The Ultimate List of The Best Places to Stay in Goa
One of the best things about Goa is it’s diversity and the way it appeals to all kinds of travellers and tourists but that also means it can be hard to decide where to go and where to stay in Goa. I’ve been living in Goa for 4 seasons now and often get asked to recommend the best places to stay in Goa so I thought I’d put it all into one handy post. So read on as I’ll list the best places to stay in Goa for each beach area and for all budgets.
Goa has over 101km of tropical beaches and each beach and area of Goa has a different vibe and attracts a different type of travellers. Check out my post here to find the best beach in Goa for you.
There’s a place to stay in Goa to suit all budgets and types of travellers. From luxurious, glamorous resorts to basic beach huts, sociable and fun backpacker hostels, modern family friendly hotels, yoga retreats, Portuguese mansions and heritage hotels.
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Where to Stay in Goa: North Goa or South Goa?
The first thing you’ll have to decide is which area of Goa you want to base yourself. Generally speaking South Goa is quieter and less developed whereas North Goa is where the parties, markets and all the action is.
Luxury travellers and people who want to relax and get away from it all usually head to the better, cleaner and quieter beaches of South Goa (it’s where most of the luxury resorts are but there are still some budget options. I’ll go into more detail later in the post. )
North Goa is busier and more popular as it is where the best nightlife, markets, restaurants and entertainment are. There is a huge range of accommodation and dining out options to suit all budgets in North Goa.
Map of Goa
Best Beaches in North Goa
Baga and Calangute are the most popular and most busy places to stay in Goa with a huge array of nightlife, hotels, restaurants and close to the famous Saturday night market. Candolim and Sinquerim further on also have a lot to offer but are more upmarket.
Anjuna, Vagator and Arambol appeal mostly to backpackers and hippies. Anjuna is home to the famous Wednesday flea market and psytrance parties. Arambol is home to lots of yoga and alternative therapies and has a hippy sunset market and drum circles on the beach every night (in season). Morjim, Mandrem and Ashvem are the widest, quietest beaches in North Goa.
Panjim (Panaji) is Goa’s pleasant, Portuguese influenced capital, located in the middle of the Goa. You won’t want to stay here for the beaches but you could spend a few days exploring the old Portuguese quarter, enjoying the floating and as a base for exploring Old Goa and the temples, spice plantations, wildlife sanctuaries and waterfalls of Central Goa. See here for more about the alternative things to do in Goa beyond the parties and beaches.
Best Beaches in South Goa
South Goa is home to Goa’s most pristine, almost empty beaches. The stretch from Arrosim to Cavelossim is mainly luxury resorts but Colva and Benalim are busier and have more budget friendly options.
Further South, Palolem is arguably the most beautiful beach in Goa with lots of colourful, basic beach huts. Nearby Patem and Agonda are quiet beaches good for budget travellers.
To make it easier for you to choose which beach to stay at in Goa I did a run down of the best beaches to suit backpackers, families, luxury travellers, those wanting to party, practise yoga or just get away from it all. Check out the post first if you haven’t seen it yet – it might help you decide which is the best beach in Goa for you.
The Best Places to Stay in Goa – for all budgets
So now you’ve got a better idea of where to stay in Goa, here are all my accommodation recommendations of the best places to stay in Goa.
Prices vary considerably depending on season so I haven’t listed prices but have links to Booking.com so you can check the most up to date prices for your dates for yourself.
I’ve split it up into area and price range – budget (under 2,000 Rupees about £22/ $30) midrange (2,000 – 7,000 Rupees ) and luxury ( + 7,000 Rupees about £80 / $105 ) so there’s something that will suit everyone!
(Be aware that in India, budget rooms will normally have hard mattresses and its unlikely that there will be hot water or decent wifi so if this is important to you then you might want to opt for a mid range room.)
If you’re on a tight budget you can find very basic, cheap accommodation from about 500 Rupees but most of these are not available to book online yet – you’d have to show up and wander around to find them. It’s not a good idea to do this in peak season (especially around Christmas and New Years) when prices rise and almost everywhere is full.
If you’re on a budget and looking to meet other travellers check in to one of the best backpacker hostels in Goa.
If you’re planning to stay for a long time then check into a hotel for the first few days and then explore the area look for the ‘house to rent’ signs. More here on the cost of living in Goa and how to rent a house in Goa.
I’ve included links to Trip Advisor too so you can check out the reviews for yourself and to Booking.com, Agoda or the hotels website if you want to book.
I’ve included links where you can reserve the room and pay once you arrive. If you do choose to book, I also earn a small affiliate commission which helps me to keep me in fish curry and keep this site going at no extra cost to you. So thanks! 🙂
Best Places to Stay in North Goa
Best Places to Stay in Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Sinquerim.
The beaches of Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Sinquerim are the most famous and busiest beaches in Goa. Calangute is known as ‘the Queen of beaches’ as the beaches are wide, golden and sandy with plenty of beach shacks and sunbeds, the water is good for swimming and there are many watersports to enjoy.
The resorts merge into each other and offer the best choice in everything (apart from quiet!) including the largest variety and choice of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, beach shacks and fancy restaurants serving food from all over the globe, live music bars and nightclubs (famous Titos Lane is located in Baga) and its close to the lively Saturday Night market in Arpora.
These beaches are popular with package holiday tourists (Indian and international) Candolim and Sinquerim are more upmarket and less crowded with more higher class hotels, resorts, restaurants and shops than Baga and Calangute.
Hostels and Budget Hotels in Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Sinquerim
This spacious and popular backpacker hostel is located only 100 meters ( 2 mins) from Candolim Beach and close to all the action on the Calangute/Candolim main road. It has good facilities and nice common areas perfect for socialising and meeting other travellers. Check reviews and click here for prices and to book.
Zostel is India’s first chain of modern backpacker hostels. The Calangute hostel is located in a Portuguese heritage home which has been converted into stylish, spacious and sociable hostel in the heart of all the action in Calangute. Check the reviews here and Click here for prices and to book.
Hotel Bonanza is a popular budget guesthouse just 2 mins walk from Baga Beach and 200 yards from the nightlife on famous Tito’s Lane. The hotel has 2 restaurants and a bar, staff are helpful and friendly and the rooms are nicely furnished. Check out the reviews and Click here for prices and to book.
Le Blanche is a homely guest house run by a lovely, helpful family. Rooms aren’t fancy but are clean and bright with attached bathrooms, fridge, TV and a nice terrace to sit out on. It’s situated in a peaceful, green area just a short walk to the main road and beach. The best part is the warm welcome and hospitality from the owners. Check out the reviews and check prices and book here.
Casa Almedia is a great value for money guest house conveniently located near to everything on Candolim Beach Road. There is a small swimming pool and rooms are basic but clean and well equipped with attached bathrooms, balconies, TV, Air Con, Wifi etc. Check out the reviews and Click here for prices and to book.
Midrange Hotels in Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Sinquerim:
Baga doesn’t have many beach hut options so if you are looking for that Goa beach hut experience in the heart of the all the action then check out the cute, wooden bungalows at Little India Beach Cottages 1 min walk from Baga beach. Rooms have ensuite bathrooms, spacious balconies and you can chose between cheaper fan rooms or go for the AC. Check reviews and check prices and book here.
