Bhakti Kutir could not have been any closer to our dream spot
the mature jungle surrounding the huts is magnificent
monkey and parrots jump in the trees
the short walk to two beautiful beaches made this our dream come true
the food onsite is delicious the staff, so kind
we loved it!
I had all the intention of loving this place. After a gruelling two weeks of cycling across Northern India I checked in here for five days of what I hoped would be relaxation.
As far as setup goes, it has so much potential: the path weaves through rainforest-esque plants and trees; colourful caterpillars navigate the campus, and monkeys can be spotted nearby; the huts are large and watertight. All good so far.
The problems begin as follows:
The hut's walls are thin - to the point of non-existence - which would be fine, but the huts have been crammed in with barely a meter between them, and God-forbid you're in a hut that's a "duplex". This comes with the added annoyance that some of the huts are so close to reception, that if it's not screeching children, or fornicating adults keeping you up, the staff themselves are. They have a bench arranged 40cm away from the first hut I was in. They started talking and calling out to each other at 7am - sometimes earlier. When I requested that they be quiet as I was certain they could not have known there was a guest only a metre away trying to sleep, there was absolutely ZERO change in volume. Considering only 4 of the 20+ huts were taken, it was absolutely beyond me why they had put me there.
This went on for two nights before I changed hut. Although I was delighted to be away from the "staff room" the volume problems did not end there. The path came up to my window so I could hear every word spoken, every step taken as if they were inside my room. If it wasn't bad enough being annoying, as a solo female traveler it was also disconcerting hearing someone linger outside my window at 1am.
To add to the security concern, my hut locked from the inside with nothing more than a piece of metal through a hoop (the type you'd expect to see in a bathroom). It could easily have been forced on account of the doors not shutting properly.
Now for the dogs, although slightly less blame can be attributed to the staff for this next noise complaint. As it is a gated complex I can only assume the two or three dogs I saw were there intentionally. All fine, I love dogs. But these dogs are the type of rugged street dogs that you're not sure if they're going to start fighting without notice. And fight they do; the night is filled with howls, barking, snarling, and ultimately whimpering.
Pest control doesn't end there however as there are also a number of equally tatty cats that will jump up and sit on you without so much of a look of invitation.
There are other annoyances about the property - mosquitos, cold water, toilets that don't flush properly - but those are somewhat expected with location.
At 70 I hadn't expected palatial, but my experience was, I'm sad to say rather dismal. I can only imagine how much the price will increase when it hits the "on" season, and I would advise you to stay away.
To end on a positive, the receptionist was a kind and helpful man, if a little shy.
So, to conclude: if you're envisioning a private escape, where you can enjoy listening to the chirping of the various animals and birds, well I'm afraid, think again.
(On a side note, when I read the negative reviews before staying here I was absolutely appalled at the indignant replies of the receptionist, Nikki I think her name was, which has done nothing other than reaffirm my impression of the complete lack of professionalism here.)
I stayed here as the venue for the retreat. It's real ecology at work here, it's great, the complex is based on sustainability, hence that hot water comes in buckets upon request but it's always super hot and has a great smoky aroma to it. Showers have cold running water but that's also appreciated after hot and sweaty days practicing yoga or a not so strenuous visit to the beach. The staff are amazing, very friendly and always happy to help. They have gotten me out of many a hole with the current cash situation in India! The kitchen staff also do a wonderful job in the meals that are produced here. I much preferred the food here to anywhere else locally. Would definitely recommend time and time again and will return, looking to in 2017...
We had an ayurvedic massage done at this place. Very well trained therapists and the massage was very well done. The therapist also showed us the entire place and it seemed like a nice natural, raw, forest experience.
This is one of the best stay in goa unlike any other hotels in goa.. A different experience..You will have hidden beach away from the crowd, early morning a bath in fresh beach what i suggest . Its a wonderful Stone house away from other huts to have better privacy, ignore some noises of dogs , cats ..