by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 5, 2019
Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach – Gorgeous villas in a village-style setting among lush green gardens, and so close to the beach.
Beyond the bland-looking building near the gates are a collection of adorable villas (called ‘suites’), each accessible along stone paths and overlooking billiard-table lawns. Spread out almost like a village, all villas are brightly painted, as is the custom in South Goa. Detached or semi-detached and in twin-level buildings, they are, however, not quite as charming inside as the exterior suggests, but are certainly comfortable enough. Nonetheless, the facilities are first-class, such as the large pool (with a section for children) and the marvelous beach accessible through the adjoining Novotel resort. What’s more, all of this is in the middle of a convenient town packed with tourist facilities.
Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach – The Location
- Address: On the main road through Cavelossim, a very pleasant enclave of tourist facilities and top-end hotels about midway along South Goa. (Most places in Goa don’t have a proper address.)
- Area: Lots of facilities along the main road and side streets. The beach is about 400m from the lobby and oddly accessible across an invisible border with the adjoining Novotel resort.
- How to Get There: From the airport (33km, 60-minute drive), there is little choice except overpriced pre-paid taxis. The nearest major train station is at Margao (Madgaon), 14km away (30-minute drive).
- Handy to: Facilities and beaches at Cavelossim.
Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach – The Basics
- Guests: Mostly foreign tourists, many on packaged tours. The layout and facilities are more suited to couples, while families seem to prefer the adjoining Novotel resort.
- Views: All villas (called ‘suites’) overlook the gardens, and the motel-style rooms in a separate building face the gardens, pool, or carpark.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not provided, but very few resorts offer these anywhere in Goa.
- Extras: Daily newspaper delivered to the villas (suites).
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Only a few places behind the gates, so arrange when booking.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)832 672 6666
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: radissonblu.com
Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach – Amenities
- Pool: Terrific pool near the lobby. Not nearly as crowded as the adjoining Novotel. Plenty of brightly-colored sunbeds and a dedicated area for children.
- Spa: The Sohum Spa provides a range of massages as well as a sauna, hot tub, and steam room.
- Fitness Center: Decent enough, but nothing that special.
- For Families: Baby-sitting.
- Other Facilities: Laundry. Travel desk. Boutiques. Business Center. Money-exchange.
Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Upper Deck – Casual all-day dining starting with buffet breakfast. Bright and airy, with full-length windows and al fresco terrace. Bar attached and open 24 hours. • Lucio – Goan and Portuguese cuisine with a focus on seafood. Open-plan kitchen. Dinner only. • Sagres – Casual bistro/bar at the lobby for signature cocktails and live music. • Greco – Greek restaurant with attentive service and lovely authentic setting alongside the pool. Privately-run, but on the hotel grounds. Dinner only.
- Breakfast: Not included, but available for an extra cost.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Rooms • Premium Rooms • Executive Suites • Radisson Suites
- Smoking Rooms: A few rooms allow smoking.
- Best Room: Radisson Suites are about twice the size of the standard rooms and feature separate living areas.
- For Families: An extra single bed can be added to the standard rooms, while the villas (called ‘suites’) can comfortably accommodate families of 4. Otherwise, book 2 villas – one on the upper floor, another at ground level – thereby occupying the whole building.
Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: The main road has plenty to see, features a few sidewalks, and traffic is minimal. Ask the reception about renting bicycles because the road is great for cycling, especially further south.
- Public Transport: Buses travel along the main road outside the resort gates every 10 minutes in both directions. They head south (3km) as far as the Leela resort, via The Fisherman’s Wharf café, and further north to Margao (Madgaon). The latter is a major regional town with frequent connections across Goa. No metro or any local trains of use to tourists.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: A few auto-rickshaws (that won’t use meters), but no metered taxis. Uber/Ola don’t operate anywhere in Goa, but app-based rides can be arranged through Goa Miles, though really, the only option for longer trips are unmetered private ‘taxis’ arranged through the resort or with drivers who hang around the main road. 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.
Radisson Blu Resort Goa Cavelossim Beach – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Mike’s Place – Long-established hangout down a side street that starts almost opposite the neighboring Novotel. Lovely setting in a converted mansion. Also, beach parties and live music. 3-minute walk (270m).
- Robin’s Ark – Spacious and elegant roadside setting. Very popular for hearty western meals. 400m southwest down the road. 5-minute walk (400m).
- Hungry Shark – Casual and charming riverside position for seafood and live music. Signposted down a side street opposite the gates. 5-minute walk (400m).
- Beach Cafés – Down the lane marked ‘James’s Beach Hut Café’, about 800m southwest of the Radisson. At the end of the lane are numerous cafés on the sand (10-minute walk). The best is Q-Ba. Also accessible via the beach (see below). 8-minute walk (650m).
- Also, multiple options at 2 nearby resorts: the neighboring Novotel (300m, 4-minute walk), a useful landmark next to the Radisson, and Karma Royal, just across the road (230m, 3-minute walk).
- Along the main road are plenty of shops, including minimarts, moneychangers, and agencies offering boat trips, but no supermarkets or classy boutiques. Shop owners can be a bit pushy.
- The beach is wide and clean, but a little crowded in front of the resorts; less so further south. Use the signposted shortcut (400m) through the neighboring Novotel resort. Spread across the sand, a few casual cafés sell food and drinks and also rent out sunbeds and umbrellas. Waves can be rough at times, so always swim between the flags. Lifeguards operate between 10 am and sunset. Less crowded spots are further south, and some limited water-sports are available from a hut on the beach in front of the Novotel resort.
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