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About Goa

Idyllic and peaceful, yet also exotic, with its colourful culture and Portuguese heritage, Goa offers an east meets west at the beach experience which draws in about two million travellers a year. Goa is edged by a long stretch of coast along the Arabian Sea, so as well as the party beaches with their huts there are empty lengths where it's just you and the sea eagles. Behind some of these quieter pockets are some of the best places to stay in Goa if you're looking for a serene escape. But Goa really does fulfil that cliche of having something for everyone, and for every budget.

Goa is awash with crumbling, but still grand, Portuguese architecture - the Portuguese were here for more than 500 years so they very much made their mark, in Goa's looks, flavours and even the sounds of the place.

Most of Goa's main towns have at least one beautiful old church, and a number of them are quite something, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is where the remains of St. Francis Xavier are interred, and the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, which was the first port for all the sailors crossing from Lisbon. And if you're looking for colonial treasures you'll definitely want to explore Old Goa.

As well as the Catholic contribution, Goa also has a number of very beautiful Hindu temples and monuments. And for a small state, Goa has an excellent collection of museums and galleries.

Most of the cultural sights can be found in Panaji, but when it comes to living artists, many who have moved here for the bohemian lifestyle, you'll find their galleries dotted throughout the small fishing villages.

Goa is also a great place for animal lovers, there are several wildlife sanctuaries in which you might see elephants, wild boar, Indian bison and sambar.

And of course there's that 70kms worth of near perfect beaches, some of which is also great for diving off.

Don't forget that the best places to stay in Goa are always popular. So get organised and book early!

On a budget

  • Siolim House is a beautifully restored 17th Century, Portuguese villa in the northern town of Siolim; turned into a charming ten room hotel. The rooms are spacious and the decor includes some lovely tile-work and a collection of furniture and handicrafts from all over India. And the restaurant is excellent. Rooms start at £37 per night.
  • Right on Morjim beach, Montego Bay Beach Village offers simple yet stylish accommodation, with air conditioning as standard, set amid coconut groves. It's perfect for those who want a quiet spot, yet close enough to the nightlife for when the mood takes!

For luxury

  • The Alila Diwa Goa is a five star resort with more than 150 rooms, four restaurants and a kid's club. It's set amongst rice plantations and there's a complimentary shuttle to a nearby, and very beautiful, beach.

For fabulous location

  • Book the Nilaya Hermitage for a wonderful spot away from the beach. Situated on a hill, with spectacular ocean views, you'll find distinctive interiors, an Ayurvedic spa and fantastic food.

    Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Goa, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

    Best Hotels in Goa

    • Ashiyana 31 rooms from $53

      Mandrem, Goa

      Holistic holiday retreat. With accommodation ranging from value beach huts to colourful suites - there is something for everyone. A comprehensive spa providing Ayurvedic treatments and detox packages as well as Sattvic cuisine will leave guests feeling utterly rejuvenated. A luxurious yoga space.

      Spa breaks  -  Yoga retreat with excellent Ayurvedic spa - leave feeling rejuvinated
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
      Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
      Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    • H2O Agonda 17 rooms from $59

      Agonda, Goa

      Located on a quiet beach this property provides barefoot, boutique luxury. Individual cottages decorated in dark wood and bright fabrics and furnishings allow for privacy and feature outdoor terraces with sea views. There is a spa, restaurant and a lounge and bar area, popular in the evenings.

      Local markets  -  The nearby markets have an eclectic array of clothes and jewellery.
      Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    • Jamboree Creek Yoga 12 rooms from $61

      North Goa, Goa, Goa

      Cosy resort comprised of cottages dotted around allotment style grounds. Rooms range from budget to family suites and some feature al fresco bathrooms. There is an emphasis on health and wellbeing with daily yoga classes and its own organic kitchen garden. Right by the beach it is a Goan dream.

      Total relaxation  -  Right on the river, with daily yoga classes it is the ultimate relaxing stay
      Beach Life  -  Located moments from the more tranquil Mandrem beach
      Local markets  -  Mandrem market is close by
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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    • The Living Room 27 rooms from $61

      Panjim, Goa

      This lively hotel just 600m from Vagator Beach attracts a young, fun crowd. Rooms are modern, spacious and decorated in Indian palettes with private balconies. Choose from outdoor barbecue dining or the shisha bar serving Asian and Continental dishes. There is a pool, spa and activities on site.

