Ramada Caravela Resort- Our experience
This was to be the last day of our Goa trip. After a quick sumptuous breakfast we started packing our bags. Our flight was at 3 pm and we had to check out at 11 am. Earlier in the morning before breakfast, we returned the motorbike that we had rented during our stay. But, as we were packing, we realized we had forgotten to take back my husband’s PAN card that we had given to the bike owner. For those of you who are not aware, when you rent a bike in Goa, you are supposed to deposit a original photo identity (not photocopy) with the bike owner, and it is returned when you hand back the bike. The problem was, the bike owner was around 10 km away from our hotel. Luckily, he agreed to meet us somewhere on our way to the airport.
The hotel had shuttle leaving for airport at 12 noon. We decided to take that. Within an hour, we were at the airport. Airport was super crowded and chaotic. But, thankfully there were no delays in our flight. We reached Mumbai by 4.30 and took a cab home.
Let me quickly summarize our experience at Ramada Caravela Beach Resort Goa.
– There were 6 types of rooms available – Garden View, Pool/Ocean View,Ocean Front View, Deluxe Suite, Family Villa, Presidential Villa. The Garden View rooms are quite economical and we had chosen that. We were lucky to get the booking at about 60% of the original rates.
– The rooms that we had chosen were on the first floor in a quiet corner, away from the activities in the resort. Every room has adjoining balcony where we could sit and enjoy some quiet peaceful time.
– The resort has direct access to the beach which is amazing.
– What I really loved the most about this place was they have given a lot of thought to children – Be it the swimming pool or the food. In most resorts we have been in the past, there is a very tiny pool for small kids. However, here, it was at least 3-4 times bigger with varying depths just for small kids.
Secondly, they are very open to customizing food for kids even during the morning breakfast rush. At the buffet table, there was a placard mentioning that people can request for customized food for children. And every time we requested for customization, they obliged with a smile.
A few things which we did not like –
The children’s play room could have been better. Instead of a dark room which is a discotheque by night and children’s play room by day, they can have a nice light filled airy room.
- The food is quite expensive (well, it would be it’s a five star resort)
- There is nothing to see, do or eat near to the resort except the beach.
- There is no air conditioning at the reception, which is very inconvenient, especially during summers when there is scorching heat in Goa.
- The road approaching this resort is pitch dark with very poor lighting, which can lead to accidents and/or safety issues. The lighting on the streets especially around 1 km from the resort should be managed or sponsored by Ramada in view in view of convenience and safety of the guests.
Well, this is about it. Sharing some photos-