Resorte Marinha Dourada Hotel

, Bardez, India
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Resorte Marinha Dourada Hotel

, Bardez
2 star

Rooms: 184

Tambudki, Arpora - Bardez - 403 518 - India Hotel Website | | 0832 - 2276780 / 81 / 82
240 Traveller

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10/10
Love this hotel
Submitted by: Angela in 19/02/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: India
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Third time at the Marinha Dourada and stayed 6-28 Dec and enjoyed it as much as before.The views over the lakes are stunning and the fish massive,they jump out all the time and you can here the splashes from your balcony.The staff are very good,rooms cleaned daily,gardens well tended and both pools kept clean.The gala nights are worth going to with indian dancers and fire eaters.The food through the day isnt great but there is a new restaurant just outside called Nicks Place that is good.There are plenty of taxies outside that will take you anywhere.Loads of beaches to visit from busy Baga to Quiet Ashvem which you can get boat to from Baga.Lots of markets my favourite being Ingos but Anjuna is a must its crazy but haggle hard.The people are great and the food aswell which is always seved with a smile.We have never had a bad meal so just eat anywhere and you will find your favourite place.Plenty of trips todo but do them with your taxi driver and not the rep as they cost a fortune.The MD is a great hotel and we are going back again this year.
9/10
A perfect holiday
Submitted by: Jonathan in 16/10/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
2006 will be our fourth visit to the hotel & our ninth to Goa. The hotel , as far as we are concerned offers excellant value in every way.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Resorte Marinha Dourada Hotel

Should be a 4 star!

from Sares
Definatly the best choice of hotel in the North of Goa, far enough away from the main parts of Baga and Calangute to be a relaxing retreat after a hard days bargin hunting and sunbathing on the beach and still close enough to everything to freely explore Goa.

Lovely big, spacious clean rooms and very friendly staff.

Try and stay in the annexe area of the hotel as the views from the balconies are better, it is quieter and has a better pool!

wow wow wow

from A TripAdvisor Member
this hotel is amazing and as for the staff they are fantastic. if you have a prob in the middle of the night there is always a member of staff on reception (although you do need to wake them up because they work all day n sleep behind reception at night).

eating out? i suggest all spice, over the flame, east meets west for indian food.
kim faa for chinese food (the best meal i have ever eaten in my life) i suggest chicken dumplings for starters haha).
or if you miss home try domino's pizza n subway haha.

beaches-i loved baga as you can enjoy many watersports like doughnuts, banana boat, jet skiing, paragliding e.t.c
for a more relaxed beach i loved the end of the world and the anjuna beaches.

nightlife- there are plenty of bars esp down csm road. im 19yrs old and there are a few nightclubs like titos, mambos, patrixs, the best one is called club cabanah but it closed down when i was there (dont know if its re-opened). baga is the best place for the more lively of us.

for a day trip try the catermaran trip down the river you get free food and drink (soft n alcoholic). you stop off on a remote village and also get off the boat to have a go at workin with the goans on another boat diggin up sand (very hard haha)

Fantastic! Look out for me coming back!!

from GoanBride
Wow! What a holiday! The hotel was much more than expected! It was classed as 2* in the brochure but was easily 3-4* and was most definitly the best hotel we saw in the area! It has a great pool (very clean) a lovely little resteraunt, a fantastic bar, a beauty salon, a gym, a shop and a tailor! My partner had 5 shirts, 2 ties and 2 silk and cashmere suits handmade for £300! The hotel provide a shuttle every hour to Baga beach where there are some great beach shacks! Dont be put off by the look of them- the food was fantastic and we never had any problems anywhere! Make sure you try all the fantastic restaurants and travel into Calengute and Candolim!! Enjoy it and hope to see you there soon! :0)

Great place to stay.

from teachuk1
This was my first visit to Goa and when i got off the plane i thought i had made the biggest holiday mistake of my life but each day you fall in love with the place and the people a little more and i can see why people go back there over and over again. The hotel was fantastic, clean, spacious and the staff were extremely friendly. We stayed bed and breakfast which was the right choice as there are such a wealth of wonderful eating places in Baga/Calangute that you are spoilt for choice and much better value than the hotel restaurant.I would denfinately recommend this hotel.

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from CaroRigg
We stayed at the Marinha Dourada for 2 weeks in Feb 2006 and it was perfect in every way - even the rather cheesy nightly live entertainments were a great laugh!! (Carpenters' songs will never be the same again after hearing the Indian rendition!)

Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable with a terrific view from our balcony over the Hotel's twin lakes and the adjacent river and salt pans (a birdwatchers' paradise - our first sight on arrival was of an Osprey catching a fish in the river....). Air conditioning and ceiling fans made for comfortable nights and afternoon siestas, and the mini bar was well stocked and competitively priced, as was the room service menu. The food in the Hotel restaurant was also good and spanned Indian, Goan, Chinese, Italian and Continental food (all of which we sampled over the course of our holiday and all of which was good).

Baga (shops, restaurants etc) and the beach was about 20 minutes walk away (or 5 minutes in the hotel's free hourly shuttle bus) and the immediate area was rich in accessible bird watching (salt pans, marshes, fields, woods etc).

Altogether a great place and one we can thoroughly recommend. We'll certainly be returning.

(One word of advice however - if you go to one of the two Saturday night markets it's worth going to Ingo's Market (near the Club Cubana, about 20 minutes walk away or 5 minutes in a taxi) rather than Mackie's Market (right next door to the Hotel), as Ingo's has a much more relaxed atmosphere and considerably less "hassle".)

Unbelievable Holiday

from loveindia_8
Hotel Marinha Dourada, Arpora, Goa, India
15th January 2006
Reviewer: Sittingbourne,Kent, UK
Just returned from a trip to the above destination and had an absolutely fantastic time. The hotel, although only 3* was excellent - clean, air conditioned with ceiling fans and could recommend it. Only went b & b which is adequate as it is so cheap to eat, anything else would be a waste of money. There is so much to see. You never had to wonder what the weather was going to be like when you got up in the morning as it was sunshine from sun up till sun down and didn't see a cloud for 14 days. This hotel is not located near the beach but on a lake which our room overlooked and was lovely. We visited Baga beach but it was a little like Blackpool - crowded and noisy but we then found Mandarem beach which was about 20 minutes in a taxi from our hotel and it was like paradise. Wide, sandy and quiet, perfect for relaxing. The food at the Sea Paradise beach shack on Mandarem beach was fantastic and for the sunbeds (there were 4 of us) food, which included 2 soups, main meals, soft drinks, beer and about 3 O'clock, fresh strawberries and ice cream which was delivered to your sun bed all for approx 1,300 rupees a day (about £12.00 for 4 of us). We used to arrive about 10.30 a.m. and leave between 4.30 and 5 O'clock so it's really good value for money. You have no worries about taxis as the driver takes you to the beach and then waits for you all day to take you back, and it's cheaper than the food! The taxi drivers are extremely polite and helpful and give you lots of valuable information. We also found some fantastic restaurants which included Sea Shell in Candolim, All Spice in Arpora, St.Sebastian in Arpora, After 7 (great place but twice the price of anywhere else at £7.50 a head). Don't let the look of some of the shacks put you off as ALL the food that we ate was always freshly cooked for you. We didn't even experience deli belly and this is the first time ever on any of our other trips around the Caribbean that we have been on. Visit the Spice Plantation - a great day out. We can't wait to return.

Lovely location

from HEC
We stayed at the Marinha Dourada in Nov last year. We loved the hotel, it was a tranquil setting between two lakes. It it was around a twenty minute walk from Baga, but a courtesy bus is provided during the day, which we never used we just walked down. When you arrive in Goa it is a big culture shock, and because of that we loved the Marinha Dourada, some hotels in middle of Baga, Calangute were absolutely manic, and we were quite happy going back to our quiet retreat, for our first visit it was ideal. The rooms are large and very clean, and if i could go back and choose again, i would still pick this hotel. If you are thinking of visiting please go the people are lovely, lovely people, and there is lots to see. One word of advice, we used Day Trippers who because of research before we arrived, we tried, as they are an English couple out there. We were sorely disappointed with our trips. The mostly costly was a jungle safari approx 4-5 hours each way to Dandeli we were woken at 5.00am the next morning to go on the trip to find that the park had been closed. As you can imagine everyone was very disappointed, and it cost us around £60 per person, they gave a refund of around £8 per person. Everyone was devastated, most went to the office the next day to complain but we were going home a day later, and to be honest didn't want it to ruin our holiday, so didn't bother. But cannot recommend enough you don't bother with them. I heard there were local firms now set up, and if i were to go back i would seriously try them. Don't be fooled into a false sense of security that these people are English and will look after you because it is simply not the case.

