The best beach holiday ever. Period.
on Dec 23, 2017
So much of area, greenery and facilities and just a quick 2 minute walk right through the lawn to get to the beach - a serene beach holiday couldn't get better! The rooms don't match up but then who cares! One doesn't really spend time indoors at a beach resort! The buffet meals are alright but nothing to write home about if one compares other 5* equivalents.
The swimming pool is huge, and has enough chairs strewn all around to fall back upon with the drink or book. It is right on the road so finding enough eateries to walk to and dine out is never a challenge - you could easily find a dozen good choices nearby to try the local flavor which you miss at Dona Sylvia. Especially recommended are Fisherman's Wharf, Robin's Ark, Mike's Place and Goan Village, preferably for dinner but lunch time would have less crowds. The beach is super clean and the sand so white that it ensures you stay right there and for long. For runners and walkers, the 5-6 km stretch is a godsend! This is definitely the place to be at if your destination is at or near Cavelossim /Mobor.
The wifi is patchy and bad as is the TV signal.
That said, the biggest pain was that they let out the lawn side for destination weddings and forget to remind dieing booking that it is a resort where people come for quiet times. So expect to get your ear drums torn by crappy, tin drum music reminding you of Mumbai streets at Ganpati festival right in the middle of your post lunch sleep. And the staff can do just nothing about it. Understand multiple guests have complained before but perhaps the profit booked is too big to ignore!
But at the end of the stay it makes you sad for sure, at having to leave the place and get back to life as usual.
Trustworthy over 18 years
on Dec 22, 2017
Visited last year with family after 18 years and happy we decided on Dona Sylvia. The all inclusive was a great decision as always. All just perfect... thanks for maintaining the standards and your repute for such a long time... This place never lets you down, keep doing good.
on Dec 21, 2017
We were there in December 17 and couldn’t wait to return this year. Didn’t think it was possible to improve on our last stay but Novotel has made some small changes which are all good.
As before the food is excellent and if anything actually better than before. Nothing is too much trouble for any of the staff wether it’s the chefs,waiters,pool guys or reception.
Make sure you go to the beach shacks where sun beds are free providing you buy a few beers (you don’t even have to get up if you don’t want to)
The town is safe and friendly whatever time of the night or day you use it.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone and if the price stays within my price range I will definitely return next year.
Chill week again at Dona Sylvia
on Dec 19, 2017
Second time this year, now Novatel Dona Sylvia Resort. A notch better than last March.
Two other flights at the same time at the airport and was utter chaos. It took over an hour to process normal visas, not E-visas! This time booked a taxi, much better.
Perfect place to relax. A big thank you to each and everyone. Once again a pleasure to meet old friends; Raju, Afsar, Benny, Gita, Rajiv, and not forgetting Satbir. Sorry Steffi completely forgot about you!!
Hope to see you all again - Dona Sylvia for us is home from home.
on Dec 18, 2017
I have stayed there for three days and it looked like i was in heaven on earth in medium budget the hospitality is awesome and the best thing is it is situated in a very big area and staffs are too good