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Aldeia Santa Rita

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is a lovely quaint hotel with the most warm hearted staff. We arrived after a lengthy wait going through customs. It’s worth getting an annual visa which costs slightly more but a much shorter queue. I would definitely get a taxi to the hotel instead of waiting for the Thompson coach. When we arrived at the hotel we were welcomed by Lorna who speedily booked us in. We were given a lovely cool drink and shown to our room. Our room was I4 and on first sight we were a bit concerned that we were too close to the road and could be noisy. We couldn’t have been more wrong and we were not affected by any road traffic. The pool is fresh water and very welcoming to cool down. The pool was kept cool by the trees surrounding it. There is a pool bar serving all kinds and bottled Kingfisher beer. The restaurant is in a lovely courtyard and also some tables inside. The head chef is amazing and I was lucky to be shown how he makes chicken masala and chapati’s. The food is so tasty and beautifully spiced. Cauliflower is one of my favourite vegetables and I never knew how many delicious ways it could be cooked. If you have any requests for something different the chef is always willing to please you. The waiting staff are amazing and so attentive along with the barman. They are all my favourites! There is evening entertainment and the Indian dancing and music was the best. There is a short walk to the beach and you will find many good beach shacks where the beer is cold and the food delicious. All at very reasonable prices. The sea can be rough so just be careful. The water was warm and they have people cleaning the sand every morning. The people of Candolim are very friendly and love to haggle. It’s only a short walk to the shops and fun negotiating the scooters and cows! We took a taxi to a rescue monkey sanctuary ( the primate trust)that is run by Joy Hicks. You need to email them to arrange a visit and all they ask for is 500 rupees which we doubled. If you can take peanut butter and empty water bottles they would be very grateful as they make toys for the monkeys. Not suitable for children. I was able to swim with two of the baby monkeys. A truly wonderful experience and will definitely return. Unfortunately I fell ill one night and the management of the hotel were extremely helpful. As I had to stay in hospital I was brought water, fruit and sandwiches by the hotel manager for which I was extremely grateful. The lovely lady who does nails at the hotel also came with a few essentials. That’s the essence of this hotel, the warm hearted staff who just care that you are happy. We were lucky to have made friends who made us laugh so much and responsible for many late nights! A special thank you to Eddie and Sue who supported myself and my husband when I was admitted to hospital. We will definitely return and hope to see our friends again.

What a welcome! Sanjay and his team are wonderfully warm and friendly. They take your holiday enjoyment seriously from the start. All the staff are attentive without being intrusive and you get to know all the team through your stay. The accommodation is much better than described on the various sites, so we were very pleasantly surprised - but don’t expect luxury. Aldea Santa Rita is authentic, homely, comfortable, clean, but definitely a little shabby-chic too. Expect some minor power cuts and interruptions to your connectivity, but this is standard for the region. ASR manages it well. The gardens and pool are again perfectly adequate, better than depicted, and you will get to know the other guests here very quickly. The food is great, not a huge choice at lunch, but more than enough. The evening themed meals are always wonderful, and there’s always entertainment, which is mostly good, sometimes great and occasionally stuffed with lots of cheese. The best night is the traditional night with Indian music and dancing. Sinquerim is at the classier end of the great North Goa beach. If you want party party party, go to Baga instead, 10km at the other end instead; but if you want to chill, relax, and have the option to party then Sinquerim is where you should stay. Thank you all at Aldea Santa Rita, we hope to see you again. Martin & Lee. London.

This hotel was a very unexpected surprise. The rooms are basic but what do you need other than basic, sleep & shower. Bed fairly comfortable nothing special. Room clean, towels & sheets changed regular. Staff at this hotel are so good, they could not do enough for you. The safe was in the reception the only thing was you need to take your own padlock. The pool area was fine clean pool towels every day. The pool itself was lovely and clean apart from the odd leaf & flower from the overhanging tree. The food was top notch I could not fault this it was better than some 4 & 5 star hotels I have stayed in. Three course dinner every night, lunch was buffet style so eat as much as you like with ice cream to follow. Breakfast was whatever you wanted omelette, fried eggs, toast and lots more. The drinks both soft & alcoholic all good. The beach was only about 5mins walk at back of hotel. My husband & I went with my son & girlfriend. We all enjoyed it so much. It was a very chilled holiday away from everyday life. We will endeavour to go back to this hotel as we were looked after so well by all the Staff to numerous to mention individual names. Thank you to all the Hotel Staff for looking after us and making our holiday special.