This stylish hotel is situated right on the beach front in the middle of Calangute. It’s quite but still really close to all the action. Rooms are spacious and modern with balconies that face out over the gardens to the sea. Check out the glowing reviews and Click here to book.
Cavala is a great mid range stay in Baga. It’s a Portuguese building so there’s plenty of charm and character and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. There is an onsite restaurant, popular live music nights on Fridays and a nice swimming pool. It’s located in North Baga which is slightly quieter but it’s only a 5 minute walk to Baga beach, Tito’s Lane etc. Check out the reviews and Click here to check prices and to book.
Lovely Portuguese villa with individually themed rooms, antique furniture, a peaceful, tropical gardens and a good restaurant situated just off the Fort Aguada road. Check reviews here and book on their website here. Also check out homely Bougainvillea Guest House in Candolim
This stylish 4 star resort in Calangute has a swimming pool, 3 dining options and a private walk way to the beach, a swimming pool and 3 dining options. The décor is fun and quirky – where else can you sip a drink at the bar while sitting on a saddle! The rooms are funky, modern and well appointed – go for the cute swiss cottages if you can. Check the reviews and Click here for prices and to book.
Also check out Eros Boutique Hotel in Baga and if you are looking for a holiday resort style hotel see Keys Ronil Resort in Baga, Treebo Santiago Beach Resort in Calangute and Sonesta Inns Resort in Candolim.
Luxury Hotels in Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Sinquerim:
The best luxury hotels in North Goa are The Vivanta by Taj and Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village which are situated next to each other on the Southern end of Candolim beach by Fort Aguada. Both resorts are luxurious, have great sunset views over Candolim beach and are within easy reach of all the parties, markets, restaurants and attractions of North Goa making it the best place to enjoy a luxury stay as well as all the action. The Vivanta by Taj is classy and classic and the Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village next door is slightly more laidback with cute, colourful cottages spread across the tropical gardens. I prefer the atmosphere of this one actually. Check out the reviews and check prices and book.
The Park is a hip boutique luxury hotel situated on the beach right in the centre of all the Calangute action. Rooms are decorated in an all white, ultra contemporary style with designer furniture. There’s a nice outdoor swimming pool with cute cabana day beds to laze in, a spa, cool artwork and there’s also the ‘Love’ restaurant and the lively ‘Peace’ bar. Check reviews and book here
A gorgeous, family run boutique resort of 7 Goan style character cottages situated in luscious gardens, complete with large wooden verandas and heritage furniture. The villas are located on a hill with panoramic views from the amazing infinity pool. There is also an onsite restaurant. The resort is secluded yet within easy reach of Candolim beach and all the action in North Goa. Check reviews and see here for prices and to book.
Lemon Tree is a colourful and uniquely styled boutique hotel with a modern and also slightly medieval theme in the heart of Candolim. The resort has several restaurants and cafes, including the award winning Republic of Noodles, a spa and a nice swimming pool in leafy grounds. Check reviews and click here to check prices and to book.
Best Places to Stay in Anjuna and Vagator
Anjuna and Vagator became popular back in the days of the hippie trail and still attract backpackers, budget travellers and hippies today. Anjuna is famous for its Wednesday flea market and all night trance parties. Vagator’s beaches are surrounded by rocky, charismatic red cliffs, look out for the Shiva face carved in a rock by a hippy and climb up to Chapora Fort for sunset.
There’s a lot of backpacker hostels and basic guesthouses in Anjuna and Vagator but not much beach front or luxury accommodation here (it would be too noisy to stay on the beach close to the parties anyway) Both these villages are quite spread out and you’ll need to drive a scooter or motorbike to get the most out of your stay.
Hostels and Budget Hotels in Anjuna and Vagator
Red Door hostel is located right in the center of Anjuna within easy reach of all the attractions of Anjuna. The hostel has dorm rooms and a communal kitchen and lounge but the best part is the a spacious garden and bar area and friendly staff. It’s a good place to meet new people with a balance between being a party hostel and a laid back sociable traveller scene. Book here.
Wonderland Hostel has an amazing location in between the beach, the flea market and the parties.The dorms are located in cute beach huts and there is plenty of outside spaces and hammocks to chill in and to meet other travellers and a community kitchen. Private rooms are also available. Check reviews and book here.
This colourful, funky and sociable hostel is located on the cliffs within walking distance to the beach and nightlife of Vagator. The hostel has cool pictures and murals, a nice sociable garden area with a bar which means it is easy to make friends with other travellers as well as comfy dorms and communal areas including a kitchen area. It’s become quite a party hostel. Check out the reviews and book here.
There are not many budget beach front rooms in Anjuna. Tantra is a unique place right on the beach near the flea market that offers rustic treehouses and beach shacks and a restaurant. Rooms are super basic and bathrooms are outside and shared but it’s a fun experience. If you don’t want to stay it’s a cool place to hang out on the beach anyway. Check out the reviews and book here. If you prefer to sleep in a proper room but still want a budget room on the beach check out Sea Princess Guest House nearby.
This cute collection of rooms in a Portuguese house set around nice gardens. It’s located in a right in the middle of Anjuna near Starco Junction but its still a peaceful spot. Rooms are clean, bright and colourful and tastefully decorated, security is good and the owners are helpful. Check out the reviews and book here
Blue Bird is a family run guest house and popular restaurant in leafy surroundings located within walking distance to Vagator beach. Rooms are spacious and clean and have attached bathrooms and AC. The hosts are really helpful and don’t miss trying the homemade local Goan food in the restaurant. Check out the reviews and see their website for contact details.
Mid Range Hotels in Anjuna and Vagator
This 200 year old Portuguese mansion on the very outskirts of Anjuna has lovely, clean, cosy character cottages in shady tropical gardens around a nice swimming pool. The place feels more like a beautiful old Goan village than a hotel and I loved the outdoor bathrooms. The hospitality and food were also good. It’s quite far from the beach though so you’ll need a scooter to get around. Check reviews and book here.
Also check out Palacete Rodrigues, Anjuna a quirky Portuguese mansion with a pool and individually themed rooms stuffed with antiques. Laguna Anjuna is another unique resort with a large pool, shady gardens and really spacious, quirky, individually designed rooms but it could do with a little renovation.
The Living Room is a really popular, stylish modern hotel. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated and have big balconies overlooking the swimming pool and theres a bar, 2 dining options, gym and games room. Its about 15 mins walk from the beach or just a couple of mins on a scooter. Check out the reviews and book online.
Cochinos is a cute little boutique resort located in the middle of Vagator within walking distance to the beach. They have cute modern, but still Portuguese style, cottages with cute Goan style sit outs on the balconies set in landscaped gardens. There’s also a nice swimming pool with a swim up bar and a restaurant. My friend Sonal from Drifter Planet blog stayed here – check out her review of Cochinos and book here.
The Tamarind is one of the best hotels in Anjuna. It’s a Portuguese stone built property of classy boutique style rooms with patios around a courtyard and swimming pool. Theres also a bar, games room and the restaurant here is also really popular, especially for the deserts, and they often have live music on Wednesdays. Again, it’s a little further out so you’ll need to hire a scooter to make the most of it. Check out the reviews and book online.
