by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 5, 2019
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa – Tranquil, tropical, and historical, and extremely convenient to everything.
Set back from the main road, this charming resort is far quieter and more stylish than most in the area. The design is also more appealing – from the lobby with its beautiful stained glass windows to the main building reminiscent of colonial Portugal. Featuring living areas, the rooms are very spacious and overlook the tropical gardens. Those in the converted colonial mansion are certainly worth a splurge, and the Heritage Suites feature private pools, which is highly unusual anywhere in Goa. The communal pool is significantly larger than at newer four and five-star resorts nearby and features a bar as well as a splash area for children. The gym is undersized; not so, the palm-filled gardens and lawns which create a genuine tropical-resort feel. Additionally, the Lemon Tree is located along the main road which is packed with places to eat, drink, and shop, and is just a few minutes’ walk from a glorious beach.
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa – The Location
(Not to be confused with the sister hotel – Lemon Tree Hotel Candolim, Goa – only 300m north.)
- Address: On the main road midway along Candolim, a major tourist region in a southern part of North Goa. (Most places in Goa don’t have an address.) The entrance is easy to miss. Look for the Republic of Noodles restaurant (which is attached to, and part of, the hotel).
- Area: Busy area of shops, bars, and cafés, and the attractive beach, also crowded with places to eat and drink, is just 600-800m away (depending on which side street is used).
- How to Get There: From the airport (36km, 60-minute drive), there is little choice except overpriced pre-paid taxis. The nearest major train station is at Vasco da Gama, 39km away (75-minute drive).
- Handy to: Facilities and beaches at Candolim.
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa – The Basics
- Guests: Interesting combination of Indian and foreign tourists and mostly younger couples.
- Views: Better than most. Many rooms overlook the gardens, lawns, and/or pool. The cheaper rooms face a patch of garden on the side.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Heritage Suites feature private pools, which is highly unusual anywhere in Goa.
- Extras: Daily newspaper delivered to each room.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Nowhere to park on-site or along the main road outside.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)832 398 8188
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: lemontreehotels.com
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa – Amenities
- Pool: With a genuine tropical island vibe, it’s far larger than at many more expensive resorts. Lovely sunbeds and plenty of natural shade. Attached are a rare swim-up bar and sizable children’s pool.
- Spa: The Fresco Spa provides nothing more than massages.
- Fitness Center: Severely undersized and only a couple of machines.
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Republic of Noodles – Award-winning array of dishes from across southeast Asia. Open-air setting and friendly service. Also, a separate entrance on the main road. • Citrus Café – At the back of the resort grounds. Buffet breakfast and all-day menu of Asian cuisine. • Mango Bar – Between the pool and Republic of Noodles bistro. Imported spirits and long wine list.
- Breakfast: Not normally included, but can be paid for at the time. Served until mid-day.
- Room Service: Available 24/7, but the menu is more limited from 11 pm to 7 am.
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Executive Rooms • Heritage Rooms • Terrace Studio Rooms • Heritage Studio Rooms • Heritage Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Some rooms allow smoking. Check when booking.
- Best Room: In a beautifully-restored colonial-era mansion, the adorable Heritage Suites are very spacious and feature private pools – a rarity among resorts anywhere in Goa.
- For Families: The studio rooms and suites are large enough for an extra single bed, but there are better options elsewhere for families.
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa – Local Transport
- Walking: Plenty to see along the main road, which offers some footpaths. More pleasant along the side streets to the beach.
- Public Transport: Local buses are convenient and frequent. They travel up and down – and stop anywhere along – the main road through Candolim and Calangute. Some detour to Panaji (Panjim), the state capital and regional transport hub, from a stop opposite the Acacia hotel (250m south, 3-minute walk). No metro or any local trains of use to tourists.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: A few auto-rickshaws around (drivers won’t use the meter), but no metered taxis. Uber/Ola don’t operate anywhere in Goa, but app-based rides can be arranged through Goa Miles. The only options for longer trips are unmetered private ‘taxis’, which can be arranged at the hotel or with drivers hanging about the streets.
- 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.
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
These 4 places are south along the main road and within 350m of the resort:
- Fat Panda Goa – Authentic food and popular hangout within a spacious open-air setting. Live music (mostly blues). 2-minute walk (170m).
- De Candolim Deck Restaurant & Bar +91 83224 79040 – Popular for its street-side seats and extra-long menu of Western food. 2-minute walk (200m).
- Lezero’s Multicuisine Restaurant & Bar +91 91450 52196 – Plenty of tables and roadside stools for people-watching. Happy hours, daily specials, and extensive menu. At the turn-off to the beach (see below). 3-minute walk (270m).
- Tony’s Place Restaurant & Bar +91 84089 64321 – Attracts the same patrons nightly for pub-style meals such as bangers and mash and fish and chips. 5-minute walk (350m).
Traffic noise along the main road can be bothersome, so try these places quietly positioned down the side street to the beach (see below).
- Kokoons Modern Indian Diner – Classy bistro/bar offering contemporary Indian cuisine, kebabs, and shishas (hookahs). 5-minute walk (400m).
- Co Co Mo – Breezy and serene setting on 2 levels. Seafood is a specialty. 7-minute walk (600m).
At the end of that side street to the beach are plenty of beach cafés which are friendly, cheap, and simple, e.g. plastic chairs and sandy floors.
- The lovely beach is packed with casual cafés that also rent out sunbeds and umbrellas. Always swim between the flags. Lifeguards are on duty between about 10 am and sunset. From the resort entrance facing the main road, head right (south) to the next junction signed ‘Krishna Naik Road’ and ‘Casablanca’ (resort). 9-minute walk (800m).
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Goa – The Hotel
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