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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 there are also 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. That said, Goa really does fulfil the cliché of having something for everyone, and for every budget.
Panjim (or Panaji as it's also known) is the state capital and it's a good place to base yourself if you want to explore Goa's culture (Old Goa is just six miles away) as well as the beaches.
Anjuna was the original hippy hang out, but has become less popular as a beach party desination in recent years.
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. Plus, 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.
What Not To Miss
- Visit the historic Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which holds the remains of St Francis Xavier. This stunning red brick spot is one of the only examples of baroque architecture in India, and is brimming with history.
- Head off on a Jeep to the spectacular Dudhsagar Falls and go diving into the natural pools. What's more, the tours are a wonderful way to explore the dense jungle in which it's located. Take in the wonderful views and get back in touch with nature.
- A visit to Reis Magos Fort is a great way to learn about Goa's Portuguese colonisation. This recently refurbished spot, located atop a hill offering splendid sea views, is incredibly picturesque and also far quieter than a number of other tourist sites in the area.
- Museum of Goa sheds light on the region's history with a fabulous collection of local art. What's more, it often hosts a number of workshops, lectures and musical evenings.
- The idyllic Shantadurga Temple is a must see if you're in the area. Boasting stunning architecture and an incredibly peaceful atmopshere, this 450 year old spot is bound to impress.
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 accommodation is spacious and the decor includes some lovely tile-work and a collection of furniture and handicrafts from all over India. Plus, 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!
- Ashiyana is a wonderful holistic retreat. Accommodation ranges from budget beach huts to suites, whilst you'll also love their extensive spa (providing Ayurvedic treatments) and the Sattvic cuisine that's served up. Join in with the many yoga classes offered! A splendidly relaxing budget break.
- Jamboree Creek Yoga offers cosy cottages amidst allotment style grounds. There's a range of rooms from budget chic to family suites, whilst daily yoga classes are offered. Plus, it's located right around the corner from the beach!
- 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.
- Ahilya By The Sea offers charming villas nestled amongst cocounut trees and luscious vegetation right by the beach. This characterful spot boasts homely rooms featuring antique furnishings, whilst there are also two large pools and a treetop spa!
- Vivanta is a great base from which to get to know Panaji. It offers chic contemporary rooms with wooden floors and luxurious bathrooms, whilst there's gourmet fusion cuisine served up at the restaurant. A stylish choice.
- Casa Da Graça is a beautifully restored 19th century Portuguese villa which offers four elegant and traditional rooms situated around a courtyard. There's also a pool and small garden. Plus, there's no set menu - so guests discuss their meals preferences with the owner who suggests daily dishes to try out! Timelessly classy.
- Taj Exotica boasts spacious and elegant guestrooms furnished in a classical style. Its private beach, six restaurants on site, spa and extensive gardens make it a truly first-rate stay.
- W Goa oozes 5* luxury with a range of designer accommodation, a private beach and a helicopter pad. Unwind in the Clarins spa and make the most out of the fine dining options on offer.
- The Leela Goa has every ingredient for a truly fabulous holiday. Offering stylish accommodation featuring luxurious colonial decor (with silk and wood furnishings), there's also a nine hole golf course and a lovely spa.
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.
- H20 Agonda enjoys a wonderful setting on a quiet turtle hatching beach! You'll find chic, individual beach huts featuring plenty of dark wood and bright fabrics, whilst there's also a spa to help you fully unwind. A great place from which to explore south Goa.
- Otter Creek Tents offer three chic eco friendly tents with bamboo four posters, white linens and private terraces. With al fresco dining and a wonderful location right by Mandrem Beach, it's a top boutique spot.
- Kaju Varo, located on a quiet stretch of Ashvem Beach, boasts two modern bungalows (providing three loft suites) decorated using traditional hues. You'll feel a million miles away from your worries at this zen spot - surrounded by banana, mango and papaya orchards.
- Park Hyatt Goa Resort is set amidst 45 acres of luscious gardens and boasts private beach access! This upmarket property offers chic accommodation with elegant Portuguese decor - plenty of dark wood furnishings and white linens. With an award-winning spa and a stunning pool, it's a dreamy spot.
- Casa Colvale provides spacious acommodation in a typically Goan style. Boasting a secluded setting, you can spend your days relaxing by the infinity pools or head to the spa to truly unwind. Plus they provide lovely home-cooked food.
- Leela Cottages offers 18 individual cottages boasting rustic charm (four poster beds and white linens) with a wonderful sense of privacy. Head down to the beach or chill out in a hammock with a good book.
