“The property has 15 pleasantly appointed cottages with a spectacular view of the Arabian sea and is set amidst swaying palm trees. It is an ideal getaway for those seeking peace and serenity and wanting to get away from the maddening crowd”.
These or something along these lines were the words that described our temporary digs on the official website of Beach Bay Cottages Bogmalo, Goa and on a few travel sites. The pictures too seemed enticing and we booked with for a 4-night stay at this place which is in South Goa. And then planned another 4-night stay at another property in North Goa.
The rooms or individual cottages at Beach Bay Cottages Bogmalo which look like thatched huts from the outside are quite comfortable when you get inside. It is fairly spacious with a big bathroom, air conditioning, coffee maker and television. Each cottage has a small sit out where one can sit on a lounge chair and gaze at the sea, or so we thought. But alas, the cottages are not facing the sea and moreover they are not on the beach. The property is a little off the beach with a road running in between.
The cottages were clean and well maintained. Though the place was comfortable, it cannot, by any stretch be called the last word in luxury.
The cottages at Beach Bay Cottages Bogmalo stand in two rows facing each other with a path in between. The site shows the path and the grounds to be covered with lush green grass, but when we were there in summer, it was plain sand and mud.
There are a few palm trees that do sway and there are a few deck chairs where one can lounge, facing the sea. But there is a wall that skirts the property hence you will not be able to see it, you will end up staring at a blank wall.
But you can have a magical evening lying down and staring up at the swaying palms or as it gets darker, looking up at the stars and listening to the roar of the sea in the background.
There is a buffet breakfast that is provided that includes vegetarian as well as some non-vegetarian dishes. The buffet is laid out in a closed enclosure. After loading your plates, you can sit in the open at one of the few tables and enjoy your food to the accompaniment of the cool sea breeze and the cawing of the crows that are hovering somewhere nearby. The food is functional and filling. It usually consists of sandwiches, Paratha (Indian wheat bread) or Pooris (Indian fried wheat bread), vegetable curry, omelets, cut fruits, coffee and tea.
One interesting thing we noted were the crows that used to hover somewhere amongst the trees. We could hear them cawing, but you we used to have our breakfast without them bothering us.
Apart from breakfast,there were not much options for lunch and dinner, especially vegetarian food. They do not have a separate restaurant so one needs to order and have the food in the cottage itself. Also these we suspect are sourced from a nearby restaurant and then served. They need to add more to their menu for vegetarians as this is definitely a minus point otherwise.
At Beach Bay Cottages Bogmalo there is nothing to write home about this as when we were there we felt they were understaffed. Sometimes there would be a single person manning the reception and he would don multiple roles. You find more staff in the mornings till the time breakfast is served. After breakfast, you do not find many around, which probably means that they employ a lot of part-time help. The staff were smiling and helpful within the limits of their own capabilities. We had some questions about a trip that we wanted to make to Dudhsagar falls, but they did not seem to have the correct information and we managed fine on our own.
- Bogmalo is a tiny fishing village located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Goa’s Dabolim airport
- It is situated about 5 kilometers from Vasco Da Gama
- A pre-paid taxi from Dabolim Airport would cost you about 250-300 Indian Rupees
- Well connected to other parts of Goa by public transport and private cabs
Beach Bay Cottages Bogmalo is situated in a small fishing village of Bogmalo in South Goa. The Bogmalo beach is reached by crossing a road once you come out of the property. A two-minute walk past some restaurants, houses and a small church brings you to the center of the village. From here you can hire cabs or catch the local bus. There are a few shops selling souvenirs and snacks nearby. There is a place where one can get a tattoo done as well.
We enjoyed our 4 day stay at Beach Bay Cottages Bogmalo, a budget friendly accommodation more because of the time we spent on the beach. Bogmalo beach bay cottages is a nice place to relax with your family. Here you can spend some time away from the crowds. The stay was comfortable and we did not have major issues. The facilities were pretty much basic and without frills. So head out to this place without high expectations and you will have a good time. The verdict is the place is an average kind, a budget accommodation though it pretends to be a luxury resort. It has a long way to go before it earns that tag.
Image Courtesy: A few of images are sourced from Beach Bay Cottages Bogmalo, Tripadvisor and Booking.com to depict how it appears on the web.
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