We booked a weeks' stay here, judging from the website it looked clean and a balance between western meets India accommodation. Upon arrival, we were very disappointed.
Our airport pick up never came, but the resort did reimburse us for the cab fare without debate.
It was a struggle to communicate with the staff at check-in; the manager's English is good, but he was only there in the evenings. And there seemed to miscommunication even then, but the staff was as friendly and helpful as they could be.
We had been led to believe they could help with arranging tours, however the only thing they could set up was scuba diving. Since the hotel is not centrally located and doesn't have internet, this was a big problem for us as we had intended to make plans as we went.
The power in our room frequently cut out and the water in the shower was pretty dingey. Our friend's shower didn't even work. After finding 3 different kinds of bugs in our sheets/on the bed, we decided to find other accommodation.
If you're looking for a cheap place to stay and have already planned your day trips or speak Hindi, this could work for you.
If you're looking for some western-style comfort, I suggest finding another place (like Blue Ridge Homes). We were lucky enough to have a very knowledgable driver who helped us find a new place to stay and give us day trip ideas.
This property has been around for over a decade and is nice with a lot of greenery and a man-made canal within. The buildings/exteriors have taken a beating from the weather and are not as fresh as seen in the pics. Interiors are good enough.
We stayed in 2 kinds of acco in this place. The double room (995/-) was spacious and felt VFM. Nicobari Cottage, which seemed like a wow from outside wasn't worth the price tag (3000/-).
Buffet breakfast was decent having one Indian dish along with Bread-butter-jam. We found the Indian dish was different everyday and was decided depending on the occupancy ratio of South Vs. North Indian guests on the day. We got to taste Idli, poori, aloo paratha on different days .. and found them to be reasonably good in taste.
They were under-staffed during Diwali season.. but made up for the lapses with warm and friendly attitude in serving the customers.
Some of the guests were repeat customers. So i guess they have been doing good in people department. Manager Sathya was cool and composed even under pressure.
Property is at about 30 minutes drive from the city centre. 30 mins is considered too far from Andaman standards. The auto-ride between hotel and Aberdeen bazar area costs between 120/- to 150/- one-way depending on the driver and time of journey.
I must say...A fab trip to Andaman and nicobar by Palm Grove Eco Resort...A very well managed Resort. We really enjoyd the tour and resort. Resort rooms were very nice and clean with lots of space, Food was awsum and the service was damn good... If sumbody wants to visit Andaman... I request them to kindly Contact Mr. Sathya The Manager of Palm Grove Eco Resort.
I must say it is truly ecological property. The rooms we were offered were Nicobari hut and tree top category. Both are quite large to accommodate a family. The staff members are very cooperative and room service is also very good. The whole trip was planned by manager Sathyaji and it was quite worthy. All credits go to Sathyaji. In future also if I have visit to this islands will again book this property.
We had planned our trip to the Andamans and stumbled across this resort on TripAdvisor. The resort people themselves offer a wide range of packages covering most of the islands in the Andamans.
Coming to the resort, it is about 5 kms from the airport and hardly takes about only 10 mins to reach, and we had the representative to pick us up from the airport. It is set among cluster of trees, which might resemble a mini forest. There is a small creek that flows through, over which cottages have been built, which they call as Canal rooms. The rooms are fairly neat and air-conditioned, and the room service was quite prompt.
Internet,I heard, is a costly affair in the islands, but you will be able to get Wi-Fi near the reception area.
We had chosen the 5D/6N package and the resort people had planned it out well to cover most areas. Breakfast,Dinner and lunch was included in the package cost, and their food was pretty decent if not bad.
Ajit and Vishva served as perfect guides, and were happy to explain each place that we visited in detail.
At the end of our stay we were dropped back at the airport promptly for our return, and our visit to the Andamans was as smooth as a cakewalk. No hassles with the Palm Grove team.
If you're looking for a decent stay on a tight budget, Palm Grove would sure not disappoint you.