Goa

Goa has plenty to offer nature enthusiasts. Mollem National Park is home to the popular Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. Spot crocodiles along the Cumbarjua Canal or visit exotic spice plantations close to Ponda. Whether you're seeking beach relaxation or a wildlife encounter, talk to the team at Redefine Travels to find out more about Goa. We'd be delighted to help you plan a tailor-made visit.

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Wonderful Beaches to delightful old Portuguese districts

Goa’s reputation precedes itself as a top-notch beach destination in India, and visitors won’t be disappointed by the stretches of pristine coastline. But there is more to holidays in Goa than swimming and sun soaking. The tiny region of Goa is lodged between Karnataka and Maharashtra, previously a pleasant outpost for Portuguese sailors and soldiers. As a result, the old city is full of quaint and beautiful Portuguese heritage monuments. In the countryside, the spice plantations are lush and tropical, and the land that hugs the Western Ghats is home to National Park, wildlife sanctuaries, and raging waterfalls.

The state’s capital city is Panjim in the north. Situated on the wide Mandovi River, it’s relaxed and pleasant here. The Latin Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Zone, is a delight to explore with its tangle of tiny streets filled with colourful houses, terracotta stylings and wrought iron balconies. The area overlooking the peninsula on the river is alive with activity day and night, perfect for a sunset stroll and a cheeky drink on the river.

Old Goa is just a few kilometres east of Panjim, and today it contains a small but remarkable collection of beautifully preserved convents and churches. Between 1510 and 1835, Old Goa was part of the Portuguese eastern empire, bustling with trade and activity, but thanks to a series of unfortunate epidemics the city was abandoned in 1835.

Goa’s beaches are spectacular and there is no shortage of them. They differ quite wildly in atmosphere and “finding the perfect beach” has become somewhat of a sport. Party-goers and hippies flock to Arambole on the northern shores. Baga is packed with people and water sports. Goa’s southern beaches are great for peace and quiet, in particular Varca, Cavelossim and Morbor.

Hotels

luxurious Hotels to Beach resorts

Alila Diwa, Goa

A real gem of a hotel situated amidst lush rice paddy fields and a short walk to the beach. It’s a luxury hotel in south Goa adjacent to sandy Majorda beach and only a 20 minute drive from Goa International Airport. The rooms are built in contemporary Goan style and include all the modern comforts one could wish for. The resort leisure activities include the Alila Spa, swimming pool and several dining opportunities serving traditional Goan and international cuisine.

Taj Exotica, Goa

This five star resort is set amidst 56 acre of lush gardens along Benaulim Beach, on the South West coast of Goa and 45 minutes from the airport. While the main hotel building accommodates a range of luxury rooms and suites, guests wishing for more privacy can opt to stay at one of the private detached villas, varying in size from two to four bedroom units, some with private plunge pools. There is a wide array of dining choices at the hotel’s many restaurants which offer a variety of culinary.

W Hotel, Goa

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, recently announced the opening of W Goa, located on the internationally famous Vagator Beach. Situated between the beautiful jungle and the stunning coastline of Vagator Beach, W Goa features 160 vibrant guestrooms, including Villas, Chalets, Suites & an Extreme WOW Villa (the brand’s take on the Presidential Suite). An hour’s flight from Mumbai and a 90-minute drive from the Goa International Airport, this W Escape overlooks the Arabian Sea.

Aashyana Lakhanpal, Goa

Candolim is a must destination for visitors to Goa, and it has an intriguing secret. Tucked away at the end of a quiet lane, off the bustling main road to Calangute, is Aashyana the -‘nest’ this royally appointed jewel in the crown nestles on the prettiest stretch of Candolim beach, in a lush tropical garden exuding tranquillity. In an ambience offering the best in contemporary Indian design, Aashyana has the rare combination of impeccable attention to every detail of luxurious living whilst giving opportunities to explore your more contemplative.

Park Hyatt Resort & Spa, Goa

Set on 45 acres of beachfront land, the Park Hyatt Resort & spa is modelled on a village home, with rooms spread out amidst landscaped gardens and glistening lagoons. The resort’s outdoor swimming pool is one of India’s largest, while contemporary interiors fitted with modern artwork offer a chic respite. The place is packed with restaurants and bars like Casa Sarita, the hotel’s signature Goan restaurant, but our favourite is the Village Café—you’ll find this busy all-day dining restaurant in the heart of the property.

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