by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 5, 2019
Beleza By The Beach – Charming, spacious, and very close to the beach, though a little remote.
This boutique resort maintains a pleasant Portuguese-style vibe (e.g. a restaurant called Tentaçāo) and design (e.g. terracotta tiles). The rooms, suites, and villas are spread across low-level buildings hidden by bushes and feature chunky wooden furniture, colorful décor, and wide balconies/verandas. Amenities are almost five-star – two pools, a gorgeous spa, and bars alongside the beach and pool – but at pleasing three-star rates (which include breakfast). And with a sandy playground, daily activities, games room, and special suites, it caters very nicely for families. The Beleza is closer to the glorious white sands than almost all resorts in the region, though it’s surrounded by rice fields and is a little remote. However, there are enough places to eat and enjoy a sunset drink on the beach a short stroll away.
Beleza By The Beach – The Location
- Address: Along an unnamed path in an area between Betalbatim and Colva beaches in the northern part of South Goa. (Most places in Goa don’t have an address.) If coming from the airport, look for the signpost along the main road, 1.5km from the resort.
- Area: Betalbatim is very quiet and laidback compared to the more popular beach areas in Goa. The resort is remote, however: a few places to eat and drink on the beach 200m away, but no village or shops nearby.
- How to Get There: From the airport (20km, 35-minute drive), there is little choice except overpriced pre-paid taxis. The nearest major train station is at Vasco da Gama, 25km away (45-minute drive).
- Handy to: Betalbatim and Colva beaches.
Beleza By The Beach – The Basics
- Guests: Mostly Indian tourists on trips from Mumbai, so it’s far busier on weekends and during school holidays.
- Kids Club: Unlike most other resorts in the region, there is a special area for children. The resort has a sizable playground on some sand and a games room with a few (but, perhaps, not enough) things to do.
- Views: All rooms, suites, and villas face the gardens and/or a pool from verandas/balconies. Not close enough to the sea for any ocean views.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Perhaps surprisingly, there are none, especially in the 2 and 3-bedroom villas.
- Extras: Free airport transfers for guests in some suites.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Plenty of space behind the huge gates. A definite advantage if driving.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)985 020 5647
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: belezagoa.com/
Beleza By The Beach – Amenities
- Pool: Surprisingly, there are 2 pools. The main one is a decent size and offers some natural shade and enough sunbeds. The second is smaller and mostly ignored, so it’s quieter.
- Spa: The Espaco Divino spa is classier than expected. Wide range of scrubs, massages, and facials, as well as various beauty treatments. Also, a steam room and spa pool.
- Fitness Center: In a large room, but the poor selection may disappoint.
- For Families: Sandy playground. Games room. Activities (see below). Baby-sitting.
- Activities: One different activity offered per day – towel origami, pizza-making, and nature walks. Ping pong tables.
Beleza By The Beach – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Tentaçāo – Alongside the main pool for breakfast and other meals until 7 pm. Meaning ‘temptation’ in Portuguese, it offers local specialties and the usual western and Indian dishes. Especially popular for grilled seafood and wood-fired pizza. • Nazaré – Delightful beachside setting. Specializes in Portuguese cuisine and tasty vegetarian options. Live music and the circular wooden bar add to the appeal. • Pavilhāo – Open all day in the resort grounds for drinks, snacks, and live music. • Paddy Bar – Lovely spot for a drink between the main pool and rice fields over the fence.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates and served at the leisurely Goan time of 8 am (so it becomes crowded early).
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
Beleza By The Beach – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Rooms • Junior Suites • Terrace Suites • Beleza Suites • Beleza Villas
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking may be allowed in some rooms, so ask the management.
- Best Room: The villas are beautifully positioned and so secluded, featuring huge living areas and 2 or 3 bedrooms (each with an attached bathroom).
- For Families: Most accommodations are suites, and all can sleep families of 4 with little fuss. Best are the luxurious and secluded villas with 2 or 3 bedrooms, each with an attached bathroom.
Beleza By The Beach – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Within 200m of the beach. Also, lovely to walk along the meandering lanes leading to local homes. Terrific area for cycling, too. Ask the reception about renting a bike.
- Public Transport: The hotel is 1.5km 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 rides, Uber and Ola, don’t operate anywhere in Goa, but 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.
Beleza By The Beach – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Poor choice, but why eat anywhere except at one of the very casual and very friendly shacks on the sand anyway? All have plastic chairs and most feature sandy floors, such as Magzika Beach Shack and Joel, although the Little Palm Restaurant is more ‘upmarket’ with its raised wooden floor. Come for the sunsets, when sunbeds are replaced by tables on the sand. Seafood is obviously a specialty, but plenty of other meals available.
- Nothing nearby, but a few huts with some bits and pieces a few minutes’ walk south of where the path from the resort meets the beach.
- Stretching as far as the eye can see in both directions, Betalbatim beach – which converges here into Colva beach – is gloriously wide and wonderfully uncrowded. Waves can be rough at times, however, so 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 lobby, simply follow the signs (200m) and exit through the security gate with a guard.
Beleza By The Beach – The Hotel
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