Who even does staid hotels in Goa, dude? MakeMyTrip (MMT) gets us. It knows that a Goa vacay should either involve staying in stunning Portuguese villas or spoil-me-silly apartments or better still, in villas where the whole fam can find a home away from home. This is why, they’re now letting you book all these cool, alternative stays from their site and app.
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Skip The Hotels In Goa: Book Cool Villas & Homestays With MakeMyTrip
What Makes It Awesome
We keep eyeing the flight ticket deals on MakeMyTrip but weren’t sure if this new ‘homes and villas’ category was any good. So, we went around with the MMT folks to see the range of properties they’d on-boarded in Goa. The first one included a big 5-bedroom villa where the film Dear Zindagi was shot. We loved the warm hospitality of the villa’s staff along with their rawa fish, omelette poi and watermelon juice. This, was over and above the gorgeous courtyard with a fountain and the pool.
Next up, we realised that our fave, Woke Hostel in Arpora could also be booked thanks to this new category addition to the MMT offerings. If roughing out isn’t your scene, they’ve got plush studios and 2–3bhk service apartments via their collaboration with Goa-based real estate biggie, Vianaar. If the fancy schmancy apartments also don’t make the cut, or you have a bigger gang, they’ve got massive villas — some uber luxurious, others quite quaint and traditional. The tariffs start at a mere INR 399 with the hostel dorms to up to 3–6k a night for 2bhk apartments to a mad 40k for an opulent family villa. But it’s great to have options, right?
Options reminds us, all the Ikshaa villas via MMT, in Goa are pet-friendly and come with their private pool. We’re looking at folks planning crazy bachelorettes to be here. If you’re all about farm stays or beach cottages with bae, fret not, you’ll have those on great deals as well.
What Could Be Better
Since the category is new and they’re gradually adding more properties across India, the navigation is pretty rudimentary. For instance, if your search parameters are very narrow, you’re going to have limited choices.
After the Goa peak season dies out, around mid-March, you can find great stays on MakeMyTrip at awesome discounts. So, that monsoon Goa getaway in a luxurious sea-view house might finally fit in your budget. #JustSaying