Casa Athaide, Candolim - Private Villa nr Beach
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Suitable for the elderlyYes
Description from the owner
Casa Athaide is a privately owned 3 bedroom villa in Candolim within a 10 minute
walking distance of the beach, shops & restaurants and is well connected by buses and taxis.
The villa has 3 spacious bedrooms which sleep 6 people, a fully equiped kitchen, lounge/dining room, 2 bathrooms with toilets and showers and 1 ensuite bedroom with a bath. The villa also has an outside shower to wash off the sand after you return from the beach.
Like all Goan properties it has spacious balconies allowing you to have breakfast outside, read or whistle to the fresh bread or fruit man!
The property has TATA Sky, broadband, local tel...Read more
Casa Athaide, Candolim - Private Villa nr Beach
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
Location Type Ocean, Tropical
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$167||$167||$380 - $1,010||$1,139||2 nights|
|Sep. 1 2012 - Nov. 30 2012||-||-||$759||-||7 nights|
|Dec. 1 2012 - Jan. 4 2013||-||-||$1,010||-||7 nights|
|Jan. 5 2013 - Jan. 26 2013||-||-||$797||-||7 nights|
|Jan. 26 2013 - Mar. 31 2013
26th Jan - 31st March
|Apr. 1 2013 - Oct. 26 2013
1st April - 26th October
|All Other Dates||$167||$167||$759||$1,139||2 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Additional guests - $11 / person - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than 1 guest(s)
- Damage deposit - $152 / stay - Security Deposit
Additional notes from owner
Rates subject to exchange fluctuations above rates calculated at 80/ to the £
Stays are for a minimum of 2 days.
Discounts may apply for stays of longer than a month and long terms rates can be negotiated.
Additional Services Required will be charged: broadband, ISD telephone charges, extra cleaning, laundry, taxis and airport transfers.
Please see website for terms and conditions
50% of the booking price is required in order to secure the booking plus a refundable damage deposit of 8000/ or £100
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What Past Guests Are Saying
London, United Kingdom
Great location in Goa
Stayed here with my girlfriend and 5 other friends for 5 nights over the 2012/13 new year. The villa was more than spacious enough for the 7 of us and was very clean when we arrived. The location couldn't really be better. A 1 minute walk to the nearby hotel, where the pool is available for use, and a 3 minute walk to the beach. It is only a 10 minute walk into Candolim but there are several restaurants nearby and a small convenience shop. The balcony is an added bonus and we found it was in the sun for most of the day. All in all a great property.
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Great location but lots of problems
Please bear in mind when reading this review that we've holidayed abroad for more than thirty years and I've never felt moved to comment on any villa we've stayed in which is how seriously I viewed the problems we had at the Casa athaide.
Our family, two parents in their sixties, two sons in their thirties and one son's partner stayed at Casa athaide for two weeks from the 25th November 2012 and the good news is that the villa is in a wonderful location and has great potential, it's three or four minutes from the beach and not many more from the shops with numerous restaurants close-by to choose from.
The bad news is that it could be a while before it reaches its potential due to various problems.
To my knowledge the property hadn't been rented out to guests previously so we were the first to stay there and a number of the problems we experienced resulted from the fact that the property hadn't been lived in so whilst it's easy when commenting on these problems to highlight them all, since every villa we've ever stayed in has had some minor issues, I'll refrain from commenting on the minor ones and just stick to the ones we considered major.
Toilets wouldn't flush.
We've stayed in India before and accept that they don't have the best plumbing system in the world and a number of the problems we experienced were caused by pipes being blocked by mud through lack of use (the water comes from a well) and whilst most of these problems were resolved during our stay the fact that the toilets in the villa wouldn't flush was particularly annoying. There was no shortage of water in the cistern and when you pressed the handle it all discharged into the pan OK but the problem was whatever was in the pan before the flush was still there after it even after the toilet had been flushed three/four/five times. After a week of this I discovered that if you filled a bucket with water and quickly emptied this into the pan it would clear away any waste but is this something you really want to be doing in a villa you're paying a £1000 a fortnight for.
