A selection of the best five star hotels in Goa, India. A selection by Laura Becker
Taj Resort & Convention Centre Goa, located right on the tranquil Vanguinim Beach Dona Paula in North Goa, offers luxurious accommodations and great views of the Arabian Sea. Opened in January 2020, the resort is just 28 km and 45 minutes drive from the Dabolim airport, making it the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. Guests can enjoy the infinity pool at the rooftop deck, a second swimming pool at the lower deck, water sports, sunset cruises, and other activities at the beach, Jiva Spa, e-biking, kids activity zone, and a state of the art fitness facility. Dining options include BLD all day dining restaurant, a lounge bar, and a Coastal Cuisine specialty restaurant; while nearby attractions include Miramar Beach 1.8 km away, Caranzalem Beach 1.3 km away, and River Cruise 8 km from the property.
Rooms: 299 Stars: 5
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa is a luxurious retreat, spread across 56 acres of landscaped gardens, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The resort offers an array of amenities, from golfing facilities and an outdoor pool to 6 dining options and a full spa. Rooms feature classic dark wood furnishings and a balcony with views of the garden, pool or sea. Guests can take advantage of the resort’s many facilities, such as the Jiva Spa, fitness centre and Children’s Activity Centre. It is conveniently located 3 km from Colva Beach and 12 km from Madgaon City, with a 45-minute drive to Goa Dabolim Airport. Free parking is available.
Rooms: 140 Stars: 5
The St. Regis Goa Resort is a luxurious five-star resort nestled in 49 acres of lush greenery and serene lagoons, offering guests a true luxury experience in South Goa, India. The resort is located within driving distance of local wildlife sanctuaries and is just a 60-minute drive from Dabolim Airport. Guests can indulge in the local cuisine at the resort’s restaurant or enjoy afternoon tea at The Drawing Room. Seafood and grilled meats are available at Susegado, while cocktails can be savored at The Lobby Bar. The resort also features a St. Regis Spa, offering Ayurvedic and holistic therapies, a 12-hole golf course with stunning views of the Arabian Sea, and a children’s club. The indoor and outdoor venues make it perfect for hosting conferences or intimate beach weddings, paired with signature St. Regis service. The resort offers private access to the beach and comfortable rooms with LED TVs, free Wi-Fi, and lagoon views. Guests can also enjoy private plunge pools and the resort’s famous 24-hour butler service. The St. Regis Goa Resort offers a luxurious experience for every moment.
Rooms: 200 Stars: 5
ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa is a stylish resort located on Arossim Beach, surrounded by 45 acres of landscaped gardens with glimmering waterways and lagoons. With 246 rooms and suites, an outdoor swimming pool, 6 dining options, 9 banqueting facilities and a spa, this resort has something for everyone. Rooms come with personal outdoor spaces and some feature outdoor rain showers and secret gardens. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities on-site or nearby, from water sports to exploring the nearby Cabo Da Rama Fort. The resort also offers a 24-hour front desk, concierge desk, children’s play zone and a 24-hour fitness center. Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa and Pavilion At the Village Square provide guests with an array of dining and wellness options. The resort is 17 km from the Dabolim International Airport and 60 km from Manohar International Airport.
Rooms: 252 Stars: 5
Experience the height of luxury at MansionHaus, a 5-star hotel situated in Anjuna, Goa. Opened in August 2019, it offers guests a range of amenities such as a restaurant, bar, business centre and free WiFi. All rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, desk, wardrobe, balcony and pool view. Guests can enjoy a variety of breakfast options from the à la carte, continental or American menus. Other services include room service, airport transfers and car rental. Located 1.2 km from Anjuna Beach, 1.7 km from Ozran Beach and 2.5 km from Vagator Beach, MansionHaus is the perfect place to enjoy a luxurious stay.
Rooms: 9 Stars: 5
Relax in luxurious style at Seashell Suites and Villas, a resort located in the Candolim Beach district. Enjoy the three swimming pools, Al Fresco restaurant, and lush green tropical gardens. Each villa is split over two levels and includes a large living room, dining space, and three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Rooms feature a TV and private bathrooms with slippers, free toiletries, and hair dryers. Take a 10-12 minute walk to Candolim beach and enjoy the view of the garden from the sun terrace. Free WiFi and private parking are available on site, and car hire is offered. The resort is 4 km from Shanta Durga Temple and 35 km from Goa International Airport. Enjoy a superb breakfast and experience elegance at the resort.
