South Goa has some of the most spectacular beach facing resorts in India, and Cuba Palolem beach resort always comes at the top of a visitor’s list.
Palolem Beach is about a mile (about 1.61 km) long, crescent-shaped beach with white sand with jutting rocks on both ends, overlooking the blue bay between two estuaries. The depth of the sea increases gradually and is shallowest at the northernmost end which makes it safe for casual swimmers. The currents are not very strong here.
There are beautiful beach huts and cottages in Palolem, most of which are given the permission to operate only during the season time. But if you are looking for an all season operating resort just by the beach, the options are plenty. One of the popular choices among tourists is Cuba Palolem Beach Resort.
How to reach Cuba Palolem Beach Resort ?
Palolem Beach Resort is 3 km from the Canacona train station. You can hire taxis to reach here easily. For a more affordable option, there are regular buses from Margao to Palolem. If you are a solo traveller with a light backpack, you can even consider hiring a bike taxi. They usually charge less than the regular taxis, but make sure to shop around for the best quote. Especially if you are not an Indian, you will likely be presented with a price 20 to 500 times more than the regular fare. So be careful and be bold enough to bargain for a good price. (Haggling is a common practice in India)
About Cuba Palolem Beach Resort
Palolem Beach resort is located on the outskirts of the Palolem beach, and offer a variety of accommodations. They have fully air-conditioned seafront cottages, fully air-conditioned garden view cottages, non a/c concrete rooms, and family Rooms. There is a rooftop setting which offers a mesmerizing view of sea and the lush green gardens around the property. I really appreciate the efforts they have put into maintaining that. There is an in-house bar that serves its Happy Hour and has wide assortment of drinks. The resort offers facilities such as hot water, room service, generator backup, laundry service, car parking, on-site Ayurvedic spa and complimentary Continental Breakfast.
My Experience at Cuba Palolem Beach Resort
I stayed at Palolem beach resort during monsoon. It was a time when only vaccinated tourists were allowed in the state. Overall, my stay was pleasant. The only thing that I did not like about the Palolem Beach Resort is the behavior of some the staffs employed at the property. They lacked hospitality skills and professionalism.
There was a partial lockdown in Goa during that time and the in-house restaurant was not operational. One of the staff gave me a phone number of a restaurant called Sai Family Restaurant from where I could order food. The menu was overpriced, the food tasted average, and they did not give me a GST invoice! Also, they charged 45 bucks extra for not paying in cash ! That’s criminal, and I think Cuba Palolem Beach Resort should not associate themselves with such tax evading establishments.
On yet another occasion, I booked Cuba Palolem Beach Resort again though an online website. Even though they had the option of checking in online (which I did), yet I had to spend a long time at the reception to complete the check-in process offline. I had also requested early check-in but they did not entertain my request even though it was pandemic time and most of the cottages were empty. There are some resorts in Palolem that are more humane in such matters, but every place has its pros and cons. I wouldn’t ask you not to book Cuba Palolem Beach Resort when you are here just because they denied me early check-in. But definitely, look around for good deals from other hotels as well.
The bottom line is that Palolem Beach Resort is a good choice if you are looking for a calm stay amidst gardens and close access to beach. You might find some of the staff unprofessional, and it could be because many of them are ignorant of what good hospitality is (they are not trained professionals). But that definitely is not a reason for not visiting this place. Amidst few shortcomings, you will also find a plenty of things to appreciate. 🙂
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