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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!

Best Places to Stay in Goa

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.

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  • Jasminn By Mango Hotels

    Goa, Goa

    A great value offering from reliable hotel chain Mango hotels. Chic, clean and contemporary rooms are well priced. Facilities are ideal for families: kids pool and menus plus a play area and activities. The calm beaches of South Goa are within easy reach. A no brainer.

    24 rooms from $45
    Value chic  -  Chic, clean, airy rooms all at a great price
    Families  -  Kids menus and pool all ages are welcome
    Sailing  -  Kids and grown ups will love the dolphin safari
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and kids pool
  • Vivenda Dos Palhacos

    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.

    8 rooms from $58
    Quirky  -  Rooms are named after places the owners have loved.
    House party feel  -  Optional communal dinners and engaging hosts.
    Great walks  -  Guided or self-guided tours of Panjim
    Fishing  -  Fishing in local rivers and the sea.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
  • H2O Agonda

    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.

    17 rooms from $58
    Local markets  -  The nearby markets have an eclectic array of clothes and jewellery.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Silver Sands Holiday Village

    Candolim Bardez,, Goa

    A comfortable stay within a budget. Located right on Candolim's attractive beach Silver Sands Holiday Village provides a lively bar, spacious and comfortable suites, plus an inviting pool. It is also home to local favourite Chicago restaurant. All in all a great value stay.

    69 rooms from $60
    Value chic  -  Excellent value accommodation with easy reach of the beach
    Beach Life  -  Right on Calangute beach
    Local markets  -  Anjuna night market attracts quite the crowd
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
  • The Living Room

    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.

    27 rooms from $60
    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.
  • Otter Creek Tents

    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.

    3 rooms from $63
    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

    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.

    12 rooms from $63
    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
  • Turiya Villa and Spa

    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.

    4 rooms from $63
    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
  • Anahata Retreat

    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.

    15 rooms from $68
    On the beach  -  Ashwem Beach.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
  • Hacienda De Goa Resort

    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.

    22 rooms from $69
    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
  • Montego Bay Beach Village

    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.

    14 rooms from $71
    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
  • Art Resort

    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.

    12 rooms from $83
    Fishing  -  Fishing trips from Palolem Beach
    On the beach  -  Palolem Beach
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Joie De Vivre

    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.

    from $90
    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
  • Turtle Hill

    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.

    6 rooms from $94
    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


    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.

    153 rooms from $100
    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.
  • Paros by Amarya

    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.

    10 rooms from $100
    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.
  • Casa Susegad

    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.

    5 rooms from $103
    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

    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.

    9 rooms from $116
    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
  • Vivanta

    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.

    from $119
    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
  • Siolim House

    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.

    10 rooms from $123
    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
  • Elsewhere

    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.

    from $123
    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

    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.

    5 rooms from $128
    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
  • Taj Exotica

    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.

    140 rooms from $194
    Sights nearby  -  Bird sanctuaries, temples and churches, spice planatation
    Birdwatching  -  Nearby
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Aashyana

    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.

    from $231
    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.
    Cooking classes  -  You are spoilt for choice in Goa. Hotel can assist with booking.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • The Leela Goa

    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.

    199 rooms from $253
    Sights nearby  -  Temples and churches
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Nilaya Hermitage

    Arprora Bhati, Goa

    A lovely, secluded boutique hotel in the hills of North Goa. Peace and quiet, superb food and a spectacular jungle setting – who could ask for more!

    11 rooms from $259
    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
    Swimming Pool  -  33 meter outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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