Sure, you’ve got drenched in the surf at Tarkarli, felt invigorated in the icy Ganga while rafting at Rishikesh as there is no dearth of aquatic escapades in India, credits to 7,500 km coastline. However,have you ever done water scooter rides at Dona Paula, or parasailed off Goa’s beaches? If not, Goa is the ideal destination for the wanderer in you. Here, we've tracked down the 10 best places to stay in Goa for you.
The former Portuguese enclave of Goa, one of India’s solitaire has enjoyed a prominent place in the traveler's lexicon for decades. The salient reason for this is its magnificent palm fringed beaches and the illustrious ‘traveler’s scene’. Yet it offers much more than just the ‘la dolce vita’ of Sun, sand, sea and Vitamin D. Goa has a persona quite distinct from the rest of India. Gleaming, white-washed churches with Portuguese-style facades pepper the hill sides. Paddy fields, dense coconut palm groves and crumbling forts guarding rocky capes and estuaries. Markets are lively flamboyant affairs. The carnival explodes onto the streets for four riotous days and nights prior to Lent. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of fish dishes cooked with elaborate recipes. Coconut and coconut oil are widely used in Goan cooking along with chili peppers, spices and vinegar giving the food a unique flavor. The multi layered sweet dish known as bebinca and the ros omelet is one of the most popular snacks and street foods in Goa. All this makes it a unique getaway destination. Here, are the 10 best places to stay in Goa:
- Taj Aguada
- Novotel Goa Resort & Spa
- Lemon Tree Amarante
- Sea-Shell Beach Suites
- Acron Waterfront
- Calangute Residency
- Folklore Hostel Goa
- Casa Fortuna Dona Paula
- Fort Tiracol
- Estrella Del Mar
1. TAJ AGUADA: #1 of the Best Places to Stay in Goa
Luxury light and space brought together beneath a canopy of sophistication, embellished with a spectacular sea view that is Taj Aguada. Spreading across a picturesque 42 acres, meandering into the ramparts of the 17th century Portuguese fort Aguada on the Sinquerim beach which echoes the history of Goa. The fort adds to the attraction of the 5-star resort. The resort boasts of a fantastic spa, charming rooms, cottages and villas overlooking the sea. Excellent hospitality makes your stay an experience of a lifetime. Airy rooms with lavish wood furnishing offers a sea or a garden view that will make your heart flutter. Dolphin watching cruise and cycling tour from Nerut are a few things which attracts the discerning travelers.
2. NOVOTEL GOA RESORT & SPA
Set in a contemporary concrete and glass building, this polished resort is also an 11-minute walk from Candolim Beach and 6 km from the 17th-century Fort Aguada and lighthouse. It is a mid-scale hotel for family and business trips. The Bali styled resort situated in close proximity to Candolim beach, overlooks the lush paddy fields, palm trees and hills. Featuring 121 bright rooms and suites, Asian style water bodies and lily ponds. There are a host of water sports to indulge in. A cocktail bar, casual café and free Wi-Fi makes this resort a home away from home.
3. LEMON TREE AMARANTE
Located in Candolim beach in North Goa, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded tourist spots, this resort is just 250 meters away from the beach. Designed to evoke poetry, history and romance of 15th century Portugal, creates an ambiente which is visually stunning with medieval oil paintings and artefacts. Containing 65 awe inspiring rooms and suites with the ground floor ones having an access to a common garden. Special attraction – six heritage rooms housed in a century old Portuguese mansion, restored to their original glory and appointed with modern amenities. Complimentary perks include breakfast and parking. There's also an airy restaurant, a cafe and a bar, along with a gym, a spa, and indoor and outdoor pools. Other amenities consist of a game room, a terrace and a relaxed garden. Pets are welcome.
4. SEA – SHELL BEACH SUITES
Located on the Candolim beach, north Goa, it is an ideal choice for the traveler who wants to bask in Nature’s glory and be engulfed in the serene and tranquil atmosphere. The proximity of the resort includes easy access to popular restaurants, bars and night spots. The in-house Al Fresco restaurant specializing in Chinese, Indian and Continental delicacies is the predominant attraction. Straightforward 1- and 2-bedroom suites offer balconies, and either pool or garden views. All come with complimentary Wi-Fi, plus flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Villas are available with vigilant room service. Kids age 4 and under can stay free of cost with an adult. It is the perfect place to unwind for a much-needed vacation.