Luxury Hotels in Anjuna and Vagator
There’s not that many luxury hotels in Anjuna and Vagator but if luxury is what you want look no further than the new W Goa. This huge, modern, ultra hip 5 star resort is perched right on the quiet end of Vagator beach under Chapora Fort with amazing views – especially at sunset over the beach from one of the pools. The whole resort is really stylishly designed and makes a statement. Rooms are very plush and modern, theres a spa, sauna, bars, restaurants, swimming pools, landscaped tropical gardens, an indoor play area, yoga classes, shops and much more – the place is huge! Simply stunning. Check out the reviews for yourself and book online.
There’s just a few of these cute barefoot luxury wooden chalets hidden in the jungle on the cliffs of Ozran beach. The patios and big floor to celing windows make the most of the amazing sea views. Theres only a few huts and each is on its own level with a private cubana/day bed facing the ocean so it’s a perfect place for couples. There’s a great restaurant on site and its walking distance to the top restaurants and nightclubs in Vagator. Check out the reviews and book online.
Best Places to Stay in Morjim, Ashvem and Mandrem
Heading further North in Goa the beaches of Morjim, Ashwem and Mandrem offer chilled out stretches of long, quiet beaches popular with the yoga crowd, long staying Russians and those who want a bit of a break from the other busier beaches. This areas is home to some of the best places to stay in Goa and as these beaches become ever more fashionable every year there are more swish resorts now but there’s still some cheaper options to be found.
Hostels and Budget Hotels in Morjim, Ashvem and Mandrem
The only backpacker hostel in Goa with a swimming pool! If you want to experience the chilled out vibe of this area of North Goa and meet like minded people then Wanderers Hostel in Morjim is the place to be. Choose from cute tents or dorms clustered around the pool and many games and social activities to break the ice. Click here for prices and to book
These affordable beach huts are located just across the road 50 meters from Morjim beach. You can choose from a fan or air-conditioned hut, or pay a bit less to stay in a room and Xaiver’s Café is a popular beach shack that serves decent food. Click here for prices and to book
Ashvem Beach Inn offers great value for money. All rooms here are air-conditioned, which is great after spending a hot day roaming around Morjim and Ashvem Beach. This inn is just 550 metres from the beach and close to numerous amenities. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a spa, and there’s even a separate pool for the kids! Click here for prices and to book
A charming resort that sits right on the beach! Choose between a cute beachfront bamboo bungalow or room with a garden view, all of which have a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. It’s a family favourite, complete with a playground and family rooms that can sleep up to 6. Click here for prices and to book If it’s full also check out Vailankanni Cottages.
Morjim Queen features brightly painted seaside bungalows with a balcony to enjoy watching and listening to the waves. There is an onsite restaurant and you can also hire bicycles. There are also family rooms that can sleep up to 3. Click here for prices and to book
Mid Range Hotels in Morjim, Ashvem and Mandrem
Rock Water Resort is a great option on Morjim Beach. There are only 9 beach huts here, some of which offer views of the sea or of the gardens. Some have AC and some are just fan rooms. There’s a bar and restaurant onsite, as well as BBQ facilities. Rock Water hosts popular parties every Sunday in season time. Click here for prices and to book
Riva Beach Resort is one of the most popular resorts in the area. It’s located on quiet Mandrem Beach and has a gorgeous swimming pool with magnificent views of the beach, a friendly restaurant and a relaxing spa. You can do yoga in the morning, cross the cute wooden bridge over the creek to get to the beach in the afternoon and end the day off with a therapeutic massage. They also host popular pool parties here on Sundays in season. Click here for prices and to book
With cottages, cabins, huts and suites, this ‘village’ offers something for everyone. Choose one of the Tamil Nadu style huts if you want to save money. If you want to have some added comforts, opt for a cosy cottage. The entire resort reflects prana, or life-force, from its cool eco style huts, healthy restaurant to its daily yoga classes. You can also hire equipment and take lessons in surfing, wakeboarding, kiting and SUP here. Click here for prices and to book
Beach Street Resort has cute bamboo huts and chalets that are set right along the beach. All accommodations have a private ensuite bathroom and a balcony to enjoy the sea views. There is also a nice swimming pool and restaurant, you can also do yoga, get a massage or just relax with a good book in the garden. Click here for prices and to book
Mandala is a bohemian oasis with its beautiful, individually themed rooms, yoga classes, detox programs and juice bar. Stay in a suite, a room in the ‘Art House’, a spacious two-level villa or in the ‘Garden House’. Or choose one of the 7 traditional woven bamboo rooms, which are great for solo travellers and couples on a budget. Click here for prices and to book
Another one of my favourites on the beach in Mandrem. These ethnic bamboo huts sit on the beach amongst swaying coconut trees and have private toilet and shower. There’s also an open-air restaurant with a fantastic a la carte menu and yoga platforms where you can do your daily practice. Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor or book on their website.
This stylish 3 star resort sits right on the North of Ashvem Beach. The rooms are modern and sophisticated and have balconies, some of which face the sea and others overlooking the lovely gardens. You can take free yoga classes in the gardens overlooking the ocean, sip a cocktail at the sunset lounge and bar, where on happy hour its buy one get one free, or try the beach BBQ. It’s also home to Goa’s first beer room concept, where you get an unlimited amount of pints throughout your stay. The only downside is there’s no pool but with the beach so close you probably won’t miss it. Click here for prices and to book
Luxury Hotels in Morjim, Ashvem and Mandrem
Sur la Mer is a luxury resort with lavish rooms with wide balconies and verandas clustered around a nice courtyard swimming pool area close to Morjim Beach. You can choose between a Royal or a Deluxe Room, all are lavishly decorated with added comforts like Egyptian cotton linens, air conditioning and LCD TV and a spa and sauna. Plus, the owner happens to be a chef that cooks up world-class European and Asian inspired dishes. Click here for prices and to book
Marbella is one of the hippest resorts in North Goa. It’s a magnificent, stylish, modern beach front resort with luxury tents and Spanish villas that are all uniquely styled and overlook the amazing gardens and the sea. All have an open outdoor shower, a private terrace and satellite TV. There’s also a restaurant, chic beachfront bar and the resort hosts some of the most fashionable parties in Goa. Click here for prices and to book
Anahata is what you think of when you think of a luxury retreat on a Goa beach, complete with coconut trees and lush tropical gardens. Its spacious palm-thatched mango wood cabins have comfy beds, fluffy down pillows, cosy bathrobes and rain shower. There’s yoga classes, meditation classes and cooking classes, as well as a tranquil spa. Click here for prices and to book
The Leela is known for having some of the finest luxury hotels in India. Leela Cottages sits right on the beach surrounded by palm trees and greenery that feels a million miles away from the crowds of the rest of Goa. It’s a boutique beach resort with a jungle feel to it and traditional Indian and Balinese style artefacts all around. Choose from one of 24 cottages, some of which offer great views of the beach. There’s a spa, yoga classes and a restaurant that serves contemporary cuisine. There’s also a good raw, vegan restaurant here. Click here for prices and to book
Yab Yum is a quirky, boutique resort hidden away in the lush palm groves and protected by the sand dunes. This oasis is a place to relax, enjoy excellent food and get a rejuvenating massage. Sleep in a traditional style cottage or a space-age design dome, and start your day off with a morning yoga class. Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor and book on their website
Elsewhere is a small beach resort that is one of Goa’s best kept secrets. There are heritage beachfront houses and tents that will allow you to admire views of the sea or Otter Creek. Elsewhere is right on an almost empty part of the beach so you’ll feel like you’ve almost got a private beach on your doorstep and it’s a perfect place for nature lovers to look at birds or see nesting of a Marine Turtle, which is something that the resort protects. Book on their website here.
