Whispering Palms Beach Resort Hotel

, Candolim, India
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Whispering Palms Beach Resort Hotel

, Candolim
3 star

Rooms: 68

Singverim Beach, Waddi - Candolim - 403 515 - India Hotel Website | | 0832 - 2479140 / 41
318 Traveller

Reviews - Whispering Palms Beach Resort Hotel

9/10
Simply the Best
Submitted by: Tanya Davies in 19/03/08
  • Age Group:
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We have just returned from 2 fabulous weeks at this hotel.The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean and towels are changed everyday. Their is a wide variety of food but it is so cheap to eat out that it's nice to have a change. This was our second year at this hotel and we will definitely be returning again.
8/10
Great Service & Hospitality !!
Submitted by: Shreepal in 09/10/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: India
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
You would definitely enjoy the hospitality extended by Whispering palms during your stay. On an average Whispering Palms was a good resort to try once.
9/10
Staff and service excellent
Submitted by: Pat in 09/09/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
After a stick start we were allocated a far superior room the 2nd day of our stay after that the holiday began. We found the staff and amenities all to be excellent. The food could be a bit boring but my husband is very finicky with his but the chefs were superb the cooked special food for him so there was no complaint (they did not have to do this) they really are genuine in their caring of you. I is the only place in the world that my husband bought flowers for the manageress (Sophia) on leaving. We are returning Jan 2008 and can't wait to meet all the staff.
10/10
Excellent
Submitted by: R Dayal in 09/09/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: India
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Contrary to most reviews, this place was fantastic. I was a little apprehensive checking into the resort after certain reviews stated the resort was not up to the mark. But I must say the staff, especially the front office, was very warm and courteous. The room service needs to be applauded too. Personally I feel they are doing great. I must stay. Thanks
10/10
Brilliant Staff!
Submitted by: Lindy in 06/03/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
The excellent friendly and attentive staff really made this holiday special. The hotel is very clean and the food is varied, interesting and delicious. I had a fabulous time and will have already booked to stay for a month next year.
10/10
Lovely Hotel
Submitted by: Andrew Broad in 24/10/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
Lovely hotel nice people always helpful. I've traveled to many countries but this hotel is excellent due friendly people. Staff always polite. I would not go anywhere else due to i feel as if I was at home.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Whispering Palms Beach Resort Hotel

A MOST ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY

from A TripAdvisor Member
Following a long flight we finally arrived at The Whispering Palms to be told our rooms were not ready,which did not go down too well as we were all tired.We were told we could have our breakfast while our rooms were available,this was not the start to our holiday we had envisaged ,however over the next days as we settled in we warmed both to the people and the hotel.The staff could not have been more friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them.
Yes the rooms were basic but clean even if a little tired, and in need of decoration.
The food choice was limited but adequate on request the chef was more than willing to facilitate any request for food not on the buffet.
The pool was small and there was not enough sunbeds but having said that we preferred the beach which we found to be clean and once you saw the shipwreck we got used to it and we didnt let it spoil our holiday.
At the end of the day its a third world country and i dont know what some people expect for the price they are paying. We enjoyed our holiday that much that we are rebooking for November

Excellent Service Great People

from Andy09
Just returned from a great stay at the Whispering Palms, loved the service and the staff and I am really surprised to see so many bad reviews about this beautiful hotel. We were booked through Thomsons the hotel entrance was not so good looking but the services we received was par excellence. I must say that Ms. Sophia and the General Manager Mr. John Jacob are on their toes checking out with guests to ensure that all are comfortable. The resort I found had the maximum number of repeat guests and they said that the food though repatitive at times was not bad as the Head Chef would serve you the dish you wish. We were not disappointed a bit and found the staff so pleasant, sad to see that the comments received in the recent past about this hotel may be from a few disatissfied customers, I work in a customer related industry myself and can understand that it is not easy to get everyone satisfied all the same I felt it that I must write about this beautiful hotel which to me is the best in Cadolim We would definetly come back again and recommend it to many who may have the wrong opinion, not just.