- Turtle Hill provides beachside bungalows nestled amongst the treas and offering dreamy sea views. With dark wood furnishings and silk coverings, this is a superbly romantic stay.
- The intimate Casa Susegad boasts five guestrooms decorated with traditional Indian fabrics, wooden shutters and tiled floors - as well as plenty of vibrant colours used throughout. This enchancting and unfussy oasis is the perfect spot to get away from it all!
- The Cape Goa enjoys a wonderfully idyllic setting overlooking the Arabian sea. Their Balinese-style cottages ooze rustic charm, with al fresco hot tubs and terrific views. Enjoy a cocktail (or two!) at sunset and dig into the local cuisine served up.
- Nilaya Hermitage is a secluded boutique spot nestled amongst the hills. This peaceful property boasts chic accommodation featuring Mediterranean hues and various pieces of modern artwork. Join in with the yoga sessions and make use of the Ayurvedic spa. Plus, there are candelit al fresco dinners to be enjoyed each evening!
- Boasting 12 individual cottages, (ideal for families), with wooden floors and vibrant hues, Art Resort specialises in traditional Indian beach style. Spend your days soaking up the sun or swmming in the sea before relaxing in the evening in your own private sitting area.
- Hilario's is a great family choice, boasting plenty of games and activities as well as a number of pets that the kids can play with! A family home itself, it offers unfussy accommodation with typically Portuguese four-poster beds and a large pool. Charming and unassuming.
- Joie de Vivre provides seven self-catered villas, a perfect choice for family trips. What's more, there's a large outdoor pool and it's within easy reach of a number of local beaches. A great value for money stay!
- Aashyana blends French architecture with Indian tradition to offer two villas and three cottages, all decorated in a stylish traditional manner. Set amidst luscious grounds and with a 25 metre swimming pool, you're also just a short walk from Candolim beach.
For An Apartment Or Villa
- If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then check out the wide variety available with our partner, booking.com.
- It's best to visit Goa from mid-November to mid-February, when the weather's comfortably cool enough to spend your days exploring. Expect it to be pretty lively in December, though, as this is when the popular Sunburn festival is held - and you might want to book in advance as the best places to stay in Goa will be pretty costly at this time of year.
- Monsoon season is from mid-June to October and many properties close down completely during this period! If you do find yourself here at this time, however, you can join in with the lively festival of Sao-Joao which is always an incredibly fun time.
- Visitors can fly into Goa Airport, (aka Dabolim Airport), located 4km away from Vasco de Gama and 29km southwest of Panaji (the region's capital city). There are local buses to Vasco de Gama from the aiport, and if you're heading on towards Panaji then there's an express bus service that you can take.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
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Best Hotels in Goa
Agonda Villas 9 rooms from $154Goa, Goa
The best place to stay on Agonda, this beachfront collection of nine luxurious bamboo huts provides stylish accommodation just a few steps from the sea. The best rooms include private plunge pools and hot tubs whilst all boast enormous beds and stunning bathrooms, the best being outdoors.Beach Life - Steps from the Indian Ocean - let it serenade you as you fall asleepBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.On the beach - In front of the hotel.
Anahata Retreat 15 rooms from $91Mandrem, 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.
Alila Diwa Goa 153 rooms from $102Goa
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 inspiredConference facilities - Elegant ballroom availableSwimming Pool - Diwa Club has it's own lap pool, open air jacuzzi and hot tub.
Joie De Vivre from $91Anjuna (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 familiesLocal markets - Anjuna's night market attracts punters from all overGreat walks - Along Anjuna's golden sandy beachesSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool
Paros by Amarya 10 rooms from $102Temba 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.
Park Hyatt Goa Resort 248 rooms from $202Cansaulim, 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/outdoorOn the beach - In front of the hotel.