The Best Places to Stay in Arambol
Arambol is now one of the most popular beaches in North Goa but still retains an easy going, alternative hippie traveller vibe and mainly has budget accommodation. There are now some backpacker hostels, not as many as in the Anjuna area, but there are many budget accommodation and cheap beach hut options. Most nights there is a chilled out scene where a hippy sunset market and drumming circles take place on the beach where you can meet new people and make friends. If you’re on a tight budget try searching the guesthouses a bit further back from the beach to find a bargain.
Hostels and Budget Hotels in Arambol
A colourful, lively new backpacker hostel within a short walk to the South (less crowded end) of Arambol Beach. There are good common areas, a reasonably priced bar and live music on many nights which makes it easy to meet new people. Click here to check prices and to book.
Situated on the main road coming into Arambol in an old Portuguese house. The hostel has a spacious, vibrant and fun common area with a shared kitchen and a homely feel. It’s fantastic if you’re an artist, as the owners do everything that they can for you to be able to do what you love right onsite. Choose to stay in a dorm or to sleep in a tent under the starts. Click here for prices and to book
The popular Anjuna hostel has recently opened up a new place right near the beach in Arambol! It’s a friendly, welcoming place, with murals painted on the walls and lots of open space to sit around and socialise, do yoga or read a book. There are mixed dorms and female dorms, as well as private rooms. Click here for prices and to book
A relaxed and good value for money guesthouse with clean and bright rooms, nice gardens and a terrace to chill out on. Each room also has its very own balcony overlooking the courtyard or the garden. It’s just 50 metres from the beach and close to the centre of Arambol so the location is really convenient. They even have some studio rooms with a small kitchenette which is handy if you want to stay longer term. Click here for prices and to book
Noname is one of the most popular and top ranked guesthouses in Arambol. It’s located in the heart of Arambol and just a few minutes walk from the beach. There are clean, modern rooms with private balconies to chill out on. The owner, Alex and the team are amazing and the breakfasts are great. Click here for prices and to book
The love temple is one of the most popular places to really feel the spirit of Arambol, and of Goa. It’s right on the beach near the drum circle and sunset hippy market and has cute, bamboo huts, a good vegetarian restaurant and offers all kinds of yoga, meditation, workshops and events including dance, tantra and massage courses. Click here for prices and to book
Swati is a great value guesthouse. Rooms are bright and clean and its not far from the beach and a short distance from the market street. The highlight is the lovely balconies that have nice views over the sea and the staff are friendly and it’s easy to meet other travellers. Click here for prices and to book
A good budget guesthouse with a café and supermarket underneath in the middle of Arambol. Rooms have wardrobes, private washroom and some have fridges, air-conditioning and their own terrace. The beach is just a short walk away and its close to all the Arambol action. Click here for prices and to book
A cheap, clean, friendly, hippie place to stay on Arambol Beach where you will have no trouble meeting other travellers. There’s lots of art and places to chill with other guests. Rooms are sparsely furnished, some have shared bathrooms and the more expensive ones have their own private bathroom. Click here for prices and to book
Is a fun place to stay at the South end of Arambol beach that’s based out of a surf club and run by international surfers. There’s an outdoor bbq with seating in the garden, as well as a terrace, a bar and a communal kitchen. The people that run the place are friendly and hip and give it a community vibe. Click here for prices and to book
Mid Range Hotels in Arambol
Lotus Sutra is one of the best places to stay in Arambol. It’s located on the beach and has a Buddhist theme with tropical gardens, coconut palms, Buddha statues and fountains. The wooden cottages are just as nice, having a private balcony, comfortable beds, LED TV and air-conditioning. Some face the beach, while others look out to the gardens. Plus, TripAdvisor voted its Zen Oasis restaurant as the #1 restaurant in Arambol. Click here for prices and to book
The eco friendly beach cottages here are super cute. There are around 25 comfortable and tastefully decorated cottages and rooms to choose from here, with some facing the sea. They’re all eco-friendly structures and surrounded by coconut palm trees and greenery. The friendly staff will give you a welcome drink on arrival that you can enjoy in the reception area or on your private balcony. Click here for prices and to book
Maitree is popular because of its excellent location on the beach and friendly staff. It’s beachfront restaurant and lovely garden seating makes it easy to mingle with others while enjoying a fresh coconut and watching the sunset. Rooms are all well presented, you can choose to stay in a wooden cottage or a room, most of which have sea views. Click here for prices and to book
Jamboree Creek is a unique resort that focuses on all things yoga. There’s daily yoga taught by international teachers, an organic kitchen with produce coming from their very own farm and they promote eco living. Cottages are cosy and clean, made from pine wood and having open-air showers. There’s a swimming pool, a creek and loads of trees, as well as your very own private beach! It’s a little further away from the main part of Arambol so you’ll probably want to rent a scooter to get around but the location is super chilled. Click here for prices and to book
Luxury Hotels in Arambol
There aren’t really any luxury hotels in Arambol but for something special check out the nearby Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel. The former fort is now a secluded heritage hotel that sits at the mouth of the Tiracol River. It only has 2 suites and 5 rooms, all of which are phenomenal down to every last detail, including the amazing views. Click here for more photos, prices and to book.
If that’s fully booked, or a bit pricey, there is also a new 3 star hotel called Hill Rock Hotel that has recently opened nearby which gets fab reviews and looks great but I haven’t had a chance to visit it myself yet.
Best Places to Stay in South Goa
South Goa is home to arguably some of the most serene beaches in all of Goa, as they are much quieter and cleaner, than the busier, more famous beaches of the north. Instead of the endless, all-night beach parties, you’ll find the South Goa beaches are full of empty stretches of sand, stunning and peaceful resorts and blissful yoga retreats.
Best places to stay in Arossim, Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim
The quiet beaches of Arossim and Cansaulim, Utorda, Majorda and Betalbatim are perfect for those looking to find a peaceful, tropical haven to unwind, relax with a good book for a few days, or even spoil themselves and be pampered with daily massages and great food at some of the best luxury resorts in Goa.
The 10 km stretch of soft white sand beaches is far less crowded than others in Goa, both on the beaches and in the villages, yet not too far from the hustle and easily accessible, making it an ideal hideaway location and one of the best places to stay in Goa. There’s still a good range of accommodation options between the basic guesthouses, hotels and luxury resorts, so there’s something to suit everyone.
Hostels and Budget Hotels in Arossim, Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim:
Jes Guest House is located in Majorda Village, is a short 15-minute walk from the beach and is surrounded my many great local Goan-Portuguese seafood restaurants. Rooms are simple though equipped with all the basics, including a fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, TV, bed, sofa, and a table and chairs set on the balcony. The guesthouse is well maintained, clean and cosy, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Additional bonus are the towels and toiletries that are provided (guest houses in Goa normally don’t supply these extras!) Click here to check reviews and here to book.