No emergency lighting.
Although we've stayed in India before we've never experienced the problems with the electricity supply we did in North Goa where it's so unstable you could set your watch by the time it failed and since it would fail several times in an evening and for up to an hour each time some form of emergency supply was essential for the villa. Sadly all that was available was a single battery backed two foot fluorescent and a few candles which were provided after we'd arrived. Since there was no battery backed emergency lighting this meant in the evenings we were reliant on candles in all the rooms for lighting other than the lounge and given the floors and stairs were marble and any fall could have disastrous consequences you again have to ask the question whether the villa was worth the fee charged.
All the windows in the villa are single glazed and there are properties in the close vicinity which keep dogs outside in the garden and when they bark they sound so loud they might as well be barking in the bedroom and since they barked throughout the night, every night it's fair to say that we never managed a good night's sleep during our stay.
No storage in third bedroom.
Whilst the third bedroom is the second largest and will comfortably accommodate two people the only storage in it is an old TV cabinet with two small drawers which provided very little storage space for two people with clothes for two weeks. There was a large wardrobe but this contained clean sheets, towels etc and was kept locked (see below).
Again we've stayed at numerous villas over the years and learned to accommodate whatever type of cleaning service is on offer, which is normally quick, efficient and non intrusive. The cleaning service at Casa athaide is none of these things.
At other villas we've stayed at a cupboard was set aside which contained spare towels, sheets, pillows, cleaning materials etc and guests helped themselves and placed dirty items in a basket which would be removed by the maid and returned to the cupboard after cleaning. In Casa athaide everything is micro-managed with the clean items locked away in various wardrobes, cupboards and drawers around the villa which the property manager controlled and which guests did not have access to.
We were informed initially that the maid service would be every other day which we had no problem with as we expected it be non intrusive as mentioned. We were also told that the maid was only available for a two hour slot before noon so we agreed on a 10am to noon cleaning slot.
What actually happened was that the property manager arrived together with the maid and the disruption to our morning's activities was about as noisy and intrusive as it could possibly get. My son and his partner had had a late night the previous evening and they were having a lie in so we asked that their room be left until last and that they not be disturbed. Our request was completely ignored since the clean sheets/towels etc were locked away in their wardrobe in the third bedroom (see storage in third bedroom) and the property manager entered the room without knocking or excusing herself and proceeded to access the clean linen whilst my son was in bed and my son's partner was dressing.
Since other materials were kept in the drawers beneath the seats in the lounge and we were sat on said seats we were also moved hither and thither to accommodate the property manager whilst she unlocked and locked the drawers to gain access to the clean materials. This was all accompanied by a steady stream of instructions as to what we could do and couldn't do in the villa, with pretty much everything we'd switched on being switched off and vice versa.
They left after what can only be described as two hours of disruptive hell and we all agreed that there was no way this was happening every other day so I phoned the property manager after she'd left and informed her that once a week would be more than sufficient for cleaning and left it at that.
After the next visit, which was exactly the same as the first we were informed we were bringing too much sand into the villa, even though we removed our shoes before entering. We were provided with a padlock for the back door and asked to leave and enter via the back door and to wash our feet before entering using the tap located by the back door.
After the next and final visit we were informed that the pale cream seat cushions in the lounge had been marked by our putting our feet on them (we hadn't) and that she was considering docking our deposit to cover the cost of replacement. It's fair to say we were all pretty much speechless at this accusation and whilst I would admit that the covers were discoloured from dust/sand on our clothes it's also fair to say they were pale cream and bound to discolour easily from constant use by five adults. It's also the case that they were washable so could be cleaned and that anybody with an iota of sense would have used a throw or similar if they wanted to protect them from wear and tear by the guests.
