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Spend afternoons tucking into glorious global cuisine and exploring the state's unique Indian, Islamic and Portuguese architecture…
And then lounge around every evening in this stress-free slice of India, with long, cool drinks at hand and your memories of the day swimming in your mind.
India's smallest and richest state, situated on the west coast of this vast and multifaceted nation, Goa is a holidaymaker favourite, and the state is well stocked with sights, beaches and restaurants. Goa hotels come in all shapes and sizes: the area attracts a broad range of visitors, from beach-seeking backpackers opting for budget hotels, to loved-up couples looking for exclusive luxury venues in which to relax during their honeymoon.
Read on to discover the best places in which to find Goa accommodation. Then book your dream break using the search tool on TravelSupermarket.
We compare prices on every type of room, from cheap hotels in Goa to the state’s finest all-inclusive resorts...
At the upper end of the scale, Goa offers five-star beach resorts featuring swimming pools, spas, balconies on which to watch the sunset and high levels of service. These wonderful palaces of opulence are usually found tucked away in the lush greenery of the state or perched on the edge of the golden sands of the glorious, palm-dotted coastline.
Mid-range accommodation is easy to find in Goa, with inns, guest houses and three-star resorts also offering good service and comfortable rooms; many have swimming pools on site or are within close proximity of the beaches.
Basic facilities and clean rooms can be found in budget hotels in Goa, though even these rooms, which can cost from just a few pounds a night, are often on or close to the beach; even the most basic rooms can sometimes present a fine sea view.
Throughout the area you’ll find some of the international and Indian hotel chains. Look for names such as Taj Fort, DoubleTree by Hilton, Carlson, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Swissotel, Sonesta Inns and Park Hyatt.
Resorts to choose from include Calangute Beach, Colva Beach, Ayurveda Beach, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Candolim Beach and Vagator Beach, or stay in the cities of Panjim or Old Goa for an authentic glimpse into Goan life.
You’ll be tempted to spend all your time in your amazing hotel in Goa. When you’re ready for a fresh scene, check out these highlights…
Top five attractions
You cannot escape beach life in Goa (as if you'd want to). Some of the best include Mandrem, Cavelossim and Palolem.
The Portuguese influence on Old Goa is unmistakable. Tour atmospheric Europe in India and marvel at the churches and temples.
Translated as “sea of milk”, these high, fast-flowing falls are magnificent. Access can be difficult during rainy season, which runs from June to September.
Anjuna flea market
In between the dance parties in Anjuna, you'll find the flea market every Wednesday, where you can pick up a variety of goods from jewellery to fruit.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the south of the state, explore the forest's nature trails to spot deer, exotic birds, lizards, toads and the occasional monkey.
Find out what’s on when with our guide to some of the best annual events in Goa...
Food and Cultural Festival of Goa; February: Five days of belly-busting food samples are available during this annual event, which celebrates the rich and diverse menu on offer in Goa.
Panjim Carnival; February/March: Introduced during Portuguese reign, this elaborate and entertaining event is a global fusion of visitors, activities and lots of fun.
Feast of St Francis Xavier; December: There's a jovial atmosphere during this annual festival and the locals make merry for around nine days in December to celebrate the life of their patron saint.