Nice staff, shame about the rest

from suziebloo
Arrived in the Thomson 'berry' bus to be told we may have to wait until rooms had been vacated before we would be allocated our accommodation. Having travelled with an 11yr old child, I made it perfectly clear to our rep that this was unacceptable. We received a 2-bedded room (there were 2 of us) & they added a creaky wooden cot bed with a thin stained mattress, which we all scrapped, banged & cut our shins on!
The shower leaked into our bedroom, the windows/patio doors do not fit flush & there is a 3mm gap from the lintels. The televison frequently cut off for hours at a time (not very good if you're stuck in your room with a dodgy tum, which most guests were at 1 point in their holiday).
They had a problem exchanging Scottish notes & told us to use the facilites across the road (better exchange rate anyway).
The internet facilities were non-existent as were any facilities for children.
The local beach was dirty, strewn with plastic waste & dirty nappies. We even found 2 hypodermic needles on our 1st & only visit. The 'shipwreck' is an eyesore & salvage would be good.
Food hygiene leaves a lot to be desired, as does the repetative menu. Go across the road to The Lighthouse where Sanjay & Donna will provide an excellant varied menu, including a good American burger!
Cannot fault the restaurant/bar staff, the security guards or our housemaid. Some of the nicest people you're ever likely to meet.
There is no doubt that Goa is 1 of the most beautiful places I have ever visited but alas Whispering Palms, Candolim is not 1 of them.
Take my advice, go to Arpora, Baga or even South Goa, but leave this out of your itinerary.

Disasterous all inclusive

from lin53
Saved for ages to treat our daughter & grand daughter. Went all inclusive to save them any expenditure. Absolute waste of money.

Breakfast had little English choices and curry is not appealing in the morning. Every day , no cups (always chipped when they did finally arrive), 10 minute wait, then no teabags, 10 minute wait, no milk, total disaster, walk out & go to Ganesh beach shack for tea and breakfast. Food lunch and dinner was barely warm, repetitive & always covered in flies. Food area was not clean and service slow. The snack menu had a choice but only about 2 items were ever available. The 'a la carte' menu had several itmes which were not available. Many guests complained about stomach upsets and several guests joined together and complained to the manager.

Few sunbeds and sparse room around pool for number of guests. The pool area was full of tables for people to eat which meant no room for sun bathing and no where nice to eat with out getting splashed from the pool. Bad set up all round.

Balcony could not be used as air conditioning unit flooded balcony. Management did place bucket under leak but room maid did not empty bucket which had overflowed by the time you returned from beach.

Never any clean glasses behind the pool bar. Long wait while staff frantically tried to locate glasses and wash them. Although all inclusive, the bar one early evening had no Vodka.

Staff were pleasant but it appeared that who ever owned the hotel was happy to take the profits and not invest any money back into hotel improvements.

Thank goodness for the Ganesh shack on the beach. Good food unlike the buffet food in the hotel did not upset stomachs. Ganesh, his sister and staff were so helpful, amusing the baby, organising taxis and trips, they compensated for our awful hotel choice. They were even willing to cook the meals of your choice so you could enjoy an evening meal on the beach. If you go to the beach this is the shack to go to for good service and value.

Several guests did state that they had stayed at Whispering Palms 4/5 years ago and could not believe how rapidly it had gone from good to dire. I would not recommend ths hotel to anyone unless they lower their prices to reflect 1* plus prices.

No Thanks

from A TripAdvisor Member
Not nice...stayed 27th Jan for 2 weeks, all inclusive with Thomson UK, food very repetitive and indifferent quality, rooms, we had a deluxe after complaining about our allocated room which was over the kitchen roof & had at least 2 used condoms on it!! Deluxe is an overstatement..most rooms are of an unacceptable standard for european customers and may are in need of redecoration & updating. Pool area is too small and this also serves as the main buffet area also!..staff helpful enough. If you must stay there make sure you book the rooms in the new blocks which are quite good, but the rest of the "resort" is not!! oh and the entertainment is truly lamentable..won't ever go back there! not worthy of the 3 star rating

