Think New Year’s Eve and Goa will be the first thought you’ll have. And because everyone will make their way to the country’s favourite party destination, Goa will be super chaotic and crowded. So what do you do if you want to spend NYE in Goa but stay away from the madness? These options might just be the answer to you question!

Emerald Lawns

Photo source: Klaus Nahr via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Photo source: Klaus Nahr via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Head down to some old-school romance and experience the magic of being in a prom-like setup. With some old classics playing, it is the perfect place to celebrate your New Year’s Eve with your loved ones. Nestled amongst the Parra fields that line up the Mapusa-Porvorim highway, Emerald Lawns is the perfect NYE destination to experience the midnight dance with the crowd jiving and waltzing to the some foot tapping retro music. A great place to meet old friends and new, while indulging in some scrumptious Goan food, Emerald Lawns is definitely the place to be.

Rent A Cruise

Photo source: Goaboatparty.com

Photo source: Goaboatparty.com

Sailing across the serene backwaters of the Mandovi on a New Year’s Eve under the moonlit sky – you like the sound of that, don’t you? Well, that’s all possible now with the facility available with Goa Boat Party. Rent their services and avail yourself a laid-back cruise along the river, while taking in the gentle breeze. Perfect for a romantic getaway aboard the cruise, you could be sipping on some champagne, and munching on the delectable cuisine served, that will keep the appetite flowing as one enjoys the journey and the magnitude of the great marshy backwaters lined with mangroves and the dim outline of the salt panes the line the estuary. Click here to check out their website.

Ashwem – Morjim

Photo source: Marbela Beach

Photo source: Marbela Beach

Away from the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded Baga–Calangute belt, drive up further north into Goa’s most exterior coastline to enjoy the less commercialised beach front of Ashwem and Morjim beach. Get to experience the yet undisturbed coastline devoid of the noisy reveler. Perfect to let loose and soak in the last sunset for the year while relaxing in one of the many shacks that line up the Ashwem – Morjim beach belt. Highly recommended shacks that are a must visit to experience the solitude are La Plage, Montego Bay Beach Village, Marbela and Jardin D’Ulysee to just name a few.

Babazin

Photo soure: Babazin's Shack

Photo soure: Babazin’s Shack

Situated on the banks of the Mandovi river overlooking the busy capital city of Panjim, Babazin’s shack houses itself on the sandy strip of the coastline along the river. Known for its delicious Goan food, specialising in local seafood, it is the perfect way to spend a quiet New Year’s Eve in the company of the sound of the waves, the wind blowing through your hair and the view of the bustling city across the river. Perfect to welcome in the New Years by lighting some Chinese lanterns and watching them drift amidst the starry, chilly night.

Teso Riverfront

Photo source: Teso Waterfront

Photo source: Teso Waterfront

Nestled In the sleepy village of Siolim, Teso Riverfront is picturesque and pristine in its beauty. White cabanas lining up the waterfront property that glisten under the moonlit evening are simply beautiful. A hidden gem carving itself on the banks of the Chapora river, the magnificence of the property is truly worth experiencing in the company of friends and loved ones. An exuberance in its visual appeal and the mouth-watering Mediterranean delicacies prepared by the chef is the perfect location for a quiet relaxed night to ring in the New Year.

Featured photo source: Marbela Beach