      Local markets  -  The Saturday Night Market in Arpora is nearby.
      Restrictions on children  -  Children not permitted at this hotel.
      Sights nearby  -  Chapora Fort is just 1km away.
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    • Otter Creek Tents 3 rooms from $64

      Arambol, Goa

      Three chic and eco friendly tents overlooking a private salt water creek. Bamboo four posters, draped in white linens decorate the room and tents feature private terraces. There is a guest lounge where wifi is available and outdoor dining serving all meals. Ideal for boutique and beach lovers.

      Sights nearby  -  Old Goa and its resplendent Portuguese architecture is home to the tomb of St Francis Xavier.
      Great walks  -  A nature walk with one of the hotel's guides is an enjoyable activity.
      Sailing  -  Set sail on one of the local fishing boats for dolphin spotting.
      Local markets  -  Anjuna flea market is a treasure trove of trinkets and curios.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
    • Casa Colvale 12 rooms from $64

      Alto de Porvorim, Goa

      This former holiday home provides contemporary living in traditional Goan style. Rooms are spacious and feature locally produced artwork and fabrics as well as private terraces. Food is quintessential Goan. There are two alluring infinity pools overlooking the river and a spa to spend an afternoon.

      Birdwatching  -  Egrets and many other native bird species can be spotted - as well as water buffalo and crocodiles.
      Back to Nature  -  Located right on the banks of the Chapora river the jungle comes alive at night.
      Local markets  -  Arpora Saturday night market is a must visit.
      Cooking classes  -  Learn the art of traditional Goan cuisine.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
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    • Turiya Villa and Spa 4 rooms from $64

      Canacona, Goa

      Specialising in Ayurvedic treatments this 100-year-old traditional Portuguese style villa is a little haven in South Goa. Colourful walls and heavy wooden doors make up rooms filled with art and antiques. There are tranquil gardens with hammocks and authentic Konkani dishes served up on an eve.

      Hideaway  -  A little Goan hidden gem located in the sleepy south
      Value chic  -  Chic, homely accommodation at an affordable price
      Sailing  -  Dolphin watching is fun for all
      Full of character
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    • Cochichos Resort 12 rooms from $65

      Vagator, Goa, Goa

      An intimate resort style hotel within walking distance of many of Vagator's top attractions. A fuss-free stay where staff are happy to help. Good sized rooms with modern bathrooms include private balconies and terraces. Plus there is an inviting pool and lounge bar serving food throughout the day.

      Local exploring  -  Walking distance to the beach and some of Goa's most popular nightlife spots
      Value chic  -  A great value option in popular Vagator
      Local markets  -  Vagator market is filled with shops and eateries
      Sights nearby  -  Chapora Fort is just a short stroll away
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    • Jacks Resort 16 rooms from $65

      Vagator, Goa

      An oldie but a favourite "Mr Jack" is something of a local legend. Providing friendly and attentive service the eponymous resort is perfectly located for both beach and party. Light and airy rooms feature nautical themed bathrooms. The restaurant serves a well-priced local fare. Great value.

      Local exploring  -  The perfect location - walking distance from many of Goa's attractions
      Value chic  -  A clean, friendly, no fuss stay - a Goan favourite
      Local markets  -  The Wednesday and Saturday Anjuna flea market is a must visit
      Great walks  -  Right from your hotel to Chapora Fort
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    • Hacienda De Goa Resort 22 rooms from $70

      Anjuna,, Goa

      This 18th century Portuguese style villa provides luxury at an affordable price. Spacious rooms are decorated in a classic style, some with balconies all with attached bathrooms. There are two pools plus the popular Romeo's restaurant serving up a largely European fair. Great value, great location.

      Local exploring  -  Well placed for exploring Anjuna, Calangute, Candolim and further afield
      Value chic  -  Spacious and comfortable accommodation at an excellent price
      Local markets  -  Goa's nightmarket is a popular attraction for foodies and shopaholics
      Kayaking  -  Explore the seas by your own muscle power
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    • Montego Bay Beach Village 14 rooms from $72

      Morjim, Goa

      Tranquil haven just stumbling distance from the sea. The property comprises tents, log cabins and one beach villa. All are air-conditioned with private bathrooms. Whilst the tents are Mughal style the other accommodation is traditional Portuguese-Goan. Perfect for a laid back, budget escape.

