We have stayed here for the past 6 years. This is not a hotel - there is no restaurant or bar - the pool is good though. Lets be clear about Golden Sands - it's no longer a resort controlled by one owner. As another reviewer has stated the apartments, one and two bedroom, have been sold off to various private owners, some own just one apartment , some several. This explains why different prices may be thrown up by searches. It also explains why the quality of apartments may vary with respect to furnishings and equipment. At one stage the maintenance of the complex looked as if it was going downhill but the owners seem to have brought in contractors and things are improving.
Most apartments have fridge/freezer, air-con in at least the bedroom, tv, microwave, toaster and gas ring burner. Cleaning arrangements vary but even if one is not included you can soon hook up with one - just ask the regular staff.
Location is off the beaten track so, if you don't like to, or can't, walk then you will need to hire a car, scooter or cycle, or use the taxis which can be a bit expensive [haggle!]. Upside is that it is down quiet shady lanes and the locals are generally very friendly and will say 'hello'. Nearest restaurants are a twenty to thirty minute walk away or you can use the beach shacks - a similar distance. Beach dominated by Russians but you can find some shacks with a loyal British clientele! Don't be put off about walking the roads at night, we've never had a problem in 20 years. There are some small shops in Betalbatim and Majorda villages - bigger supermarkets need a taxi to Margao maybe. Don't go expecting a lively nightlife - you won't find it.
True to the description it was home away from home.I was traveling with my wife and 1.3yrs old kid, wanted a place which was neat spacious with a kitchen and absolutely got what i was looking for. The rooms( Front room & bed room) are spacious with ceiling fan and AC.The front room has TV,dinning table which opens out to a sit out area. Kitchen is well equipped with microwave, fridge,mixer,basic utensils and gas stove. Bathroom was spotless clean with provision for hot water. Bath towels were provided but you have to get your own toiletries.There is even a washing machine if planning to stay longer. Garden, swimming pool and surrounding place was clean and immaculate. The beach is good twenty minutes walk from the place and through the fields so could be pretty dark in the evenings. There are good eat out places near by like martins connor ,fishka which are just about 5-10 min drive.
Overall, we absolutely loved the Golden Sands Apartments and would definitely recommend it.
Not all apartments are controlled by the same owners,Golden sands got rid of some works,as the owner,would not pay for the bad service they received ,,other owners supplied cleaners for there apartments ,,some said get, your cleaners, We did this,easy, to hire local lady Maria and apartment got good service all winter..By the end of March,/April 2016,New Maintance men/outside cleaning, was looking good again.
Going this winter Dec/Jan,,2017,,will hire Maria again [very reasonible rate]good service,, Owner provides any maintance service required, via his agent. looking foreward to this winter..
This is the second time that we have stayed at Golden Sands, (booked through Cosmos) it has gone down hill. Our friends stayed in B1 as they did last year, the floor tiles on their veranda were cracked and broken last year, they still have not been repaired and were worse this year, very dangerous. The swimming pool needs maintaining. Last year the cleaners regularly swept and washed the main walkway, this year it was done twice in two weeks. As some of the apartments are privately owned, some are not being maintained which is having a negative impact on the site as a whole. We had a night flight and we were due to leave our rooms by midday, although nobody was due to have three out of the four apartments booked ( we went with friends and family) we had to pay 38 each for the afternoon, after chatting to another couple at the airport who also stayed there, they refused to pay and were left off!! Having given the negative points, the positives are the grounds are beautiful and the rooms bright and airy...and you can even order pizza for delivery if you fancy having a day/night in! Just one other thing, free wifi but only in the reception, we had no connection in our rooms.
Went to goldensands appt in goa had a amazing time with my husband son and daughter in law also are very dear friends with there son and daughter in law we all had a lovely time the rooms are big with air con and fan lovely gardens a big swimming pool walking distance to the beach taxi are cheap we ate out every night Mr Pandy is very helpful everyone is polite they can't do enough for you all kind and helpful we stayed at room b1 nice and big stayed from the 22nd Feb to the 5th Feb 2016 felt very sad leaving Mamma