The Best Boutique and Heritage Hotels in Goa
The beautiful beaches, nature and laidback lifestyle of Goa make it a perennially popular destination for both international and domestic tourists. One thing that sets Goa apart from the rest of India is the rich, colourful Portuguese heritage and one way to experience a piece of Goa’s history is by staying in one of the atmospheric heritage hotels in Goa.
The Portuguese colonised Goa in 1510 and ruled for more than 450 years which left a distinctive mark on the culture, food, religion and architecture of the state. Visiting the UNESCO listed churches of Old Goa, the Goa Chitra museum in Benaulim, and the colourful, Portuguese architecture in places like the Fontainhas district of Panjim .
If you love heritage architecture then don’t miss the grand colonial mansions like the Braganza House in Chandor, Casa Araujo Alvares in Loutolim and Palacio do Deao in Quepem in rural South Goa give you an interesting taste of Goa’s Portuguese history. (This private day tour takes you to see the highlights of Ancestral Goa including Braganza Mansion, Palacio de Deo and the Goa Chitra Museum. See here for more info.)
But why stop there when you can stay in one of the heritage hotels in Goa and really immerse yourself in Goa’s colourful past. Some of the most magnificent palatial Portuguese mansions in Goa have been refurbished to their original glory and turned into wonderful boutique and heritage hotels.
There are also many gorgeous boutique hotels that offer a unique and memorable stay. If you haven’t already decided on the best beach and area for you then check out my guide to the best Goa beaches first.
The best part is that not all of the heritage hotels in Goa are outrageously expensive. You don’t have to break the bank to relax in one of these fantastic Goa hotels. Prices vary alot depending on the season so I’ve added links the booking sites so you can check out the prices for your dates.
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For a stay with a difference, how about checking out one of these fabulous boutique and heritage hotels in Goa.
Best Boutique and Heritage Hotels in North Goa
North Goa is the best base for those who want to be close to all the action, parties, markets, restaurants and most popular beaches. North Goa can get quite crowded in peak season but most of these boutique and heritage hotels are tucked away in the countryside meaning you are within easy reach of everything Goa has to offer whilst being able to escape to your heritage hotel and get a feel for what Goa was like in the old days.
A charming restored country house located in the serene village of Naga, Presa di Goa is far enough away from the beach to enjoy Goa’s serenity, but close enough to the beaches of Calangute so you can also enjoy the beach life it’s so famous for.
This 4-star colonial-style hotel is one of the best heritage hotels in Goa as it reflects what life in Goa used to be like, allowing you to feel the history of Goa. Rooms are beautifully decorated and have large windows to let in the natural breeze. There’s also a pool and a restaurant onsite. See here for reviews, photos and to make a booking.
A stunning, family run boutique resort that features 7 Goan style character cottages set in luscious gardens, complete with large wooden verandas and heritage furniture. The villas are located on a hill with panoramic views from the infinity pool.
There is also an onsite restaurant and the location is great – the resort is secluded yet within easy reach of Candolim beach and all the action in North Goa. Click here to check out the reviews, prices and to book.
The Nilaya Hermitage is one of the best boutique hotels in Goa. Staying here is truly something magical thanks to its unique architecture and luxury tents. Staying in a lavish tent is really something unforgettable, but if you’d prefer to have solid walls around you, then opt to sleep in one of the 11 uniquely designed rooms.
It’s located in Arpora, away from the crowds but within a stones throw of the beaches, parties and famous Saturday night market. There is also an Ayurveda spa, swimming pool, tennis courts and fitness center and even yoga classes. Check reviews and book here.
This 350 year hotel is one of the most magnificent heritage hotels in Goa. It’s an award winning hotel that was a finalist for the 2001 UNESCO Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation, taking you back to the days of true Goan village life.
It’s situated in the village of Siolim which is in easy reach of both the popular beaches around Calangute area and the quieter ones in the far North of Goa. The hotel’s 9 rooms are all unique, though they all feature antique furniture, four-poster bed and large windows. Check here for reviews, more photos or to book a room.
Coco Shamblaya is a chic villa resort set in the jungle amongst tropical gardens just a few minutes’ walk to the beach and close to the popular beaches of Candolim and Calangute. It’s a uniquely designed resort that is one of the very best boutique hotels in Goa and was even recognised as one of ‘The 25 Best Beach Villas in the World’ by Conde Naste Traveller.
If this doesn’t tempt you, maybe staying in one of its 4 private villas will, each of which has its very own private plunge pool, kitchen, and car and driver! There are not many better places to stay in Goa than this! You can read reviews and make a booking here.
This boutique, heritage hotel in Anjuna is like an old Goan heritage home. You will be made to feel as if you’re part of the family, free to roam around the stunning, well-manicured gardens. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool, and cosy seating areas all over the gardens.
Rooms are romantic to match the feel of the rest of the property, complete with a four poster beds, antique furniture, a lovely private terrace and beautiful views. Check reviews, prices and make bookings here.
Casa Vagator is a boutique hotel with fabulous views over the beach thanks to it’s location set on the cliffs of Ozran Beach, Vagator within easy reach of the beach and famous restaurants like Thalassa and some of Goa’s most popular party places like 9 Bar and Hilltop.
The rooms here are spacious, modern, comfortable and well equipped and there are 2 swimming pools and a restaurant deck with amazing sunset views. See reviews, prices and make a booking here.
