Goa has them all. Tents, homestays, fancy bed and breakfasts, low-key resorts and high-rise hotel. But if you are looking for a proper escape from reality, and are happy to splash out for it, then you've got to check into a 5-star hotel Some are by the beach while others closer to the city, and some in Panjim itself. So, go on, check in, order room service, chill by the pool, bask at the beach and just pamper yourself silly. We've picked out our favourite 5-star hotels that are located across the state.
Heading To The Sunshine State? These Five-Star Hotels In Goa Have Our Vote
Le Meridien, Calangute
Located in the boisterous Calangute area, this 5-star luxury resort in North Goa is inspired by the rich arts and heritage that the state has to offer. Spacious rooms, floor to ceiling windows, a fully equipped fitness centre, a beautiful outdoor pool and some of the best international cuisine restaurants, there is plenty reason to check into this one. Plus, it is a hop, skip and jump from some of the most popular beaches, markets, restaurants and bars in the area, so whether you are on a honeymoon or a business trip, this property will make sure you have nothing to complain about.
Set along the coastline of the spectacular Vagator Beach, lined by dramatic red cliffs, and numerous palm trees swaying to the winds, W Goa is a sought-after, utterly gorgeous five star hotel. Apart from being located in one of the most happening areas in North Goa, W Goa has over a hundred, tastefully done up rooms and villas, making for a great mix of privacy and luxury. Their in-house restaurant Spice Traders, serves some delectable Asian food, while the Woobar hosts some great live DJ acts (check before you go though!) while also serving delicious cocktails. Add that to an outdoor rock pool, a fitness centre and an upscale spa, making this one of the top hotels in Goa.
Taj Holiday Village & Spa
Located in the upbeat area of Calangute, Taj Holiday Village Resort and Spa is a paradise of luxury, set amidst lush nature. With the beach on one side, and dense foliage on another, this 5 star hotel in North Goa offers 142 elegantly designed terracotta-roof suites and villas. A flavour of the traditional Indo-Portuguese architecture and hospitality guides the aesthetics of the place, and the suites and villas are just as magnificent as are the resort’s alfresco offerings. Here you can savour a delicious three-course Thai lunch at Banyan Tree, which is easily one of Goa’s best Asian restaurants or let your hair down while you enjoy a drink and aperitif at the sunken bar and pool. All of this, besides a well equipped fitness centre, a tennis court, and some of the most relaxing massages available at their in-house spa, makes this one of our top recommendations for five star hotels in Goa.
Grand Hyatt Goa
Located in Bambolim with direct access to the Bambolim Beach, Grand Hyatt in Goa ranks high in our list of 5 star hotels in Goa. A true-blue luxury resort, the Grand Hyatt boasts of upscale rooms, each with a private terrace and overlooks the stunning blue waters of the Bambolim Bay and is spread out across 28 acres of colourful, tropical gardens and lush lawns. This Goa hotel comes with several restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools as well as a spa that combines the best of western and eastern treatment therapies. To top it off, it also has seven restaurants and bars which serve you some of the finest food and cocktails, to make sure that you get the taste of Goa, just right!
Alila Diwa Goa
Modern, high-end and chic along with a touch of the old world charm that echoes the Goa vibe, Alila Diwa gets it just right. Located in Majorda in South Goa, this five star hotel in South Goa, is replete with all the luxuries you could have asked for, while still being set amidst lush nature. Their infinity pool is something we cannot get enough of. The rooms come equipped with their own private terraces and balconies and even have a hot tub. Their curated Dine in the Dark experience is something we highly recommend, where your eyes take a break, while your taste-buds take over, while their Courtyard bar sports an elegant retro theme. Want more? They have a curated private Treehouse, full with a butler and a three course meal, that you can book for the perfect romantic evening.
Marriott Resort & Spa
Located centrally in Miramar, Marriott Resort & Spa offers the best of both worlds — while it is only a stone’s throw away from the capital city of Panjim, the resort is nestled amidst picturesque views of the Arabian Sea and Mandovi River. Tastefully done up rooms that offer both sea-views and garden views, this Goa five star offers award-winning hospitality and service, much in tune with the Marriott chain the world over. Apart from all the regular five star facilities like a well equipped fitness centre, a rejuvenating in-house spa, delectable food at their in-house restaurant, what we really dig at the Marriott Resort and Spa in Panjim, is their swim-up bar! Drinks and dinner, after a hearty swim, and you’re sorted for the day!
DoubleTree by Hilton Goa
Goa is not always about the beaches, eh? Sometimes it is about the gorgeous sunset over the Mandovi river, and we're all for that! So, check into the DoubleTree by Hilton and enjoy just that. In Panjim, this hotel is not only conveniently located both near the city and the river, but it's not also far from the nightlife and beaches, if you must go there! Plus, the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Old Goa is just about ten minutes away too.
The Leela in Goa is luxury, and then some. A massive property that is set in South Goa, almost all the rooms at this one are sea-facing. While there is the beach to always relax at, the hotel also has a spa, outdoor pool, restaurants, a golf course, a fitness centre and hospitality that will make you want to go back over and over again.
Spread over 45 acres, private access to the Arrosim beach and pools all along the landscape, ITC Grand is just that...grand! We love that this one has sprawling lawn so that the kids can happily wander about while you still keep an eye on them. Plus, a designated kids' play area that has staff to watch over them. When you've explored the hotel enough, then hit the sea for some jet skiing and splashing about!
Just ten minutes away from the beach, Radisson Blu is large, luxurious resort that is perfect for families with kids. With two swimming pools - one ONLY for kids, it’s a breezy and airy resort that doesn’t give you those boring hotel vibes. With three restaurants, you don’t really have to step out at all. Plus, if you really want to, the pristine Cavelossim beach is just a walk away.
Set in South Goa’s Utorda Beach, Planet Hollywood is all about the chilling by the beach and unwinding! Each room is a unique with options of overlooking the sea, the pool or just lush greenery, you are really quite cut off from the humdrum of the rest of the busy state. If you want to really go all out, check into the Sea Chalet which is perfect if you want privacy, luxury and a private deck.