Family Hotel Review: Coconut Creek Hotel, South Goa, India
A compact and cheery family-friendly resort located just 4km from Goa’s airport making for a hassle-free mini-break or a welcome first stop after a long-haul flight.
Best For: Families looking for an easy sandy escape; kids of all ages
Reviewed by: Katja Gaskell
Why You’ll Love It
Located around the corner from Goa’s airport and just a five-minute stroll to the beach is cosy Coconut Creek, a family friendly resort designed by one of Goa’s most celebrated architects, Dean D’Cruz.
Ten comfortable pavilions sit among palm trees within earshot of the waves and surf at Bogmalo Beach. A turquoise swimming pool lies at the heart of the resort, overlooked by a large shaded reception and communal area that’s perfect for afternoon tea or tucking into that bestseller. Nearby is Joets, the hotel’s sister property that’s home to an award-winning beachside restaurant.
It’s an extremely comfortable place to stay but one of its main plus points is that it’s just so easy to get to – you can literally be in the swimming pool half-an-hour after picking up your bags from the luggage carousel at the airport. The ease of access also has its downsides, however, and in addition to the odd groan of an airplane overhead the resort can get very busy with British tour groups in the high season.
Why The Kids Will Love It
Long car journeys can play havoc with a good family holiday so Coconut Creek’s location is sure to win points with the kids. What’s more, it’s a very easy and family-friendly place to stay.
Children young and old will love the sparkling swimming pool that curves through the centre of the resort. With shallow stepped areas for novice swimmers and bridges to swim under for more experienced water babies, it’s pretty much guaranteed that the kids will spend a lot of time in the water. And when they’re not in the pool they’ll be down at the beach, which is just a five-minute sandy walk away.
There’s a small games room at Coconut Creek with a pool table and darts board and complimentary Wifi for when traditional pursuits become a little too, well, traditional. Parents of young children should be aware that a small, unfenced stream winds its way through the property.
Coconut Creek has twenty rooms arranged across ten two-storey ‘pavilions’. The two rooms are independent of each other and can only be accessed via an external staircase. The pavilions sit in a semi-circle around the property, all with direct access to the swimming pool. The ground floor rooms all have A/C and private sit-outs and the rooms on the upper floors have ceiling fans (extra fans can be provided if required) and good views overlooking the pool.
The rooms have been sensitively designed and decorated in neutral tones with splashes of orange and yellow. The beds (16 double beds and four twin beds) sit on a raised platform and those without A/C are draped in gauzy white mosquito nets. All the rooms have a TV (some flatscreen, others more dated), fridge/minibar, kettle, a safe and ample wardrobe space. Some of the rooms boast recently renovated bathrooms (rooms 102, 103 and 106) and there are plans to update the others
Best Rooms For Families: The rooms are all the same size and design the only difference is whether you would like air-conditioning or not. Rooms can accommodate a maximum number of three adults or two adults and two children (and a baby cot). Children over 12 years are considered adults.
There are no inter-connecting rooms but families that require two rooms could take an entire pavilion; the rooms are connected via an external staircase. The pavilions nearest the beach are also closest to the stream that runs through the property, which might prove something of a temptation for adventurous little kids. The rooms closest to the games room would be more toddler-friendly.
Meals are served in the multi-cuisine ‘Terracotta Restaurant’, which is set on split-levels by the swimming pool. The menus are vast and feature an ever-changing array of local and international dishes from Chinese, Thai and Italian to traditional North Indian and, of course, Goan fare. There is also a vegetarian Indian restaurant open for dinner only.
Coconut Creek’s sister property, Joets, is a short walk away and has an award-winning beachside restaurant that specialises in Goan cuisine, in particular seafood cooked in the tandoor.
The breakfast buffet features cereal, pastries, toast, fruit and juices and eggs can be cooked to order.
‘The Lunch Box’ menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, baked potatoes, pizza and more. Buffet dinners are generally themed, for example Goan, BBQ, or to coincide with a particular festival. Many guests have at least one lunch and/or dinner at neighbouring Joets.
For Kids: Although there is no dedicated kids’ menu, there are child-friendly dishes on offer, particularly on the ‘Lunch Box’ menu. The kitchen is also very accommodating and, provided they have the right ingredients, is happy to accommodate requests. Highchairs are available. The menu at Joets also features plenty of kiddie-friendly meal options.
Activities for Parents
Soak up the sun on the beach and then retreat to the shade for a fresh lime soda or ice-cold beer.
Relax with a massage or experience the benefits of acupressure and hot stone treatments at the hotel’s Spa and Beauty Parlour.
Explore the charming streets of Panaji, the capital of Goa, with its many churches and colonial mansions.
Take a wander around Bogmalo village and visit the distillery where Goa’s local liquor feni is made.
Scuba divers can delve into the Arabian sea with Goa Diving and explore local dive sights as well as those further afield.
Enjoy a round of golf at a neighbouring course or ask the hotel to arrange a shopping trip to discover some of Goa’s best bargains.
Activities for Parents
Swim, swim, and swim some more, either in the sea or in the hotel’s lagoon-shaped pool.
Collect shells, build sandcastles, and bury your siblings in the sand.
Race down to the shore’s edge to see the fishermen’s catch of the day.
Take a walk into Bogmalo Village for a look at traditional Goan beach life, stopping at one of the traditional tea shops along the way.
Jump into a rickshaw and wind your way through the small streets to neighbouring Vasco-Da-Gama.
Learn to scuba dive and spot shipwrecks, coral reefs and an abundance of marine life in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea.
Some rooms have A/C, babysitting available for an additional charge, common room, 2 x baby cots, doctor on call, nearest hospital approx. 15 mins away, laundry, pushchair-friendly, massages, swimming pool, travel desk, WiFi.
Rates vary according to room type, extra bed requests and date of travel. They generally start from approximately INR 6,500 / night for an AC room. Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.
When to go:
The best time to visit is from November to March when the daytime temperatures hover between 25-30C.
Peak season is from mid-December to the end of January; if you plan to visit over this period then make sure to book well in advance and be prepared to pay extra. From April the mercury rises and by May the daytime temperatures are nudging 35C.
The monsoons arrive early June when things get hot and sticky, but this is also when Goa becomes lush and green.
Location & Travel:
Casa Susegad is located in the village of Loutolim, South Goa, Goa, India.
There are regular daily flights in and out of Goa to numerous Indian cities with a number of domestic airlines including GoAir, Jet Airways and Spicejet. Casa Susegad is 25 km (30-40 min) from Dabolim (Goa) Airport and the hotel can arrange transfers for an additional cost. Please enquire when booking.
The main train station in Goa is Madgaon station in Margao and Casa Susegad is 10 km (15 min) from here. Goa is linked to Mumbai in the north and Mangalore in the south via the Konkan Railway. The hotel can arrange transfers for an additional charge.
Contact The Hotel
For more information or to make a booking enquiry, visit the hotel’s own website by following the link below:
Reviewer’s Top Tips!
1) Coconut Creek is best avoided in the peak season when the hotel gets busy with groups, come off-season and enjoy having the place to yourself.
2) The restaurant at the neighbouring property Joets is excellent, make sure to try the tandoori prawns!
3) If travelling with babies and / or infants, bring whatever supplies you need with you.
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