AJAY from MUMBAI(BOMBAY), India recommends this hotel - Posted: 17 Dec 2013
We were deciding on a beach destination and we zeroed in on Tarkali thanks to Tripadvisor the reviews we read about Tarkali.
We initially thought of MTDC but then zeroed in on hotel visava And trust me we were bang on on our choice of hotel for tarkali.
Hotel Visava is just located at the begining of the devbagh beach road and is a sprawling beach property. Lots of parking space for all size of cars and even buses. They have 3 different kind of rooms non ac , standard Ac and Deluxe AC. the difference ?
All the rooms are nice just that the Deluxe ones get you the SEA VIEW directly from your room. There are only 4 rooms as of now but the owners are constructing more. There is no reception you have to call Bhai Padwal for all that you need. Its like a hotel cum home stay. The staff are all family people and are extremely courteous.
We wend in the end of Nov and drove all the way from mumbai, we reached around 3pm and i must say a big thanks to the hospitality of the staff they prepared roti subji of our choice for lunch and served us.
They have an open air restaurant with a line up of coconut trees and in between the trees they have tied hammocks , so you could actually relax during day time on the hammocks under the shade of the trees and the wonderful sea breeze.
the intresting part - they have direct access to the beach and its like a private beach , you can have a blast , no crowd and its only you and your family and few other who stay at visava that you will see. This was awesome for beach lovers like me and my wife. We spent the early mornings and evenings on the beach with long walks and collecting sea shells.
Our Deluxe AC room was quite spacious and to our utter surprise the bathroom was quite big and well maintained. The linen was clean and washed. The only issue is that this being a village the electricity kees fluctuating so you may get power cuts , so pls keep a torch in hand when you go down here. Hotel Visava also has a generator so even if the power goes you still get some light and a fan and TV that runs for company. We paid around 2200 per night only for room, food not inclusive.
the hotel management help you arrange for your next day water sports and sea visits. We were lucky to get hold of a good local who arranged our sea visit to the various spots at 1000 for couple. We went on sharing so there was another family along with us in the boat. As luck would have it we were able to spot dolphins in the sea, friend do go early around 7-8 am if you wish to spot dolphins and shoot a viedo of them playing around in the open sea.
Water sports are quite expensive with each sport around 250 - 300 , Goa is cheaper for water sports. The best thing we loved was Kayak ...100 per head and you take off in a Kayak and have a blast rowing yourself across.
Then there is the sindhudurg fort where snorkelling and scuba diving takes place, in case you want to do snorkelling and scuba diving at a low cost this is the place to visit, snorkelling at 500-600 per person is a good bargain and scuba at 1500 per person with video shooting of you underwater !!
Now to food - well unfortunately since we are vegetarians we really did not enjoy the food there, but i guess non veg lovers would love it. We tried lunch at Malvan on day at Samindar restaurant and we loved it !
Overall a great trip and we had a blast and suggest if you have your own vehicle and wish to visit a beach destination that is less crowded and clean and mid blowing go to Tarkali.