This is our 10th time its one place that keeps drawring you back. We love to meet up with old friends and make new which we have done again this year. As always the staff are lovely and have become our friends. Savio and anita memesh and of cvourse Serafino and Puri and their now two grown up daughters and the new staff they have. Nothing is to much trouble for them. The guest hous is not 5 star and never pretends to be - its clean basic but most important very welcoming. There had been a problem with currency prior to us arriving but we were assured nothing to worry about the exchange rate was approx 75 rupees but before we left 5th feb it was rising to 81 rupees so things looking a lot better for the smaller businesses as well. It was also the time of elections and the government decided that they would restrict music and alcohol however this did not really affect us as we were well looked after at the Dona staff went out of their way to make sure our enjoyment was not disrupted. Quiz nights were still ongoing and money raised going to charities that guests wanted to support. Tandori nights and quiz very popular and food lovely as was the other food on offer with an extensive menu offered. Breakfast basic can recommend the porridge andf most guests take their own tea coffee jams etc. As someone has pointed out their are no Tv in room or fridges but quite honestly they are not required the holiday is about experiencing the local culture and surroundings we only sleep in the room preferring to mix with locals and other guests not sitting in room watching TV or fretting about a fridge if you asked staff more than happy to put anything in their fridge for you. We stay in the farm house which we find very quiet yes there are some dogs barking occasionally but not enough to cause a problem if you are looking for peace and quiet 5 star then dont go to the Dona however if you want a magical true indian experience with lovely people and a relaxed atmosphere then the Dona is plce to be
Another great holiday at D.S.M. We were there for 6 weeks during December and January fantastic staff and owners with nothing to much trouble, we met old friends and made new friends the food was good and the tandoori nights were excellent.
The owners even arranged a birthday cake and fireworks for our sons girlfriend who had her birthday while we were there.
Once again D.S.M. Thanks for a great holiday.
This was our 5th stay at Dona sa Maria. We return because -
It is has a very friendly atmosphere, not like those large characterless hotels where no one speaks to each other.
We like meeting other return guests who we have made friends with.
The hotel rates are reasonable & it it a comfortable place to stay.
The room we had, in the Farmhouse annex, was large, clean & serviced daily with fresh towels & sheets. It had a balcony that looked over the adjoining fields & was great for birdwatching in the early morning & late afternoon.
All the staff are very attentive & helpful. The owners are on site most of the time & are always ready to answer questions or advise guests on places to visit, attractions etc. Th hotel also has a taxi service, laundry service & if a doctor is required this can be quickly arranged though , thankfully we have never needed that.
The hotel has a good lunch menu for light snacks ; the dinner menu is very extensive, rather too much on offer I would say. The meals are generally good & there are regular Tandoori nights . The vegetarian options are very tasty.
The beach is approximately a pleasant 15-20 minute walk or 5 mins on a scooter that can be rented nearby as can bicycles.
To sum up if you want 5 star accommodation then this isn't the place for you. If you want to stay in a quiet location, with a lovely swimming pool, a bar , great staff & feel that you are being looked after then choose this hotel.
Lovely hotel with very friendly staff savio the bar man looks after you well nice rooms good food and cold beer nice and chilled place Worth getting a moped to have a look round local places also lots of nice restaurants nearby
This is my 6th time of visiting Goa and we chose to stay here due to the amount of good reviews. We arrived at 2.30am after the nightmare that Dabolim airport still is and just wanted to go to bed. As a party of two couples we has asked to be near each other but one couple was above the reception and we were in the 'Farm House', they asked if we wanted water which was greatly appreciated as it was still very warm. No fridge in the room so water was warm very quickly!! The room was basic as we expected, quite a large room, no Tv and no fridge, very limited storage space only one wardrobe space and a bedside cabinet. I was quite disappointed at the level of cleanliness to be honest, there were a lot of stains on the towels and the sheets were not great either. The towels resembled sand paper and were beige rather than white, there is no bath mat and with tiled flooring it is a recipe for disaster. Our other couple asked to be moved the next day and they were to the' farm house', note this is nothing like any farm house I have ever seen but one would assume that as there are a number of animal species in and around the building this is how it was named?!. The hotel is advertised as an eco friendly hotel and yes they do have recycling bins, very limited lighting in the rooms so we had to use a torch to see sometimes as the room was so dark, and with no fridge or TV's I suppose this is what they mean by eco friendly.
If you do not take pool towels with you they do have towels which you can use for 20 rupees a day, if you want to keep your room on later as we did this will cost you 800 rupees ( around 12), the hotel provides taxi's at a cost around 350 rupees to get you to Cavelossim which is not in walking distance and we were charged 800 rupees to go to Benaulim which is around 10kilometers away. Getting a taxi back can be quite difficult after 12 as the taxi drivers don't seem to work past 11.30pm? This service is helpful as there is not a lot going on near the hotel, two restaurants about 10 minute walk away and that is it. The hotel does provide meals but there is little atmosphere and unless you want to sit around talking to the regular long stay holiday makers every night you have to get out. We hired mopeds from Joes which is turn left out of the main gate and 5 minute walk. We had a moped with all petrol for 50 for the two weeks we were there and were just what we needed!!
The positives of the hotel are the grounds are well kept, Savio in the restaurant is very pleasant, he reminded me of a male version of Mrs Overall from Acorn Antiques!! He always remembers everyone's name and has really nice way about him. The staff generally are all very nice, Anita was in the main reception everyday and all of the taxi drivers were really cheerful too. The food that we ate there was pleasant enough, breakfast was a bit hit and miss to start with as we like hot tea and it was often luke warm!! After asking a couple of times Savio always made sure the teas was steaming hot!! Please note unless you are deaf you will not get a lay in here either as there are dogs barking constantly from 6am!!
The other guest were all very nice and gave us advise on places to go especially Bob and Linda who stay here every year for 3 months!!! the hotel is just a little bit too out of the way for us and being in our late 40's early 50's we still want some night life, Cavelossim is the nearest nightlife you will have to get taxi's and this can work out expensive if you want to go out every night as there do not appear to be any Tuks tuks, turf wars apparently with taxi drivers and the tuk tuk drivers?!! We will go back to Goa but we prefer Benaulim as there is lots more to do in the evening.