There has been a spurt of boutique hotels, heritage homes, eco-tourist retreats and luxury resorts that offer a different experience for the Indian traveller, while still prioritising their comfort and enjoyment. Whether it’s an architectural quirk, a yoga class or scenery with a difference – there’s plenty to pick from. Skyscanner highlights this selection of unique places to explore during your monsoon holiday in Goa, or all year round, in fact!
A short distance from Calangute beach in the North is Casa Severina, nestled in a secluded spot away from the surrounding bustle. Combining Renaissance sensibilities with medieval Spanish, Tuscan and Portuguese accents, you’ll find that this hotel offers comfort as well as surprising architectural discoveries around every corner. Double rooms start from INR 11,999 for 3 nights, including breakfast.
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2. Siolim House
The restored 17th century Siolim House Heritage Boutique Hotel is replete with antique furniture and a garden-side pool. Located in North Goa’s Bardez area and embedded in the heart of Goan village life, this tranquil hideaway will feel like your retreat away from home with a welcoming ambience. Doubles start from INR 6000 per night.
3. Nilaya Hermitage
Calm, spiritual yet ultra-chic, the stand-out feature of Arpora’s Nilaya Hermitage Hotel is its unusual use of mosaics everywhere. The design of each of the eleven rooms in this extensive complex, which includes a swimming pool, is drawn from the earth’s cosmic and natural elements. Book one of the themed rooms like the turquoise ‘star’ room for that unique hotel stay. Doubles start from INR 11,000 for a 3-night stay.
4. Leela Goa
The five-star Leela Goa near Cavellossim beach is the final word in beach side luxury resorts. Located where the River Sal meets the Arabian sea this unique resort offers a stunning, unique backdrop to your grand escape. Landscaped gardens, an exclusive club area, access to a pristine beach, a golf course and world class dining top off the long list of temptations on offer. Prices vary but can start from INR 12,000 a night.
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If beach huts are your thing, try out the Marbela Beach Resort in Morjim where the unbeatable beachside location and relaxing ambience make for watching some beautiful sunsets with your loved ones. There’s also a day club, spa and yoga and alternative therapy centre. From here, it’s a short distance on Morjim beach road to India’s first floating restaurant ‘Flor do Mar’. Doubles start from INR 6000 a night.
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6. Riva Beach Resort
Located on Mandrem beach the upmarket Riva Beach Resort offers balcony cottages that lead directly to the beach. With uninterrupted sea views, this exclusive resort offers guests the perfect intimate getaway in the midst of luxury and natural beauty. Doubles start from INR 20,000 for a three night stay.
7. Wildernest Goa
Sheltered in the forests of the Western Ghats is the eco-tourist resort Wildernest Goa. Ask for a room with a view of the waterfalls and don’t miss a dip in the Infinity pool with a breathtaking view of the Chorla Ghats. This secluded space means that it’s a great location for hill treks, watching spectacular sunsets and taking in the crisp mountain air. Doubles start at INR 5,500 a night.
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