Here you get views over Cavelossim’s white-sand beach, along with one of the biggest pools in Goa.
You get one of the biggest pools in Goa at this place, along with a separate children’s pool and a poolside cocktail bar. There are three restaurants, as well – a main buffet, plus an Indian and a Continental à la carte.
The hotel looks out over Cavelossim Beach’s pale sands. And just outside the hotel doors, there are restaurants and bars, as well as a shopping mall.
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Food & Drink
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1 à la carte meal per week. Selected local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks - until 23.00. Snacks at set times.
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Make a splash in one of the largest pools in Goa. It comes with sunbeds, pool towels and shower area. You'll also be able to play water polo here.
Indian à la carte restaurant
Providing you with the finest Indian cuisine, you’ll have your choice of dishes from all over the country with favourites like kebabs and curries. You're entitled to one visit a week. There's an extra charge for seafood.
Seagull buffet restaurant
The Seagull buffet restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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deluxe bungalow with garden view and balcony or terrace
These deluxe bungalows include a balcony or terrace, air-con, tea and coffee facilities, electronic safe, mini-fridge and a TV.
superior bungalow with garden view and balcony or terrace
These superior bungalows include a balcony or terrace, air-con, tea and coffee facilities, electronic safe, mini-fridge and a TV.
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Luxury at its best!
Dona Sylvia made me fall in love with South Goa even more. We stayed here with our 4 year daughter and absolutely loved it. Our room was sea-facing, and was just a few steps away from the pristine Cavelossim Beach. The room had all basic amenities like tea/coffee maker, snacks, mini bar, toiletries, a safe for valuables, and an iron with ironing board was available on request. The Portuguese Style property is stunning and it is a delight to walk the pathways here. My daughter enjoyed a lot. The food at Seagull was delicious, and had an extensive Indian and international (American, Italian and more) cuisine at all meal times. Goan food i also delicious here. The staff and the service is the best thing about Dona Sylvia. It is extremely popular with international travellers, and we met people who were staying here for three months. The swimming pool is big and well maintained. There is also a Spa section, a play room, conference rooms, tennis court, an Indian specialty restaurant and a barbecue restaurant. The Cavelossim Beach is just amazing - clean and not crowded. There are plenty of shacks here to eat fresh sea food or for drinks while you sun bathe. Overall, I loved my stay at Dona Sylvia. Would love to go back!More
The best service I have had anywhere in the world.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. The staff are the best I have come across. They are so attentive. They really know how to look after their guests. The food was the best I have ever had in an all inclusive deal. I am European and I loved so much to eat the delicious Indian food. Although the included food was absolutely delicious, I also went to the restaurant Kebabs and Kurries. Again the food was divine. The location of the hotel is great. Next to a beach with warm sea. When I was there it was perfect for swimming in. I really hope I will be lucky enough to return to the Dona Sylvia. It really was the best place I have stayed. ---------- Do not change Dona Sylvia, you are great as you are! :-)More
The hotel has been refurbished in parts but our room was very tired. The room was made up every day and at night a male maid always knocked to enquire if we needed anything. A cobweb behind the bathroom door looked as if it had been there for years. Our air conditioning failed one night which was sorely missed, it was, however, repaired the next day. The room safe wouldn't lock but it was replaced quite quickly. Apart from the bedrooms there are no other air conditioned facilities on site, a vital necessity in the high temperature and humidity. The bridge over the swimming pool is rusty and looks very neglected. I can't remember how many times I sent drinks back because there was lipstick on the glasses. The pool attendants were fantastic and for a pound or so every day kept the sun beds we preferred. We enjoyed the holiday but the hotel needs a total refit. The food was plentiful if you like curry for every meal, bearing in mind that most of the clientele are European I think a bit more European food would be welcome. Cavelossim is small and the myriad of shopkeepers constantly beckon you into their premises, all friendly until you fail to keep your promise to return. If they see you afterwards they get very agitated. Personally I won't return but my two friends who travelled with us will. More
Dona Sylvia â a true gem, in our opinion. The reasons are manyâ¦ beautiful grounds abundant with trees, greenery and flowers (it is a true botanical delight!), pretty Mediterranean-style bungalows/villas all painted in pretty colours, the warm sea (and I mean warm) and golden sand, right on the doorstep. But, mostly, it is undoubtedly âthe peopleâ that make Dona Sylvia stand out. The small size of the complex enables clients to interact and build friendships (we met so many lovely people), itâs a relaxed small community, really â and the staff are some of the best weâve come across worldwide (my husband travels globally with business and we enjoy far-flung holidays every year as a family). From Franky, who manages the pool bar/entertainment team/pool staff â and was so lovely with our 13 y/o son, getting him involved in games with others and showing them magic tricks and making friendship bands (he was a good boss to his team from what we could see, too!), to Anil who worked the pool area like Superman â he whizzed around, helping everyone get their sunbeds, towels and umbrellas just where and how they wanted, and worked tirelessly doing his job. The bar duo, Saurabh and Siddesh, both friendly and fun, but super professional, too â kept us topped up with refreshments all day long, Great guys! But, last and certainly not least is Pascoal â he has to be the most attentive waiter weâve ever found â nothing was