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.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Mahindra Varca Beach Hotel Varca
- Hotel Mahindra Varca Beach
- Club Mahindra Varca Beach India
- Varca Palms Beach Resort
- Mahindra Varca Beach Club India
- Club Mahindra Varca Beach Goa