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Goa, India: Best luxury hotels

By Faye Bradley 26 November 2020

Header image courtesy of Alila Diwa Goa (via Alila Diwa Goa)

Stretching across the western Indian coastline along the Arabian Sea, Goa withholds a wealth of history. The city is well-known for its beaches and peaceful fishing villages. If you’re planning a trip to this sun-soaked paradise, stay in one of these indulgent hotels for a well-deserved break.

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Taj Exotica

Sitting on a private beach overlooking the Arabian Sea, Taj Exotica features lush gardens, historical architecture, and a luxurious spa. Guests come by to fully unwind by the beach, or indulge in a massage therapy at the aforementioned Jiva Spa. Embrace the laid-back lifestyle and slow down your tempo at this tranquil haven. Sprawling 56 acres of greenery, the hotel features large deluxe and luxury suites, and villa rooms. Expect old-world architecture, and a mix of romance, and family-centric guests.

Taj Exotica Goa, Calwaddo, Benaulim, Goa 403716, India | (+91) 832 668 3333

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The Zuri White Sands Resort

Celebrating Goa’s serene beaches and turquoise waters, The Zuri White Sands Resort portrays the land’s rich and mystical heritage, with its meandering lanes, and sun-kissed beaches. Guests can stay year-round at this vacation hotspot, which has been named one of the best beach resorts in Goa. Sprawling across 37 acres, the stunning resort features a long pool, a collection of sea-facing Goan-style luxury rooms, and a wide range of gourmetcuisine to choose from, including European and Pan-Asian, to name a few.

The Zuri White Sands Resort, Pedda, Varca, Goa 403721, India | (+91) 832 272 7272

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Alila Diwa Goa

Surrounded by beautiful paddy fields, Alila Diwa Goa is a luxury hotel where stunning design meets luxurious amenities. Guests can reside in the gorgeous infinity pool, which also features a hot tub and open-air jacuzzi, for endless relaxation. As one of the best luxury hotels in Goa, the establishment is an ideal getaway for individuals, couples, friends, and families, who can make the most of the elegant courtyards, cool verandahs, and scenic surroundings. Enjoy the best of sophisticated service at this deluxe hotel, where the rooms are equally noteworthy.

Alila Diwa Goa, 48/10, Adao Waddo, Majorda, Goa 403713, India | (+91) 832 274 6800

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By Scott Dunn 3 November 2020
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Grand Hyatt Goa

Many travellers are already familiar with the world-famous Grand Hyatt hotel group—and also now know to trust the premium hotel outposts. In Goa, the Grand Hyatt Hotel looks over the splendid Bambolim Bay, featuring both indoor and outdoor pools to soak up the warm sun from. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views.

Grand Hyatt Goa, P.O Goa University, Road, Bambolim, Goa 403206, India | (+91) 832 664 1234

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Vivanta by Taj

Dotted with chic cottages for accommodation, Vivanta by Taj is a secluded hideout, offering a unique view of the garden, beach, and sea, making the sunsets and sunrises worthwhile. Located within the sunshine state, the five-star hotel sets the bar for luxurious hospitality, and welcomes guests to feel stress-free and indulgent during their stay. Workout at the 24/7 state-of-the-art fitness centre, or take a dip at the rooftop swimming pool. There’s also a relaxing spa which offers a menu of massages and more, or pamper oneself at the salon. In a melting pot nation, there are two hotel restaurants, which pay tribute to European classics, all-American meals, and authentic Asian flavour.

Vivanta by Taj, St. Anne's Junction, Off, Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, Panaji, Goa 403001, India | (+91) 832 663 3636

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Cidade de Goa

Resembling the pretty villages in Portugal, Cidade de Goa features overhanging balconies, eye catching murals, and secluded alcoves. Using Indian and Latin hospitality, the hotel offers deluxe rooms with sea views, and celebrates five-star service. Located only minutes from Panjim, the resort is modeled after a Portuguese hamlet with a Mediterranean influence, and blends luxury, warmth, and laidback elegance to embody the heart of Goa. Embrace the soft sea breezes, manicured greens, and vibrant medleys of orange, red, and blue, seen throughout the hotel. Guests can also make the most of the water-sports facilities, to head out and about in nature.

Cidade de Goa, Vainguinim Beach, Panaji, Goa 403004, India | (+91) 832 245 4545

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Novotel Goa Resort & Spa

Perched within minutes away from Candolim Beach, Novotel Goa Resort & Spa features a stunning spa (Warren Tricomi Spa), a laid-back pool, and a variety of restaurants which serve delightful delicacies for the discerning gourmand.

Novotel Goa Resort & Spa, Pinto Waddo, Off, Candolim Road, Candolim, Goa 403515, India | (+91) 832 711 2424

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Faye Bradley


Faye Bradley is a freelance writer based in Hong Kong, covering topics in travel, wellness, F&B, and the arts. As the editor and business development executive for Cha Siu Papers Times and Compare Retreats, Faye has experience in writing predominantly about luxury travel and well-being. With a keen eye for finding hidden gems, exploring new destinations, and tasting best-of-the-best cuisines, she continues to pursue her love for writing about travel and visiting remote lands. You can find her by the pool with a good book and a mojito in hand.