Santana Beach Resort, Candolim Beach
Near Kamal Retreat Dando Candolim
Santana Beach Resort was a charm to spend our holidays in Goa. I booked through makemytrip.com and the whole process was flawless. We paid Rs.2000/- per night for 3 persons (3 men). First of all, location of Santana Beach Resort is awesome. It is located on walking distance from Santana Beach Resort infact its beach side gate is hardly 5 min walk from the beach. Santana Beach Resort is least crowded beach in Goa so you feel like almost a private beach when you stay. Early in morning when you go to beach you feel rejuvenating and lively. Hotel rooms were big enough to accommodate 3 of us easily and the hotel staff made arrangement for an extra bed for my brother. Infact room was kind of a studio with 1 bedroom and an extended outer room. Rooms were clean and the room we got was right in front of swimming pool. This made stay even more pleasant as every evening we use to swim. Breakfast is buffet style which is the most i like. Food in goa is particularly costlier and so one can take a heavy breakfast at the resort. Very tasty, and no restrictions on what you eat.. Honestly speaking the breakfast itself was worth 1000 Rs. everyday for 3 of us which was included right in our package of 2 N / 3 D stay at hotel. Most other beaches are near like baga, colangute, all are nearby. Hotel staff is very courteous and they also arrange for bikes (we took 2 avengers everyday). Benefit of taking bike from hotel is that you get bike for day and night whereas if you take from shop you have to return in evening and then walk to your hotel which we certainly did not prefer. Since we were 3 guys so we roam till late night on Goa streets which was the best part of our stay. Rates of bikes are reasonable and same as charged by outside vendors. We like the hotel so much that we extended our stay by 1 day but then we have to leave as we had to go to south goa also which is far from hotel. Overall experience was 10/10 and whenever we ever go to goa again, i will without a doubt chose Santana Beach Resort. Thanks to the management of hotel for providing such a wonderful holiday experience and it will last for ever in our memories.
The Overall experience was very memorable. Had been searching for a good deal for a week calling all resorts in North Goa..North because we were keen to be close to a beach and what better place than being in North Goa. However, whatever property I liked were either too expensive or sold out. HolidayIQ and few other inputs were very helpful in finalising the propertyâ€¦eventually, I liked Santana beach resort in candolim beach...There were a few others in the same locality like â€œThe O Hotelâ€ / Lemon Tree Amaranteâ€ / â€œTaj Vivantaâ€ but Santana Beach resort served the purpose from all angles (value for money / positioning of the property / vicinity to the beach and a clutter free resort!) The rooms were very spacious. We took the normal room and wanted to upgrade to a deluxe after we reached the property as we were a family of 4(2 adults and 2 kids) but after looking at the size of the room we changed our plan..In fact, the resort was quite mindful to put 2 child cots in the room apart from the regular bed which made it even more comfortable and still kept the room spacious. I would also like to add that the rooms are all studio apartments with a kitchen, 2 balconies and a large bedroom thereby giving you a very homely feeling. The minibar was always stacked with whatever one could ask for in Goa and that too at a throwaway price! Now, talking about the travel to goa â€“ we live in bangalore and hence all the options to travel was open for us..but since train tickets was a challenge we were left with 2 options as road and air â€“ again air , as we all know is skyrocketing these days and hence we zeroed in for road - since bus was a challenge with 2 kids, we decided to drive down ( 600 kms). We started at 6am and reached the resort at 8pm.. For those of you who wish to drive down to goa, a few inputs that might come handy..Bangalore to Hubli goes in a whiff as one can cruise at 100-120 comfortably..The catch is after you touch hubli â€“ there are 2 bifurcations from hubli â€“ one road that goes straight and there is another that is a kind of shortcut, through a jungle property.. Since I was unaware, I wanted to take the shortcut( typical Indian mentality) and that section road was a horrible stretch with totally broken roads every 2-3 kmsâ€¦it killed our travel time in a big wayâ€¦and we hit ponda at about 430pmâ€¦from their panjim took some more time and as we were closing towards the evening, traffic was going up â€“ moreover, goan roads are not such big ones and so we got stuck in many road blocks/accidents etc( word of caution â€“ people drive quite recklessly out there and the cops just stand and watch ) Finally, we reached at 8pm and have the rest of the evening for ourselves â€“ check in was super smooth and the rest was just cool! We stayed for 3 nights and since the check in was in the late evening, there was nothing much to do but to eat and sleepâ€¦but the next morning brought pleasant surprisesâ€¦the beach was a 5 minutes walk from inside the propertyâ€¦the property itself is super green with trees and grass all overâ€¦once you hit the beach, you can see Fort Aguada in your left and is at a close proximityâ€¦the Taj property is very vividly seen from the property and makes a perfect neighbour! The property from the inside is also