Stayed 4 nights. The location is excellent bang in front of one of North Goa's better beaches. Unfortunately that's about all that is positive. Management is invisible, or maybe at the bar. Zero cleanliness. Poor food. Massively overpriced. There are better places nearby.
Professional management could do wonders and justify the price. Till then, avoid.
We really liked this village style resort. We stayed in a Log Cabin with AC and it was great! The gardens are nice and you are only few steps away from the large beach. Breakfast is small but good. Finally the staff was great, kind and helpful.
We had our wedding at Montego Bay under the palm trees, sunshine and general good vibes of this ace venue.
All our guests flew in from different parts of the world and stayed on site in the cabins and tents, creating a festival-like atmosphere over the long weekend.
Upon arrival, our guests immediately fell in love with the resort. By day, they could chill in the hammocks, go for walks along the seashore or play beach games.
There was something for every age group. The kids just loved it! At sunset, everyone gathered round for cocktails and at night, we had camp fires and sat in the bar area sipping drinks, listening to music and playing the resident guitars. The kitchen was open throughout and the chef whipped up tasty meals whenever anyone got hungry.
The wedding itself was incredible. We got married in a local church and ferried all our guests back to the venue afterwards where we partied til sunrise.
We served traditional Goan dishes and Alvin, who runs the place, really looked after us here. He put a real focus on the quality of the food, all locally sourced. The seafood was out of this world!
We did a seafood brunch on the Sunday that cruised into the evening, with live music in the bar area. It was perfect!
Alvin was extremely easy to deal with in the run up to the wedding and was there throughout the weekend making sure everything ran smoothly. He was really knowledgeable about what would work and what wouldn't, having hosted lots of weddings over the years. HIs staff were all cheerful and helpful throughout our stay. Smiling, courteous, chatty and really well trained.
We used a local wedding planner to organise everything, as we are based in London. They were extremely professional and had all the right local contacts to ensure every last detail was looked after. The decorations were mesmerising, creating a wonderland feel on the day. The place was inundated with marigolds, draped in bold colours and we had candles lining the paths. We had fairy lights, flowers and Mary Poppins style umbrellas hanging from the palm trees. As the sun went down, all of a sudden, the place was lit up. It was fantastic!
I would wholeheartedly recommend this venue for your wedding or party! It was truly idyllic, laid back and warm in every sense of the word!
We stayed here in January 1st week. I holiday in Goa often, and had this place in mind for some time now, but was unsure - specially given some reviewers' concerns about : a/ size of room, b/ sewage smell, and c/ food and breakfast. However, I did think the location is good and so went ahead and booked this time.
The resort is right at the beach, and is a big plus. We stayed in a log cabin, and the room is ok-sized, not bad. Food is actually pretty good - both desi, veg and seafood - and reasonably priced. Further, a lot of new restaurants have cropped up within 100 m distance, which offer variety. Breakfast needs improvement, yes, but it's not bad. Montego Bay is probably a bit short-staffed (in my opinion, most Goa hotels are), but the guys are polite and helpful.
There is the issue of sewage smell, which although infrequent, is an irritant in an otherwise wonderful setting. Still, I will rank this as amongst the best places to stay in Goa, if your intention is to spend lots of time on the beach.
The biggest reason we chose to check out Montego Bay was its "pet-friendly" status on TripAdvisor. Of course, we were also swayed by the beautiful photos though our past experience had made us wary about trusting photos. When we arrived at the hotel at around 3 in the afternoon after a 13-hour drive from Mumbai, with two jumpy pet dogs in tow, we were told at the reception that there was only one log cabin left and that all other rooms (these included tents, which we came to know were not let out to patrons with canines) had been booked out. It was understandable because we had landed the day before Christmas. We were also told that the room would set us back by Rs 10k/night (Rs 8k if we didn't opt for the "complimentary" breakfast). This was almost double the online price we had seen a few hours ago. Tired from the gruelling drive, I agreed readily and asked to be shown the room. The room was a cramped little log cabin almost at the end of the property with no view of the sea. There was a small balcony beyond which lay the hotel lawns and garden. The room itself did not have much ventillation, and we realised that we would have to keep the AC turned on throughout the day to keep things comfortable. That meant being locked inside that tiny room for most of our stay. Even as we were debating if the room was worth Rs 10k/night, I asked the gentleman at the reception if we could take our furry companions to the beachfront restaurant. He said we couldn't since it would inconvenience the other guests. I then asked if we could then ask room service to serve us food in the room. That, too, wouldn't be possible, the front desk person told me, poker-faced. Eating inside the log cabin was not allowed because of ants, I was informed. And what if something falls from the trees into the food while it is being ferried from the restaurant to the room? All guests were therefore expected to eat at the restaurant. When I asked the gentleman how we would order food, given that room service was not available and that the restaurant was out of bounds for pets, he flatly told me that I was welcome to find some other hotel. It was at this point that I lost my temper. Not only was his suggestion completely unsolicited, it also showed that Montego Bay's pet-friendly tag was just that.. a tag. No prizes for guessing that we promptly excused ourselves from this Village.