Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort in Goa, India

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Updated: October 9, 2019

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Review of Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort in Goa, India.

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).

    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.

Shops

  • Loads of places to spend money along the main road, including a few minimarts and moneychangers. Closest supermarket is Delfino’s, 200m north. 2-minute walk.

Beach

  • 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

The hotel is located away from the road and hence is quiet.

The Lemon Tree is one of very few resorts along the main road that is set back from the traffic, so rooms are far quieter than most.

The lobby has a stylish design.

The stylish design throughout starts at the lobby.

The hotel has a Portuguese-influenced design.

The overall design is reminiscent of Goa’s former colonial rulers, Portugal.

The pool is large and spacious.

The pool is substantial and within a spacious area, unlike many overbuilt hotels where the pool is squeezed into a limited area.

The hotel has a nice tropical resort style vibe.

The setting and colorful sunbeds are just like a tropical resort.

Even the attached children's pool is fairly large.

The children’s pool attached to the main pool is substantial.

The small gym has a few machines.

The gym is undersized but offers a couple of machines.

The colorful Mango Bar is located by the pool.

The cheerful and colorful Mango Bar is between the pool and adjacent bistro.

Mango Bar also offers poolside seating.

Tables at the Mango Bar in the Lemon Tree extend into the gardens near the pool.

The pool has a rare swim-up bar.

The swim-up bar is a rarity among rival hotels.

Citrus Café serves breakfast and a la carte meals.

At the resort, Citrus Café serves breakfast as well as an all-day menu.

Republic of Noodles has a separate entrance from the main road.

The other on-site restaurant, Republic of Noodles, has a separate entrance facing the main road.

Republic of Noodles has a pleasant open-air setting.

The Republic of Noodles offers a likable open-air setting.

Most rooms are very spacious.

Most types of rooms are more spacious than first imagined.

Most rooms also have sitting areas.

Most rooms also feature sitting areas.

The cheaper rooms at the back face some gardens.

Cheaper rooms along the side and to the back are less appealing, but still face some gardens.

There are several places to shop, eat, and drink at on the main road.

The main road in front of the hotel is packed with places to eat, drink, and shop.

Lezero's café is located on the side street leading to the beach.

At a corner of the side street to the beach is Lezero’s café.

De Candolim Deck nearby is popular for its western meals and street-side seating.

Popular for its western meals and stools for people-watching is De Candolim Deck, just south of the resort.

Fat Panda Goa is popular for its live music.

Also close by, Fat Panda Goa is a popular hangout that offers live music.

Tony's Place is known for western meals like fish and chips.

Tony’s Place serves up western delights such as fish and chips.

A turn-off near the resort leads straight to the beach.

This turn-off, about 200m south of the resort, provides the best access to the beach.

The stylish Kokoons café is on the side street leading to the beach.

Along the side street to the beach is the stylish Kokoons café.

Co Co Mo offers a quiet and breezy setting near the beach.

Providing a quiet and breezy position along the side street to the beach is Co Co Mo.

Co Co Mo is known for its cocktails and seafood.

Co Co Mo specializes in seafood and is renowned for its cocktails.

There are several beach cafés within walking distance of the resort.

At the end of the side street to the beach, about 800m from the resort, are numerous cafés on the sand.

The beach cafés rent out sunbeds and umbrellas.

The beach cafés also rent out sunbeds and umbrellas.

The clean and wide beach is usually uncrowded.

The beach is wide, clean, and uncrowded.

Flags identify areas with lifeguards that are safe to swim in.

Waves can be a little rough at times, so always swim between the flags.

There are a lot of facilities on the main road in front of the hotel.

The main road in front of the hotel is packed with shops, cafés, and bars, as well as a few travel agencies and moneychangers.

Buses connect to facilities in Candolim, Calangute, and Panjim.

Buses ply the main road, linking all places along Candolim and Calangute, as well as the Goan capital and regional transport hub, Panaji (Panjim).

There are a few auto-rickshaws in the area.

A few auto-rickshaws are available (but certainly far fewer than in Indian cities).

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