Nestled in a quiet spot surrounded by mango & cashew trees and close to Utorda beach, Dio’s Guesthouse is a lovely home away from home. Both the owners and the staff who work there always go above and beyond to ensure their guests have a memorable stay. Rooms and facilities of the guesthouse are all well maintained and clean, beds are super comfortable, and there’s A/C, Wi-Fi, a TV, and hot water in every room. Each room also has a private balcony overlooking the gardens, great for enjoying an afternoon chai on. Click here to read the reviews and click here to check prices and book.
This is a lovely place that’s perfect if you’re looking for a somewhere to relax and unwind. Dom Pedros Haven is a 2-minute walk to the beach, has a great pool, serves authentic local Goan food, and has excellent housekeeping service. Rooms are modern in their design, and are complete with A/C, TV, tea/coffee making facilities and a hot water shower in the bathroom. Breakfasts are a must try here with both Indian and continental dishes on the menu. Value for money, this is one of the best places to stay in Goa! Click here to check availability and read the reviews.
Located a short 15-minute walk from Majorda Beach, these simple though large rooms are well equipped with large, comfortable beds, A/C, TV with cable channels, kitchenette, refrigerator and a dinning/lounge area. There are a number of restaurants and cafes located nearby in the village area. The owners of this guesthouse are very lovely and hospitable, and will ensure you have an enjoyable stay with them. Check out the reviews and check prices and book here.
This guesthouse is value for money, located leisurely 10-minute walk from the beach, with spacious A/C rooms, comfortable beds, kitchenettes, ensuites with hot water. House keeping is impeccable, sheets and towels are changed every couple of days and housekeepers are very warm and friendly. D’Silva Residence is also conveniently located close to restaurants, bars, cafes and shops; everything you need is within a 10-15 minute walk from this place. Check Trip Advisor reviews here and check out prices and book your stay here.
This place is a gem of a find! These beautiful little wooden bungalows are built around a stunning in-ground pool and surrounded by lush tropical Goan jungle. The wooden bungalows are modern yet rustic, with large comfortable beds, TV, mini fridge, tea/coffee, and best of all – bathrooms with separate enclosed showers (not so common in India!) Rooms are cleaned daily, with fresh towels and free complimentary bottled water provided. Read the reviews here and click here to check room prices and to book.
Midrange Hotels in Arossim, Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim
This hotel is located in a very serene and hidden location, away from the noise of the village and hustle of the beach, just a short 10-15 minute walk from Arrosim Beach. These beautifully stylish and spacious rooms include a nice balcony with views of the luscious gardens, a well-equipped kitchenette with tea / coffee / kettle / toaster / microwave, a lounge area and a large bathroom. The staff at Treehouse Nova are very tentative and friendly, and there’s an amazing room service menu too! Click here if you’d like to see the reviews and here to check prices and book.
The spacious rooms at The Village Inn overlook a beautiful large pool and lush tropical banana and coconut trees. Located a short 10 minutes walk from Majorda beach and close by to many great local restaurants makes this an ideal and convenient location as everything you need is within walkable distance. The hotel facilities and rooms are well maintained, and kept meticulously clean. The restaurant in this place is also really excellent and a must try, serving a huge variety of local Goan and international dishes. Click here if see the reviews and click here check prices and book.
If you’re looking for an authentic Goan experience then look no further, this is one of the best places to stay in Goa! Saudades Homestay are a group of large, Goan-Portuguese traditional styled houses that surround a lush, tropical pool complex. Each house is decorated with traditional calved Goan-Portuguese wooden furniture, has a fully equipped kitchen if you prefer to prepare some meals at home, and has all the things you would expect from a hotel including A/C, hot water showers and Wi-Fi. The hotel is located a short 5-minute drive or a 25 minute walk to the beach and surrounded by tropical jungle. Click here to check out photos, reviews, prices and to book.
These beautiful wooden cottages ooze are surrounded by tranquil gardens filled with coconut palms, mango and banana trees. All guest rooms have A/C, Wi-Fi, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, TV and a sit out with table and chairs. Surrounded by the coconut palms and with poolside bar service, the stunning pool area is the place you’ll want to spend all your time relaxing! Alagoa Resort is located in a quiet spot, not on a main road and only a 10-minute walk from the beach. Click here to take a look at the reviews and here to check room prices and book.
Antonios Residency are fully self contained apartments, located a short 8 minute walk to the sea, on a quiet and peaceful side lane. The owners of this place are super lovely and welcoming and will do their best to ensure you have an enjoyable stay. Rooms are fully air-conditioned throughout, with large comfortable beds, kitchens have all the basics you would need, and the living spaces and balconies are quite spacious and airy, with lots of natural light. Read reviews here and check out prices and book your stay here.
This resort is located very close to the beach, only a 5 minute walk and you’ll be relaxing on a sun chair with a cold, fruity drink in hand. These A/C rooms are comfortable, spacious and include all the essential comforts such fresh, clean white linen, fluffy towels, a bar fridge and TV. There’s a great pool in the resort grounds for relaxing by, and the Wi-Fi is really good across entire place too, great for those who can’t live without it like me! For a midrange budget, this is by far one of the best places to stay in Goa. Read the reviews for yourself and here to book your stay!
Luxury Hotels in Arossim Utorda, Majorda, Betalbatim
Alila Diwa is absolutely the definition of luxury, hands down! This is a first class premium resort, the kind you find on glossy magazine covers! Locationwise, it’s close to the beach and surrounded by tropical Goan jungle. The infinity pools overlook the endless coconut trees that line the horizon and service at this resort is impeccable, your every whim is sort to the minute you arrive! The rooms are the biggest I’ve ever seen, with a contemporary cross traditional Goan feel, every last finishing detail has been thought of, including a walk-in robe, bath with a view by the window, huge melt-into-it bed, stocked minibar, living & work areas. This is hands down, without a doubt, one of the best places to stay in Goa. Click here to read the reviews for yourself and book your stay!
This unique beachfront resort is as the name suggests, Hollywood themed, and accordingly you’ll be treated like a movie star! The resort is decked out with Hollywood memorabilia and you’ll find lots of little touches that carry on the theme beautifully. The pool is one of the biggest and best in Goa, and surrounded by coconut palms and lush gardens. Everything the restaurant serves is made to perfection and absolutely delicious, as a star would expect! Rooms are spacious, comfortable and equipped with all the luxuries you would expect, it’s definitely one of the best places to stay in Goa. I wrote a full review on my experience at Planet Hollywood here. Also check out the Trip Advisor reviews and click here to check prices and to book.
This peaceful, traditionally styled resort is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and located a stones throw from the beach. There’s lot’s of in-house activities and services, such as private yoga/meditation class, massages and beauty treatments and live music and entertainment every evening. For those who don’t like to miss it there’s a gym, bikes are available for going out for a leisurely ride too! The Chutney Restaurant serves deliciously, authentic Indian favourites, and an assortment of international and local Goan-Portuguese seafood dishes too. Click here to check availability and see Tripadvisor reviews here.
This resort is the epitome of luxury and absolutely, hands down one of the best places to stay in Goa! The suites are huge and just stunning, the pool is fit for a glossy magazine front cover, and the entire resort from end to end feels like a you’ve reached the tropical haven of your dreams! All the trimmings and services you would expect from a 5 star hotel are there, including a day spa and fitness center, the restaurant is divine, and there’s a well maintained private beach right out the front. Click here to read the reviews for yourself and book your stay!
