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Located by the sea, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vaddi Beach, Varca Beach, and Colva Beach. Benaulim Beach and Cavelossim Beach are ...
£188 per night for 2 guestsTaj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa£188
Nestled on the beach, this Uttorda hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Uttorda Beach, Colva Beach and Arossim Beach. Majorda Beach and Benaulim Beach are also within ...
£59 per night for 2 guestsPlanet Hollywood Goa Beach Resort£59
Nestled on the beach, this Uttorda resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Arossim Beach, Colva Beach and Uttorda Beach. Majorda Beach and Benaulim Beach are also within ...
£98 per night for 2 guestsKenilworth Beach Resort & Spa£98
Located in Vagator, this beachfront hotel is connected to a shopping centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ozran Beach, Vagator Beach and Anjuna Beach. Baga Beach ...
£65 per night for 2 guestsOzran Heights Beach Resort£65
Nestled on the beach, this Varca hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vaddi Beach, Varca Beach and Colva Beach. Benaulim Beach and Cavelossim Beach are also within ...
£40 per night for 2 guestsMajestic Beach Comforts£40
Goa, on the west coast of India, is a place where the cultures of Asia and Europe meet and combine to produce something utterly unique. The state is a former Portuguese colony, and it is this history which helps to set it apart from the rest of the country.
Book a hotel in Goa and the chances are that you’ll be within walking distance of some striking examples of Portuguese architecture which are more than 300 years old. The European influence is also cultural in nature, with a population which mixes Hindus with Catholics, and a laid-back, inclusive atmosphere which has led to this relatively small state catering to almost 3% of the tourists who visit India.
When choosing between the Goa hotels on offer, most tourists will have to decide whether they want to enjoy the legendary beaches of the coast, or the lush greenery of the interior. Goa is officially divided into the north and south districts, and the differences between the two are slight but telling. Stay in a Goa hotel in the north and you’re more likely to be sampling the culture of the country and in particular its markets and restaurants. The Goa hotels in the south, on the other hand, are where you’ll find luxury accommodation and a selection of private, white sand beaches.
The best hotels in Goa are those which put visitors within easy reach of everything it has to offer; the charming and unspoilt villages, the beaches which stretch out over 125 kilometres of the coastline and the rich history of a place like Old Goa, the former state capital which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It pays to remember that Goa comprises an entire state and not just a city, so the choice of where to stay will have an influence on which side of life here you’re able to sample. The beaches of the north, for example, are more likely to be surrounded by tourist facilities and budget accommodation, while those in the south are less crowded and cater to a more upmarket demographic.
Almost all of the towns in Goa have at least one picturesque old church or temple for lovers of history to explore, with perhaps the most striking example being the 400-year-old Basilica of Bom Jesus, in Old Goa. If you’re looking for budget-priced accommodation and electric nightlife, a Goa hotel along the stretch of coast between Mapusa and Maharashtra should put you close to the kind of partying for which Goa is renowned.
For a family break surrounded by bustling markets and a more westernised atmosphere, head for the northern beaches like Baga and Calangute. If you’re on a romantic getaway, or want to connect with the spiritual side of Goa, then southern beaches such as Mobor will be more to your taste. Anjuna Beach, in the north of Goa was perhaps the original ’hippy beach‘ and that legacy can still be enjoyed in the flea market which takes place here every Wednesday between November and the end of April.
Goa was traditionally regarded as a destination for budget trips, but recent efforts have been made to attract a more upmarket clientele as well. Today, it’s possible to find a staggering range of accommodation options here, from backpacker hostels and cost-saving guesthouses to luxurious hotels and world-famous brands.
The Vivanta by Taj, found adjacent to the historic Fort Aguada, is a shining example of the latter. This 5-star property boasts a stunning beachfront location, several restaurants serving a range of traditional and international cuisine and a full-service spa. You can expect the same opulence from the guestrooms, making it perfect for a luxurious stay.
The FabHotel King's Court offers 3-star accommodation a stone’s throw from the tourist hot spots of Calangute and Baga Beaches. Its prime location opens up a world of sightseeing possibilities and offers an ideal base for your holiday.
Although the beaches of Goa are hard to resist it would be a shame to miss out on everything else this part of the world offers. The small-group Local Side of Goa tour will guide a small party through the streets, markets, historic sites and monuments in the company of a local who’ll enable you to see Goa through their eyes.
If you want to be able to recreate a little bit of Goa once you get home, then book a private Goan Cooking Lesson. A native chef will help you choose from a range of fresh ingredients before guiding you through the process of creating a delicious Goan meal – such as a rich curry or fresh and crunchy stir-fried vegetables – from scratch.
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