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Aldeia was a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT in all respects. PLEASE AVOID. It's not worth the money and will spoil your Goan (website hidden) spoiled ours for sure. The owners are very unresponsive. We never saw them when we were there. And the people running it have very little clue about things!!! I trusted them because they were on AirBnB , even though they had no reviews, we felt cheated!
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1. The map sent by Mario did not even have a place called Aldeia mentioned. It highlighted a hotel called Avozinha's yummy curry. Even the guys running the place dont know its called Aldeia!!!!
2. We reached where Aldeia is supposed to be - at around 8 am, asked as many Goans we could find awake at that hour - NO ONE knew of a place called Aldeia. Mario's phone was SWITCH OFF- which is definitely not acceptable!!! After half an hour , we managed to locate Avozinha's yummy curry - we went in and asked if they knew of a place called Aldeia and they said no! Finally it turned out that Avozinha's yummy curry is Aldeia - though even the workers there did not know...bizarre!
3. The "portuguese villa" turned out to be a badly maintained old house - with absolutely no portugueseness - and we would know, since we have stayed in many in the past.
4. The only good thing was that the rooms were clean, however, we had a frog jumping out of the commode in our bathroom! The interiors of the villa are very dingy and not at all pleasant. We have take many pics of this almost rundown looking place
5. The people managing the place simply had no clue about anything! And we could barely get in touch with the owners- since their phones were switched off, they were in church etc. The chef was very apologetic, but that wasnt very helpful.
6. The check-in and check-out times have been shown as flexible and I had mailed Mario that we would reach Goa on saturday morning and leave sunday at the latest time possible, since we had a late night flight. He did not reply, so we assumed that if rooms were free, he would let us keep the rooms till evening. However on sunday morning, we were asked to vacate all rooms at 10 am and were told that "people" were coming for 2 rooms. We tried to convince them to let us keep the other 2 rooms, so that we could keep our laptops, ipads etc while we were out - but were told that Mario's wife had refused permission. We waited till 11:30 am to speak to her - but she did not pick up her phone. So, we dumped our luggage in the hall and went out. When we came back at around 6 pm to collect our stuff, there still were NO GUESTS!
Mario and Sharon were quite amicable hosts and helped us in several ways to make our stay at the villa pleasant! The villa is a bit secluded, so if you're looking for the busy parts of Anjuna, this ain't that place.
The food is delicious to taste; at least most of the Indian varieties that we tried; do not miss the super yummy Avorizinha's curry.
I might advise the host to have internet/wifi available as the telephone connectivity is poor in the location.