Badly Managed Hotel

from dollydesai211
We stayed at this Hotel for Cristmas and new Year it was very dissapointing.The Deluxe room we were allocated was dark and dingy with stained bedspreads. Because of this we paid £20 a night extra to move into new block.
The Hotel facilities are not up to catering for the number of rooms,now over 100 not 66 as advertised. We had to take all-inclusive as there was no alternative but we didnt eat much as the buffet food was hardly warm. I think this prevented us getting ill as many of the guests were suffering from tummy problems.The general cleanliness in the restaurant and bar areas was poor dirty tables etc.So we ate elsewhere a lot of the time,the Ganesh Shack on the beach is very good.
We never used the sunbeds or pool as with 220 guests and 40 sunbeds there was no chance and whole area much too crowded. Except for two nights the evening entertainment was almost non-existant.
In all a very badly Managed Hotel where even the Waiters went on strike after New Year.
I would not return or recommend

New Yr in Goa

from Jen40rd
Just got back from spending x-mas & new yr at whispering palms in goa. It was my 1st time to goa & it certainly WONT be my last. I loved every minute of the holiday & the 2 weeks were fantastic.
The hotel is clean, staff are friendly & their is a good selection of indian food.
If you dont like indian food then this isnt the hotel to stay in as there is very little choice of english alternatives. However, it is so cheap to eat out I found myself regretting I had gone all inclusive in the first place. That is nothing bad about the hotel though, just a bit of advise in general - B & B is deffinatly a better option.
The resort itself is fantastic, the beach lovely but you have to walk 100m up the beach away from the washed up shipwreck which I felt added character to the beach of Sinquerim.
Goa is fantastic, cheap and the Whispering Palms resort is excellent quality, there are few sunbeds around the pool and if you like to stay by the pool you will need to get up early however, sunbeds are free on the beach as long as you buy a drink from the shack that the sunbeds belong.
100m from the hoel beach is Ram's Shack - we spent all of our holiday there & drank about 10 beers a day at the shack for £3.
Best holiday I have ever been on - take sweets & pens for the kids & go with an open mind.
Its fantastic.

Fantastic time......

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed in this hotel for our birthdays (a day apart) the hotel is clean, tidy, very friendly staff, the food is amazing, we went AI and really there is no need to as it's so cheap to eat out anyway. the only problem we came across was the sunbeds.....not enough of them, a couple of days we ended up on the beach, on the beach you have to pay for your sunbeds...we still only spent £2.50 incl dinner drink & the sunbed. We booked an excursion with our rep (thomas cook) who did fail to let us know that it had been cancelled the night before, so make sure you double check with any excursion trips that they are still going ahead.
but in general a fab holiday and we will be returning.

This is a real adventure

from A TripAdvisor Member
Dont expect to be spoilt in luxury this is an adventure. good clean hotel good local food and wonderful staff, always there, helpful and attentive, dont forget to have a massage, cheap and excellant the same for suits and shirts and the local shops and stalls. You can walk in the town at anytime without fear or take a cab for a few pence - The trips are real back to nature, with local busses and trains and mud huts but unforgettable, you will come back saying, did I really do that ? and planning your next visit - February 2004

friendly hotel

from PowysJones
great hotel,rooms clean & tidy.nothing too much trouble.staff very helpfull and friendly.looked at other hotels and this one was by far the nicest.

Top Local Tips for Candolim

great food anywhere don't worry about not getting food you will like there are loads of resteraunts selling everything

Mossies Jan /Feb best time to go seems no mossies

i would definatly recommend: i would definatly recommend: 1) the spice gardens. you get to go around a spice garden with an employee and they give you a tour of what the locals grow and eat. you also get to see the "monkey man" who is the person to go up into the trees to collect the fruitage. he does a little performance for you and you will be amazed. afterwards you get to have lunch which is also an experience! (washing the elephants here i wouldnt recommend as we saw snakes in the water as it was about waist deap. 2) elephant ride and wash. we went to an elephant reserve and had an amazing experience with the elephants we went into a little stream and got to sit on the elephants back while he sprayed us, it was fantastic. if you ask the taxi men outside of the hotel they will sugest where is best to go if you are unsure. 3) a night market. this was an unreal experience and one that i enjoyed. however others in our group didnt. you shouldnt be afraid to haggle with the locals as its what they expect.

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  • Address: Singverim Beach, Waddi - Candolim - 403 515 - India
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