Oceanique Resort hosted our* conference for 1 full week, providing 3 full buffet meals a day, a conference hall as well as access to their fantastic facilities. The staff were easy to get along with, relatively clear in their communication with me and the conference guests, and efficient in implementing any necessary changes. My experience with the management at Oceanique was exceedingly positive... I've had many bad experiences with various hotel managers, but found the staff and management very professional and affable.
The rooms were clean, crisp and nicely decorated. The rooms were a tad on the small side, but the beds were comf and the bathrooms/showers clean (which shouldn't be assumed even in nice hotels in India). The cleaning staff cleaned as much or little as we requested them to, and at the time we requested them to.
The conference hall was <perfect>. Well-lit, nearly soundproof, and spacious, it was the best hall we have used in India to date. Including children, our group numbered over 60 and we fit nicely in the room even when all were present.
The food was fantastic--and every single meal was quite good. We have eaten at hundreds of hotels over our years in India and none of them compares to the quality and quantity of their "western" food offerings. Was this only their set buffet for a group of internationals at conference? I don't know. But it was FANTASTIC. I would easily go back, just for the food (and I love food!).
The pool was nice, spacious and clean, though the chlorine was strong at times. There was a kiddie-pool section perfect for little ones. Our conf guests used the pool a lot and enjoyed it.
On Wednesday night, a Rajasthani music and dance group performed quite nicely on the outside patio, and a number from our group enjoyed the music and cultural display. A different night, a guitar-playing improvisational duo played to the delight of the families (my daughter, included!).
We did not use the gym or bar.
*I facilitated the conference, we had 50+ adults from all over the world (though mostly Western countries.*
A few notes:
1. Each room is has a queen bed, or 2 twins, and is not terribly large. Families with more than one child may find it too small. Plan accordingly.
2. The beach is about 5 minutes walk away, which is great if you don't want to be right at the sand level. It is 10 minute's walk from Colva junction. It's close enough to visit if you want to, but you don't have all the tourist glut right in your face.
3. Internet is the only major drawback we encountered, though this seems to be a problem with most of the South Goa area overall. The hotel provided plug-n-play devices at a high tariff for very slow speeds. In fairness, they told us upfront that internet was difficult to provide.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst of lush green paddy fields, a whiff of sea air, a crafted beach resort, where you are assured to experience hospitality at its best. The Resort is ideal for everybody to have a great time of their life, with south Goa’s most popular white sand beach, the Colva is at a walk able distance of 500mts, offering exciting water sports and oodles of entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pearls Oceanique Hotel Colva
- The Golden Crown Hotel & Spa Colva Goa