too much trouble, he kept us all cool (under fans) and refreshed with drinks (noticing what we liked, how we liked our drinks and never letting us wait for long). The young man is only 19 years old and deserves a medal for his intuitiveness. We became very fond of this young man during our stay and wish him a successful career/life. He is fantastic! Goan people seem to smile profusely, have gentle natures, are so eager to help/please their clients. You donât get this happy and attentive service in the big hotels in the Western world. I have read other reviews on here and some say itâs not a 5 Star. Maybe the bathrooms are a little shabby (we had room 61) although I believe a refurb programme is underway. We had an air-con leak one eve, too, but it was fixed within an hour. Minor niggles that didnât detract from a wonderful holiday. The staff and the overall experience was certainly 5 Star in our opinion (and please remember that you are in India, not London, so there is a huge lifestyle/culture difference to be expected!). I can certainly see why people return year upon year â for some of the special elements we enjoyed at Dona Sylvia. We loved the Mama Mia menu (extensive, continental) and experience â we dined as a family of three beside the pool and there were no others there that night, so enjoyed the chef team and waiter all to ourselves (and Francis, our waiter, was really lovely and was happy to answer all sorts of questions re Indian/Goan culture for us). Kurries and Kebabs definitely provided the best food all holiday (sooo delicious!) and in air conditioning, too (bonus!). Again, the service was second to none and the staff were happy to suggest things and couldnât do enough to please us. We enjoyed evening meals under the stars at Haystack â this is where all the tables are set up in the gardens, twice weekly, with an entertainment stage (we watched several acts; dancing, limbo, acrobats, etc) and enjoyed dancing along to live bands there. My son adored eating naan breads, freshly cooked in the tandoori ovens, on these evenings (I think he managed 9x naans one evening and also three bowls of his favourite mango ice cream!!). The Seagull restaurant offers a range of Indian food, with a few alternatives (pasta and oriental/noodle dishes) at lunchtime and dinnertime. I note some people complain it was mainly vegetarian and spicy â you are in India! Embrace the culture/food â the dahls were divine. Breakfasts offered a good range of cereal, juices, breads and doughnuts, toasts, egg/omelette station and had the makings of a full English (although they varied slightly from what weâd get at home, as is the norm abroad!), as well as some Indian choices. I did smile when I saw chicken nuggets there, twice, too! Daytime food at Mama Mia (poolside) was made to order â fish and chips / toasties / burgers / chicken in baguette / chips â all lovely. Afternoon tea/coffee also served here, with cake, biscuits and some type of bread and filling and Indian snacks (this varied day to day) â on a help yourself basis. The entertainment team offered many things from lemon and spoon races and fill the bottle games for the younger ones, to table tennis/volleyball tournaments for the sporty, and India cooking demo / flower arranging / napkin folding for the adults (although children were welcomed too). The programme was executed quietly â no loud announcements all day, thankfully. The bar closes at 11pm, but this is a local law, not controlled by the hotel. The bar staff, however, are happy to stock you up with a few extras just before 11am, should you wish! Karen, the rep, was friendly and helpful â and a fountain of local advice. We didnât go on any of the trips, however - there was little that we really wanted to do, other than see dolphins in the sea (and we did this, via Jack â who comes round the hotel pool â we hired a private boat, with friends, one morning, for 3000 Rupees, ie appx Â£7.50 each with five of us on it). We are not keen on animals kept in captivity for human entertainment (ie tigers, elephants), and after asking around it seemed many of the trips consisted of intense heat, dire accommodation, 5hrs on a train, temples (weâre not religious) etc, etc - and weâve seen plenty of poverty in many other countries, Africa mostly, and arenât keen to re-live it again! Thank-you to everyone at Dona Sylvia for a great fortnights holiday. Best wishes for future success, from the Breeden family.More
Perfect quiet holiday
Just returned from a wonderful two week stay at the Dona Sylvia Beach Hotel. We stayed at number 29. The hotel: we stayed in a twin room which was of a good size and was always cleaned well by the chamber staff. Anish cleaned the rooms where we were located, and was very hard working and worked long hours. The hotel grounds and gardens were picturesque. Pool area was of decent size and plenty of sun beds available every morning. Hotel restaurant: Good variety of food choices available every day. Lots of different curry dishes which were very tasty, and other options such as pasta, noodles and veg. The waiters were all very good, and provided high standard service. We spent two nights eating at Mama Mia restaurant, and the food was cooked perfectly on both occasions. The waiter Frances provided excellent service and was always smiling and attentive. We booked the three day Taj Mahal trip through Thomson, which was amazing. The trip was packed and full on, but money worth spent for trip of a life time. Karen the Thomson rep was great. She was very informative and approachable. She gave us information about the exclusion, and arranged it all so we didn't need to worry about anything. Hotel entertainment: The entertainment is an area that could be improved. Most nights there was karaoke or one man singing quite old songs. Though this may suit some guests, We would have preferred ocasssional shows such as Indian dancing or acrobatic shows. There one one acrobatic show whilst we stayed there which was good, so the hotel should consider adding to the entertainment of a night. The lack of entertainment would probably question returning to hotel in the future. We would also suggest hotel investing in an ATM machine in hotel for convenience. Hotel wifi was costly, and should be free. All the staff were very welcoming and hard working in particular the waiters and chamber staff, and should be paid more for their high standard of Hospitality. More
Alison R, 186338
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