Hazel

exellent

from dalby
just back from this hotel, what can i say, it was the ist time in goa, and we could not have chosen a better hotel, it is fantastic, and are going back in dec, every one is so friendly, just one word of warning, not about the hotel, but about anjuna flea market, wouldnt go if i was you, but if you do, watch out for the guys who point to your ear, and make out there is something on it, then they put this spatula inside your ear, who knows where it has been before, they make out that your ear has wax in it, it happened to my husband, he was not amused, back to the hotel, if you do go, say hello to the security man called gopull, say hi from sue and mick, and watch out for the kingfihers, who swoop down on the lake for fish,

Good Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I spent the last week of November at the Marinha Dourada Resort; it is situated between the tourist resorts of Baga and Callangute, the rear of the hotel is bordered on two sides by a river which you can gain access to by using the pathway beside the bridge. Fishing in the river is allowed however, any fish caught were usually given to the locals, unlike those caught in the hotel lakes which were 'put back'. The river walk takes you to the rear of the hotel and across the fields, keep walking along the track and you will eventually emerge onto a busy road, you should see on your left 'The All Spice' restaurant. It is a great favourite and if you dine there you will not be disappointed! The front of the hotel has a small but busy road which will take you to the resorts, there are plenty of taxis (Baga is 80 rupees)(21/11/05). In the evening they will take you and pick you up from your restaurant. Instead of going on organised trips hire a taxi and driver for the day, negotiate the fee first and check if it includes the entry fee. It will not take you long to realise that any journey is death defying! Try a 'Rickshaw' but make it a short journey! Don't be tempted to walk along the road at night, the vehicles will get very close to you and there are numerous potholes to catch the unwary. Caution! When we were there three women had their bags snatched by lads on motorcycles.
If you cross the road you will see a 'shack' with a pathway beside it, walk along the path and you will enter the 'salt flats'. It is a haven for wild birds and you will most certainly see brightly coloured Fingfishers. The large birds, which look like Eagles are in fact Kites, you will see many. If you go to the beach there are many 'Beach Shacks' the staff there will get you sun loungers, parasol, towels, water, drinks, food etc all of which will be very cheap or free. You will be offered numerous services eg. massage,pedicure etc.
India is an amazing country there is something new with every corner you turn. Elephants, buffalo, cows, snakes are often close to or on the beaches and roads. The poverty is a real shock and some earn only 400 rupees a month! People travel from other parts of India just for the tourist season in Goa.
You will be pestered to buy everything and anything. Watch out for waiters who will suddenly whip out a large bag of items to sell to you when all you want to do is relax and enjoy your meal. Take an excursion to the Spice Farm, remember the entry fee includes lunch. Visit the Falls and try to enjoy the 'hustle and bustle' you will receive the moment you step out of the taxi!! We linked both 'attractions' and went via taxi. (1200 rupees ex extras)
Finally, the hotel was very good, a little more than basic, you had all you needed for a great holiday. On the minus side; you may get power cuts throughout Goa not just the hotel, the hotel breakfast leaves a great deal to be desired and is sadly, for me, the only negative part of the hotel however, I hear they are going to improve it for next year!!! There is a tailor just outside (and inside) the hotel and so I had my jacket sleeves shortened for 50 rupees! It isn't just the money, the people of Goa including the staff of the Marinha Dourada are friendly and kind.
Overall you will love Goa and will have a great time. I will return to India as soon as possible and hope to see you there!
Julian.

Excellent Hotel And Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
First of all, this hotel is definately not a 2 star as stated in brochures, it is more like a 3-4star.

Excellent location, close to baga beach where there is a great choice of bars and restaurants. The hotel even provide a free hourly bus service to the beach although it is only a 15 min walk.

Hotel staff were very friendly, rooms were clean and nice pool.

If visting GOA again we would definately stay at this hotel.

Top Local Tips for Bardez

Taxi's At the beginning of your trip, find a good taxi driver and get his number off him. Use him thoughout your holiday and it will be a lot cheaper. They take you wherever you want, stay there all day and bring you back. Arrange prices before you go anywhere.

Low cost local taxis at hotel Only use those taxis registered with the hotel and book your favourite driver in advance as often as possible

great curries try the real indian food

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  • Address: Tambudki, Arpora - Bardez - 403 518 - India
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