Goa is a beautiful state in western India, known for its stunning beaches along the Arabian Sea and its charming fishing villages. Goa’s history as a former Portuguese colony can be seen in its Baroque churches and buildings.
Along the sandy coast of Goa, guests will find a wide selection of luxurious boutique hotels.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Goa
Ahilya by the Sea
Price: From $186
Ahilya by the Beach is a stunning private escape in Dolphin Bay, Nerul. This elegant boutique hotel includes 3 individual villas that provide an intimate experience to guests. The luxurious family home atmosphere makes Ahilya by the Sea a soothing location full of charm and beauty.
A plunge pool and an infinity pool are at guests’ disposal, as is the Banya spa and wellness center. There are various massage and therapy options on the menu that are designed to pamper guests and leave them feeling rejuvenated.
The fine gourmet dining is served alfresco. Guests can pick from an à la carte menu that includes Goan, French, and Italian influences. The prix-fixe option makes perfect use of the fresh catch of the day.
Ahilya by the Sea has an extensive handpicked collection of art pieces, from paintings to sculptures. Each villa can be fully rented, or guests can choose to stay in individual rooms.
Amrapali – House of Grace
Price: From $193
Amrapali – House of Grace can be found in Goa Velha, in a Portuguese heritage villa over a century old. There is an outdoor pool, and a bespoke fine dining menu, along with complimentary Wi-Fi.
This boutique hotel has a massage therapist on-call that can provide wellness treatments to guests when requested. In addition, the on-site Café Amrapali features the delectable creations of a pastry chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu.
Every room at Amrapali – House of Grace features unique design and character. Each includes air conditioning, a safety box, complimentary water bottles, and flat-screen TV with Netflix access. Some rooms include a free-standing copper bathtub and private lake-front garden access, while others have a 180-degree pool view or a lounging space. The Moroccan pool house is an opulent standalone option full of blue accents and gorgeous details.
Hot Tip: Our step-by-step guide offers tips on the best ways to fly to India with points and miles!
Andores Resort & Spa
Price: From $135
The Andores Resort & Spa in Calangute can be found within walking distance of the beach, surrounded by serene coconut groves. This unique luxury boutique experience in Goa is full of local charm, with design influenced by the traditional look of villages in the area.
Fine dining is provided at 2 on-site restaurants, Diva and Cinnamon, featuring Italian and Goan cuisine. There is also a bar serving delicious creative cocktails with views over the garden.
The resort includes a spa, fitness center, swimming pool, pop-up store, and lounge. Andores is a perfect place to unwind and disconnect from the many stressors present in the real world.
Each room at the resort includes a smart TV and electronic safe, along with a minibar and tea and coffee maker. Guests are treated to a complimentary buffet and Wi-Fi access.
Goa Cottages Agonda
Price: From $57
Located right on Agonda Beach, Goa Cottages offers guests a laid-back and luxuriously comfortable boutique experience. Each private cottage includes at least partial sea views for a truly intimate atmosphere.
Some of the cottages are on the beach, while others are situated further back, surrounded by a lush garden. Each cottage is built from natural local materials like limestone tiles, coconut throngs, and wood. Every cottage is designed to make the most of the amazing natural light in the area.
Each accommodation option at Goa Cottages includes 2 fans, a safety box, and air conditioning. The cottages also have a private veranda, a smart TV with satellite channels and streaming options, and lots of shelves perfect to use as storage. The oversized bathrooms have a semi-open-air design that allows the breeze in but keeps insects out via a barely-visible screen.
Price: From $2,451
Maravilha can be found in a 200-year-old restored heritage villa in upscale Assagao, in the northern part of Goa. Maravilha is the Portuguese word for “marvel,” and it won’t take guests long at all to notice that the name suits the place perfectly.
The property includes access to a lounge that doubles as a living room, a spacious dining room, a private swimming pool, and an in-house restaurant. The expansive grounds at the hotel are perfectly manicured and feature beautiful gardens and stunning views over the forest behind the resort.
The resort can be fully rented out for private trips and includes a spa and wellness center that is accessible by request. In addition, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and an airport shuttle can be booked at an additional fee.
The 24-hour front desk is there to attend to guests’ every need. The romantic atmosphere is enhanced by the elegant contemporary design. Some rooms have direct access to the swimming pool, while others include private balconies.
Price: From $64
The beautiful historic Panjim Inn can be found in the Fontainhas Latin Quarter in Panaji. This is the oldest heritage hotel in Goa and has plenty of charm to offer. Old World hospitality and Goan traditions blend seamlessly in this boutique location.
