by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 5, 2019
Goa Villagio Resort & Spa – Charming and mid-priced boutique resort with great amenities and excellent rates.
Located alongside a quaint blue-and-white church, this resort is considerably larger and more developed than expected. The design ensures that most rooms are on a corner and feature at least one balcony and three windows, making them all bright and airy inside. Every room is also surprisingly spacious and has a substantial sitting area. Almost everything expected at a higher-rated resort is available, except a gym, but the main attraction is the remarkably good rates (which include breakfast). It’s also close to the glorious beach via a serene countryside road flanked by palm trees.
Goa Villagio Resort & Spa – The Location
- Address: At Betalbatim in the northerly part of South Goa. (Most places in Goa don’t have an address.) Well signposted from the main road, 650m from the resort. A good landmark is the lovely blue-and-white church only 20m from the resort entrance. A short-cut to the beach is down a lane between the resort and the church and past the peach-colored house.
- 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, 700m away, but no village or shops nearby.
- How to Get There: From the airport (18km, 35-minute drive), there is little choice except overpriced pre-paid taxis. The nearest major train station is at Vasco da Gama, 23km away (45-minute drive).
- Handy to: Betalbatim Beach.
Goa Villagio Resort & Spa – The Basics
- Guests: Variety of Indian and foreign tourists (particularly Russians).
- Views: Most rooms feature at least one balcony. These overlook the gardens and/or pool, but a few do face another balcony barely 10m apart.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of mid-range hotel in Goa.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout and reliably quick.
- Parking: Casual parking outside. A public area, but with a hotel guard, it should be safe.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)832 2880 781
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: goavillagio.com
Goa Villagio Resort & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: Good size but could become crowded at times. Some shade and a few sunbeds and cabanas. Bar/restaurant alongside, and a special pool for children attached.
- Spa: The spa near the pool is better than expected, but offers little more than massages.
- Fitness Center: Not provided.
Goa Villagio Resort & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: In a pleasant courtyard near the pool, the Pebbles & Sand café offers daily specials, cheap drinks, and a limited but tempting menu. Buffets at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but this would depend on the number of guests. Attached is the brightly-decorated Pinto’s Fun bar.
- Breakfast: Modest buffet breakfast included in all rates.
- Room Service: Full menu options during restaurant hours – 7 am to 9 pm. More limited snacks available overnight.
Goa Villagio Resort & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Luxury Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms, but is permitted on the balconies and elsewhere around the hotel.
- Best Room: Most rooms are the same size and fairly similar inside. The best would be on the top floor (for premium views) and furthest from the pool and restaurant/bar (for less noise).
- For Families: The sofa could be used as a bed for a small child, and there is plenty of space in all the rooms for families of 4.
Goa Villagio Resort & Spa – Local Transport
- Walking: Within 700m of the beach. Also, lovely to walk along the meandering neighborhood lanes. Terrific area for cycling, too, and a few bikes available for rent at the end of the road to the beach.
- Public Transport: The hotel is 650m 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.
Goa Villagio Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- A3 Bros +91 99228 31024 – Set in a family home, meals are cheap and the service is friendly. About 250m down the road towards the beach. 3-minute walk.
- Alagoa Resort – Take the dirt path (250m) from directly opposite A3 Bros café. Opposite the yellow building is the pleasant courtyard café, Amigueiro. With plenty of shade near the pool, it offers a wide range of cuisines, including Russian, Chinese, and Goan. Lively bar with bands on most nights. 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 at the end of the road 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. The beach is at the end of the road (700m) from the resort. Slight shortcut down the lane between the resort and church. 9-minute walk (750m).
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