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Benaulim Holiday Letting – The Asian Golden Sands in Goa

We’ve been renting one of the 24 apartments at the Asian Golden Sands in Benaulim for 11 months and have received many enquiries from passing holiday makers about it. Here is some information for those planning to stay at this new development.

Great Location

It is close to the beach, but also near to shops, restaurants and buses (see map below). Additionally, it is set a little back  from the Vasvaddo Beach Road and surrounded by trees giving it a private and exclusive feel.  Those with balconies on the front look out to trees, but can peek though at apartments and small shops on the other side of the road. Those who are facing the back look over the local football field.  A real bonus, due to the surrounding greenery,  is the variety of exotic birds and butterflies you will see daily around the complex and on balconies. You will also see the pigs and buffalo kept in the wooded areas.

  • The beach is about 700 meters away and a very pleasant 10 -15 minute walk down a coconut tree-lined road.  Along the way you will see  mostly open land with rice fields, buffalo, herons and often a kingfisher.
  • Two small supermarkets are a 5 minute walk in the opposite direction.
  • Restaurants during the peek season (end Nov – April) are everywhere. When feeling lazy here is a lovely tandoori called C-Five opposite. Great quality, price and service and the owner gives tourists sound advice.  For cheap local Indian food you probably can’t do better than the Hotel Satkar at Maria Hall (10 – 15 minutes walk away from the beach).  During the peek season they have a full  menu and is quite popular with western traveller on a budget. Both restaurants do not serve pork or beef, but others in the area do.
  • Internet connectivity is not far away. There are a number of internet cafes near the Supermarkets. We bought a couple of Reliance dongles in a shop close to Maria Hall. They work well in apartment and on the beach,  but not in some locations in Benualim.

Facilities

Outdoors

  • Full size swimming pool:  At its deepest it is just over 5ft and can be lit for an evening swim. In late afternoon there is enough shade for those who don’t like too much sun.
  • Parking:  There’s space outside and on the ground level below the apartments. As none of the flats have permanent residents this is under used.
  • Security: Two watchmen presently guarding the apartments 24 hours a day.
  • Landscaped Garden:  Green and flowering plants are kept maintained around the perimeter of the development.

Asian Golden Sands Swimming Pool

Indoors

Owners have added their own features such as air conditioning and gas stoves (fuelled by kerosene), but there are a few standards:

  • Layout: 1 double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room (combined) with balcony.
  • Doors and Windows: Main doors are of unpainted teak wood, internal doors are painted white. French windows to the balcony are white coated aluminium frames with glass in-fill. Windows are sliding with white coated aluminium frames.
  • Kitchen: Granite topped kitchen platform with stainless steel sink and 2 ft height ceramic tile dado above.
  • Floors: Vitrified large tile flooring in all the rooms.
  • Walls:  White emulsion.
  • Toilet/Bathroom:  All are very spacious with  shower area.  Floor & wall tiles (non-skid) coloured ceramic ware & Chromium plated fittings of standard premium make.

Getting There

  • Dabolim (Goa) Airport is 26 km away.  Taxi charges at the airport are approximately Rs.800 (£10 or US $15).You can also get a public bus on the main road outside the airport to Margaon KTC (4Kms from Benaulim) for around Rs.23. This is a fairly direct route.  KTC (also known as Kadamba) is a bus terminal so you can easily find another going to  Benaulim (main stop Maria Hall).  The Google Map here shows a rail link to Margaon, but unfortunately this is the failed Skybus metro line.
  • Margaon (Madgaon) railway station  is 3 km away.  There is a official Taxi stand outside (charging Rs. 350), but unless there are a lot of you with big suitcases  it is better to get an auto-rickshaw (day fare Rs.150  – night fare  Rs.180).  There are always many around and the journey is only 10 mins.  If you want to save further and don’t mind being cramped you could get two buses costing (Rs. 5 and Rs. 7 per person – see map).

Living Here

  • Power cuts:  Goa, like much of India, has over-ground electricity cables and the power tends to go off  most days. Usually it is for about 5-15 minutes at a time and about 2-5 times a day. It is at its worse in the rainy season when there is also advertised maintenance. The worst we experienced was two days of no power from 9am – 6pm.
  • Out of  Season:  from June to late Nov there is not much to do in Benaulim. Most restaurants are closed, the beach shacks are taken down and the weather is either wet, unpredictable or a bit grey. It’s still warm, but lacks light and the life that tourism brings to the place.
  • In Season:  You are unlikely to move far  in the town without the familiar cries of  “Shopping madam” ,  “Hello my friend … Taxi?”.  On the beach (even when eating at a restaurant) you are likely to encounter men selling  pirate DVD’s and women selling  jewellery and clothing.  It is probably most difficult for lone women tourists as the jewellery seller are quite happy just to sit next to a single tourist and create an uncomfortable silence.  However, this can be expected in many tourist destinations and can be far worse. Most here have a good sense of humour and if are clearly not interested they will leave you alone.  If you have no intention of buying it is best to say “no” when they say “maybe later?”.
  • Phone signal: Idea is the local phone provider, but the signal can be weak. We needed to lean over the balcony to get a reasonable connection, but you will see by the number of locals walking around saying “hello, hello, hello…” this is a common problem.
  • Dogs: On the beach particularly you are never far from a stray dog. They are not a  major issue, but some will follow you, some will howl in the dead of night and they can be intimidating when they move as a pack.
  • Rubbish: There’s no state organised garbage collection or public bins in Benaulim.