Secluded in a quiet location away from the main crowd, this resort is on the beachfront and has a private beach area of it’s own. The Royal Orchid Beach Resort & Spa is perfect for families as there are multiple areas just for kids, including a huge playroom full of toys and activities, an outdoor jungle gym with swings and a slide, a childrens water park and a jumbo chess set! There’s also a full service day spa, so you can enjoy being pampered whilst the kids are entertained! Rooms are very comfortable and modern, with everything you need too! Click here to read the reviews and check prices and book here.
This is the authentically Goan experience! This beautifully maintained historical 100 year old Goan-Portuguese villa is beautifully decorated with restored antique furniture, historical pictures, artworks and artifacts. This is a walk through time and the history of Goa! There’s a large pool in the center of the villas complex and an a in-house private serviced bar if you wish to relax at home, or a beautiful white sand beach is very near to the house. This unique villa is one of my top picks! See The Telegraph’s review here, check out Trip Advisor reviews and book through their website.
Best places to stay in Colva and Benaulim
Colva and Benaulim are some of the most popular beaches in South Goa and the closest beaches to Madgaon train station (only 8km) and from Goa Airport it’s a short 35-minute taxi ride so this is a very accessible location to visit. Colva is the busier of the two beaches as its popular with Indian tourists.
Both Colva and Benaulim are long white-sanded and picturesque beaches. Here you’ll see lots of wildlife and sea critters like crabs, starfish and sea snakes. In the lively local village behind the beach there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops, surrounded by jungle & rice paddies where you’ll see water buffalo, monkeys, birds and other native Goan wildlife.
Some of the most prestigious resorts of Goa are located in Colva and Benaulim, mostly on the beachfront here, however there are many smaller rustic beach shacks that line the beach here too that serve wonderful authentic Goan seafood dishes.
Hostels and Budget Hotels in Colva and Benaulim :
This place is true value for money accommodation. It’s one of the best places to stay in Goa, with all the basic facilities you need and located in a quiet spot, only a short 5-minute walk to Colva Beach. There’s free high speed Wi-Fi, A/C, attached bathrooms with hot water and a TV in all rooms. All facilities are all well kept, and the staff are super friendly and will make sure you feel comfortable a right away! There are many restaurants close by so you won’t have to stroll to far for a bite to eat. Click here to check room availability
These clean and spacious self-contained apartments have very large, well-equipped kitchens for preparing your own meals, large living rooms, nice bathrooms and balconies. The Rodrigues Residence is well located close to shops and about 1km (20 minute walk from Colva beach. The landlady is super friendly and treats guests as her family. This place is definitely a great value for money option considering the large size of the apartments especially! Click here to check reviews and to book.
Located in a quiet spot, about 1.5km from Colva Beach and 2km from Benaulim Beach, these self-contained apartments are fairly modern and well equipped. Each apartment is complete with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedrooms in each. The landlady is super friendly and cooks amazing traditional Goan meals upon request. There’s also free Wi-Fi in rooms, bicycle rental and airport shuttles available. Definitely worth checking out, this place is one of the best places to stay in Goa. Click here to check out prices and book your stay.
O Palmar Beach Cottages are in a prime location, right on the beachfront at Benaulim Beach and only a short stroll to town. Rooms are basic though include all the necessities, including attached bathrooms with hot water, mosquito nets, clean linen, and a cute sit out balcony. The owners are super friendly and will attend to all your needs and there is free Wi-Fi available in the rooms for those who can’t live without it! Click here to check out the reviews and check prices.
This guesthouse is located in a peaceful spot, approximately 1km to Benaulim Beach (a short 15 minute walk). These self-contained apartments make you feel at home instead of being a tourist and are very comfortable, especially the large beds! Apartments are complete with A/C, large kitchens, living rooms, balconies and even flat screen TVs. There’s also free Wi-Fi available in all rooms, 24hr check in and an attached restaurant in case you don’t feel like cooking for yourself. Click here to check room availability and read their reviews.
Midrange Hotels in Colva and Benaulim :
This hotel is in a very convenient location, only a short 100-meter stroll from the beach and surrounded by restaurants and shops. Rooms are immaculately maintained with all the modern comforts you would need. There is also a great restaurant inside the hotel called Spicy Bella that serves mouth-watering dishes from across the globe. The owner Kamal is super friendly and will do anything to make sure your stay is memorable. Both the hotel and restaurant are very reasonably priced considering the great service and quality on offer here. Click here to check prices and book
Ocean Crest Hotel is a great choice for a comfortable, economical accommodation in Colva. These spacious rooms include balconies, bathrooms with hot water, coffee/tea making facilities, a mini-fridge and A/C. Opposite to the hotel is a great restaurant and there is a supermarket conveniently located close by. The staff and genuine and very helpful if you need them to tend to anything. For an enjoyable, relaxed holiday, this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Goa. Click here to book
This hotel is situated in a quiet location and only a short 10-minute walk to Benaulim Beach. Rooms are clean, there’s hot water in the bathrooms, a well equipped kitchenette, decent beds and A/C. Staff are super responsive and friendly, and there is a restaurant on site so room service is available here if you don’t feel like going out. The best part of this hotel has to be the beautiful swimming pool and outdoor areas, great for soaking up some sun in private if you don’t feel like heading to the beach. Click here to check the reviews and prices.
This guesthouse is nicely positioned on a small side street, nearby the main shopping street and short walk to the beach. There’s even a large local supermarket close by which is very handy! Rooms are modern and spacious, with kitchenettes including a fridge, bathrooms with hot water, A/C and free Wi-Fi. Rooms on the top level also have a scenic view from the balconies. This quaint little guesthouse is one of the best places to stay in Goa. Click here to read the reviews and to book.
These beautiful, modern Goan-Portuguese designed apartments are fully self-contained, with a beautiful, new kitchens and bathrooms. Mistral Holidays is located just 10 minutes walk to the ocean, close to shops, restaurants and bars, and surrounded by leafy nature and manicured gardens. Rooms have fans, A/C, free Wi-Fi and free bottled water! Check availability and read the reviews here.
Luxury Hotels in Colva and Benaulim
Are you ready to be pampered and spoilt? Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is the absolute definition of luxury, with decadent service and fine attention to detail! The staff are impeccable at tending to every request dutifully. Your taste buds will be mesmerized at the in-house restaurant by their top chef. The elegantly manicured resort grounds will make you feel as though you’re in a tropical oasis haven! And the icing on the cake has to be the private plunge pool just outside your villa door! Truly, this has to be one of the best places to stay in Goa! Click here to read the reviews for yourself and book your stay!
Soul Vacation Resort & Spa is the place to head to if you want to enjoy a little indulgence and be waited on hand and foot. The rooms are absolutely immaculate, with obvious attention to the finer details, and all the modern comforts such as A/C that you would expect from a 5 star resort. Room service is prompt if you wish to stay in, and there’s a full wait service restaurant within the hotel and a poolside bar. There’s even complimentary breakfast western or Indian. It’s no surprise that this amazing resort is on my list of best places to stay in Goa! Click here to book an amazing stay!
