Gunu Paradise

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Right on the beach, Palolem, Goa, India

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Gunu Paradise Palolem, Goa Reviews

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Just another day for you and me in (Gunu) paradise. And another, and another. Dec 06, 2013
Want a bed that's cheap and as close to the beach you can get without the sand flies, stray dogs and the guy who asks you for a cigarette every time he walks past? Then head over to Gunu Paradise.

Situated roughly in the center on Palolem beach; one of South Goas nicest beaches (many people I've met tell me it is the best beach) it has 8 rooms which offer good value for money (after negotiation), double and single beds, en suite bathrooms (cough), and hammocks! Right on the beach!

We checked into room 9 (yeah, a ninth room) which is in fact a tattoo parlour which doubles as an extra room in the off season; a charming abode probably only rented to bachelors. Adorned with pictures of various tattoo designs and dotted with photos of seemingly drunk Westerners getting body art that I hope they didn't regret the next morning.

Some of the other rooms I saw were very pretty with colour coordinated walls, bedsheets and ceiling drapes but my guess is as soon as they set eyes on us they thought, "Here are two guys who won't mind staying in room 9", and they were right! So for the price of 250rps each a night we checked in and were handed the padlock and key for our room.

Facilities at Gunu Paradise are fairly basic, (pretty much listed everything already - oh, they do have a bucket of water for washing sand off your feet) but one USP this place has is the shaded veranda elevated off the beach where you can while away the hours sipping drinks, watching a local game of beach cricket, playing some cards or just sway to and fro in a hammock. They do offer a laundry service and will lend you blankets for lying on the beach for no charge.

Fancy a swim? The sea is about 20 yards away if you get up around midday and is free of rocks, coral or any other things to stub your toe on or scratch yourself swimming over and the seabed is very level meaning weak swimmers should feel safe taking a dip. There is also a good number of lifeguards on duty throughout the day.

The town itself has a number of restaurants and bars to try and shops selling t-shirts, flip-flops, t-shirts, jewellery, t-shirts, sunglasses, t-shirts, spices, t-shirts, fruit and t-shirts. Can't find a t-shirt you like? There are a couple of shops who will put your own design on a shirt for you! There are also a few travel agents, general stores, scooter rentals, laundry services and one bottle shop.

Promised a hawker you'll be back tomorrow to buy some jewellery? Well thanks to Gunu Paradises central location, you can just walk the other way down the beach for a couple of days.

Are all the staff from the bar you are in asleep on the benches but you still want to carry on the party back at yours? For 50rps the night watchman will smile and let you get on with it and for 1000rps (more guests than usual, bit of music perhaps or just the 10th day on the trot you've done it and you're feeling sorry for him) he will grin from ear to ear and come in the next day dressed head to toe in a brand new outfit still grinning! Just be aware that the police may come and want you to call it a night from time to time (Please be respectful of other guests who aren't still awake drinking with you and families with children)

So to summarize, Gunu Paradise is as great place to meet new friends, on one of the best beaches in South Goa, at a reasonable price. Get yourself down there! Oh, and say hello to cigarette guy for me!

Stayed (for way too long) in Aug-Sep
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Next time i'll try and go their .... thanks bro
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