Best Luxury Hotels in Goa 2022
This province is in the west of India, where the Arabian Sea meets the land. It has strong Mediterranean connections, as a former Portuguese colony, which is evident in the architecture and culinary influences. The beaches are its main attraction, with long stretches of golden sand fringed by palm trees, accompanied by a mild climate. However, those wishing to venture further from a lounger can take advantage of some of the region’s cultural offerings, with trips to various temples, mosques, and wildlife sanctuaries. Goa is also home to wonderful beach resorts and here is a selection of our favourites.
ITC Grand Goa, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Located next to Arossim beach in an unspoiled area, this complex is spread over 45 acres of land. Pretty terra-cotta tile roofs, wooden balconies, and palm trees evoke an east-west feel. The buildings are joined by lagoons and waterways with mini waterfalls and lush flora. Each of the 252 rooms has its own outdoor space, some with secret gardens and outdoor showers. Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa includes a yoga and meditation area as well as treatment rooms. And there are six dining options, including a beachfront charcoal grill and open-air open kitchen. Children have their own play area and there are a host of activities, as well as one of the largest free-form pools (with slides) in the country.
Grand Hyatt Goa
This luxurious five-star resort stretches right to the water’s edge at Bambolim Bay. It has 313 rooms, all with furnished balconies (the suites also have their own hot tubs). Dark wood, tiled floors, and crisp white bedding create a sophisticated, contemporary Goan aesthetic, along with marble bathrooms. Learn how to prepare the hotel’s Italian dishes during cooking classes at The Verandah restaurant or eat at one of the other dining concepts: The Dining Room (with five live kitchens), Indian restaurant Chulha, Cafe Confeitaria or a pool grill. Drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the Bay View Lounge, with cocktails and late-night music at the Capiz Bar.
The W brand chose Goa as the location for its first property in India (it’s also the brand’s first adult-centric hotel to have a kids’ club). This venue sits on a peaceful hill above Vagator Beach, but while the setting is deeply relaxing, guests can get the funky chain party going. Boxy, angular and modern, the building looks like an architectural art installation, or something out of a Bond movie, while the interior design is inspired by the area’s natural beauty and fishing heritage. A Rock Pool (so named because it’s carved into the side of a hill) is the perfect place to unwind, as is its Clarins Spa. But you can party at Woo Bar, dine at its two restaurants, and play tennis on the on-site courts.
The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa
This resort is in South Goa (Raj Baga, Canacona, to be exact). Boasting its own casino, golf course, helipad and even a yacht, this is one of the largest hotels – certainly in terms of land – in Goa. It has 255 rooms, six restaurants, a children’s corner, tennis courts, two swimming pools, a holistic spa and a five-star rating. The two-story LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort is less than two decades old but was renovated in 2008.
Search for Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
Facing the expanse of sand that makes up Benaulim Beach, the Taj Exotica is surrounded by manicured gardens, tropical flowers and coconut palms. It offers opportunities for exercise, with facilities allowing for yoga, tennis, swimming, golf or relaxing with Ayurvedic therapies at the Jiva Spa. Book a room, garden villa, or pool villa, all of which boast colonial and palatial-style decor. There are three restaurants serving Goan seafood, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, two bars, and plenty of facilities to keep the kids entertained during your stay.