get the feeling that the owners are resting on their laurels a bit as there seemed to be no shortage of people wanting to stay there. Apparently they had received good reviews in The Guardian but that's no excuse. It is vital to keep your resort rooms absolutely spotless.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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yabyumowner, Owner at Yab Yum Resort, responded to this review, 12 January 2012
It would have perhaps been fair to have pointed out:

These guests arrived at peak time with no booking and we're informed that the one available room had not yet been cleaned, they still wanted to inspect the room which they did, and then paid and went to the beach leaving their belongings behind.

The housekeeping did their best to then clean the room but clearly rushed so that it would be ready when the guests returned from their swim, it's not good enough that the room wasn't spotless, but maybe fairer, as the reviewer knows, to point out why.

Further to the issue of cost: as the guest inspected the room, why take it if it was so expensive.
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Additional Information about Yab Yum Resort

Property: Yab Yum Resort
Address: Ashvem Beach, Mandrem 403527, India
Region: India > Goa > Mandrem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Mandrem
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,534 - ₹ 14,251
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yab Yum is situated in north Goa at the edge of the tranquil village of Ashvem. Hidden away in a peaceful setting amongst 8000sqm of cool, shady and lush coconut and banana grove, Yab Yum sits directly behind the sand-dunes of Ashvem beach. Relax on top of the dune and watch the sunset as local fishermen bring in their catch from the Arabian Sea. Breakfast inc., Full bar, all-day lunch and dinner menu. Massage and yoga are available. ... more   less 
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Yab Yum Hotel Mandrem
Hotel Yab Yum
Yab Yum Resort Goa/Mandrem

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