Kaju Varo 5 rooms from $130Morjim, 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
Taj Exotica 140 rooms from $197Goa, 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 planatationBirdwatching - NearbySeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Champakali 4 rooms from $152Ella, Velha Goa,, Goa
Five minutes from Goa's old town these two very private villas are a home away from home - if, at home, you had a team of staff to take care of your every need. Chic interiors lend themselves to indoor-outdoor living, making the most of their luscious surrounds. A totally different 'Goa' experience.Families - A great place to escape for some quality time with your family - rent the entire place for a memorable holidayTotal relaxation - Wonderfully isolated, away from Goa's tourist crowdsMuseums - The Christian Art Museum is an interesting visitCooking classes - Enjoy a cooking demonstration with the head chef
The Leela Goa 199 rooms from $257Goa, 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 spaSights nearby - The churches of Old GoaOpulentSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Ahilya by the Sea 9 rooms from $120Goa, 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 touristsLocal markets - Nearby Candolim is great for shoppingSights nearby - A day trip to Turtle Beach is a mustSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolRecommended by - I Escape
Art Resort 12 rooms from $85Goa, 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 BeachOn the beach - Palolem BeachBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
YogaMagic Eco Retreat 9 rooms from $117Anjuna (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.SpaRecommended by - I Escape
Vivenda Dos Palhacos 8 rooms from $104Salcette, 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 homeGreat walks - Guided or self-guided tours of PanjimFishing - Fishing in local rivers and the sea.Swimming Pool - Outdoor poolRecommended by - I Escape, Fodors
Otter Creek Tents 3 rooms from $64Arambol, 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 Susegad 5 rooms from $104Goa, 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 RacholHideaway - An oasis tucked away in a small villageBack to Nature - Surrounded by wildlife and natureCooking classes - Hosts offer cooking classesRecommended by - Fodors, I Escape
Siolim House 10 rooms from $125Siolim, 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 dishesGreat walks - Guided walks on requestFishing - On the Siolim riverRecommended by - Fodors
Cochichos Resort 12 rooms from $65Anjuna (Coutinho Vaddo)
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 spotsValue chic - A great value option in popular VagatorLocal markets - Vagator market is filled with shops and eateriesSights nearby - Chapora Fort is just a short stroll away
Turtle Hill 6 rooms from $95Goa, 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 RiverHideaway - Close to the beach but nestled amongst trees.Local markets - Local stalls on the beachDiving - From nearby town Panjim
Leela Cottages 18 rooms from $87Pernem, 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 couplesFoodies - Elevar and sister restuarant Sublime are local favouritesBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
The Cape Goa 4 rooms from $132Goa, 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 beachSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Jamboree Creek Yoga 12 rooms from $61North 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 stayBeach Life - Located moments from the more tranquil Mandrem beachLocal markets - Mandrem market is close bySwimming Pool - Outdoor pool
Vivanta from $121Goa, 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!OpulentSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Casa da Graça 4 rooms from $156Goa, 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 GoaRomantic Break - The Master Suite is ideal for holidaying couplesGreat walks - Sunset strolls on the nearby local fisherman's beachSights nearby - Old Goa and its churches are just a 20 minute drive
H2O Agonda 17 rooms from $59Agonda, 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.Spa
Hilario's 4 rooms from $89Kudal, 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 entertainedHideaway - An authentic Goan stay away from the tourist hoardsLocal markets - Explore the authentic Siolim market - pick up some South Indian spices to take homeBirdwatching - 'Goa Birding' is located just next door
W Goa 160 rooms from $322Goa
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 nightlifeLocal markets - The Wednesday and Saturday Anjuna Flea Market is a must visitSights nearby - Chapora Fort is a short walk away and boasts fantastic viewsSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool
Jacks Resort 16 rooms from $65Anjuna (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 attractionsValue chic - A clean, friendly, no fuss stay - a Goan favouriteLocal markets - The Wednesday and Saturday Anjuna flea market is a must visitGreat walks - Right from your hotel to Chapora Fort
Ashiyana 31 rooms from $53Mandrem, 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 rejuvinatedSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Four poster beds - For romantics.
Elsewhere from $125Mandrem, 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
Nilaya Hermitage 11 rooms from $263Anjuna
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 SeaLocal 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 architectureRecommended by - I Escape
Hacienda De Goa Resort 22 rooms from $70Anjuna (Bardez, 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 afieldValue chic - Spacious and comfortable accommodation at an excellent priceLocal markets - Goa's nightmarket is a popular attraction for foodies and shopaholicsKayaking - Explore the seas by your own muscle power
Casa Colvale 12 rooms from $64Alto 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
Turiya Villa and Spa 4 rooms from $64Canacona, 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 southValue chic - Chic, homely accommodation at an affordable priceSailing - Dolphin watching is fun for allFull of character
The Living Room 27 rooms from $61Panjim, 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.
Montego Bay Beach Village 14 rooms from $72Morjim, 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
Aashyana from $234Candolim, 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 Project Café 4 rooms from $85Assagao,, Goa
A 140-year-old Portuguese villa, proudly located in the “Beverley Hills of Goa”. Amalia Villa, or The Project Café, as it is now known, channels traditional Goan heritage with a modern, makeover. Just four rooms, it is an intimate and authentic stay.Hideaway - Tucked away from Goa's maddening crowds, this is a relaxing escape in traditional GoaValue chic - A great price, in a great location.Local markets - Nearby Anjuna Saturday Night Market is a must visitSwimming Pool - Outdoor.