As I said I think the villa is in a wonderful location and has great potential so I hope my comments will be treated as constructive and bring about some changes. There are other minor issues I could raise but given we had an absolutely wonderful holiday apart from the problems with the villa I think it best to leave these to future guests to highlight.
Response from Abigail - 01/28/2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review.
We have been renting out Casa Athaide for the last 5 years and it is the first time we have received negative feedback.
We have taken your comments on board and can assure you that those issues that are within our control we are dealing with.
Candolim on Sea
In October I was in Candolim, staying at Cassa Athaide, which proved to be
the best timing I didn't plan. The season had not yet started, but the
restaurants were all open and gearing up for the influx. This meant fine
dining with was available every night of the week, with no waiting and no
reservations.... a dream to someone as unable to make a decision until the
last minute as me.
The beaches are clean and seemingly endless. The massage hut on the way
to the beach makes the long slog back (2 min stroll) bearable with a daily
rub down. Perfect to release the stresses of laying on the beach all day.
Candolim is centrally located with easy access to both tourist and cultural
sites. The day trip up to the waterfalls is definitely worth the time and
please do swim in the falls. I couldn't believe the number of tourists who
made the long journey there and then just stood and looked at the falls...
By the way if you happen to find my Sunglasses in the falls I would love
The people attached to the cottage were fabulous, making sure that you're
cared for but not intruded upon. The scooters they provided were well
maintained and although I can appreciate that there are many accidents
involving tourists there, it didn't seem as scary as some suggested.
Cassa Athaide itself was clean with mod cons and very comfortable. You get
plenty of space with lovely verandas and patios (one off the master
bedroom). There's access to the resorts pool and a great breakfast place
between the house and the beach... talk about convenient. I do recommend
the pancakes. i have had a few in my day, but the "King Fruit" with bacon
and pancakes is certainly one of the best breakfasts I've ever had. They
even kindly got Lobsters in upon request.
I am really looking forward to the next opportunity to visit. After a tour of
other parts of India, it should almost have been a compulsory stop to wind
down. It really is an amazing and wonderful place.
First Time Casa couple
A Hidden Gem
This was the first time my wife and I visited Goa and we wanted to experience the local culture and delicacies as well as the luxury of a nice accommodation.
Casa Athaide proved to by all that and more as it was located less than 100 meters from the beach and a number of local eateries provided superb and succulent home cooked meals at a reasonable price.
We will be returning for sure and for longer next time.
Excellent - Just Fabulous
Casa Athaide is at the beach end of a quiet but busy private lane way with a
few locally run small shops and restaurants selling cold beer and fabulous
food both Goan and European; menues are much too numerous and varied
to mention. Casa Athaide is well equipment, freshly decorated, spotlessly
clean and maintained with modern conveniences. Located literally a stones
throw from a pristine sandy beach where you can see dolphins play at the
days end whilst watching the sun set which is just awesome. We spent four
glorious weeks at Casa Athaide, waking up to the sound of the bread man
on his bicycle with fresh bread before having to choose whether to relax by
the swimming pool at the adjoining hotel complex or to take the 5 minute
walk over the sand dune to the pristine beach to do nothing all day except
to have Alex and Francis from the beach shack prepare the freshest food
and coldest beer and to listen to local stories all day, to read and chat and
relax. At the end of the day the pineapple man waits with his fresh
pineapples and fruit right outside the front door. Goan hospitality is
wonderful. Hiring the local taxis are as cheap as chips to personally take
you from your front door and back again to any of the tourist spots. Casa
Athaide has a great location - great holiday; we will be back!
Clean Accommodation,close to the beach and Goan Atmosphere
This family house is ideally located within 5 minutes to the beach and is around 7 minutes from the main road which means that it was quite and secluded.
There is the Sonesta Spa two minutes from the Property which means that if you want to be pampered then you can use their facilities and swim with some of the Bollywood stars who tended to stay there.
The house was clean and had westernized facilities and the agent who managed our stay was both warm and welcoming helping us to organise transport during our stay.