by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 5, 2019
Radisson Goa Candolim – Fantastic pool, appealing rooms, and tranquil position within an area that feels like a village.
The Radisson is far nicer than most resorts in the region and is certainly quieter than anything along the main road. The overall feeling is instantly alluring, especially the extensive grounds, abundant greenery, and friendly staff. From the breezy and colorful lobby, paths lead to spacious rooms featuring balconies and thoughtful decorations. The pool is more than large enough for the limited number of guests and far shadier than any in this part of Goa. Adding to the appeal are the vividly-decorated guest lounges on each floor and open-air games room. The Radisson is set back from the main road, so it’s unaffected by traffic noise, but is still within a few minute’s walk of abundant places to eat, drink, and shop, as well as the beach.
Radisson Goa Candolim – The Location
- Address: About 100m off 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.) Well-signposted in both directions.
- Area: Less developed, and therefore, less traffic than northern parts of Candolim and certainly adjoining Calangute. Yet, more nightclubs and bars with live music than elsewhere in the area, but the hotel is unaffected by the noise. About 700m across the road from the beach.
- How to Get There: From the airport (36km, 60 to 70-minute drive), there is little choice except overpriced pre-paid taxis. The nearest major train station is at Vasco da Gama, 39km away (70 to 80-minute drive).
- Handy to: Facilities and beaches at Candolim.
Radisson Goa Candolim – The Basics
- Guests: Almost all foreign tourists, mostly older than about 40, and very few families.
- Views: Many rooms look inwards and face the pool and gardens. Others still offer OK views, but nothing to get excited about.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None, but these are very rarely offered by any resort in Goa.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: A few places behind the gates, but arrange this, if required, when booking.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)832 671 9999
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: radisson.com
Radisson Goa Candolim – Amenities
- Pool: One of the nicest anywhere in Candolim and Calangute. More than large enough and almost half is under natural shade at all times.
- Spa: None.
- Fitness Center: Aptly described on the website as a ‘mini gymnasium’.
- For Families: Baby-sitting.
- Activities: Undercover and open-air games area with a better selection than at many resorts (and most don’t even offer anything). Includes ping pong and snooker tables.
- Other Facilities: Boutiques. Book exchange/library. Business services. Laundry.
Radisson Goa Candolim – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: The Palms – At the back, behind the pool. Attentive service and some tables in a courtyard. Tempting Goan specialties and attached bar. • Red Mango – Bistro/bar facing the pool and under shady trees. Popular for signature cocktails and fresh seafood.
- Breakfast: Included if staying in the Executive Rooms. Otherwise, available for an extra charge.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
Radisson Goa Candolim – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms • Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Executive Rooms • Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed in some rooms. Check when booking.
- Best Room: Suites are intimate and more secluded, and feature living rooms.
- For Families: Possibly an extra single bed can be fitted into each of the Executive Rooms or Suites, but better options are available elsewhere.
Radisson Goa Candolim – Local Transport
- Walking: The main road is decent enough for walking, and even provides a few sidewalks (mainly used for illegal parking, however). Strolling is nicer along the side streets to the beach, which start on the other side of the main road from the resort.
- 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, via a stop opposite the Acacia hotel (400m north, 5-minute walk). No metro or any local trains of use to tourists.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: No auto-rickshaws or metered taxis in the immediate area. Uber/Ola don’t operate anywhere in Goa, but app-based rides can be arranged through Goa Miles. The only option 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 through the hotel. Rides on the back of a motorbike (called a ‘pilot’) are possible; ask around.
Radisson Goa Candolim – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
These 5 places are north along the main road (100m away) and within 500m of the resort.
- Café Chocolattii +91 93261 12006 – Fabulous garden setting and always busy with expats and well-heeled locals. Also, takeaway pastries and world-class coffee. 2-minute walk (140m).
- Karlton’s Horizon Grill – Mouth-watering steaks, ribs, and seafood, as well as happy hours and great-value specials. At the turn-off to the beach. 2-minute walk (190m).
- Ruffles – Finest restaurant in the immediate area for western meals. Live music, karaoke, or DJs every evening. 3-minute walk (240m).
- Foodland Multi Cuisine & Bar +91 98229 15352 – Always popular for its inexpensive menu which includes non-Indian meals such as steaks, kebabs, and prawns. Next to Ruffles. 3-minute walk (240m).
- Bom Sucesso – Lively bistro/bar with casual seating and live entertainment. Extra-long menu and daily specials are very appealing; perhaps less so, the karaoke. 4-minute walk (350m).
At the end of the side street to the beach (see below) are plenty of beach cafés on the sand. Casual, cheap, cheerful, and competitive, some offer free use of sunbeds and umbrellas.
- At the turn-off to the resort, head right (north) and then left at the well-signposted road to the ‘Whispering Palms’ resort. The wonderful beach is dotted with casual cafés which also rent out sunbeds and umbrellas; some for free. Always swim between the flags. Lifeguards are on duty between about 10 am and sunset. 7-minute walk (650m).
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