A week or two through Rajasthan and north India is an exhilarating experience and truly awakens all of the senses. However, many of our guests like to wind down at the end of their stay, flopping by the beach for a few nights before flying home. Goa – with its coconut-filled palm trees, delicious local seafood, and beautiful sandy beaches – it’s an ideal place to do just that. For your inspiration, here are 5 of our favourite beach hotels in Goa:
Tucked away in a peaceful corner of south Goa, just a stones-throw from the Arabian sea, the fabulous Taj Exotica is one of our favourite beach hotels in Goa. The resort offers everything you’d want from a relaxing post-tour stay in Goa, including a stunning swimming pool, direct access to a private stretch of beach, six restaurants, a fully-fledged spa, and even a golf course. The rooms and suites have recently been renovated with charming Portuguese-inspired interiors and bright pops of local flair; from traditional blue Portuguese tiling to bright yellow and terra cotta orange walls. Whilst the entire property is spread over almost 60 acres of lush gardens, the Taj Exotica retains a relaxed and intimate feel. We’d recommend the Taj Exotica for anyone looking to escape the more commercial areas of Goa.
Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada
Another of our favourite beach hotels in Goa, Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada occupies the ramparts of an old Portuguese fortress, dating back to the 16th century. Thanks to its elevated setting above the shoreline, it boasts a fantastic view of the sweeping golden sands and the Arabian Sea. The interiors are charming and reflect the history of the area, inspired by traditional Portuguese-Goan influences. Being located in north Goa, the location of Fort Aguada means you’ll be within easy reach of the main sights, shopping areas and restaurants, and one of the region’s busiest towns; Calangute. Fort Aguada makes for a peaceful oasis to return to in the evening, boasting three restaurants. All rooms and suites are light and airy, with simple yet tasteful décor. Choose from views of the pretty gardens, or looking out over the ocean. We’d recommend Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada for those looking to be within the heart of the action whilst ensuring all the comforts and service you’d expect from a five-star property.
Ahilya by the Sea
Quietly nestled by the quiet fishing village of Nerul, on the edge of Coco Beach, Ahilya by the Sea is another of our favourite beach hotels in Goa. Though Coco Beach is a fishing beach and not suitable to swim in, the ocean views are undeniably stunning. The interiors are bursting with local charm and character, with a distinctly boutique feel; ideal for anyone seeking an intimate and unique base in Goa. There is no formal restaurant and guests are encouraged to dine al fresco wherever takes their fancy across the property. Being family-run, Ahilya by the Sea is a friendly and welcoming property, where the owners are keen to share their passion for the arts, music, and authentic Goan cuisine.
Alila Diwa, another of our favourite beach hotels in Goa, is located in the south along Majorda Beach. Whilst it isn’t directly on the beach, it is just a short ten-minute walk away, and instead, boasts sweeping views of verdant paddy fields. All rooms and suites boast their own private balcony or terrace, tastefully decorated with a simple palette of dark wood and neutral tones. The huge infinity pool occupying the heart of the hotel looks out over the paddy fields. We’d recommend indulging in a spa treatment or two whilst you’re here – Alila creates their own organic products and offer a range of therapies from facials to scrubs to traditional Ayurvedic treatments. Although Alila Diwa is located in the relaxed and easy-going South Goa, it still enjoys easy access to the airport and a number of local restaurants. Martin’s Corner, just a five-minute stroll away, is a favourite restaurant of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar whenever he’s in Goa.
Sprawling across 75 acres of perfectly manicured tropical gardens and lagoons, The Leela is another of our favourite beach hotels in Goa. It is nestled right next to the Arabian Sea and offers direct access to the secluded Mobor Beach. Almost a destination within itself, the Leela boasts four restaurants serving an array of cuisines, so no matter how long you stay you’ll always have something new to experience, and the beachside seafood restaurant is a must-try. The swimming pool and excellent spa are perfect for lounging the day away, though if you’re feeling a little more active The Leela also offers a 12-hole golf course, three tennis courts and a state of the art gym. Those who’re seeking a more intimate experience can upgrade to the Club section: Club guests, whilst being welcome to use the facilities across the entire resort, can enjoy their own private stretch of beach, a private lounge, a private swimming pool and lavish rooms. We’d recommend the Leela to those who’d like to ‘fly and flop’ in Goa, taking advantage of the resort’s facilities and rarely stepping out.
If you’d like to experience one of our favourite beach hotels in Goa on your upcoming Indian getaway, please do get in touch. As experts in private, tailor-made tours of this region we’d be an ideal match to assist with the planning of your exciting holiday. For a brief look at the possibilities, our Luxury Goa Extension pairs particularly well with our Ultimate Luxury India Tour, our Luxury India Tour with Oberoi Hotels, or our Rajasthan with Boutique Hotels tour.0