Each of the luxurious rooms at the Panjim Inn includes an antique 4-poster bed, along with period almirahs and artifacts from China and Europe. Each room has a double bed or twin beds, as well as contemporary art pieces adorning the walls. Every accommodation option also has air conditioning, en suite baths, and hot water warmed by the rooftop solar panels. Eco-friendly toiletries and a chargeable minifridge are also provided, and 2 bottles of drinking water are complimentary per day.
The inn’s Verandah restaurant serves Goan and European cuisine to delight the senses of all guests.
Price: From $138
Shanti Morada is one of the best resorts in North Goa, located near Calangute in the peaceful and quaint village of Saligão. Vintage décor and modern amenities blend seamlessly in this boutique hotel experience.
The original building that houses Shanti Morada was built in 1897, then lovingly restored and converted into a boutique hotel with all the luxuries and refinement. The on-site Lantern Restaurant includes a live tandoor area that serves food at all hours.
Shanti Morada includes various themed lounges that are perfect for socializing and unwinding. Guests also have access to the Ozone concept swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a singular experience in Goa.
Each room at the hotel has a different name and a different design, but all have vintage touches and plenty of opulent details. Rooms include a walk-in shower, a clawfoot bathtub, a private balcony, a minibar, and a TV and coffee maker.
Price: From $88
The Siolim House heritage boutique hotel is a luxurious Indo-Portuguese location that dates back to the 17th century. Since 1996, Siolim House has welcomed guests to have a taste of the authentic Goan experience.
The hotel features a swimming pool, 24/7 security, an on-site restaurant serving traditional Goan cuisine, and a full power backup generator in case a storm takes the electricity out. In addition, there is a covered car park, and a concierge service is available to assist with transportation and activity planning.
Guests are treated to a complimentary gourmet breakfast when booking directly with the hotel, as well as an in-season complimentary yoga class. Airport pickup can be arranged to facilitate access to the property for guests arriving from abroad.
Each room at the Siolim House includes 200-count linens and complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as tea and coffee makers and ceiling fans for air conditioning. An upper garden suite is a separate unit that adds a private kitchenette.
Sur la Mer
Price: From $116
Sur la Mer is an exclusive boutique resort that offers a private oasis that feels disconnected from the rest of the world but still has plenty of great access. This personalized experience in Morjim will make guests feel pampered and relaxed.
The resort is only a leisurely 7-minute walk away from the beach and offers a spacious swimming pool that is perfect for unwinding. There is incredible fine dining on-site that includes a locally-sourced creative menu that changes themes through the seasons.
Rooms at Sur la Mer include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a shower and bath. A comfortable work area is also provided.
Some of the rooms are located poolside, while the treehouse offers an exclusive lodging experience. The opulent penthouse and the Emperor room are the most spacious options on the property.
Surya Kiran Heritage Hotel
Price: From $77
The Surya Kiran is located in a Portuguese heritage villa full of style and charm. Located in Panjim, along the Mandovi River, this is a peaceful retreat that is perfect for a Goan escape. A fine arts collection adorns the hotel and the Heritage Bistro, which provides amazing meals that can be enjoyed outdoors.
The Surya Kiran features an amazing garden, a swimming pool that is ideal for relaxing, an art gallery, a bar, and an entertainment room. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided to guests on the property, and parking facilities are available on-site.
Each room at the Surya Kiran is named after the Portuguese term for a color. Every accommodation option includes a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, tea and coffee-making options, and a fan. Hypoallergenic pillows are provided, along with board games, and an adapter. The luxurious private bathroom features a rain shower and complimentary deluxe toiletries.
The Tamarind Hotel
Price: From $50
The Tamarind Hotel is a luxurious Portuguese-style hotel in Anjuna that is only 10 minutes away from some of the best beaches in Goa. Designed by famous local architects Gerard da Cunha and Dean D’Cruz, this property includes a swimming pool and perfectly landscaped gardens.
The on-site restaurant Café Cotinga is housed in a heritage building over 2 centuries old. It features alfresco dining steeped in local tradition. Most accommodation options at The Tamarind Hotel have patios and views over the pool.
There is an in-house bakery that treats guests to many indulgences, and free bicycles are available for those seeking to explore the area. Each luxurious room at the Tamarind includes vintage accents and many modern amenities like a flat-screen TV, minibar, tea and coffee maker, and safety deposit box. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in every area of the property.
Goa has stunning landscapes and incredible buildings to explore. There are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and top-tier beaches, as well as unforgettable gastronomy. Tourism fuels Goa, and it attracts many visitors from around the world with all its many riches.
Christmastime is a great opportunity to visit the many places of worship in the state to get a unique glimpse into the blend of Eastern and Western cultures.