Rooms: 43 Stars: 5
Cidade De Goa is a 5-star resort situated on Vainguinim Beach in Panaji, Goa. Offering magnificent views of the Arabian Sea, this luxurious resort offers 2 outdoor pools and spa treatments for pampering. It is a 5-minute drive from Dona Paula Jetty and Miramar Beach. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with satellite TV, minibar and personal safe. Enjoy breathtaking views of the garden and sea from the balcony. The hotel also provides access to a range of water sports activities and a fitness centre. Savour international meals at Café Azul, buffets at Laranja, cakes at the 24-hour Doçaria and fine dining at Alfama, the chef’s specialty restaurant. Cidade de Goa – IHCL SeleQtions will be under renovation from 21st Feb 2022 till 30th Nov 2022.
Rooms: 207 Stars: 5
Experience a unique stay at The Postcard Moira, Goa, Moira, a delightful boutique hotel nestled in the quaint village of Moira. This heritage property has been around for over 350 years and boasts cosy rooms with attached terrace. Enjoy free WiFi, outdoor swimming pool and alfresco spaces. There is no fixed check in and check out time, no set breakfast hours and guests can even enjoy tea/coffee served in bed. Enjoy a continental or Asian breakfast and savour authentic Goan cuisine. The property also offers onsite Ayurveda consultation and treatments. It is conveniently located 1.6 km from Basilica of Bom Jesus and 41 km from Goa International Airport.
Rooms: 9 Stars: 5
A paradise of luxury and relaxation, W Goa is a hip resort located in Vagator. Offering a modern, stylish interior design, the resort features a spa centre with a sauna and 24-hour concierge service. Guests can relax in their rooms with views of the sea or garden, or enjoy the outdoor swimming pool or WooBar. There is also an indoor play area, fitness centre and yoga classes, as well as a garden. The W Goa has a variety of restaurants, including The Kitchen Table for local cuisine and Spice Traders for Pan-Asian specialties. For a unique experience, guests can enjoy the sunset from the Rock Pool with its naturally carved facade. Other amenities include car hire, bicycle rental, free toiletries, high speed internet access and complimentary slippers, bathrobe and hairdryer. With its luxurious amenities, W Goa is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a truly memorable stay.
Rooms: 121 Stars: 5
Experience a luxurious stay at Le Méridien Goa, Calangute. Boasting an outdoor pool and fitness centre, this hotel is located just 800 metres from Calangute beach. Unwind and take in the city views while enjoying a beverage at the rooftop bar. Relax in the comfort of your room, equipped with a private bathroom and bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. Savor a variety of international cuisine from 3 onsite dining options, including Latest Recipe all day dining. Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, Family Kids Club and billiards. Located 38 kms from Goa International Airport and 30 kms from Manohar International Airport.
Rooms: 146 Stars: 5
Best areas to find hotels in Goa, India
Goa is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations, with its stunning beaches, lush forests, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage. It is the perfect destination for a beach vacation or a romantic getaway. With so many options available, it can be hard to decide where to stay in Goa. To help you narrow down your search, here is a list of some of the best areas to search for a hotel in Goa, India.
1. North Goa
North Goa is the most popular area for tourists and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in India. It is the perfect destination for beach-goers looking to relax and soak up some sun. Some of the most popular beaches in North Goa include Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, and Vagator. The area also boasts plenty of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury resorts.
2. South Goa
South Goa is a quieter, more secluded area and is ideal for those looking for a more relaxed and peaceful stay. The beaches in South Goa are less crowded and more secluded, making them the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Popular beaches in South Goa include Palolem, Agonda, and Patnem. The area also offers plenty of accommodation options, from traditional beach huts to luxury resorts.
Panaji is the capital of Goa and is located on the banks of the Mandovi River. It is a great option for those looking to explore the culture and heritage of the state, as it is home to many historical monuments and museums. There are plenty of accommodation options available, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury hotels.
4. Old Goa
Old Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to some of the oldest churches in India, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The area is a great option for those looking to explore the culture and history of Goa, as it is home to many historical monuments and museums. Accommodation options range from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury resorts.
Candolim is located just north of Panaji and is one of the most popular areas in Goa. It is home to some of the best beaches in the state and is the perfect destination for beach-goers looking to relax and soak up some sun. Accommodation options range from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury resorts.
No matter what kind of accommodation you are looking for, Goa has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a budget-friendly stay or a luxurious getaway, there are plenty of options available in each area. With so many options to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect hotel in Goa, India.