As the most popular beach destination in India, Goa, sees a mass influx of tourists from around the globe every year. A paradise packed with exotic locations, hidden beaches, yummy food, and steeped in ancient culture, there are plenty of activities to do in Goa for all ages.
Helping make any Goan vacation all the more wholesome are its fantastic hotels and resorts; abodes that carry forth the local ethos while allowing their guests to indulge in all possible modern-day comforts.
Far from the commercial hoo-ha of beachside resorts, situated in the quiet village of Moira, is one of Goa’s hidden gems, a quaint sojourn located inside a beautiful 200-year-old house. A trendsetter in boutique accommodations, Postcard Moira, has nine exquisitely furnished rooms, no fixed check-out or check-in times, and all-day breakfast options. The aesthetically designed rooms at Postcard Moira highlight Goa’s cultural personality while showcasing the kind of contemporary elegance that makes it stand out amongst the world’s most modern hotels.
Postcard Moira is an experience reserved for travelers wanting to immerse themselves in the Goan lifestyle. The hotel organizes various excursions that range from heritage walks and surfing lessons to cooking lessons and cycle tours. A stay here is a step away from the Goa that most people have come to know, and will make you look at it from a whole new perspective.
Address: 497, Calizor, Moira, Moira, Goa 403507
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
One of the three Taj properties in Goa, Taj Exotica, is undoubtedly the group’s most luxurious. The pet-friendly beachside resort spread over 56 acres is a grand destination with lush green spaces, various living accommodations, a 9-hole golf course, restaurants, a swimming pool, and majestic sea views.
The rooms at Taj Exotica feature the latest in contemporary facilities, including TVs, minibar, large en-suite bathrooms, and plenty of space to walk around. However, staying in one of their plunge-pool villas is an exclusive encounter not to be missed, if within your budget. The hotel is home to the award-winning Jiva Spa, offering several rejuvenating treatments. Guests also have the luxury to dine at one of four restaurants that serve everything from traditional India to international and local Goan cuisine. Known for its immaculate service with a smile, a stay at Taj Exotica is always full of surprises.
Address: Calwaddo, Benaulim, Goa 403716
A 130-year-old mansion, Panjim Inn is a family-run establishment that functions in collaboration with the WelcomHeritage brand. Located in Panaji’s Fontainhas, a must-visit tourist spot in Goa, its central location is ideal for travelers wanting to discover the many wonders of the capital city.
Inside, Panjim Inn is a nostalgic step back in time with beautiful spaces and 24 rooms filled with vintage furniture, including four-poster double beds. However, there is no shortage of everyday facilities, be it air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, or free Wi-Fi. The hotel’s in-house restaurant Verandah is perfect for al-fresco dining and to savor the best in Goan cuisine from prawn curry to pork vindaloo. A comfortable abode, Panjim Inn is sure to delight the most ardent of travelers with its subtle charm.
Address: E-212, 31st January Road, Fontainhas, Panaji, Goa 403001
The Anahata Retreat is a genuinely unique and intimate experience. A “beachside shack” abode having an omnipresent spiritual vibe, every stay here is about rediscovering oneself and appreciating the beauty surrounding us.
Yoga is at the heart of the retreat, and there are regular classes held for beginners and professionals. The interiors of the thatched-roof lodgings are minimalistic, yet comfortable. In contrast, the suites and villas cater to the luxury traveler with rain showers, air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, hammocks, and private verandahs. However, each of the 21 rooms has a homely feel to them. The retreat also has its own beachside restaurant L’Atelier, which serves continental and Goan delicacies.
Address: House No. 367, Ashvem Beach, Taluka Pernem, beside Ajoba Temple, Mandrem, Goa 403512
For a bit of glamping by the beach, visitors should check out Turtle Hill at Patnem Beach. What started originally as two hilltop bungalows have now developed into a lovely private sojourn with four beach and six hill residences, each decorated in a distinct style.
Ideal for couples wanting to have some privacy yet be close to the sea, Turtle Hill creates a magical ambiance that merges beautifully with its surroundings. The rooms have a rustic sense to them with plenty of natural elements all around, adding to Turtle Hill’s laidback vibe. An eccentric place to stay in Goa, Turtle Hill is one peaceful adventure that is sure to accentuate your Goan holiday to a whole new level.
Address: Patnem Beach, Canacona, Goa 403702
Fun, friendly, and forever exciting, resorts and homestays in Goa have unique personalities that add a new dimension to any beachside holiday. Choosing the perfect hotel can be a difficult task, but leaving it behind after having a memorable time exploring the sights of Goa is even harder.