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Club Mahindra Varca Beach
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Varca
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 August 2012

We went to this resort off season in August. The sporadic monsoon rain left Goa looking beautifully green and, as it was not continuous, did not really hamper our movements. The resort arranged a taxi for the pleasant, 45 minute ride from the airport (Rs. 750 – we had to pay Rs. 1000 for the trip back.)

It’s a sprawling property, on the beach, well laid out with nice landscaping, green lawns and well-trimmed foliage with two swimming pools, a spa, two restaurants and a bar. An activity room made sure the kids had a ball and entertainment in the evenings kept many adults happy. There an internet café and a library, with an indifferent collection of books, half of them in Russian.

Our Studio Apartment was spacious and well-appointed with a large bed, comfortable sofa and spacious wardrobe. A balcony overlooking the lawns and pool was just the place to enjoy coffee in the morning or a drink in the evening. Ensuring our comfort was the efficient air-conditioning, TV, refrigerator, and coffee and tea making facilities. The “dry kitchen” came equipped with a micro wave oven, toast grill, juicer, crockery and cutlery (someone comes and washes up every day).

The food is quite good but rather expensive with members getting discounts. The bar , located in a mezzanine overlooking the spacious lobby has comfortable seating though the happy hours between five and seven pm is a bit early ! Prices are very reasonable as everywhere in Goa.
Internet is free in the lobby and in the bar though signals can get weak in the latter place.
Just outside the resort are a few small restaurants which offer good food and liquor at rates that are just about half of what the resort’s restaurants bill you. Constan Fernandez at FX Pereira’s restaurant, just outside the resort, serves excellent sea food and other Goan fare besides a nice breakfast, made fresh and at very competitive prices. Many residents could be seen picking up food and beer from these places to have in their rooms. The microwave and fridge come in very handy.

Getting around can be expensive as the taxi operators have a strong union and tend to charge a lot. (Rs300 for the two and a half kilometers to Varca village and back and Rs 1200 for the 20 km return trip to Madgaon, with a one hour wait). Motor cycles can be hired just outside the resort.

The service is friendly and cheerful though not always very efficient.

They have a souvenir shop which stocks a lot of stuff from Auroville. The "grocery shop" is actually a handicraft shop that carries some eggs and bread and soft drinks.

Located far from the crowds and the noise, this is not a place for people who want an action packed holiday; it is for someone who wants to have a relaxed, comfortable and pleasant stay. Go for walks around the resort, take in a day trip to Madgoan and see the Church of the Holy Spirit and may be the Big Foot museum and put your feet up and relax.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

The Beach here is awesome, we felt it is exclusive for the resort. Clear water and a dirt free zone is the highlight. The studio rooms are cozy. They also have two swimming pools. Although they do have a buffet, but we did not go and had a la carte, and found it nice !

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

One among the Best Resorts of Club Mahindra

it has its own private beach & big Pool & excellent restaurant which serves lot of Variety though a little heavy on pocket

The best is its activity area & Bar

The best thing is its Rooms & Hospitality Best ever anywhere

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

THe best part about the place is the beach!!! (AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!) It's just a stretch of gorgeous sparkling sand and clear water.. The resort has a beach shack where you can eat. Sadly we went in August and it was raining so the water was unsafe to get into.

As you enter you have a person with the cutest smile and doing a little tap dance, strumming the guitar playing the harmonica and putting in a few words here and there, to welcome you to the resort. (and if you are waiting he would encourage you to sing along)

The pools aren't deep enough to do major swimming (not that I swim but still) but they are well maintained.

The children (belonging to other couples) were kept busy the whole time. The Club always has some activity or the other happening.

We went during the off season and it wasn't very crowded. The location is pretty good, there are shops nearby. If you walk outside there are a few restaurants that I thought were pretty overpriced.

Overall the place is lovely, but for people who have just come to relax and not experience the wild side of Goa. Varca is a small town with nothing much to do but take in the beaity and reeeelax.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

I have been a Club Mahindra member for 5 years, but it's the first time I availed one of their resorts for myself,earlier it had been as a gift once for relatives and they had chosen Varca too. They loved it, so we decided to book it as well.
Since it was offseason, opted for two one Bedroom apartments for 6 days- separate room for my parents and for me,spouse and our one year old daughter.
The cab booking though steep was smooth as was the initial booking (however changing dates is not easy here).
The initial impression you get of the resort,is of a decent property, probably in need of a bit of tidying up. Since my earlier visits to Goa were at really premier properties, this was a let down- but fair enough given that they aren't a five star property
The rooms were large, and furnished ( adequately in my case- and quite well in my parents's case).Such lack of uniformity in adjoining rooms is a bit surprising.
In fact some of our furniture was rather rundown,especially the convertible sofa- bed.- they had to come in to repair it.
But overall - not bad- So exterior- 4 star- the pools etc looked good- and seemed clean enough- there are 2 of them and decently sized- as is the lobby.
Interior- 2.5 to 4 star ( ours - 2.5 star, our parents- 4 stars)- yup that much difference in quality of furniture ( flat screen versus picture tube, wooden chairs vs aluminium pipe, even the cutlery !)
Access to beach is good- and it's not much farther away than most resorts in Goa.-and beach is decently clean.
Their activity center was good- though we didn't avail it- busy as we were with a 1 year old.
We used room service most days- and by and large cost wise it was reasonable- but the food was usually mediocre- and the service poor- it was a chore getting them to clear dishes.
There was some real bureaucracy as well- with housekeeping asking us to talk to Room Service for one thing and Room Service returning the favor for another. An irritating- not my problem kind of attitude.
Housekeeping frequently ignored our calls- especially for pest control- of which there were many- and I cannot accept that it's because of the rainy season- we had gone before in monsoons in Goa- the upkeep in the other resorts was superior -and would have saved our daughter some insect bites
Another annoyance was check-in and check-out - both taking an inordinate amount of time.
The taxis are a nuisance- but not much the hotel can do actually.
So overall- it was a good relaxing vacation- room ok, resort nice, potential activities - good, but service- poor.
I would say it rates overall as a 3 star resort (by India standards) and not 4. Just ok, - if you have not already paid a fortune to Club Mahindra- for their membership- you have better options around Goa.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Club Mahindra Varca Beach

Address: 176 1 Survey No | Salcete Taluka, Varca 403721, India
Region: India > Goa > South Goa District > Varca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Varca
#3 Luxury Hotel in Varca
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Varca
Price Range: ₹ 20,839 - ₹ 41,742 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Mahindra Varca Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 205
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Also Known As:
Club Mahindra Varca Beach Hotel Varca
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Club Mahindra Varca Beach India
Varca Palms Beach Resort
Mahindra Varca Beach Club India
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