The sandy beaches, sea breezes, hippie vibe, adventure activities, throbbing nightlife and lush nature will tempt you to never leave Goa. To add further magnetism to the Goan holiday experience, many boutique hotels boast Portuguese colonial architecture and chic modern facilities. So, if you want to make your stay in India’s smallest state unique and personal, here’s our list of the best boutique hotels in Goa, suited to all pocket sizes.
Be transported back to the Portuguese colonial days at Siolim House, which was once the home of the Governor of Macau. Nominated for a UNESCO Heritage Prize, Siolim House has seven rooms, which are all a perfect blend of Goan and Portuguese architecture. This property offers serene surroundings, lush greenery, deluxe amenities and impeccable service. For a taste of popular Goan cuisine, head to the dining area in the central courtyard. They also offer yoga, massages and Ayurvedic treatments.
Shanti Morada means “peace home”. With sedate setting and lush greenery all around, Shanti Morada offers a perfect leisure retreat. A perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional hospitality awaits guests in 20 luxury rooms full of art and antiques, and named after spices, flowers, rivers and Indian cinema. This is one of the best boutique hotels in Goa, and is definitely a home away from home.
In the heart of Anjuna, the Tamarind Hotel offers an all-round great experience, with the best restaurant, cafe and bar right on your doorstep. Plus, there are 26 beautifully-designed airy rooms to choose from, as well as a library. The beautiful azure pool surrounded by palm trees is very refreshing, and the creative and chic interiors add to the ambience. Its lounge bar with an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme and the onsite Cotinga Cafe are also both popular.
A boutique hotel overlooking the beach, The Park is a classy seafront boutique hotel comprising 30 modern rooms and suites. They’re decorated in lively and refreshing white and purple hues. It’s a stone’s throw from Calangute and Candolim beaches, near popular sightseeing places, and comes with spectacular sunset and ocean views. There are also deluxe amenities, stellar service, an open-air lounge, in-house restaurant, beach access and poolside cabanas… you may be tempted never to leave the property!
History comes alive in this 19th century property. Nestled in the historic Fontainhas Latin Quarter of Goa’s capital, the Panjim Inn is a cherished heritage boutique hotel. It has 37 rooms full of period furniture and antique four-poster beds. The in-house restaurant, The Verandah Restaurant, offers the finest and freshest local cuisine. Add modern comforts and warm hospitality, and your stay will be unforgettable.
Tucked away from the bustling streets and surrounded by lush greenery and sea, the Fort Heritage Hotel offers five double rooms and two suites filled with Portuguese touches and modern amenities. There is much to discover at the heritage property: enjoy the spectacular views of the sea from your room’s balcony, or head to its terrace restaurant overlooking the River Tirakol. There, you can relax under an umbrella, munch on Portuguese fare and sample the finest wine. You’ll definitely feel like you are in paradise.
Bask in the beauty of nature while still enjoying modern amenities and comfort at this Spanish-Portuguese style boutique hotel. The Casa Severina comes with 17 suites and two rooms embellished with antique furnishings. Enjoy beautiful views of Calangute beach from the balcony, go on a nature walk in the landscaped and fountained gardens, lounge by the pool, or de-stress with a spa treatment. There’s also a delicious free breakfast to enjoy on the furnished patio. Attractions like Candolim Beach, Mapusa Market, Fort Aguada and several nightclubs are close to the hotel. You couldn’t ask for a better location for your Goan holiday.
The Casa Vagator is a grand and luxurious place. There are 20 rooms, five luxury suites and an exclusive penthouse with a magnificent view of Vagator beach from its cliff-side location. This is one of the best luxury boutique hotels in Goa. Indulge in a massage, go for a swim, and indulge in the finest European, Asian and Goan cuisine, paired with delicious cocktails. If you’re looking for a blissful stay, this is the place for you.
Set where the Sal River meets the Arabian Sea, the Mayfair is comprised of 30 elegant rooms and suites. It’s a great place for romantic seclusion as it’s very peaceful. The Portuguese architecture is beautiful, and the on-site restaurant serves delicious Goan cuisine. Recline by the palm-fringed pool with a book from the well-stocked library, and enjoy a spa treatment too.