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The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Varca
Richmond, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The best bit of Goa”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

We enjoyed the relaxation this hotel provided after three weeks doing 'the triangle'. Our stay was for 5 nights (March 4th - 9th) and our room was clean, bright and comfortable with a meandering extension to the pool being only a few steps away.The staff were good, helpful and smiled as they went about their work.The atmosphere was conducive to a five star but the reception area is in need of modernisation as it lacks the 'zen' that such hotels favour. Of particular mention is the food at Fins the eatery by the beach. The food was V V good, fresh, well crafted and constructed with well balanced flavours. The chef was excellent and runs a good kitchen.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are best
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Tiptree, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2012

We have just returned from a 28 night stay at the Zuri White Sands. We visited last year and we decided to try again this year, and we were not disappointed. There are two pools to relax around, both really lovely pools with plenty of vacant sunbeds to choose from.

The rooms are quite large and provide everything you could need, including a really large shower area with plenty of storage space for toiletries.

We only had bed and breakfast so cannot comment on lunch or evening meals, but we can say the breakfast caters for all tastes. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the 'egg maker' always provides a 'special' egg for you. The coffee boys quickly recognise how you like your tea and coffee, even remembering I like my tea with my cooked breakfast, not with my cereal, so would provide 3 coffees "and a tea later".

There is a Gym, Spa and Beautician providing a whole range of treatments which are provided by extremely friendly staff.

The Staff who do not have direct contact with you, still greet you with a Good Morning Mam as they pass through the grounds.

The client service personnel are very concerned that your holiday is providing you with all that you need, and telephone regularly so ensure your every need is catered for.

The beaches in Goa are wonderful and the Zuri is positioned by Varca Beach so you can enjoy long walks splashing in the sea.

We enjoyed ourholiday so much that we have already booked for next year.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2012

We stayed for 7 nights to rest after the Golden Triangle tour, along with one other of our tour party.
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Stunningly laid out, massive grounds, fantastic pools and comfy pool beds, very pretty to the eye, right on the wonderful beach.
Rooms were spacious, nice balconies, quiet, all the amenties you need for a peaceful stay.
The staff were very friendly (without exception) and just wanted to help and make our stay important.
Defintely a 4/5 star hotel with the wow factor.

Negative points
We fell ill, and so did our travelling comanion. We were all fine when we arrived, ate exclusively in the hotel (buffet style) but on the 3rd day (4th day for our friend) contracted D & V and bad stomach cramps. We are still ill 4 days after returning and the experience ruined what would otherwise have been a great stay. The food was often tepid (not good in a tropical climate) and were they turned over frequently enough? We can draw no other conclusion other than the hotel gave us food poisoning. We all three are very seasoned travellers to the tropics, love spicy food, have eaten in beach shacks and roadside stalls - nothing, not even diarrhea, zip. We frequently gel our hands - all the right things. It has to be poor food hygiene and it makes us very cross that they don't seem to see it or just dismiss us a "europeans" with delicate stomachs - rubbish!!
Next minus point is that the hotel, as with all those in the South are remote, and although there are a few restaurants outside, in the main you will need a taxi to get anywhere. They have a monopoly and you will pay through the nose. Tip - if you are staying for more than a week, take one of the rip off taxis one way to Colva Beach, grab the services of a fair priced local for the return and get his phone number for other trips.

Room Tip: They all looked pretty goo to us.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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ZuriHotels, Manager at The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino, responded to this review, 27 March 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the review and thank you for appreciating the services of our resort. We are very sorry that you were ill during your vacation and understand how unpleasant it must have been for you. We wish to state that we completely understand that food is a very sensitive issue and most of our guests are international travelers. Our process in handling food, right from the selection, receiving, storing, handling, cooking and serving are all 100% compliant to international standards (HACCP). In the month of March 2012 till date, we have served 16347 meals in our restaurants and there were no cases of food poisoning. We sincerely wish it had not happened to you as we understand how much it must have affected your vacation.
This is just to reassure you that at Zuri we spare no process or effort to ensure safety and health of our guests. Thank you once again for patronizing us and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Warm Regards
Management
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Pune, India.
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2012

This hotel, which was once owned by Radisson is now known as Zuri White Sands. The resort is huge and provides all luxuries.
Service: Their service was prompt. We had gone there with our company group. They tried their best to provide early check in to as much people as they could.
Rooms: We stayed in a suite, and this was one of the best room I have ever stayed in! 2 big rooms. LCD TV in both rooms. Clean and comfortable beds with nice pillows. Lots of other things. The room was overlooking their swimming pool on once side and garden on the other side.Really exceptional view.
Food: The food was good. (although it could have been better by their standards). Breakfast spread was good with lots of variety.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2012

We (a couple in our early 30's) stayed here for a week in March 2012. Overall the resort is fantastic - exceptional meandering pool; spacious well kept gardens; close proximity to the beach; decent rooms; good facilities; friendly staff and great food.

We did have a couple of annoying issues which prevented this being a 5 star review. Our sheets weren't changed and I had to insist on this a number of times before they eventually gave us clean sheets. There are some snagging issues which would really improve the resort - the main thing being the 'moat' around the hotel being out of commission (although this is just a aesthetic point it does let the appearance of the hotel down considerably).

The staff are on the whole very friendly and we found them both helpful and attentive. The food and drink is over-priced compared to the surrounding venues but I guess this is to be expected.

The taxi issue is a genuine problem. Although the hotel is pleasantly tucked away in a secluded area in South Goa the taxi cartel clearly exploit this and they must be in cahoots with the resort - which is a shame. It does make this resort not a place to stay if you want to go exploring the region as it is not cheap to travel round. If you are happy to stay relatively local then this shouldn't be a problem.

The only real let down with the whole resort is the Casino - which is a complete shambles. If this was in the UK I'm sure they would be forced to close it down under trades description. It's a horrible area of an otherwise great resort and offers only roulette. They should either completely revamp this area and set it up properly or just close it down.

On the whole I wouldn't hesitate recommending this as a place to stay.

Room Tip: Pool side terrace rooms have direct access to the pool from french windows.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino

Property: The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino
Address: Pedda, Varca 403721, India
Region: India > Goa > South Goa District > Varca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Varca
#3 Luxury Hotel in Varca
#3 Spa Hotel in Varca
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,005 - ₹ 50,375
Hotel Class:5 star — The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino 5*
Number of rooms: 154
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