5. ACRON WATERFRONT
Set on the banks of the Baga River, this polished hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea is 1 km from Baga Beach and 7 km from 18th-century Chapora Fort. Warm, homely rooms come with free Wi-Fi access, and a large balcony to bask in the Sun’s grandeur. Breakfast and a beach shuttle are free. An haute restaurant offers open-air dining on a terrace with views of the river. Other amenities include an infinity pool and a whirlpool tub, plus a spa and a fitness room. The lavish rustic setting of the hotel evokes the feeling of pomp and makes your stay worth remembering for a lifetime.
So, there were the top five of the best places to stay in Goa. If you're looking for more, read on.
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6. CALANGUTE RESIDENCY
Nestling within a bustling crowd, the Calangute Residency offers a haven of luxurious calm with a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea. This relaxed hotel is in a building complex surrounded by palm trees and is 9 km from the 16th-century Fort Aguada. The wonderful serene beauty is ideal for a few days' getaway. The romantic and sophisticated ambience makes it perfect for young couples. The casual yet wholesome rooms come with flat-screen TVs. Some add balconies with sea views. Children 4 and under stay at no cost with a parent. Amenities include an outdoor pool and a garden, free parking and water sports.
7. FOLKLORE HOSTEL GOA
A quintessential destination for backpacking, the hostel is set in Vagator, 1.1 km from Chapora fort. It is situated 15 metres ahead of the main beach road which adds to the tranquil atmosphere and great ambience. Close to Anjuna Flea Market and St. Michael’s Church. The dormitory rooms and cozy tents make it ideal for group trips. The hotel boasts of barbeque nights and an extravagant outdoor fireplace, yoga classes guided with care and compassion towards greater wellness for your body and mind alike. The DJ and Library are the most famous in-house attractions. The favorite feature of the locals and the tourists in the pet-friendly atmosphere of the hostel.
8. CASA FORTUNA DONA PAULA
A former village and tourist place in the suburbs of Panaji, Casa Fortuna is a must stay for travelers with a mysterious bend of mind. The myth of Dona Paula adds to the attraction of Casa Fortuna. The myth says that Dona Paula is entombed in the Cabo Chapel of the Raj Bhawan and is supposed to be seen emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace. With the romance and myth attached to it—haunted by Dona Paula de Menzes—tourists throng the Dona Paula Beach not only in search of the deceased beloved, but also to indulge in water sports on the clear waters. Luxury rooms with modern amenities and every comfort available at your doorstep, the hotel takes pride in its authentic Goan cuisine. The staff is accommodating. The calm and serene atmosphere mirrors the Zen feeling and is appropriate for tourists looking for peace of mind.
9. FORT TIRACOL
10 kms from Arambol, this genteel heritage hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and is next to a rocky coastline along the Arabian Sea. The location being unbelievably aesthetic, the guests can enjoy a drink at the bar with sweeping views of the ceaseless sea. The ornamental décor of the room with beach views is accompanied with coffee making facility and access to 24-hour free WI-FI. It is the classic place for the health conscious as special diet menus can be requested. Complimentary breakfast is a loved feature of the hotel as it displays an exquisite spread prepared by the most refined chefs. Picnic areas, sun loungers and beach chairs add to the comfort of the homely atmosphere of the hotel.
10. ESTRELLA DEL MAR
Overlooking the awe-inspiring beach of Calangute, Baga, and opposite to the Our Lady of Piety Chapel within the heart of North Goa, this resort is a living dream for every tourist. 10 kms from the heritage fort of Aguada and 13kms from Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, this resort features bright cozy rooms and cottages which have been architectured inspired from the Swiss-chalet style offering garden view and sun loungers. Room service is available 24/7. A free breakfast buffet is provided. There’s an ornate restaurant, as well as a beach eatery featuring live entertainment. Other amenities include a playground, a rooftop terrace and an outdoor pool with dining. The night life here is extremely vibrant and happening. The staff is courteous and provides prompt service.
Goa has been an ideal terminus for billions of tourists across the globe and a dream come true for every traveler. With its panoramic view of the blue waters of the Arabian sea, it is that flawless host happy to welcome you anytime of the year. However, it is advised to visit the place during the months of November to March when the weather is pleasant and the tourists can indulge in the various water sports. World class casinos and the high-spirited night life makes the place come alive at all times. Commonly known as the Queen of Beaches, the places of tourist attraction are Old Goa Church, Tito’s Street, Bom Jesus Basilica, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Lamgau caves to name a few. An amalgamation of rich architecture of the ancient temples and churches enriches the cultural heritage. The Portuguese blend with the Indian cuisine enlightens the connoisseur of food and makes his heart flutter. While you cruise in the waters of Goa, let the words of Robert Frost, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep...’’ resonate in your mind and engulf you in its charm.
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep...’’Robert Frost
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Last updated: 18th May, 2019