This was a completely impromptu trip from Hyderabad to Goa in April this year with my parents and siblings. This was the first time ever I took my sister and parents to Goa on a real trip. Real because the last time my parents were in Goa, I was busy covering a destination wedding the whole time.
Given the peace and cleanliness of beaches in South Goa, we chose to stay in Palolem and go nowhere else. The idea was to just have a relaxing weekend and do nothing. However, we could not resist doing sea kayaking on both the days that we stayed here. It was probably my best memory with my sister in the recent past.
The above images were shot on Lumix S1 with a 24-105mm F4.0 lens
The above images were shot on Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Ourem Palace: Review
The rooms of Ourem Palace, styled as luxury huts, were nice and comfy, but not as premium as we were expecting at this price point. The best part of this property is its location towards the end of the beach line offering a nice corner away from the hustle and bustle of the beachfront. The rooms offer a partial view of the sea unless you choose to pay extra to get the full view. The service was good leaving no scope for complaints as such.
You can read more about my earlier Goa trips below:
The resort does not have its own restaurant as such. If you include breakfast in the room tariff (by paying extra), you get breakfast from a restaurant located at another property nearby (i.e., Ark Comforts). Believe me, this breakfast is not at all worth the extra money paid, as it has very limited options. You can choose only one food item out of five listed there, along with just one beverage. We regretted paying for the breakfast as part of the room tariff.
My recommendation is that if you can walk a little bit, have your meals at Dropadi Restaurant which offers good food at a reasonable price. The second good option is an open-air restaurant just before the entrance of Ourem Palace. Unfortunately, its name is not mentioned on Google. But, you can still set your navigation for Ourem Palace to reach here easily.