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Ordo Sounsar Hotel

3 out of 5 from 4 reviews
Palolem Beach Riverside (North), Palolem, Canacona, Goa 403702, India

4 Reviews

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Toby Tanner
Paradise found
5 years 7 months ago
I'll start by explaining how we ended up in this place we call paradise, I planned a month long adventure to India for me and a friend starting from mid-December until mid-January and had made a decision to stay in Goa for Christmas and new year's, so after weeks of searching the net I found Ordo Sounsar and from what we could see from the limited pictures it looked ok, but because we still weren't sure about how nice it was going to be we only planned to stay with Ordos for 7 days from Dec 21st to 28th with the idea in mind that we would be traveling to other places in Goa and only needed somewhere for the busy Christmas period.

In the days before we arrived at Palolem we was on a mini adventure on mopeds traveling from northern Goa to Palolem and in the few days it took us to arrive in Palolem we stayed at multiple places all very basic and this only increased our worry for what we was heading to as a pre booked hut could turn out to be a bad one.

On the day we arrived in Palolem we had rode for 10 hours on mopeds with all our baggage strapped to the seats and looking worse for wear slightly sun burnt and totally lost, after asking a few people and getting pointed in the right direction we parked the bikes and made our way to the beach looking like a couple of giant turtles lugging our rucksacks past very nice looking beach huts and wondering if ours was going be like these.

Now we hit the beach out turned right and marched past cozy nook around to the right and spotted the bridge over to Ordo Sounsar, paradise at last we both said as we walked across the rickety bridge for the first time and into the tranquil surroundings of the jungle.
We was first greeted by Anil who runs the place for Serafin and the 2 other lads Sandy and Nigel who we soon got to be very good friend with over the time of our stay.

We had actually arrived a day early from our original booking but that wasn't a problem as Anil and Serafin sorted it out for us instantly, the first 2 huts we had was perfect, both had open air bathrooms and was very clean and comfortable, and sleeping surrounded by the jungle and the ocean with all the wildlife sounds and waves crashing was so relaxing total paradise.

The next morning we had both decided that we wanted to extend our stay for a total of 3/4 weeks, so with fingers crossed we asked Anil and they was happy to accommodate us even though this was a bit of an issue due to Ordos being almost fully booked and explained that 1 of us might have to move a few times over the course of a week just to help them accommodate, so after our first initial 7 days I elected to be the guy to move as they only needed to juggle one of us so I moved to a second Ordo hut for 2 days then another hut for 4 while my friend stayed in his first initial hut, I didn't mind this though as I was enjoying getting to see all the different types of hut on offer and they was all perfect, very clean and comfortable.

Then they offered us a large family hut to share for the final 2 weeks for a discounted price, this hut was the place that we made our home and due to the very friendly atmosphere within Ordos we made great friends with 2 other separate travellers who had also just met and both wanted to extend their stay with Ordos but as me and my friend had taken the final hut we all decided to ask Anil and Serafin if we could turn our family hut into a big brother Goa style house and share with our new friends, they happily sorted this for us and nothing was a problem this goes to show the great atmosphere within this paradise.

We booked up for the traditional Goa Christmas dinner that happened on Christmas eve with a late party and midnight fireworks, this was a great celebration with people coming for dinner from outside of Ordo Sounsar to enjoy the atmosphere within, this was such a nice dinner as we all sat in the relaxed chill out area eating a great buffet containing all manner of sea food and other lovely dishes I don't know the name of while chatting with strangers and making new friends.

Now this is where it gets funny because as midnight arrived me and my friend retrieved the massive fireworks pile we had brought to pair with Serafins small selection and on the order of Serafin we started lighting the whole place up with massive explosions as strangers and friends and all around celebrated in hugs and wishes of a happy Christmas, now these fireworks would be certainly illegal in other country but this is India and as we all watched the explosions in the sky we was showered with hot embers and a few of these fireworks exploded very low making the feeling even more exciting as Serafin watched slightly nervous that the whole place would burn to the ground!

The fun continued even when a guy who had the hut facing the area where the fire and fireworks was going off came out of his hut complaining that "did we really need to do this right outside his hut"?? Just as my friend was lighting another massive firework, we just replied its Christmas and Serafin told us to set off the fireworks right here, just as boom another 1 exploded above his head, his excuse was that his friend had just arrived after a very long journey and needed sleep.

Anyway we didn't stop the fireworks had he decided that he was forced to join in so just stood and watched the display with his face like thunder. The reason I felt I need to write such a long review is I was left with such good memories of this place.
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PirateRepublic
10 years 5 months ago
A fantastic Portugese-run place in nice surroundings but unfortunately the owners were difficult and dominated the bar in the evening with drunken bragging. Self-obsessed ego's in paradise just doesn't sit right with me and several other guests were also very dissapointed with the snobby attitude to the locals. The owner kept banging on about how he influenced local politics not a good situation at all! Compared to neighbouring more friendly beach huts they are also very over-priced.
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12 years 4 months ago
1st found these huts on the internet and didn't fancy them, but when I saw the 1st review we decided to give it a shot, well what a shot absolutely fantastic.

I know there huts and to give them a 5 for cleanliness seems high but they were very keen on keeping everything spotless. Most people judge the huts by the toilets and showers well these were great even if you wanted hot water they would provide you with a large bucket of water.

The food at the huts was a wonderful experience well cooked and presented all on white china, normally always them beige plastic plates everywhere else. We decided to take all our meals there where there was an excellent choice certainly for the 2 nights we were there. Breakfast which I slipped up the 1st morning was huge I ordered the full, well it just kept coming and coming and coming, my partner had to help in the end and as you can guess I didn't order the same the following morning. Lunch was a sandwich and juice and banana chips, dinner mainly a choice of the local fish washed down with beer and honey bee, fantastic.

The location of the huts is good being at the northern end of Palolem beach and cut off by a bamboo footbridge on the edge of the forest, total peace and quiet which is what we were looking for. Chill out areas hammocks, I could go on...

The hut owners and staff are great, can't do enough for you, always available and always with a smile.

Entertainment.... take it or leave it, as simple as that.

There are only 8 huts and so not many people around with the location being slightly away from the main beach hut area. While we were there the people we met were great, all met up through out the day and usually had a couple of drinks with a laugh at night around the bar. The 2nd night Serife the owner put on a small BBQ for dinner with a selection of seafood to die for along with the usual extras. Almost all the guest joined in and most went off into the town along with Serife and Shelly (his sister)to watch a band. Being on the older end of the market we decide to stay at the bar with a couple of other guest and chill.

All in all it's up to you want you do here. I put top marks because I felt it gave you the options, it is really up to yourself how busy you want to make it. We would of stayed longer but left all of our money and clothes in the main hotel we were staying in, but next year we will book in advance and stay alot longer.
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Sharon
12 years 6 months ago
They call Palolem paradise beach well if that's the case then Ordo Sounsar is paradise within paradise. After spending a week of the hussle& bussle of Candolin we decided to go to Palolem and by accident found this wonderfull resort. Right at the end of the beach across a man made bridge and your in another world. Picture this Beach hut with infront of you the beach and lagoon and behind you the forest which comes alive with monkeys
as near as nature as I'll ever get.

The huts are basic but spotless the food is Goan and great beer always cold.

If you want a party forget it although Palolem beach south is only 10 mins walk which is where they party. All you'll get here is peace and tranquilty

Romantic? you bet. For one week or a couple of nights go there and just chill.
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