These well equipped, luxury apartments are a hidden gem! Designed with a modern take on the Goan-Portuguese style, Elegant Shades is surrounded by peaceful and private gardens. The place is in an ideal location, conveniently nestled between the beach and village. There’s a beautiful pool and outdoor area and excellent Wi-Fi across the entire hotel. Food from the in-house restaurant is absolutely delicious, especially the breakfasts! Click here to read reviews, check prices and book
At this boutique resort you’ll be able to unwind and relax from the moment you arrive. There’s a huge pool and pool bar that serves amazing cocktails, and decadent in-house restaurant, and impeccable service staff. Rooms are luxuriously designed, superiorly comfortable beds, large marble bathrooms, minibar and lounging areas and balconies with views. Location wise, the resort is in a great spot and is about 2 minutes walking distance from Betalbatim beach. Click here to read reviews, check room prices and to book!
If you’re looking for ultimate luxury then look no further, this is one of the best places to stay in Goa! This resort is an absolutely stunning oasis surrounded by the Goan palm groves and it’s right on the beachfront. Think bathtubs with a view, private plunge pools, huge spacious rooms and very luxurious bathrooms. Azaya Beach Resort is a brand new and very modern resort with its only private beach, huge outdoor pool and lounge areas. Every last little finishing touch and service is well thought out here, including the complimentary daily buffet breakfasts and airport shuttles. Click here to check prices, reviews and to book.
This hotel is just across the street from the beach and is a great, comfortable choice at Benaulim Beach. There are both hotel rooms and self-contained apartments with kitchens depending on your needs. The pool in the center of the complex is very lovely especially if you’d like to retreat from the beach for a bit more privacy.
Service is exceptional and cannot be faulted at Golden Oceans, staff will go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and have everything you need. There’s room service, a minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and free included Wi-Fi. Click here to see the reviews, check prices and book.
Best places to stay in Varca, Cavelossim and Morbor
The Varca to Cavelossim stretch is a very serene and pristine section of the Goan beaches. The pretty Sal River winds through the local village areas and opens up to the ocean at the southern end of Cavelossim Beach. You’ll be highly likely to see dolphins, turtles and lots of sea life in this area of the river mouth, and there are many local companies offering river sightseeing boat trips too.
Even in the high season, this area doesn’t seem to ever be too busy, at times it can feel like the beach is your private own! There are a string of luxury resorts in this area; many with their own privately maintained sections of white-sanded beach and beachfront dining. There are not many budget hotels but this is one of the best places to stay in Goa if you want a peaceful luxury escape.
Hostels and Budget Hotels in Varca and Cavelossim
This lovely guesthouse, well managed by friendly owners and is close to the beach in a very handy location. The rooms are simple, airy and with lots of natural light, contain all the basics you need, and there’s even a small kitchenette, which is an added bonus! The guesthouse has an in-house restaurant called Zion, which serves great, affordable international and local dishes too. For a budget option, this is one of the best budget places to stay in Goa. Click here to read the reviews for yourself and book your stay!
Midrange Hotels in Varca and Cavelossim
This place is true to its name; if you’re looking for a place to be totally relaxed and just laze about! Rooms and wooden cabins are all spotless and kitted out with stocked mini fridges, some with kitchenettes, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning, big comfortable beds, and hot water showers in the ensuites. Lazy Frog has all your creature comforts, it’s close to the sea, has a very nice pool, the service and staff are on point, it’s really great value all round, why pay any more! Click here to check out the reviews, prices and to book.
This cosy and quaint little guesthouse is nestled in a quiet location between the river and Mobor beach. These A/C rooms are set up with everything you need, even a washing machine and a small kitchen (in case you wish to whip up anything at home!) The owners are a lovely people who genuinely care and take great care in ensuring you have a great stay. There’s complimentary bottled water in the rooms, bicycle rental available and in-house massage services too. For a midrange budget, this is one of the best places to stay in Goa. Click here to read the reviews for yourself and book your stay!
What a hidden treasure this place is! Go Green Spice & Eco Resort is located about 15mins walk from the beach and blends in with the surrounding nature, lots of fruit trees and coconut palms on the property. The wooden cottages are spacious, with A/C, Wi-Fi, plush beds, flat screen TVs and tea/coffee making facilities. Must try one of the poolside yoga classes, no better way to start your day! Click here to check reviews, prices and to book.
Luxury Hotels in Varca and Cavelossim
You’ll know you’ve arrived at the right place as soon as you walk in through the grand entrance of this elite resort. This luxury resort is a real heaven on earth and one of the best places to stay in Goa! Rooms are stunning, with super soft beds, and all the modern comforts you would expect. The pool and resort grounds are meticulously well kept; watch the sun set between the palm trees from your poolside lounge. The highlight of this place has to be the food; the menu is extensive and will make you want to try everything on offer! Click here to read the reviews for yourself and book your stay!
This is a really special resort, very well suited to those who are looking for the right place for a special occasion, or those who just want to be taken care of and pampered. Located just back from the beachfront, nestled in amongst the palm trees, this resort has a series of stunning pools, and the perfectly manicured gardens are lovely to stroll around especially at sunset. Rooms are a modern contemporary design and very spacious. The entire resort is huge and there’s endless things to do without even leaving the place! Click here read reviews, check room prices and book.
This resort is absolutely in a prime position, perched right on the beach front with picturesque views and a private beach area of its own. Expect beautiful views from every spacious and luxurious room. The resort buildings surround an extravagant series of pools that are centered in the middle of the gardens. The main pool even has a swim-in bar in its center too! Dine in style at the resorts beachfront restaurant; the food is an experience in itself and not to be missed! The resort sometimes holds private beach parties for guests, which are fun too! This is a must experience resort, it’s one of the best places to stay in Goa! Click here to check availability and read the reviews.
As you would expect of a Novotel, this resort is another outstanding resort by this well known chain. The resort is perched on the stunning white-sanded Cavelossim Beach. The design, grounds, room, facilities, restaurant, everything, you name it, has been put together with absolute luxurious perfection. The in-house restaurant serves an array of mouth watering international and Indian dishes. Staff are really well trained, attentive and courteous, you will be well looked after. Click here to read the reviews for yourself and book your stay!
This resort is the perfect blend of traditional Goan-Portuguese and modern contemporary architecture and design. The entire property is breathtaking the pools, all the outdoor areas, the manicured gardens, and the resort grounds so extensive that there’s a golf cart drivers to take you around. Service staff at Radisson Blu are as you would always expect highly attentive and the ball, and will go the extra mile to ensure every guest has a memorable stay. The restaurants buffet breakfasts are absolutely delightful; the smorgasbords spread is extensive, with every kind of continental and Indian option available. Click here if you’d like to see the reviews check prices and book.
Best places to stay in Cola, Agonda, Palolem & Patnem
These are some of the most southerly beaches of the state, and one of the very best places to stay in Goa. Here you’ll find a much quieter side to Goa, as the stretch is lined with colourful beachfront resorts, yoga retreats, golden sands and clear, blue water. This end of the south Goan beaches strip is a great spot for backpackers, solo travellers looking for a paradise hideaway, romantic couples and even families.
