Goa is the perfect luxury destination for people travelling to or within India. Gone are the days when it was known as just a backpacker’s hub as now, this beach paradise has a slew of first-class hotels and resorts that will make visitors want to slumber away their vacation in style. So, for those willing to splurge, here is a guide to the best luxury hotels in Goa.
Taj Exotica is all about luxury, grandeur and style. Located in Benaulim, South Goa, Taj Exotica is a stunning high-end property with old-world architecture, beamed wooden ceilings, polished marble floorings, flower-lined patios, lush gardens and fantastic views. Beyond the luxurious setting and spectacular views of the Arabian Sea, it also features plush and fully-equipped rooms and suites, a beautifully designed pool, multi-cuisine restaurants, a luxurious spa and fitness center, and water sports facilities. Best of all, this hotel offers unparalleled service.
The Leela Goa, Cavelossim | Courtesy of the Bougain Villa
The Leela Goa upholds the brand’s reputation for opulence and service. Standing impressively in close proximity to Mobor beach, the Leela Goa is a peaceful and sheer opulent retreat. The hotel boasts well-appointed and comfortable rooms and suites with great views of the lagoons, a 12-hole golf course, a 24-hour casino, a spa, a tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool, lush green gardens, lagoons, a private beach and water sports. Fine dining facilities gratify your taste buds as you savour the local and international cuisine. Overall, the Leela Goa is one of the finest hotels in Goa.
There’s a word for sheer luxury, and that is Vivanta by Taj-Fort Aguaga. Located in close proximity to Aguada Fort and Candolim Beach, the Vivanta by Taj-Fort Aguada exudes grandeur and elegance. A long-time favourite among royalty, celebrities and other high-end tourists, this hotel focuses on service and hospitality. Gorgeously designed rooms and villas with a blend of Portuguese and Goan architectural designs offer unique views of the garden, sea, sand and sun, thus making it a perfect luxury hotel for families as well as honeymoon travellers. Fine dining restaurants, bars, infinity pool, a spa, a fitness center and a children’s activity area round out the amenities.
Settled on the Varca beach, the Zuri White Sands, Goa Resort & Casino dazzles tourists with its location, luxury, meandering pool, charming views of the sea from the posh rooms, sumptuous spa treatments and world-class hospitality. The six on-site fine dining establishments serve gourmet food. As you retire into suites and rooms, you breathe in the luxurious air as the rooms feature private balconies overlooking the lush gardens and pool, well-stocked mini-bar, flat-screen television and other modern amenities. As you’d expect from a hotel of this stature, the service is excellent.
Situated in the heart of Goa near the Miramar beach, the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa offers ultimate rejuvenation and luxury. Rooms overlooking the bay and the garden will tempt visitors to open the blinds and take in the views. Take a dip in pool, pump some iron at the gym, a spa treatment to unwind and enjoy with a drink poolside. And if you make it out of the hotel, there is a plethora of sightseeing options. Whether checking in for a day or longer, you’ll be swept away by the hospitality and service. The perfect location, magnificent views, modern amenities and amiable staff make it impossible to do anything else than enjoy. What more can a tourist want, other than enjoyment and comfort!
Set in the midst of paddy fields, the Alila Diwa is a perennial favourite among high-end travellers. Guests will be overwhelmed by the sheer elegance of this hotel. Everything is lavish from the moment you enter the hotel – traditional Goan architecture, serene courtyards, steep-pitched roofs, scenic surroundings, pleasant verandahs and perfectly designed rooms with lavish interiors. To ease the weary, there is an open-air Jacuzzi and infinity pool. The hotel’s detox detour programme will get all the kinks out with its wide range of body treatments. Comfort and luxury await you in the Alila Diwa.
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Grand Hyatt sets the tone for luxury in Bambolim, North Goa. The hotel offers a taste of extravagance with magnificently designed rooms and suites overlooking the Bambolim Bay. Indo-Portuguese architecture, warm hospitality, grand views of the waterfront and class-of-the-art amenities makes this establishment a pleasant retreat.
There’s much to love about the Park Hyatt Resort and Spa, which epitomizes luxury and residential comfort. This property is a tasteful blend of Indo-Portuguese styles and features luxurious facilities. It has Pousada-style rooms and suites offering splendid views of the beach, the poolside lagoons and the sea. Get pampered at the spa and then feast on the delicious cuisines from around the world at the fine dining restaurants in the hotel.
Settled along Mobor Beach, the Holiday Inn Resort Goa offers complete relaxation and a luxury holiday experience with captivating views of the sea and the beach, the elegant decor, state-of-the-art facilities, and mouth-watering gastronomical fare. Set aside any worries and chill out in the outdoor pool or private Jacuzzi, relax your nerves at the spa, enjoy a romantic dinner with loved ones at the beach-side fine dining restaurant, and drink in the spectacular view of the Goan sunset from your private balcony.