This 100+ year old Portuguese mansion has been converted into a magnificent boutique, heritage hotel just 3 kms from Calangute Beach. It oozes history and charm that is mixed with contemporary Indian décor and quirky details.
Furniture dates back around 300 years, though amenities are modern. Rooms overlook the pool or the lovey gardens. There’s also a delicious restaurant, a tranquil spa and numerous lounges and spaces to chill out in. Check here for reviews and photos, or to make a booking.
This historic fort with it’s own cute Portuguese church is located at the very edge of North Goa. It’s recently been converted into a secluded heritage hotel that sits of top of the mouth of the Tiracol River and has amazing views over the beaches and river. There is even an traditional whitewashed Portuguese church inside the fort.
If you want to get away from the noise and crowds of Goa whilst immersing yourself in Goa’s history then this is the place to stay. This is one of the best heritage hotels in Goa but there are only 2 suites and 5 rooms, all of which have private balconies that boast amazing views, so book well ahead. There is also a good restaurant and bar with great views. See photos, check reviews and book here.
This 200 year old Portuguese mansion on the very outskirts of Anjuna has lovely, clean, cosy character cottages set around a nice swimming pool in shady tropical gardens. The place feels more like a beautiful old Goan village than a hotel.
Rooms are comfortable and simple but some have lovely outdoor bathrooms. The hospitality and food were also good and its away from the noise and crowds of Anjuna whilst still being within easy reach. Check here for prices, photos, reviews and bookings. Also check out Palacete Rodrigues, Anjuna a quirky Portuguese mansion with a pool and individually themed rooms stuffed with antiques.
This small beach resort is one of Goa’s best kept secrets. There are just a couple of private beachfront houses and luxury tents that will allow you to admire views of the sea or Otter Creek. The best part about this resort is it’s secluded location – you almost feel like you have one of North Goa’s most stunning beaches to yourself! Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor
Divar is a riverine island, not far from Panjim, that offers an amazing, atmospheric escape back to the Goa of old. Divar Island Retreat, also know as Island House, is an enchanting historic getaway located on Divar Island in a period Indo-Portuguese house that highlights the old Goan way of life.
This heritage hotel has cosy rooms and a lovely poolside restaurant that serves local Goan and international dishes, with different menu being offered each day. Make a booking and check reviews here.
Boutique and Heritage Hotels in Panjim
Goa’s pleasant and colourful capital city, Panjim (Panaji) is located in the middle of the state so makes a great base for exploring all of Goa. It’s also close to the UNESCO listed churches of Old Goa and there’s also lots of heritage architecture to see in the city, especially in the colourful old Portuguese district of Fontainhas
Panjim Inn was one of the first mansions to be built in the area and has since been renovated and restored. It’s an affordable heritage hotel with 24 spacious rooms that have period furniture mixed with modern amenities.
There is also fine art and collectables displayed all over the property. The hotel is located in the heart of Latin Quarter of Fontainhas. See here for reviews, more photos, prices and to book.
This cosy heritage guest house is located in Fontainhas – the latin quarter of Panjim. Rooms are classic and simple in keeping with the heritage style but have modern amenities like air conditioning, fridge, TV and wifi.
The rooms also have large doors opening up onto a small terrace balcony and the staff are great. The hospitality here makes you feel like home. See reviews, prices and book here.
Also in the Latin quarter of Panjim, this heritage hotel mixes traditional charm with modern luxury to create a truly personal experience. All 8 rooms are chic and comfortable, featuring restored furniture, magnificent works of art and modern technology.
There’s a delicious European Fusion restaurant onsite that is great if you’re craving something different from Indian food. Check reviews and book a room here.
Boutique and Heritage Hotels in South Goa
Uncrowded South Goa is home to the best beaches in Goa and lovers of history and heritage architecture won’t want to miss the grand mansions around Loutolim, Quepem and Chandor.
Casa Susegad is a restored Indo-Portuguese mansion that is over 100 years old and situated in Loutolim, a small village in rural South Goa, home to many magnificent colonial mansions and surrounded by nature. This homely, laidback and secluded hotel has just 5 rooms, all of which overlook the terraces and the swimming pool.
There’s an intimate restaurant that serves succulent Goan cuisine that is paired with Indian wine. Susegad is derived from the Portuguese word ‘sossegado’ which means quiet, relaxed and laid-back attitude towards life. This lovely heritage hotel is far from the madding crowd, making it fantastic if you want to get away from it all, but not the place to be if you want to enjoy Goa’s parties and liveliness. Read reviews and make a booking here.
This boutique hotel is set in a restored Portuguese villa in the South Goa town of Chaudi with the stunning Sahyadri hills as a backdrop. The 100 year old mud-house has a distinctive Portuguese style, complete with a sloping roof, large balconies and large ornamental windows.
It’s more of a homestay than a hotel, with each of the 4 rooms having a different décor. Book a room, read reviews and see photos here.
This 100 year old Portuguese Mansion features 7 beautifully decorated rooms, each of which has its own theme. Madras has an outdoor bathroom, Alipore features a window seat and Ooty has its very own private entrance from the courtyard.
There’s a swimming pool with private sun bathing areas onsite, and Majorda Beach is just a 15 minute walk away. You can even book the whole house. Read the Telegraph’s review and check prices and book here. You can also book this place on Air BnB and can get $25 free credit by clicking this link.
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