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The Best Hotels In Goa

GOA is the Party Capital of India. The Indian answer to Europe’s Ibiza.

With its wild nightlife circuit, crazy rave parties, carnivals and exotic all-year-round vibe of festivity and merrymaking, Goa is the perfect getaway for the time of your life.

The smallest and richest state in India, located on the western coast of the country, boasts a shoreline of over 65 miles (105km) that is home to some of India’s greatest beaches.

GOA has everything that you would want from your ideal tropical heaven: perfect all-year-round weather, clear blue skies, a hip cosmopolitan vibe, globetrotters from all over the world and limitless opportunities for adventurous water sports.

Its history as a former Portuguese trading colony and its cultural fusion of medieval Portuguese ethos with old-world Hindustani culture makes it a unique place for heritage and cultural immersion. This fusion has left its mark on the Goan cuisine as well, which stands out from the rest of India due to its distinct delicacies and flavors.

As one of India’s most visited states, Goa has a world-class hospitality infrastructure that boasts swanky modern 5-star hotels & resorts, cozy boutique hotels and heritage stays.

We have, therefore, compiled for you a list of the top 10 hotels in Goa for the trip of a lifetime.

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10 Best Luxury Hotels And Resorts In Goa

1. The Westin Goa

 

THE WESTIN

The Goans have a philosophy of life that revolves around “relaxed contentment.” It is called the Susegad. The Westin Goa attempts its own version of Susegad.

Located in the heart of the hip part of the town in Anjuna (the vibrant hub of Goa’s iconic nightlife), WESTIN GOA is surrounded by a sun-kissed beach and lush green hills.

With its mission statement “Revitalize your body and spirit at Anujuna, Goa” the WESTIN GOA aims to rejuvenate your body and soul with world-class spa therapies, superlative luxuries, state-of-the-art hospitality and a host of amenities and facilities,

It features 4 on-site restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, a swimming pool and luxurious rooms and suites.

2. Itc Grand, Goa

 

ITC GRAND

The ITC GRAND in Goa is a massive 5-star establishment boasting 246 rooms and suites, 6 food and beverage outlets and 10 banqueting & meeting halls and venues.

Snuggled in a quiet and hidden corner of South Goa, the ITC GRAND gives you direct access to the sun-kissed Arossim beach. Sprawling over 45 acres of lush landscaped lawns and gardens, the ITC offers various outdoor venues for dining, relaxation and events.

The highlights of this magnificent hotel are its luxurious rooms and suites that overlook lush green tropical gardens and lagoons. The ITC is India’s first LEED Platinum Certified Beach Resort. (This certification is awarded to those hotels and resorts that maintain a world-class environmentally responsible brand of hospitality and tourism).

SOUTH GOA is an idyllic part the state with pristine beaches that are not as touristy and crowded as some of the other parts of Goa.

Another highlight of the ITC is its splendid Royal Spa which offers a wide range of Western and Ayurveda treatments and therapies.

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3. St Regis Resort & Spa, Goa

 

ST REGIS RESORT & SPA

Operated by the Marriot Group of Hotels, the ST. REGIS GOA RESORT & SPA is nestled in 49 acres of lush green oasis and sparkling lagoons. It is located a 50 minutes drive from the Dabolim Airport.

You can tee off at the Regis’s 12-hole golf course that overlooks the Arabian Sea or treat yourself to a pampering spa experience at its signature St. Regis Spa which offers holistic Ayurveda therapies. Its villas come with a private plunge pool.

There are multiple dining and meal options as well, which include the St. Regis Restaurant, the Susegado, the Lobby Bar and the Drawing Room. The premises also have many banquet halls and conference rooms for hosting events, weddings and business conferences.

Other amenities include a large swimming pool, a fitness center, 24 hour in-room dining, a private beach, a game room and a gift shop.

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4. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

 

TAJ EXOTICA RESORT

THE TAJ EXOTICA & SPA ranked 2nd in the list of Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards for “TOP 30 RESORTS IN ASIA”.

Located on the southwest shoreline of Goa in Benaulim, the TAJ EXOTICA faces the Arabian Ocean and sprawls over 56 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical lawns and gardens.

Its distinct old-world Mediterranean style of architecture, flower-line patios and grand atrium make it a visual spectacle.

The Taj Exotica is choc-a-bloc with 5-star facilities. These include three dining options, 2 bards, an outdoor spa pavilion, a beachfront seafood shack, a world-class fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and the famed Jiva Spa (which offers signature Ayurveda therapies).

