Visited : October 2018 & February 2021 . Stayed for a week each.
Goa is permanent resident in every beach lovers holiday destination ‘go to’ list. The amalgam of culinary, wilderness and culture is well balanced here. There is something for every visitor. While vibrant North Goa is more popular among visitors we usually prefer the quaint south. We prefer quiet, affordable and well maintained lodgings and therefore we chose (twice!) to stay in Coastal suits apart-hotel, Benaulim for our long trips to South Goa. It never fails to satisfy our requirements.
Coastal Suites Apart-hotel Location
Coastal Suites is located in a quiet town of Benaulim in between Benaulim and Serbatinum beaches, and is 10 mins walk away from both, It’s about 4o mins drive from the airport and 15 mins from Madgaon train junction and local transport is readily available.
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In our opinion, the location is quite convenient, as it is within a town full of little shops and cafes, and most of cultural/wilderness/historical attractions of the state are in 1 hour radius.
Yes, although there are a million hotels, homestay, guesthouses where ever you go in the state, but hardly any can match this location and the offered amenities. Their amenities/facilities were a major plus-plus for us!
A bit of distance from the beaches makes sure that you have your quiet, even in the evenings when weekender tourists and locals rush to these beaches. Walking to Benaulim beach is jazzy with restaurants and cafes lining the streets but the road to Sernabatim gives a little peep into lives of the locals in their vibrantly coloured houses.
The old banyan trees and wetlands along the way are great spots for birdwatching!
Coastal Suites Apart-hotel Property
Coastal Suites in itself is a set of two humble, unassuming white multistory (one is double floored and the other triple floored) buildings surrounded by tall coconut and date trees. The tasteful décor reveals itself as you enter the gates.
A common swimming pool in the center acts like a sparkling blue center piece and is very well maintained. We have ourselves observed Brian, the owner fuss about it’s cleanliness and checking every aspect of it himself. That’s good! and is the best part of privately owned stays compared to fancy hotel chains. The owner takes personal interest in the on-goings of the property. Lounge and garden chairs are spread across the common area around the pool for some casual hangout.
Across the pool is the reception area where Rachel, property manager, greets everyone with a wide smile, always ready to help and guide all guests. Reception is a plain area, nothing fancy – yet welcoming. It has a couple of sofas and a tiny library, stocked with books left by earlier visitors and open to all guests for swaps or borrowing.
Parking is available right outside the property gates for cars as well as bikes.
Brian has made sure that Coastal Suites can support work from home staycations and have high speed WiFi. Which was really a plus for us. I could peacefully keep working on upcoming blogs for ‘When on a break’. Goa vibe really gets your creative juices flowing.
Power backup for regional electric power failures is up and running within seconds. They have a UPS for WiFi routers too, so you don’t loose the internet connectivity as soon as there is power cut.
We let them know about our requirement for a scooter during our stay and Brian readily recommended a neighbor who provided this service.
Coastal Suites Apart-hotel Rooms
We stayed in a 1bhk suite with a long balcony on the 2nd floor in ‘B’ building.
Kitchenette was fully equipped and convenient to use with all the appliances clean an maintained – working perfectly. Ample amount of utensils (and more on request) were available.
The living room had a pull-out couch and bedroom has a good sized comfortable bed. The two of us enjoyed the abundant walking space in the room and balcony unlike hotel rooms where spending a week can be daunting, continuously coming in each other’s way.
Large size bed placed in the spacious bedroom is very comfortable and study table here makes it a great place to catch up on some work.
Bathroom, although was spacious and had the regular amenities (solar heating system – economical and environment friendly!), it is designed in a way that it looks very luxurious and fancy.
Air-conditioning in bedroom and television in living room was included. Other furniture included was a dinning and study set and a wardrobe. Balcony had a sleek cloths drying stand and lounging chairs.
Best of all, the whole facility is kept spick and span and interior decoration is done very tastefully and in good proportions with a lot of thought given to fine details, anticipating what a holidaying guest might require. Nowhere did we feel that corner are cut or cheap materials/appliances/fittings have been used. This property is made with a lot of love and passion and it shows in every aspect.
Unusual for us was the personal washing machine in the room. No more post holiday dirty laundry or sandy beach clothes!
Coastal Suites Apart-hotel Food options
As the name suggests Coastal suites is a set of service apartments. Hence, there is no inhouse restaurant or cafe.
These serviced apartments are a 5 min walk from grocery stores and a plethora of restaurants and eateries serving very delicious Goan food as well as various western/asian/indian cuisines. We were spoilt for choices and when not in a mood to spend too much money, we headed to the store and cooked in using induction and microwave and their compatible utensils. When we felt too lazy, and only wanted to move a finger, we ordered from the two Coastal suites recommended restaurants Yashodna and Viva Goa. Needed more variety, got food delivered via Zomato/Swiggy.
Most eateries/beach shacks serve alcohol around the property. We could easily buy alcohol from the liquor stores on Benaulim beach road and refrigerate them in the apartment for private fiesta.
Water filtration system is installed in each building from where we could fill our bottles with drinking/cooking water. (This economical and environment friendly option is much appreciable!)
Coastal Suite Apart – hotel Staff
We’d like to take this opportunity and say a special Thank you to some of the Coastal Suits staff who made our vacation so enjoyable.
Rachel : Super-helpful and extremely attentive. She always greets all the guests, is very informative and made us feel welcomed. Thank you!
Chatur : Ever smiling and always ready to help in whatever way he can. Thank you for housekeeping our room and the property. He dedicatedly maintained cleanliness and hygiene of the property.
Special Note for Brian: Your personal efforts to maintain the property is very much visible and appreciated. For us, that is what sets this property apart. It’s a perfect blend of comfort and luxury but with a personal touch. Thank you for hiring and retaining the best staff. It is not always the rooms nor the amenities that make a stay a wonderful one or a horrible one – it is how your people care for guests’ needs. I am extremely grateful that you have an amazing team at your property! kudos!
Coastal Suite Apart – hotel Bookings & costs
Along with 1BHK suites, Coastal Suites offers many other options too. Check out Coastal Suites Apart-hotel website for more property photos, amenities and tariff information.
They take bookings through online portals, but feel free to give Brian a call (on the website) and he will be more than happy to hear your requirements and suggest the best room available to satisfy them and also guide you with the booking process.
Final verdict : The accommodation is very economical, and you get SO much for it. It’s totally worth it! our stay proved to be an excellent choice (every time!) !!