by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 5, 2019
Alagoa Resort – Serene, friendly, exceptional value, and just 500m down a shady lane to a wonderful beach.
This modest but lively resort is set amongst fertile farmland where buffalos wallow in the mud (at a safe distance). The Alagoa offers simple but comfortable rooms with balconies offering divine rural views from a bright-yellow building. The few Eco Huts just across the lane are wooden, semi-detached, and spacious, but might get noisy from the inviting pool and energetic bar (especially when bands play) alongside. These huts have connecting doors, so they are ideal for families. The two overwhelming attractions are the rates which are astoundingly low compared to nearby rivals, and the location – in a rural setting close to a glorious beach.
Alagoa Resort – The Location
- Address: Betalbatim beach, in a northerly part of South Goa. (Most places in Goa don’t have an address.) From the airport, look for the signpost along the main road, which is 850m from the resort. A separate path (only for walkers and motorbikes) leads directly to the resort from opposite A3 Bros café (see below) which is along another road to the beach.
- Area: Betalbatim is very quiet and laidback compared to the more popular beach areas in Goa. The resort is a little remote: a few places to eat and drink on the beach, 500m away, but no village or shops nearby.
- How to Get There: From the airport (19km, 30 to 40-minute drive), there is little choice except overpriced pre-paid taxis. The nearest major train station is at Vasco da Gama, 23km away (45 to 50-minute drive).
- Handy to: Betalbatim Beach.
Alagoa Resort – The Basics
- Guests: Mostly foreign tourists, with a large proportion of Russians on packaged trips.
- Views: Most rooms in the yellow building face farmland, some with views rarely found elsewhere in Goa. The Eco Huts face the pool and could be noisy.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of low-key resort in Goa.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Casual parking near the reception, which should be safe enough.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)832 288 0168
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: alagoaresort.com/
Alagoa Resort – Amenities
- Pool: Across the lane from the yellow building, the pool is inviting and shady. Bar and restaurant are alongside.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected (or provided).
- Other Facilities: Jewelry store. Organized tours. Travel desk. Book exchange/library. Laundry. Bicycle hire.
Alagoa Resort – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Across the lane from the yellow building is the shady courtyard café, Amigueiro. Wide range of meals, including Russian, Chinese, and Goan. Lively bar, and bands on most nights (which could affect early sleepers).
- Breakfast: Included in all rates.
- Room Service: Limited service during restaurant hours – 7 am to 9 pm.
Alagoa Resort – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Eco Huts
- Smoking Rooms: Not allowed in the rooms but permitted on the balconies/verandas.
- Best Room: Rooms in the yellow building are more-or-less the same; those on a higher floor provide optimum views. The best Eco Hut would be the one furthest from the pool.
- For Families: Eco Huts are ideal: semi-detached, with connecting doors, and facing the pool.
Alagoa Resort – Local Transport
- Walking: Within 500m of the beach. Also, lovely to walk along the meandering lanes near the resort. Terrific area for cycling, too. Ask the reception about bike rental.
- Public Transport: The resort is 850m from the main road. Along this road, buses loop around the local beaches, such as Majorda, before heading back to Margao (Madgaon). From this major transport hub are connections across Goa. No metro or any local trains of use to tourists.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: No auto-rickshaws or metered taxis. App-based Uber/Ola don’t operate anywhere in Goa. The local alternative – Goa Miles – is worth trying, though really, the only option for longer trips are unmetered private ‘taxis’. Arrange these through the resort. Rates are overpriced but negotiable.
- Cars & Motorbikes: Goa is the only place in India where renting a car or motorbike is feasible. No internationally-recognized agencies are present, so renting at a local shop presents obvious risks. Best to organize this at the resort. Rides on the back of a motorbike (called a ‘pilot’) are possible; ask around.
Alagoa Resort – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- A3 Bros +91 99228 31024 – Set in a family home, meals are cheap and the service is friendly. 250m south down the dirt path past the fields (not towards the beach). 3-minute walk.
- Goa Villagio – This resort is just 250m up from A3 Bros café. The Pebbles & Sand restaurant offers daily specials, cheap drinks, and seating within a pleasant courtyard. 6-minute walk (500m).
- However, most guests will probably prefer a cheap meal and cold drink at one of the very casual and very friendly shacks on the beach (see below). All have plastic chairs and most feature sandy floors. Magzika Beach Shack (750m, 9-minute walk) is the best, while the Little Palm Restaurant (750m, 9-minute walk) is ‘classier’ with its raised wooden floor. Come for the sunset, when sunbeds are replaced by tables on the sand. Seafood is a specialty, but plenty of other meals available.
- Nothing nearby, but a few huts sell souvenirs and beach gear on the sand, and another tiny shop is along the path to the beach from the resort.
- Stretching as far as the eye can see in both directions, the glorious Betalbatim beach is wide and uncrowded. Waves can be rough at times, however, so always swim between the flags. (Lifeguards are on duty from about 10 am to sunset.) Shacks sell food and drinks and rent sunbeds and umbrellas. From the hotel, walk down the shady lane. Continue past and behind the Coconut Grove hotel. 5-minute walk (400m).
Alagoa Resort – The Hotel
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