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Its cool, comfortable, homely and nice hotel to stay in Goa. lovely ambiance, cooperative staff and walkable private beach makes it a perfect choice for stay in Dona Paula (Central Goa). The food is good and staff is very co-operative.

We stayed at Sandalwood Hotel for about 2 weeks. Good Hotel and great facilities. The Restaurants are great with excellent food and fantastic service. Special thanks to Anandraj Paul. Asst. F&B Manager, Roushan Habib. Front Office Manager & Ajay Sharma, Executive Chef. Also thanks to Ramlal. Captain, Sandeep. Steward, Ranjan. Captain and Pawan. Steward in the food and beverage team

Built around a a large central court that holds a pool and a lawn (artificial turf, though) Sandalwood provides affordable comfort for family visits as well as to the business traveler. It has pretty fast check-in and a competent travel desk. It is within 5-7 minutes walking distance from the Vainguinim Beach, which though not large, has the advantage of not being too crowded either. The rooms are fairly large and quite comfortable, with good, clean toilets. Each of the rooms has a small balcony, and it is nice to sit with a cup of tea and a book or a newspaper there. The complimentary breakfast is not over-elaborate but provides a good choice of fresh fruits, juices, iddli/dosa, puri/sabzi, eggs to order and there is a large adjoining restaurant where one can sit quietly and eat at ease and get re-fills. In the evenings, one can unwind at either of two fairly well-stocked bars. The service is friendly,helpful and good.

Best part of the resort I liked was the privacy. The layout of the rooms offers a lot of privacy. There are no beach facing rooms which I feel is a negative however the beach is walkable approximately 250 metres. The staff are courteous and helpful. The food offered has variety and reasonably priced. Calm and quite place.

My stay at sandalwood... really great stay 1 tha staff was very helpful 2 food was too yammy 3 pool was clean 4 spa was excellent 5 buffet breakfast was awesome 6 room neet and clean 24/7 hot water 7 travel deck staff always reddy to help 8 airport pick and drop only inr 1200 Overall fantastic stay love to come back again my next trip to goa... I was stay room no 334 for 2 day only fantastic pool view room with Aircondition room..with large balcony room... all staff was fantastic... especially the gay called RANJAN in room service.. quick response... yes it's call WOW...

A large group of friends and I stayed in Dona Paula. Some stayed here and some stayed in another hotel. We spent a lot of time here and I wish I would have been staying here. We came over to the Sandalwood on a number of evenings for dinner and or/drinks and the food was honestly some of the best i have ever had. The hotel was really nice, there was a reserved area on the beech, and the staff were very friendly.

Pro's: Smooth Check in Tucked away from all the rush Staff is attentive and welcoming Good clean rooms including linens Con's: Food is very sad (My husband and me had a bad tummy) Breakfast needs variety and is not authentic Not well-maintained as the Ac started leaking Too much of walking (Up-hill) from the reception area Parking is outside the hotel property We were upgraded to another room on reporting the Ac leakage and there was no housekeeping staff responding while we called at night. We were even allowed Late Check Out.

Just returning back from this resort. Couldn't stop myself from writing. It's the best resort to stay and have never come across such a beautiful place. It has its own private beach and a calm place to spend your holiday with family. The restaurant has got the best delicacies to serve. The staff is really very polite and helpful. Thanks Sandalwood for making my trip more beautiful than expected.

It's more of a resort with bit isolation from main road but access to so many things to do within the campus. Room comfort is good Breakfast is good Vehicle parking is outside but guarded Swimming pool, gym & swings chairs are available Carrom & TT were there Shuttle is provided for the city at fixed time. WiFi was ok

I have been stayed there with my team for 2 days and it was a good time spend with them the food was lovely and the staff member also co-operative. i have enjoyed lots,i like to come and stay again in feature

Vainguinim Beach Dona Paula Goa

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Located within a 5-minute walk of Vainguinim Beach, Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat is within a mile (2 km) of Dona Paula Beach. This 3.5-star hotel has 75 rooms and welcomes guests with 2 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.


Enjoy dining at Sea Pearl, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or explore the hotel and get a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.


All of Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat's 75 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies, coffee makers, and free bottled water. 36-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, free toiletries, and slippers, and memory foam beds with premium bedding ensure a restful night. Ceiling fans, safes, and phones are also available.

Property features

Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat features an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a health club. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for INR 900 per person. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and an arcade/game room.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

1 Double Bed | Sleeps 3

Premier Room

1 Double Bed | 2 Twin Beds | Sleeps 3

Penthouse, 2 Bedrooms

1 King Bed | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 719 reviews

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