We’ve just stayed here for a week (nowhere near long enough!!) and had a brilliant time. The hotel is in a quieter part of Candolim/Sinquerim and really near to a quiet part of the beach too, just a five minute walk down a sandy path. It’s set out like a small village with individual buildings housing two rooms/studios, all with Portuguese names; lots of beautiful trees, plants and well-kept grounds, it really is pretty. There’s a nice swimming pool with sun and shade, a lovely pool bar, an open air and indoor restaurant, as well as a beauty parlour and the lady there does the most amazing massages, a tailor and jeweller. The rooms are pretty basic but large, bright and clean, although the bathroom was quite small. The room had everything we needed really, it was always well cleaned, had a fun display with the towels every day and it was always nice to come back to. There was also a decent sized balcony and as our room was set back off the main path, it was lovely and quiet. We stayed in an all-inclusive basis which we have never done before, but the food was so delicious, we found ourselves eating in the hotel most lunchtimes and evenings! The drinks were usually flowing well and it was also especially good not to keep having to make trips to the shops to get water, as it’s very heavy and you need to drinks loads of it! The buffet selection had a great variety and it was nice to try lots of different Indian dishes. We also liked the a la carte evenings, the menu was quite comprehensive and we enjoyed everything we choose from there. The sizzler evening was also good. There was entertainment every night too, some better than others but it all added to the ambience of the place. The staff, especially the waiters and the lovely guy at the pool bar were also great, so friendly and helpful. In fact the whole place had a friendly relaxed vibe, it was a real pleasure to stay there and we didn’t want to leave!!

1st stay in Goa and will definitely return. Just as everyone else has mentioned yes the rooms are very dated and in need of refurbishment but if you do your homework before you book then you know what to expect. This said we were more than happy to give the ASR a try and we were very pleased with our choice. we had room D1 overlooking the pool on the ground floor great position and still nice and quiet. The food quality was amazing which is important to us as we are massive foodies. The staff are unbelievably friendly and so helpful to name a few Sukamar on the bar created a new cocktail for my wife and by the end of the holiday I think everyone must have tried a "Helen's" cocktail and if he saw you coming to the bar he would have your drinks on the bar waiting for you before you got there amazing attention to detail. Babu, Ranjit, Sanjay, Mauryce and all the waiting staff awesome. laurna and all the office staff were amazing. The girls doing the gardens and the men cleaning the rooms were all awesome. I tipped every single one of them I cannot praise them enough and this is the main reason people keep returning to the ASR year after year. The lady doing the massages again was amazing a full body massage for an hour was 800 rupee's about £10 I had 2 and my wife had 3 and we both had foot reflexology. We visited the elephants and spice plantation, the monkey sanctuary (which is a must) but you have to email Jo to arrange a visit 500 rupee's per person donation is all the ask for I gave double pp but that's what we got out of the experience. the house boat overnight tour book through Tui was very good and sea fishing with johns boat tours was also very good. if you would like any more info on trips just email me through trip advisor. I would recommend all of the above trips. we also hired a taxi for a couple of days to visit markets and several different beaches for about 2200 rupee's a day amazing value. Don't forget to haggle in the local shops they will try to get as much money out of you but normally only offer half what they are asking and only pay what you are happy to part with if not walk away and see them come back with a better offer great fun. All in all I would definitely return to the ASR for another holiday to Goa but I would stay for 3 weeks instead of 2 as there is so much to see and do.

What a fantastic little hotel in Candolim, perfect setting. The beach is just at the rear of the hotel. Lovely little shack Blue Waves where you can lie on a sun bed all day if you wish as long as you are buying drinks from shack , 90 Rupees for bottle of Bud or Tuborg 70 Rupees. Watch the ocean or wander along the beach no hassle at all. Hotel food fantastic you won't get better outside and the staff from the Manager to the ladies tending the garden, will go out of their way to make your stay more enjoyable. Special thanks to Vincent, Lorna, Ranjeet, Babu and all the rest of the guys. Lovely people. A little tip though, upgrade to superior room. We thought it was worth it. A lovely touch was cake and flowers for our Anniversary. Many thanks to Lorna and Hotel Management. If you are looking to buy a piece of jewellery you cannot go wrong with the on site jeweller Raj, super guy. He offered advice but no pressure at all and at very fair price. We are more than happy with our purchase and would not hesitate to go back to Raj again. We will return to Aldeia Santa Rita.

