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We loved the 5+ days we spent at the Carvalho's apartment. Quiet, undisturbed. Convenient too, if you arrange transportation. Renting a motorcycle (through Amit & Baldwin) make a world of difference for us, because it made going to neighbouring towns (for a variety of groceries and supplies, and for other dining options) just that much easier. There is a grocery store right around the corner, with enough to get you going. Madgao city is not far at all (20 minutes by motorcycle), as are Varca and Cavellosim towns/beaches.
The beach right by Amit's apartment is simply excellent. Relatively quiet, well-kept and respected. The sand and water are marvellous too. Lovely sunset strolls.
The apartment is pretty well stocked. Air conditioners worked well. We cooked at home most nights, with no trouble.
Very good communication with Amit. Lovely clean apartment in nice resort complex. Close to beach & lovely eating places on the beach. Quick walk to town for shopping. We had a fantastic time in Benaulim.
The home was very clean and tidy for our stay! We were picked up from the airport for an additional fee, but it was worth it to have reliable transportation. The Wi-Fi was a slow, and we were given a wi-fi dongle to help out.
The rooms have AC, but the common areas did not, however, there were ceiling fans which were very helpful. It would have been nice if the patios had screens on them so you could open them up without mosquitoes getting in, and have a way to cool down the interior and get a natural breeze. The views were great.
The nearby restaurant was awesome. The pre-stocked fridge and pantry were helpful in case you got in late and needed a snack. The kitchen had good appliances, and the water filter, which was a nice touch.
Overall, we had a great time!
We stayed 6 days. Cassie and Baldwin were very good hosts. The internet was not working for a couple days, so they brought a new router and fixed the problem. The apartment is located at the back of the Lotus resort. There's a very large pool, large enough to do laps, and it is well-maintained. The kitchen equipment is very basic and the items needed washing before use. Overall a great time.
Siamo arrivati a Goa dopo quasi un giorno di duro viaggio, ma tutto sommato ne è valsa la pena arrivare fin qua. All'aereoporto abbiamo trovato Baldwin e Cassie che ci sono venuti a prendere, siamo stati molto contenti dell'accoglienza e dell'appartamento. E' veramente comodo, a pochi passi dalla bellissima spiaggia, ben arredato e attrezzato per offrire tutte le comodità.
I proprietari sono persone molto gentili ospitali e disponibili. Da raccomandare.
Got pick up in airport, which is nice after a long flight. Nice flat, nearby very nice beaches. Not too crowded, and nice restaurant just around the corner. all in all are very nice stay
The apartment was as described. It could be much better with some more wall decorations and softer lighting. It is on the fourth floor, so you can look across the greenery. The taxi, which we took from North Goa, had some trouble finding the place, but Baldwin helped with directions on the phone.
Baldwin and Cressy, who care for the place, were warm, friendly and always available with a phone call. We had an issue getting the internet connected, but once fixed, it worked well for browsing, email & even uploading pictures. The internet connection is a 3G/Wifi thingie. I don't think there is any other option available to the owners.
There is a taxi stand about a 5 minute walk away. Or you can call JustDial and ask them to get you a cab. Always negotiate price for the location before you hire.
There are a few stores about a 10-15 minute walk away where you can buy provisions including vegetables & fruit. There are some provisions for sale in the apartment - like they do in hotels.
The beach, as others have said, is a 10 minute, easy walk away. It is just south of the main Benaulim beach - beautiful and quiet with four shacks for a food, drinks or a lounger.
The Cleaners is convenient for laundry and quite inexpensive.
All in all, a wonderful property. Thanks Amit, Baldwin and Cressy.
The host arranged for us to be picked up at the airport (for an added fee), so it was nice to have that personal touch upon arrival at the airport. The flat was clean and had the basic necessities for a pleasant stay. Although occasional electricity outages took place (very common in South Goa), we were never left uncomfortable or inconvenienced. The food and cupboards contained extra food supplies (for very reasonable purchase), although supplies could also be purchased nearby (10 min walk). The beach was very close with quite a few beach shacks to explore for all meals. All in all, an enjoyable stay close to the beach and very quiet.
We loved this place. The interior is exactly as shown in the pictures. Apartment is extremely convenient from the beach and the beach is pristine. You'd love it if your idea of a vacation is a calm and quiet atmosphere with breath taking scenery. You need to have your own transportation! Lovely hosts, very prompt. They arranged for a bike and at our request came over at 5am to complete the checkout as we left early! Will definitely visit again and recommend Amit to all travellers who wish to stay in South Goa!
This apartment was perfect for me. It is about a 5 minute walk to Benaulim Beach where there are loads of beach shacks serving food and drink and even offering free wifi. The apartment was clean and had just what I needed. It even had hot water, although it was 35 degrees outside so I think I only turned the hot water on a couple of times. It has air con in both bedrooms and a ceiling fan as well. I didn't spend that much time in the apartment, but it was clean and comfortable and quiet at night. Halfway through my stay the apartment was cleaned and I got new towels and sheets. There is also a really nice, big pool in the complex, but I preferred the beach. The complex is also really clean.
Amit responded to all of my questions and messages within 24 hours. He arranged for Cassie and Baldwin to pick me up at the airport and they took me back. The return trip was about 40 USD or 2500 rupees. They also arranged a taxi for me to go sightseeing during my trip and the driver was great. His name was Sam. I just wanted a driver, not a tour or guide. There are also taxis available - cars and motorbike taxis - at the entrance to the complex.
This apartment is also not far from the town of Benaulim. I walked to town in less than 10 minutes to go to the ATM (there is only one in Benaulim), the grocery store, and I tried a couple of restaurants in town, one called Cloud Street where I had a fantastic wood fired pizza made right in front of me, but mostly I preferred the beach shack Domnick. The guys there were nice, didn't hassle me (woman alone in India...), and I could take my shoes off in the sand and watch the sunset. Their wifi was also pretty good, but more reliable in the evenings. The town of Benaulim is quiet and easy to walk through. People are friendly, but I didn't get hassled.
I think this is a great place to stay and Amit is definitely professional and efficient to deal with. Cassie and Baldwin were great and very helpful. I enjoyed the apartment, the location, and definitely Amit is the man when it comes to renting a place in Goa!