      Sights nearby  -  A must in Goa: rent a motor bike or scooter to explore some of its more remote beaches.
      Local markets  -  The Candolim night market is ideal for clothing and souvenirs.
      Sailing  -  The hotel can arrange a dolphin spotting trip.
      On the beach  -  Direct access to Morjim beach
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    • Art Resort 12 rooms from $85

      Goa, Goa

      This authentic resort comprises 12 unique cottages where you can unwind after a day at the beach. Each comfortable cottage is decorated in a traditional Indian beach style with wooden floors and vibrantly coloured soft furnishings. Relax in your own private sitting area or on the veranda.

      Fishing  -  Fishing trips from Palolem Beach
      On the beach  -  Palolem Beach
      Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    • Leela Cottages 18 rooms from $87

      Pernem, Goa, Goa

      Located on a popular stretch of beach yet maintaining its privacy Leela's eighteen individual cottages are dotted around luscious grounds. Four posters beds with white drapes induce an air of romance whilst wood-clad bathrooms create a rustic feel. A healthy breakfast spread is included.

      Romantic Break  -  Private cottages with four-posters and relaxing hammocks - a great stay for couples
      Foodies  -  Elevar and sister restuarant Sublime are local favourites
      Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    • Hilario's 4 rooms from $89

      Kudal, Siolim, Goa

      Traditional Portuguese villa and welcoming family home - Hilario's maintains many of its original 19th century features: vaulted ceilings, ornate light-fittings and mosaic tiles. All this plus hotel amenities such as a large pool and yoga shala. A close knit team serve up delicious Goan cuisine.

      Families  -  A real family feel with plenty of games and activities (and pets!) to keep little ones entertained
      Hideaway  -  An authentic Goan stay away from the tourist hoards
      Local markets  -  Explore the authentic Siolim market - pick up some South Indian spices to take home
      Birdwatching  -  'Goa Birding' is located just next door
    • Anahata Retreat 15 rooms from $91

      Mandrem, Goa

      Located directly on the popular Ashwem Beach: you couldn't ask for a better location. Classic beach style accommodation ranges from traditional Portuguese houses to thatched beach huts with romantic four posters. All feature private balconies. L'atelier restaurant is popular for its fusion cuisine.

      On the beach  -  Ashwem Beach.
      Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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    • Joie De Vivre from $91

      Saligao, Goa

      A collection of seven self-catered villas providing flexible and spacious accommodation, great for families and groups. Great location and great value for money. There is a large communal pool, plus you are within easy reach of the beaches of Calangute and Anjuna, and their many restaurants.

      Families  -  Self-catering villa accommodation make this a great stay for families
      Local markets  -  Anjuna's night market attracts punters from all over
      Great walks  -  Along Anjuna's golden sandy beaches
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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    • Turtle Hill 6 rooms from $95

      Goa, Goa

      Beachside bungalows with beautiful sea views. These elegant accommodations, nestled amongst the trees, feature separate seating areas and luxurious bedrooms, elegantly decorated with dark wood, relaxing lighting and beautiful flagstones; beds are sumptuous with silk coverings. Truly zen.

      Sights nearby  -  Palolem beach nearby - busier beach, Talpon River
      Hideaway  -  Close to the beach but nestled amongst trees.
      Local markets  -  Local stalls on the beach
      Diving  -  From nearby town Panjim
    • Alila Diwa Goa 153 rooms from $102


      Five-star resort with spa, four restaurants and kids' club. Resort prides itself on luxury for all family members. Exclusive 'Diwa Club' for guests who are looking for a more bespoke experience; offering its own lap pool with open-air jacuzzi. Perfect for serenity seekers.

      Resort  -  5* luxury resort, set amongst verdant rice plantations.
      Restaurant  -  4 restaurants, all locally inspired
      Conference facilities  -  Elegant ballroom available
      Swimming Pool  -  Diwa Club has it's own lap pool, open air jacuzzi and hot tub.
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    • Paros by Amarya 10 rooms from $102

      Temba Vaddo, Goa

      Located in Morjim, a more relaxed corner of North Goa, Paros provides luxurious tented accommodation separate villa right on the beach. Unlike other camps, tents are specious, bright and chic in style, decorated in light palettes. There is a wellness spa and restaurant. Barefoot luxury at its best.

      Local markets  -  Arpora Saturday night market is a must visit for clothes and accessories.
      Sailing  -  Boat trips for fishing and dolphin spotting can be arranged.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
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    • Vivenda Dos Palhacos 8 rooms from $104

      Salcette, Goa

      Immerse yourself in village life at this quirky guesthouse, where each room tells a story. The Portuguese style building is elegantly furnished in a relaxed Indian style. The light and airy rooms are individually styled and furnished with bright traditional fabrics and wooden beds. Super chilled.