I'm at risk of repeating what pretty much everyone else on here says about Aldeia Santa Rita but it's true, the food is great (best naan I've ever tasted), the staff are super friendly and will help you in any way they can. The rooms however are basic, we did our research before visiting and it is what we expected but at the end of the day you don't go to a sun destination expecting to spend lots of time in your room, so no complaints from us. We travelled with Tui and booked a private transfer (my wife doesn't do too well on the bus) it took about an hour to get to the hotel rather than nearer 2 hours on the bus. Booking the private transfer through Tui was quite expensive compared to local prices, you could easily sort a taxi out locally for a fraction of the cost if you wanted. The path down to the beach from the hotel is mainly unpaved and takes about 10 minutes but it's well worth the effort and it feels a bit cooler on the beach than round the pool. That said we enjoyed the pool as well, you do need to move around a bit if you're wanting to keep in the sun (or shade) but it wasn't a problem and there are just about enough beds. There are a couple of shops on the grounds, a tailor which we didn't use and Raj the jeweller who we did, he made a couple of bespoke rings for my wife which she was thrilled with, really good quality work. He's well worth visiting if only to listen to his sales pitch and marriage guidance! There's also a masseuse on site which I tried out and was impressed with. All in all Aldeia Santa Rita is a great place to stop and you can see why so many guests visit time and again. I would certainly return if we visit Goa again. P.S. Take a small padlock with you for the safe deposit boxes which are at reception rather than in your room.

Great little hotel, very friendly atmosphere, service and food excellent. As stated in other reviews the rooms are very basic but clean, don't expect 5 star. What is lacking in terms of room décor is certainly made up for by the wonderful staff who are all a credit to the hotel, special mention to Vincent, Babu, Sukamar and Lorna. Food is lovely with a very varied variety especially al a carte evenings, loved the new evening buffet around the pool this year very nice and atmospheric. If you have any special dietary requirements the hotel chef is more than happy to russel up something you like. Blue Waves beach shack is great for lunch and just to the left of you when you come onto the beach. Overall a fantastic holiday met some truly lovely people and am just sourcing flights ready for next year to return, can't wait. A big thank you to all the wonderful staff see you next year.

Our first time to Goa and wont be our last. Check in was smooth and room was ready when we arrived around 12 noon. Rooms are basic but clean with everything you need. We were in H2 and it looked like the bathroom had been refurbished as the tiles looked new. Shower was cold but then got told to leave a couple of minutes and it soon became warm! Air con was fantastic! Food at the hotel was really nice, so much so, we didnt really eat out much at night as the food was better in the hotel. We used to eat and then go out for a few drinks afterwards if we wanted to. We loved the fact that each night had a different theme. A La Carte food was amazing as was the gala night around the pool on Sunday nights. Staff at the hotel are really nice too many to single out and that wouldn't be fair. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them. The only issue we had was the sunbeds. There didnt seem to be enough to go around. People also save them and then go down the beach all day!! Pool is sunny in parts and shady in others, people move around with the sun!!!! Massage lady on site is wonderful and so cheap. 600 rupees for back, shoulder and head massage and 800 for full body. Pool bar was excellent, nice cold kingfisher and also Kings beers in bottles! 5 mins walk to the beach down a track at the side of reception. We used to use the Blue Wave Shack and found it great value for money! A couple of tips, take a padlock for the safe boxes which are in reception. Taxis are plentiful, pay no more than 200 rupees into Candolim, 150 for a Tuk Tuk. Overall, a fantastic introduction to India for us. Clientele at the hotel were all lovely and as it was small and friendly, it was really easily to get to know everyone and share tips etc.

Arrived early hours the Sunday morning check in was smooth and fast.Our room was very clean J2 but basic no complaint with it at all.Now the food is excellent I don't eat spicy food but was always something to eat if not they would offer to make something for me.The staff are amazing here 5 star to many to name but they are fantastic can't do enough for you and always with a smile the management are also very helpful and friendly.Raj the jeweller on site is very good his shop is beautiful. The beach is a short walk and is lovely the shack we liked was called the Big blue much more of a breeze on the beach so more comfortable in the heat the sea pretty rough but brilliant if you like wave jumping .I would recommend this wonderful hotel to everyone and we will certainly be returning in the near future loved it .

Sinquerim, Bardez Candolim Goa

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Sinquerim Beach and Fort Aguada
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Aldeia Santa Rita places you within a 15-minute stroll of popular sights such as Sinquerim Beach and Fort Aguada. This 55-room, 3-star villa has 2 restaurants along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. Also close to this Candolim villa are Candolim Beach and Calangute Beach.


Dining

Enjoy dining at Casa Do Pasta, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. Start each morning with breakfast, available for a fee.


Rooms

The 55 air-conditioned villas feature balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Minibars, coffee makers, and free bottled water are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests staying at Aldeia Santa Rita enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a garden. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for INR 950 per vehicle one way. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a gift shop and a hair salon.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 633 reviews