One of the very first things i did this year was book a trip to Jamaica! And i am glad to start the year on such a high note 🙂
After a few weeks of intensive research, we decided to spend a couple of days at the Riu Palace Tropical Bay on Bloody Bay beach, Negril. The beach is approximately 2 miles long and the Riu Palace is located right at the center of the beach.
Based on all the reviews I have read so far, this beach is one of the best in the Caribbean…the sand is soft and white, waters are very calms and is almost waist deep for a hundred feet or so! Apparently there is a famous shack that specializes is grilled lobsters, even though we have booked an all inclusive at the resort, I can’t wait to try out the grilled Jamaican style lobsters!! Only 80 more days to go…sigh!
Goa holds a special place in our hearts and thats probably the reason I chose this as my first blog entry even though we made this trip quite a long time back (January of 2009).
While we were in India, we made it a point of going there every year from 2006 to 2009! (that’s how fond we are of Goa 🙂 While all of our previous trips had been around the northern beaches of Goa, for our 2009 trip, we decided to try out the more quieter beaches of south Goa…and since Palolem is as far south one can get in Goa…we decided on Palolem!
Palolem beach is crescent-shaped, about a mile long and lined with palm trees. Both ends of the beach consist of rocks jutting out into the sea and you can pretty much see one end of the beach from the other. The land gradually slopes into the water, and the waves make the waters a little murky. However, the best part has to be the sunsets on a clear evening…its as amazing as it can get!
The challenge though with Palolem beach is that, there are no permanent constructions allowed on the beach. What the locals do is, right after the monsoon/rainy season gets over in Goa (around Sep), they line up the entire stretch of the beach with “beach huts” (small thatched temporary cottage with very basis accommodations). They start dismantling these again sometime around May-June. So if you are looking at staying right on the beach (like we always do) and listening to the sound of the waves crashing on to the shore right through your hotel room window, the only options available will be the Beach Huts.
After spending hours going through tons of reviews on the net, we decide on to stay at the Ciaran’s Camp.It looked like a pretty decent resort and after reaching there we realized that it is definitely the best property on Palolem. The location of the resort can’t be beaten, it is at the center of Palomen beach, you walk out of your hut, take about 10 steps and you are in their open air restaurant which faces the sea, another 10-15 steps and you are in the sea 🙂 The property is really pretty, beautiful lawns and gardens, decent book collection at the library and the staff were really friendly and made our stay very pleasant. The food was mostly good, remember enjoying most of what we ordered.
We spent 3 days at this resort and the only activity we did was to take a boat ride out into the ocean to see dolphins. The rest of the time was spent just lazing around on the beach and watching the beautiful sunsets while sipping on our drinks. Even though I am hoping that the next time we are in Goa, we’ll take some time out to get away from the beach and visit the lovely forts and churches…i really doubt that will end up happening!