      Families  -  The welcoming atmosphere and communal dining make you feel extremely welcome: a home away from home
      Great walks  -  Guided or self-guided tours of Panjim
      Fishing  -  Fishing in local rivers and the sea.
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
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    • Casa Susegad 5 rooms from $104

      Goa, Goa

      An intimate guesthouse, set in lush surroundings, with just five guestrooms. Rooms feature wooden shutters, rustic tiled floors and vibrant decor using traditional Indian fabrics; each with its own theme and individual decorative touches. Immerse yourself in nature at this truly unique hideway.

      Fishing  -  Experience fishing on a local boat from Isla de Rachol
      Hideaway  -  An oasis tucked away in a small village
      Back to Nature  -  Surrounded by wildlife and nature
      Cooking classes  -  Hosts offer cooking classes
      Recommended by  -  Fodors, I Escape
    • YogaMagic Eco Retreat 9 rooms from $117

      Anjuna (Goa)

      A boutique yoga retreat upholding eco friendly principles. Its seven chic Rajasthani tents are decorated in the chakra colours. Food is entirely organic, vegetarian and delicious. There is an inviting, naturally filtered pool and power is solar generated. Unwind with daily yoga and meditation.

      Local markets  -  Nearby Anjuna flea market is an absolute must visit.
      Sights nearby  -  Anjuna Beach is just a five minute taxi ride away.
      Restrictions on children  -  Over 18s only.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
    • Ahilya by the Sea 9 rooms from $120

      Goa, Goa

      Charming villas tucked away amidst coconut trees and lush vegetation. Choose from two sparkling pools with plenty of sun loungers, verdant gardens and a tree-top spa in which to relax. Homely rooms are packed with antiques. A healthy breakfast is served and other meals are on request. Delightful.

      Hideaway  -  The perfect place to experience 'Old' Goa - away from the hordes of tourists
      Local markets  -  Nearby Candolim is great for shopping
      Sights nearby  -  A day trip to Turtle Beach is a must
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
    • Vivanta from $121

      Goa, Goa

      A fantastic base for local exploration. Rooms feature wooden flooring, atmospheric lighting and plush furnishings. High–tech special touches aid your relaxation and luxury bathrooms feature full-sized tubs to unwind in. A focus on gourmet cuisine at a variety of restaurants. Pure indulgence.

      Local markets  -  Panaji is the state capital and there are Latin and Portugese influences here.
      Sailing  -  Go out on a boat on the Mandovi river, or visit a floating casino!
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    • Siolim House 10 rooms from $125

      Siolim, Goa

      A delightful restored heritage villa in the North Goan village of Siolim. Scrumptious food, great staff and an amazing pool. Ornate mosaic flooring and terracotta or marble bathrooms make the unique decor whilst capacious four posters and antique filled rooms complete the traditional look.

      Swimming Pool  -  12.5m outdoor pool with separate children's area.
      Cooking classes  -  Learn to make authentic Goan dishes
      Great walks  -  Guided walks on request
      Fishing  -  On the Siolim river
      Recommended by  -  Fodors
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    • Elsewhere from $125

      Mandrem, Goa

      Four 19th century Portuguese dwellings lovingly restored by their fashion photographer owner. A clear eye for design is apparent throughout this unequivocally boutique property. Terracotta walls, cobalt blue bathrooms, cascading muslin draped four posters: a bohemian heaven. Brad and Ange loved it.

      Sailing  -  The Solita yacht is popular for a day trip during which you can spot dolphins or go fishing.
      Great walks  -  Along the almost deserted white sandy beaches.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
    • Kaju Varo 5 rooms from $130

      Morjim, Goa

      Located on a quiet corner of Ashvem Beach, Kaju Varo provides modern eco-lux bungalows for the boutique lover. Modern lines juxtapose against traditional palettes. Rooms are large and feature outdoor showers. The food is a similar fusion of Goan and contemporary European dishes. A zen gem.

      Sailing  -  Spot some dolphins and visit local beaches.
      Sights nearby  -  Chapora Fort is just a short drive away.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
    • The Cape Goa 4 rooms from $132

      Goa, Goa

      Idyllic escape perched on top of a cliff overlooking the Arabian sea. With just four huts The Cape Goa affords ultimately privacy and with al fresco hot tubs and unspoilt views it is ideal for couples! Balinese style huts feature tropical indoor-outdoor showers. Make sure to try the cocktails!