very niceâ€¦it has a restaurant which serves almost everything at a very very reasonable priceâ€¦there is also a bar close to it called the â€Olegarioâ€™s Barâ€ which plays good music and serves everything at a very reasonable price! There are 2 pools and one of them have a sunken bar â€“ which means you can be seated 3 feet underwater in a stool and get your favourite drink servedâ€¦gives you a very relaxed feeling. Room service is slightly sluggishâ€¦also it opens at 9am so if you want something before that, itâ€™s better to help yourselfâ€¦ The restaurant serves everything with a smileâ€¦I found people only smiling and trying to be helpful going out of the wayâ€¦extremely friendly natured ! The hotel also opens to the main road in a 5-7 minutes walk which has its own share of â€œflee marketâ€ and loads of restaurants.. The reception can organise for your sightseeing/cab /scooters etc, in a jiffy. For first timers in goa, please note that north goa (where we stayed) is known for the beautiful beaches like candolim, calengute etc and are extremely good beach... South goa however is known for its churches and temples and also a few beachesâ€¦so you will have to make your choice carefully! In case of need, there is a Christian missionary hospital calledâ€ Bosio Hospitalâ€ , which is just 2 kms away from the resort and has super caring and extremely nice doctors who wonâ€™t charge you anything for the consultation and you will pay only for the medicineâ€¦we had to visit it the second day as my daughter had some painful but superficial rashes in both her knees because she was â€œknee walking â€œ in the baby pool for some time and this happened due to continuous pressure on the hard tiled floor + tiny sand particles ! Donâ€™t think of calling a doctor to the resort as the cost will be 800 bucks! You can visit Fort Augada, Saligao church in north goa and also go dolphin sighting (all these places are quite close to Santana). Dolphin sighting happens close to the Fort Aguada...While on this ride you can also see the fort and the central jail from the water (not to mention the beautiful and small sized dolphins who just playfully roam around)...though I must say that I was slightly worried about their safety as close to about 8-9 large sized boats move in at the same time, the moment a couple of them are sighted and there is always a chance that they might get hit by the propeller or the boat. The cathedral of St.Francis Zavier and the archaeological museum are next to each other in old goaâ€¦they are quite far off but we didnâ€™t have to take a separate trip to see it as it was on our way back to Bangalore. The only regret that I will have is not able to do any water sports as there was none in that area (apparently, the licence is not yet open) Apart from this, a totally memorable experience â€“ however, next time I visit goa and if my wallet permits, I would like to stay in Taj Vivanta at Fort Aguada â€“ the place is simply breathe taking! This also means that I will have to work harder to get a good appraisal or look out for a better opportunity to happily make that â€œnextâ€ trip! NEXT BEACH DESTINATION â€“ AGATTI ISLANDS, LAKSHADWEEP!
Goa has always been the 1st choice for our family vacation especially when we have just a few days to spare( 3-5 days) & no advance travel bookings to be made as the 7 hour drive from Pune is quite a breeze with the new expressway thru Kolhapur. Since it is our must go holiday place every year, we try out different resorts on different beaches each year & it turns out to be quite an adventure each time.Sometimes, we drive on to other interesting places further south or east , like Vythiri ( Kerala) , Coorg,Dandeli, Hampi (Karnataka). You guessed it- Goa & it\'s exquisite neighbours never loses it\'s charm , year after year. This Jan, we got a good deal for a family room at the Santana beach resort on Candolim beach.Made the bookings on phone through Make my trip .com & had a few initial hiccups where the staff didn\'t quite understand that a family room is meant to accomodate a family of 4 & tried to charge extra for the 2 children accompanying. I had to phone the hotel itself & get it confirmed that there was no extra charge for the children & after a few phone calls back & forth with Make my trip.com ( I almost didn\'t book thru them cos they then tried to add a tax!) things were finally smoothened out. The Santana Beach Resort is superbly located just off the Dando beach at Candolim. However, the family rooms are located at the far end of the resort, away from the beach.This was not a big problem for us as our kids are quite big & could find their way around. However, the block where these rooms are located seem to be recently acquired by the hotel & only 3 were occupied by guests, while the others were being done up & had some workers living in them. So the ambience from the balcony was not the best ( the next door resort too was under construction), but while in Goa, you never spend too much time in the room, so not a problem. I guess by the next season, this block will be well incorporated into the main resort & will be quite fine! Being the peak season, most of the other rooms were occupied by chartered group tourists, Russians, I think.