Cola beach is a small, hidden away paradise with a lagoon running through the palm fringed beach and just a few tented resorts. Agonda is a well-known yoga hub worth checking out if you’re interested in doing a yoga retreat or a yoga teacher training course.
Palolem is a further 10kms south of Agonda, and it’s the liveliest of the three beaches, there are more markets, beach shacks and regular ‘silent disco’ parties on the beach. Palolem is lined with colourful, rustic beach huts and is widely regarded as the most picturesque beach in Goa. Patnem is almost the very last beach in Goa, though one of the most peaceful, lined with deserted white sands and clear blue waters; it’s a perfect hideaway spot!
One of the ultimate Goa experiences is to stay in a beach hut – check out my pick of the 5 best beach huts in Palolem here.
Hostels and Budget Hotels in Cola, Agonda, Palolem & Patnem:
There are not many backpacker hostels in South Goa but this place is one of the best places to stay in Goa on a budget. It’s great value for money with comfortable beds, clean facilities, lockable under bed storage and in room A/C. The food, particularly the breakfasts are also really good, and the hostel is a prime location in Palolem and only 5 minutes walk to the beach. The crowd at Summer by Thehostelcrowd is super friendly and there are a lot of big open common spaces to meet people and socialise here. Click here to check out prices and book your stay.
The Duck and Chill Beach Huts are perfectly perched right on the beachfront of the golden Agonda Beach. The seafood here is absolutely, hands down the best, along with their excellent service. Huts are simple though equipped with all that you need, including your own private balcony to sit and watch the sunsets. For those on a budget, this is one of the best places to stay in Goa. Click here to check out the reviews, room rates and to book.
These huts are a hidden amongst the lush tropical greenery, set back a short 5-minute walk from the beach and surrounded by some lovely restaurants and cafes. Each cabin has it’s own balcony, complete with hammocks, and the staff here are super tentative and will bring your meals right to your doorstep. The Wi-Fi is really good at Secret Garden, which is always an added bonus if you like to stay connected. Click here to check prices and reviews.
Located in a very serene and peaceful location, is amongst the coconut trees, Sea Shades is a perfect little hideaway. The place is only a short 5-minute walk to Palolem beach and very close to the main hub of restaurants, bars and cafes. Cabins are simple but have all the basic necessities, fans or A/C, mosquito nets, warm shower, etc. Click here to read the reviews, check prices and book.
These cute, wooden cottages nestled in tropical palm trees and greenery are located right on the beachfront and are the best (and only) budget option to stay on secluded, remote and quiet Cola Beach. There’s an onsite restaurant and bar serving delicious food with great beach front vibes. The location of these huts really can’t be beaten. This is really one of the best places to stay in Goa. Click here to see the reviews, prices and to book.
This resort is in the most superb location, right on the beach front of Agonda Beach. Here you can wake up to the sound of the ocean and that feeling of sand between your toes, every day! The rustic cabins are equipped with hot water showers, A/C and private balconies with a full view of the beach, and the food and service is great here too! What more do you need, this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Goa! Click here to check availability and read the reviews.
Midrange Hotels in Cola, Agonda, Palolem & Patnem:
This resort is a rejuvenating, yogi paradise, situated right in the center of the tranquil Patnem beach. Each of their private beach huts is complete with a hammock and sit-out area, a queen bed and mosquito net. Enjoy private or group yoga lessons on the beach, or sign up for their accredited Yoga Alliance 200hr TTC course. If you’re looking for the perfect balance between coming for a yoga course/retreat, and a tropical getaway, this one of the best places to stay, hands down! Click here to check prices and reviews.
This is a great little boutique resort located in the heart of Agonda, close to all the best restaurants, cafes, yoga classes and in a 2-minute walk to the beach. The resort itself is surrounded by lush nature and coconut palms, the rooms are stylishly designed, and complete with all that you need. There’s a very lovely pool just outside the rooms. This is a very peaceful and comfortable resort and one of best places to stay in Goa for a midrange budget by far! Click here to check availability and read the reviews.
This resort is tucked away on the far southerly end of Palolem beach and is located right on the beachfront. The beautiful cabins have all the modern comforts you would expect, including a fridge, A/C, hot water shower, TV and a private balcony to enjoy the breathtaking view of Palolem beach. This place really feels like it’s on a private beach as it’s further away from all the commotion further up the beach. Click here to check prices and reviews.
These cute little cottages are hidden amongst lush tranquil nature and located only a short 2-minute stroll to the beach definitely make the list of best places to stay in Goa. The rooms are spacious with all the necessities including hot water shower, large comfortable bed and a private balcony. There’s really great little bakery attached to this place and must try in-house massage services too! Click here to read the reviews and make a booking.
This is one of my absolute favourites in Agonda as it feels like a home away from home. My Friend’s place is nestled in the perfect, most convenient location, between the beach and the main town street. Rooms are very clean and comfortable, with A/C, hot water and balconies. Though the best part has to be the really excellent adjoining restaurant, serving all the traditional Goan-Portuguese delicacies, a must try if you’re in Agonda! Click here to look at the reviews and check room prices.
Luxury Hotels in Cola, Agonda, Palolem & Patnem
These ultra stylish, beachfront cottages are an absolute gem and they’re very private considering they’re located on the beachfront. Hidden by the surrounding mangrove trees, these cottages also stay surprising cool even in the middle of the hottest months! Even the bathrooms are super stylish, huge and spacious just like the rooms! There’s a little fenced off area of the beach too, so you can enjoy the beach with privacy. Click here to read the reviews and see prices.
These fabulous beach front eco cottages on the beautiful and hidden Cola Beach offer one of the most relaxed places to stay in Goa. If you stay here you’ll have amazing ocean views from your room and access to a private area of one of Goa’s most picturesque and unspoilt beaches. The beach and resort are some of the cleanest I’ve seen in Goa, the restaurant serves super tasty food and the staff are really helpful and efficient whilst still being discreet. This is the perfect beach front chill out and one of the best places to stay in Goa. Click here to read reviews and to book.
These beautiful, stylish and comfortable cabins are perfected located right between the beach and the main street, so you can enjoy all that Agonda has to offer. Their beachfront bungalows are well equipped with all that you need, including A/C. The service is really great here, staff are super friendly and tentative to your every need. The restaurant is the best feature of this resort, must recommend that you try the daily catch, super juicy prawns and cocktails here! For a luxury escape, this is one of the best places to stay in Goa! Read the reviews, check prices and book here.
One of the prime resorts in the Agonda beach area is The White Resort, as it has held a reputation for it’s unfaultable, tentative and friendly service & staff. The beach cottages are very quaint in their design and include a refreshing tropical outdoor shower. There’s a private pool just for guests to enjoy, just in case you want to retreat from the beach and sunbathe undisturbed. The restaurant also serves a delightful seafood menu at reasonable prices too! Click here to read reviews and book.
As soon as you walk in through the stunning entrance you can feel that you have arrived at the right spot. The Bay is tucked up and secluded on the far north end of Agonda Beach and surrounded by a small creek and lush tropical nature. Rooms are beautifully decorated and the semi outdoor bathrooms are lined by various plants, which adds to the tropical haven vibes. There are even kayaks to go for a tranquil paddle down the river. This is by far, one of the absolute best places to stay in Goa! Click here to check room availability and read their reviews.
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