      Beach Life  -  With your very own secluded beach, guests at The Cape Goa are serenaded to sleep by the sound of the sea.
      Romantic Break  -  Secluded beach huts and private hot tubs - a great stay for couples!
      Great walks  -  Along your own private stretch of beach
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    • Casa da Graça 4 rooms from $156

      Goa, Goa

      Nineteenth century restored Portuguese villa Casa da Graça is a slice of authentic Goa. Four rooms are dotted around an airy courtyard and are filled with objet d'art from around the world. A tranquil pool is an inviting spot as is a massage in the Moroccan style pool room. Delicious, fresh cuisine.

      Total relaxation  -  An oasis within itself - away from the maddening crowds of North Goa
      Romantic Break  -  The Master Suite is ideal for holidaying couples
      Great walks  -  Sunset strolls on the nearby local fisherman's beach
      Sights nearby  -  Old Goa and its churches are just a 20 minute drive
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    • Taj Exotica 140 rooms from $197

      Goa, Goa

      A family friendly hotel in Goa, Taj Exotica boasts a private beach and views over the Arabian Sea. Elegantly styled guest rooms, tastefully finished in a classic style, overlook the impressive grounds. Guests are spoilt for choice with six restaurants, outdoor activities and a relaxing spa.

      Sights nearby  -  Bird sanctuaries, temples and churches, spice planatation
      Birdwatching  -  Nearby
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    • Park Hyatt Goa Resort 248 rooms from $202

      Cansaulim, Goa

      Forty five luscious acres packed with several fine dining options, the award winning Sereno Spa, tropical pools, a kids club, games room, its own private beach - and much more! Rooms include elegant Portuguese decor, dark wood rattan furnishings, white flowing linens and private balconies.

      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
      On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
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    • Aashyana from $234

      Candolim, Goa

      A verdant stroll through lime groves to Candolim beach, Aashyana is a blend of French architecture and Indian tradition. With 19 staff for just the main villa alone, guests do not want for anything. The chef cooks homegrown Goan and Western dishes which can be eaten under the stars. Utter bliss.

      Families  -  Made up of two villas and three cottages this property is ideal for families.
      Beach Life  -  A short, scenic walk from Candolim beach.
      Sights nearby  -  Explore Fontainhas, the old quarter of Goa's capital Panjim. Make sure to visit Adilshahi Palace.
      Fishing  -  Catch a fish supper. Hotel can arrange fishing and dolphin spotting excursions.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
    • The Leela Goa 199 rooms from $257

      Goa, Goa

      This sleek hotel, nestled amongst lagoons offers high-end, contemporary accommodation. With luxurious colonial decor, including sumptuous silk and wood furnishings, rooms feature stunning views through classic shutters. Relaxing spa, ample dining options and 12-hole golf course. Pure relaxation.

      Romantic Break  -  Spoiling rooms, honeymoon packages, candlelit dinners on the beach and an indulgent spa
      Sights nearby  -  The churches of Old Goa
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    • Nilaya Hermitage 11 rooms from $263

      Arprora Bhati, Goa

      A lovely, secluded boutique hotel in the hills of North Goa. Peace and quiet, superb food and a spectacular jungle setting. Mediterranean accents include pops of colour whilst modern art gives the place a bohemian feel. A quirky little hideaway within easy reach of Goa's best beaches.

      Romantic Break  -  Secluded rooms and a hilltop location make this property perfect for couples looking for a complete escape.
      Views  -  Fabulous views over the Arabian Sea
      Local markets  -  Mackies Saturday night Bazaar in Arpora or less touristy Friday market in Mapusa.
      Full of character  -  The concept was inspired by Arabian Nights and Moorish architecture
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
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    • W Goa 160 rooms from $322


      Internationally acclaimed hotel bringing some 5* luxury to North Goa. Rooms ranges from chic white suites with Indian colour pop palettes to palatial private villas. All feature stunning modern, mirror-clad bathrooms. Right on the beach there is a tropical pool, indulgent spa plus fine dining.

      Beach Life  -  Five star luxury right in the beating heart of Goa's best beach and nightlife
      Local markets  -  The Wednesday and Saturday Anjuna Flea Market is a must visit
      Sights nearby  -  Chapora Fort is a short walk away and boasts fantastic views
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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