I just stayed for a week at Presa di Goa, looking for a peaceful place to regain energy after travelling in Bihar for 2 weeks.
It seems i came to the right place; the property is peaceful and extremely quiet at night, not even for Indian standards.
My single room Lotus was lovely with lots of charm, pretty reliable WiFi and a balcony to enjoy breakfasts.
I only ate 1 dinner at the restaurant since i took a motorbike and had my food at all different places but this meal was ok. The restaurant is not that cosy at night with the cold white lights.
The room was kept in perfect clean shape by the staff and overall, they were very friendly and attending. One minus: the mattrass was an issue, being to hard without boxspring bedding. Bathroom around the bathtub could use some cleaning and new silicone bording.
Minor details in the whole picture.
I would definately return here.
You can celebrate your silver wedding anniversary either at home inviting a lot of people, or you can travel abroad to a charming gem-like place far away to enjoy this occasion exclusively on your own. The Wally W couple from Northern Germany chose the latter option, the more as we know such a magnificent site: the Presa di Goa Hotel in Bardez. It has been the very discovery during our 7th trip to India 2014 which started in Karnataka and ended in Goa. Since then we have been three times in India, all trips being rounded off by some relaxing Presa days (see our other evaluations here on Tripadvisor).
The Presa di Goa belongs to the category of boutique hotels with only 11 elegantly in Portuguese style designed rooms and all amenities you need for a comfortable stay. We got again our beloved Marigold room (rooms are labeled with flower names), but the other rooms are equally enchanting. It is this unique blend of high-level hardware and cordial software by the amiable owners Edouard, Judas and Cynthia and the highly motivated friendly staff which is fascinating us again and again. And the hotel is small enough to enjoy the personal contact with the people.
Located in a small quiet village 3kms from the bustling Goan beach life but connected to it either by complimentary hotel-own shuttle service or affiliated local taxis charging affordable rates the Presa di Goa is an island of tranquility. The well maintained pool with its pleasant temperature is a refreshing option for the guests, which not only we often used and preferred to the crowded beaches.
When we arrived on our anniversary day coming from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, we were welcomed by the careful and gentle receptionist Jitendra who accompanied us to our room and presented a complimentary fruit platter. For our anniversary dinner we chose again our beloved Meze platter (Turkish appetizers besides Indian dishes the Presa di Goa serves delightful Turkish food and other Mediterranean specialties in its restaurant, because co-owner Edouard has been manager of a 5*-hotel in Istanbul for long years), accompanied by excellent Indian sparkling wine (brut). The Presa restaurant, sometimes referred to as Turkish Grill, serves a great variety of wines, all of which are moderately priced. After our dinner, chief waiter Mithun came with a surprise: a chocolate cake with candles and the inscription Happy Wedding Anniversary, prepared by the reign of the kitchen, Cynthias mother. She really deserves this title, because all dishes she prepares are characterized by a well-balanced cooking style full of nuances: Not only our anniversary cake was delicious, but all the other dinners we had the following days. Be it Red Snapper, Kingfish, or Chicken Couscous, all could be rated 5*. Our favorites as appetizers were hummus and tomato salad from the Meze menu, and fruit platters as desserts.
In sum we enjoyed the stay in the Presa di Goa very much again. We plan to return to India, and it has turned out for us as a must to round off trips in the Presa di Goa, even those to other South Asian countries.
I spent 5 nights in hotel suite. Room was spacious, well decorated and kept very clean. Staff always met guests with smiles and were very helpful. Great to be away from the noise of the commercial centers, yet have easy access with the services of the hotel affiliated car services. I particularly enjoy the feel of boutique hotels where you get to know the help and the guests. Presa di Goa was such, and I would return without hesitation.
I was traveling alone following a business trip (Note: I lived in South India for two years and have made several subsequent trips to India) and thought this would be a nice, relaxing place to stay for a few days of holiday time after the business part.
After my experience at this establishment, I decided to check out and move hotels. Why?
One: As a single female traveler, I felt that I was a complete curiosity to the staff and not a customer who deserved respect. I ordered lunch alone in my room, and when I went in search of dinner later in the evening, a male member of the staff advised me to eat alone on my balcony, and gestured for me to return to my room. The hotel was advertised as having a full restaurant and bar, so this was a surprise. The entire restaurant/bar area was completely empty of any patrons or staff during my time there.
Two: When I requested assistance in making a local phone call, the woman at the front desk was exceedingly rude, demanding to know who I was calling and why. I advised that this was nothing she had a right to know, and she was incredibly rude and suspicious towards me.
Other annoyances: The bed had a hard pallet, not a mattress. The property is adjacent to some sort of ravine/ditch which is filled with quite intense mosquitoes; there was no mosquito net and I had to spray my entire room and body twice. Additionally, the "airport shuttle" driver was quite unprofessional, asking many questions about why I was alone and emphasizing how few solo travelers they came across.
Additionally, this property is listed as being in Calangute and being a "beach hotel." It is, in fact, accessible to the beaches--including Calangute--only through a shuttle apparently arranged by them. This shuttle was not offered to me until I advised I was planning to leave; suddenly, it became an option.
Overall, this property may be a dream for a couple or family which wants to lock themselves away and be left alone with minimal service. For a solo traveler, especially a female solo traveler who knows India well, this was a nightmare.
Unique Portuguese villa thats converted to a boutique resort. No frills & great service. Very accessible and just what a young adult needs for a quick Goa getaway! The balconies attached to the rooms are a plus as well!