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5. Braganza House, Goa, Ama Stays & Trails

 

BRAGANZA HOUSE

THE BRAGANZA HOUSE is a lovely boutique hotel housed in a bungalow that embodies Portuguese culture and architecture with its traditional Portuguese facades and “azulejos” used in floor tiles.

Amenities include only 4 luxurious rooms that are fully air-conditioned and equipped with all the modern amenities required for a cozy stay.

The House offers freshly baked Pao bread served with authentic Goan sausages, and its kitchen boasts traditional Konkani and Goan Portuguese dishes. One of its signature dishes is the freshly sourced rawa fried fish cooked in traditional Gomantak style.

You can avail facilities like a swimming pool, spa and gym at the Taj Holiday Village Resort and Spa, owned by the group that operates the Braganza House.

6. Taj Holiday Village Resort And Spa, Goa

 

TAJ HOLIDAY VILLAGE RESORT

THE TAJ HOLIDAY VILLAGE RESORT AND SPA is located near the Sinquerim Beach.

With an elegant Indo-Portuguese architectural design that stands out with its big Romanesque arches, pillared verandahs and sunny saquaos (central courtyards), the Taj Holiday Village Resort and Spa looks the part as a luxury haven.

Nestled with the beach on one side and a dense tropical paradise on the other, the Taj Holiday village features 142 terracotta-roof suites and villas that deliver world-class luxury and opulence.

One of Goa’s finest restaurants, the Banyan Tree is located in this resort. The Banyan Tree (which has won Times Food Award for the Best Thai Restaurant) is famous for its Thai delicacies and traditional Goan specialties.

Highlights of this resort include a fantastic view of the Arabian Sea, 28 acres of landscape gardens and world class hospitality.

Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a beauty salon, a business center, several banquet halls, a spa and a yoga pavilion.

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7. The Post Card, Cuelim

 

THE POST CARD, CUELIM

THE POST CARD is literally postcard worthy. Located in the quaint neighborhood of Ceulim in Goa, this heritage hotel is a treat to watch.

Exuding historical charm and romance, this homely six-room boutique hotel is housed in a 250 year old property that also has an old chapel on its premises.

Nestled in lush green paddy fields, the Post Card is an ode to the historical Portuguese Goa. The beach is not far either. You can walk to the beach in just 15 minutes. The property also offers guided heritage tours and walks to the historical quarters of Goa.

Its kitchen is very traditional and very Goan with signature dishes like Pork Sorpotel, Mushroom and Green Pea Xacutti.

8. Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Goa

 

TAJ FORT AGUADA RESORT

THE TAJ FORT AGUADA is charming and romantic. As the first luxury hotel in Goa, it has over the years played host to kings, queens, dignitaries, Bollywood stars, world leaders, statesmen and celebrities.

Located on Singquerim Beach in NORTH GOA, this 5-star luxury resort is run by the Taj Group, which is the biggest name in the Indian high-end hospitality industry.

Housed in a luxury 16th century establishment that was the Portuguese Fort Aguada, this resort gives you unhindered views of the Arabian Sea. Its J Wellness Circle is particularly well-rated for its holistic Ayurveda treatments and therapies.

Other amenities include 24-hours in-room dining, round-the-clock front desk, a travel desk, a large outdoor swimming pool, several meeting rooms and banquet halls and a yoga pavilion.

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9. W Goa

 

W GOA

The Vagator Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa. The W, Goa faces the Arabian sea on the Vagator Beach.

This fine luxury establishment is carved out of a fantastic natural cliffside façade. Comprising 120 deluxe rooms and suites that are inspired by traditional Portuguese architecture, the W Goa offers world-class luxury resort experience. The giant outdoor open-air pool which overlooks the sea is just stunning to be around.

Other amenities include a luxury spa (that specializes in therapy baths), a gym, four specialty restaurants, a yoga center and 24/7 front desk service.

In addition to rooms and suites, you can also check into a chalet or a villa.

10. The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa

 

THE LALIT GOLF

THE LALIT GOLF & SPA RESORT is snuggled in a lush green tropical oasis with swaying palm trees, lovely manicured gardens and exotic landscaping.

As is obvious from the name, the LaLit Resort boasts itself on its Double T 9-hole Links golf course that sprawls over 5,300 yards.

Lying along the stunningly beautiful shoreline of Raj Baga Beach, it is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. It offers “27 Gents and 9 Ladies Tees, playing for Par 36, from each set.”

THE LALIT also offers a host of water sports activities at the Raj Baga beach. The Lalik Suri Hospitality Group operates 12 luxury hotels, palaces and resorts across India. This resort in Goa is one of their finest.

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