-mostly elderly folk, so the resort was really peaceful! The rooms were really basic, no ambience there! The living room had a TV & a sofa cum bed to accomodate 2 children.There was a convenient little kitchenette with a small fridge & hot water kettle & a supply of coffee & tea bags- handy! The beach right in front of the resort has quite a few rocks & pebbles, so it\'s best to walk to the right towards the Big Ship stranded there & lay out on the sunbeds provided by the shacks- free if u eat or drink there.The sea can be quite rough sometimes but our kids enjoyed the big waves & couldn\'t have enough even though we lost our sunglasses & goggles to the ocean. Sadly, a lot of sand from the beach has been eroded since we were there last, leaving a lot of gaping rocks towards the Sinquerim ( Taj Village) side. Breakfast provided by the resort was just ok- eggs, toast, cornflakes, biscuits, coffee,tea & mango frooti! Some local fruit like banana/papaya would have been lovely, & many other resorts also offer an Indian breakfast like idli/wadas . One could order for a fresh fruit platter for an additional cost of Rs 120. Other than the breakfast, we didn\'t eat any other meals at the hotel.The beach shacks Calamari & Amanda win hands down on location & dinner with your toes in the sand is what Goa is about! Besides the beach shacks, the road along Candolim is alive with restaurants serving good food & live entertainment so u can stroll down & make your choice every night- karaoke or bingo, butter chicken or sorpotel... The pool at the resort is really small( so is their car park), so our kids didn\'t even bother to unpack the large inflatables they brought along. However, they bought a boogie board from the surf shop right outside the resort & had a blast with it in the ocean.- Who needs a pool ( even a small one!) when u can have the ocean ? Taxis are easily available & u can bargain for a good rate. We tried some water sports - parasailing from a winch boat & jet skiing at Calangute, but other than that, that beach is way too crowded for swimming. For a lovely beach experience, we drove way up north to Morjim , which is still unspoilt- no hawkers, motorised watersports.-just a great expanse of sand & sea & some shacks during the season where u can eat, shower & even stay overnite for a back to nature experience, & maybe if u are lucky ,on a full moon night, be witness to the hatching of Olive Ridley turtles who are known to nest there every year. Now that would be quite unforgettable!
We were two families stayed in this hotel in October which is a off season in Goa, but the hotel was ready to welcome us as we reached there early in the morning. Hotel staff were very helping in nature and never ask for any tip for there services. The rooms were good and spacious with clean bedding and quilts, they always clean the room if you went for out (just ask for it and handover your keys to from office). There are two pools in this property. Our package included complimentary breakfast from hotel and was a buffet types having a good variety and choices. The ambiance is very good, this hotel is situated on Candolim Beach itself and you can walk over there and enjoy your drinks and sacks in there bar on the beach. Overall, a must go destination.
We were in Goa in the month of June. The core purpose was to introduce my 4- year-old daughter to the sea. We chose The Santana Beach House Resort as it's on the beach. It’s hardly 2 minutes from the sea and faces it. Budget friendly and on top of it, it's in the market but not at all noisy. I had a room facing the swimming pool and what's more is that it was not at all noisy at night as i feared. Sometimes, we just sat there by the poolside and had our drinks. It has all the facilities like swimming pool and bar. And did I tell you about the food? It was yummy. However, it's a bit heavier on our pockets, because roadside eateries are much cheaper. But you cannot really ignore the aroma from the kitchen. The services they gave are much more than you can imagine. It's the empathy that touched. The owner was so courteous that you feel uncomfortable sometimes and that is the same with the staff. Always had a smile and were ready to help. Rooms are cleaned everyday and everyday, they put fresh toiletries and filled our coffee and tea and milk sachets. I suggest all my traveller friends, those who want a luxurious yet budget friendly hotel/resort in Goa, go to Santana Beach House Resort.
Santana Beach Resort is ranked #1 among the 185 hotels in Candolim Beach with an average rating of 5.9 out of 7. It is one of the 28, 3-star Resorts in Candolim Beach. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 224 photos, 793 text reviews and 2 video reviews and is rated top for its Location, Destination and Room. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 6,800 to Rs 7,000 per night. The hotel offer 33 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (51%) and Couple (31%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 53% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 25% have rated the ambience as hypnotic.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of July, Aug and Sept for the best experience.
Santana Beach Resort is located at Candolim Beach . Fort Aguada (2 Kms) is the most popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay. By providing free wifi access, the hotel makes sure you are always connected to the internet. It has a lovely outdoor swimming pool where you can take a quick dip or just relax your muscles after a long day of sightseeing.
Other amenities include Laundry Services, Doctor On Call, Restaurant, AC and Parking Facility. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.