Luxury holidays in Goa

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  • Goa Luxury holidays

    Goa is often referred to as the Pearl of the Orient, a blissful stretch of the Indian coastline along the west of the mainland. Known as Konkan, this coast is home to some of India's most beautiful beaches, which attract visitors from all over the world every summer, while more adventurous travellers brave the monsoon season for a very different view of this lush region.

    The unique sights of Goa

    A luxury holiday in Goa is a chance to see some truly unique sights, including the Dudhsagar Falls, whose name translates as 'Sea of Milk'. These are the second-highest falls in India at a height of more than 600m, and are at their best during the autumn, when the heavy rains of the monsoon season add to the levels of water tipping over the edge.

    For a very different sightseeing opportunity, visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, a destination for religious pilgrims, and a curiosity for tourists. The Basilica is home to the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, the Apostle of the Indies. His body is on display in a glass mausoleum to the right of the Basilica, bringing Roman Catholics from all over the world to Goa in order to pay their respects.

    Goa - a recipe for luxury

    Three main ingredients go into traditional Goa cuisine, and these are fish, rice and curry. As a staple diet, it is perhaps what many tourists would expect during their visit, but the secret to the flavour is in the preparation, and the really good dishes are cooked over an open fire, which incorporates the aromas of the smoke into the meal itself.

    When should I visit Goa?

    Goa is a destination that really comes into its own outside of the typical summer peak months, and if you are planning a getaway in autumn or winter, it's a good option. At this time of year, from late September through until early March, the climate is cooler and mostly dry; once summer arrives it gets much hotter, and by the end of June it is monsoon season, which is the time to visit if you want to see the region's greenery at its finest.

    A trip to Goa in February is worth considering too, as this is when the Goa Carnival takes place, as it has done ever since the 18th century when Goa was ruled by the Portuguese.

    What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?

    Luxury holidays in Goa are all about doing exactly what you want to do. If you feel like whiling away an afternoon by the pool with a couple of cocktails, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if you want a room with a breath-taking sea view, they’ll arrange that, too. You’ll be provided with everything you need to have a truly incredible time, so it’s well worth spending a little extra for a luxury package. This unique destination offers the refined and meticulous level of service which is typical of luxury holidays, and while you won’t have snow-capped mountains on your doorstep, you will have some of India’s most stunning beaches to explore, and the impeccable attention to detail for which the people of Goa are renowned.

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