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Most popular areas in Goa for 5-star hotels

Want to sun yourself in style? Then opt for one of the many 5-star pads scattered throughout Goa. This small but beautiful state is split into 2 main sections, with South Goa being the more serene sibling. Here, you can pick a hotel near Arossim Beach, or perhaps Cavelossim. Alternatively, look up to lively North Goa, where there are more buzzing, up-scale resort areas than you can hope for, with Bambolim being one worth checking out.

Top 5-star hotels in Goa

Novotel Goa Shrem, which is situated close to the famously energetic beach town of Calangute, is a perfect example of 5-star plushness in Goa. Think spacious rooms with polished wood floors, and a beach shack where you can have Sunday brunch overlooking the water. Then there’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Goa – Aprora – Baga, which offers easy access to Anjuna Beach, and boasts palm trees, a swimming pool, and a fitness center. Vivanta by Taj – Holiday Village, Goa has lovely touches like hanging lamps crafted by local artists, along with treatment suites featuring yoga and meditation rooms.

Where to find the best restaurants in Goa

Goa is notable for its tongue-tingling blend of Portuguese and Indian flavors, so culinary adventurers will be in their element. The luxury hotels along the coastlines of North and South Goa have romantic, fine dining restaurants serving coconut-infused fish curries and richly spiced chicken xacuti. You can also venture into the city of Panaji to discover traditional, elegant eateries serving the classic vindaloo of the region, as well as locally caught seafood encrusted with toasted spices. The famous fish thali of Goa is another must-try.

The most popular things to do in Goa

The extensive coastline is arguably Goa’s biggest draw, and it can be hard to know which beach to go for. Mandrem is a hidden gem of the North Goa shore – a relaxed, languid alternative to the busy party beaches elsewhere. Speaking of which, if you do want to let your hair down and have a decadent evening by the lapping waters, try Baga Beach. This is a perennial hotspot for lively visitors in search of a good time, and really comes alive at night. The next day, you can recover and rejuvenate at one of the many yoga and therapy centers which Goa is renowned for. You can stretch and soothe yourself on hilltops or by the beaches, with experienced teachers there to enlighten you. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, home to bison, deer, and cheeky giant squirrels, is another top attraction.

Best ways to get around Goa

Goa boasts a rather good road network, making it fairly straightforward to get around by bus. Bear in mind, though, that the many beaches and historic colonial attractions are scattered far and wide, so it’s well worth investing in a hired car for real freedom to explore. If you want a typically Goan experience, you can also be brave and hop onto one of the local motorcycle taxis, or the yellow and black autorickshaws, which ply the roads.

Goa (state) travel guides

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