During our stay we have largely had the complex and swimming pool to ourselves.  The owners here are extremely nice people and have generally used them for their own short breaks. Of course, most have bought apartments as property investments and hope to let them out more, but our feeling is that this place is unlikely to ever reach anything close to full occupation at any one time  Even if it does get busy the chances are it will be with professional Indians who are always warm and friendly.

We can fully recommend the Asian Golden Sands and Benaulim for those who don’t want the night club scene and the extra expense of North Goa.  It is much less commercialised, but you can still find live music during the peak season if you want a bit of night life.

Updated March 2016. We are living here again and presently look after one of the flats for a friend.  I’ve removed the prices as many flats are online, rates vary according to agents and individual owners.  Feel free to contact us (below) as some flats are available and not online. We are reluctant to act as agents except where the owner does not live locally and we personally trust them.
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A British training manager who also creates websites. He likes spicy food, hot weather, WordPress and taking about himself in the third person.

16 Comments

  1. Pam Vickers on 27 May 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I would be very grateful of contact details for the Asian Golden Sands apartments please. We have walked past them in 2012 but didn’t realise they were available to rent. We have visited Goa 12 times over the years and Benaulim has become our favourite.

    Many thanks for your interesting useful blog
    Look forward to hearing from you,
    regards,
    Pam

  2. Karen quigley on 3 December 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Hi wondering if you know of any apts in the complex that will accept a short stay
    We have searched British websites but all seem to only accept min 1 week
    We are in north Goa for 5 weeks from 9 th Dec and want to visit benaulim for 3 days after new year

    • David Waumsley on 3 December 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Hi Karen, I think the short answer is yes. I’ll send you a personal email.

  3. Manju on 20 December 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Do you know if I can a rental from 27th December through 1st Jan 2016 for a week at this place, any contacts please.

  4. Christine Brear on 12 February 2016 at 9:09 pm

    We were inspired by your blog to look at the outside of these apartments when we were in Goa last year and they look ideal for us. This January we ‘truanted’ to the Gambia which was very enjoyable however Goa is calling us! We’ve seen the apartments on another site. Not only are they much more expensive than the price you mention but some are booked already for January 2017! We are interested in a 4 week stay Jan – Feb 2017. If you can put us in touch with any of the owners that would be very helpful. It seems very early to be booking for next year but we are prepared to commit ourselves now if necessary. Thank you in anticipation.

    • David Waumsley on 13 February 2016 at 3:29 am

      Hi Christine,

      We envy you and your trip to Gambia. You’re right about some prices showing online these days. An agent has taken on a number of properties and their cut is added plus the online booking fee. We will try and talk to other owners here, but we don’t see them often and phone numbers now seem out of date.

      We now look after one of the flat for family friend, but someone is planning return to during your stay. I will send you an email if we get any news.

      • Christine Brear on 14 February 2016 at 1:01 pm

        Thank you for your prompt reply. Now decided on February 2017 so we’ll keep an eye on flight prices. I’ve also seen one of the apartments advertised on Airbnb so that is a possibility – just need a reliable booking, don’t fancy being left sitting on our cases by the roadside in the early hours of the morning!

  5. Robin Massey on 25 February 2016 at 2:37 pm

    hi david
    we are a mature couple looking for an apartment to book in February 2016, if you can give me any information and contact details of owners in Asian Golden Sands, it would be appreciated
    best regards
    Robin Massey

    • David Waumsley on 25 February 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Robin. I will send you an email tomorrow. The people here who are letting flats are starting to get booked up already. Seems February has become everyone’s favorite time.

  6. Sue McLaren on 6 April 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Hi, would you know of any apartments available from 2nd November – 16th December 2016. We usually stay in the Benaulim area and have spent the last few Goan holidays at Zen gardens, these apartments look interesting.
    Many thanks Sue

    • Debbie Waumsley on 17 May 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Hello Sue,

      Just sent you a personal email. Sorry for the delay.

      Regards,

      Debbie

  7. peet on 15 December 2016 at 10:20 am

    20 yrs since I lived in benaulim.
    Small place then. Love to know the cost of it flat apartment? Thanks.
    P

  8. Christine on 2 April 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Do you know of any apartments for rental for,three months approximately for Dec, Jan and Feb next season? Either in Asian Golden Sands or close by? We have stayed in Benaulim many times. Are an older couple and would look after the accommodation and keep clean. If you do know of any where and could give us an idea of cost, it would be appreciated. Manymthanks

    • Debbie Waumsley on 3 April 2018 at 8:32 am

      Hey Christine,

      So sorry the ones at ours are already booked for next year. I don’t know of any similar place near us either. If I hear of any vacant ones I’ll let you know here in a few days.

    • Debbie Waumsley on 9 April 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Hello Christine,

      Sorry it took longer to reply. I’ve looked around and there is one apartment in the same building available for your months. The owner is asking for Rs.40000/month. I am happy to send you their details to contact them directly, if you wish.

      xx Debbie

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