Want to live the high life on a holiday? A swanky pool usually accompanies such grand living, and naturally if you’re looking to splurge, nothing will cut it quite like a beach-side villa. And these Airbnbs dotting Goa will make sure of the Hamptons lifestyle while you soak up the sun with your massive family or bachelorette party brood. From heritage Portuguese mansions to chic minimalist holiday homes, go and live life king size in Goa.

Villa Alina, Calangute Beach

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Nothing says luxury like a six-bedroom house, just off the beach with a swimming pool to boot. And Villa Alina is just that. Located off the Calangute beach, it’s fully-staffed and breakfast is on the house. But what’s amazing is that the infinity pool has the perfect view of the sunset, although The Balcony — a special spot above the verandah comes a close second. Al fresco dining means you can soak up the balmy weather during meal time, and if you want indulgence, the house manager will organize barbecues, massages and even yoga sessions.

Price: INR 59,999

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 14 guests

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1Goa, Siridao Beach

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This one has some serious celeb cred, what with the interiors done up by Gauri Khan! Modern, swish and very chic, 1Goa is all about taking up style a notch or two. Don’t believe us? OK, there’s four bedrooms, a roof deck swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a home theatre and a garden. Oh, and did we mention that you have stellar views of the river as well as the vast Arabian Sea? Plus, a chef, butler, housekeeper and a chauffeur on hand to make it truly red carpet-esque. What you waiting for? Pack!

Price: INR 99,900

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 8 guests

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Luxury Villa, Mandovi River

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Not quite a beach bum, but still want to soak up the tropical weather of Goa? No problem. The 300-year-old Casa Britona will be perfect. The river-facing studios are dreamy and all the rooms are cosy – done up with four-poster beds, sweeping-the-floor drapes and an open courtyard which houses the swimming pool. For once, we’re happy to swap out beer in favour of a cup of tea and sip it on the landscaped garden with picket fences, overlooking the river. I think this might be paradise!

Price: INR 39,900

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 16 guests

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Colonial Mansion, South Goa

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Cosy, quirky and every bit the old-school hippie Goa, head here if you’re looking to soak in the chill vibes. The rooms, three with air conditioning and two made to let in the tropical breeze in, are done up in vibrant Portuguese tiles and ethnic Indian fabric to add colour and drama. But here, camaraderie is prime, and we love the game room with a pool table et al, to really reinforce that. You’re likely to extend you stay at this one, we suspect!

Price: INR 42,480

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 10 guests

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Josephine Villa, Mapusa

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Now this is what we call simple and striking. A single-storey Portuguese bungalow with a wrap around balcony {yes, the house is built on a platform like in the old days}, you can pick one of three bedrooms or opt for the opulent master bedroom which opens onto the garden and swimming pool. Since it’s a bit out of town, you can count on it being serene. Perfect to unwind. If you are here for a while, do ask the caretakers to set up a barbecue by the pool. Thank us later!

Price: INR 25,000

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 8 guests

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The Inner Temple, Moira

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Peace and quiet come with a gorgeous swimming pool, villa and a Grecian setting and it’s called The Inner Temple. An open plan kitchen, airy living room and arches across the villa set a chilled out vibes, and between the beautiful garden {with bougainvillea all around} and the patio, you won’t want to get out. The three rooms — large with king-size beds, balconies, sunshine curtains, and even a little garden, add to the charm. In fact, we might just settle here for the winter months!

Price: INR 15,000

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 9 guests

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Ocean View Villa, Reis Magos

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Luxury knows no bound here. Brilliant views of the Arabian Sea, check. Infinity pool, check. Two Jacuzzis, check. Snooker table, check. You get the drift, right? And you know what makes it even better? It’s located at a quiet and upmarket gated community at Reis Magos in North Goa. Also, the beach in a five-minute walk from the villa. Win! Make sure to take many photos and pretend you’re on MTV Crib!

Price: INR 39,966

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 10 guests

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Luxury Boutique Villa, Majorda Beach

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You don’t need to look further than this villa if you looking for quirky-meets-luxury-meets-homely. With seven themed-rooms on offer, you can settle into Ballygunge, Alipore or Darjeeling. Confused? Don’t be – the rooms are named after the places in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal where the owners {siblings Charlotte and Simon Hayward} have lived! From tents, four-poster beds, teak beds and private cottages, the house has it all. Plus, verandahs, mini bars, passages filled with intriguing curious from travels. Of course, the swimming pool is just the icing on the cake. Make sure to book a ride in their uber cool customised auto rickshaw.

Price: INR 40,000

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 14 guests

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Summertime Luxury Villa, Calangute

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Having won laurels for being romantic, the Summertime Villa is massive but manages to be cosy, thanks mostly to the wooden architecture. There’s an infinity pool that goes on into the distance of paddy fields and a lounge pool in case you just want to sit and wallow. Set in two acres of space, birds, butterflies, whistling winds and buzzing bees will loom around for added sound effects. Oh, we have really fallen in love with this place. We also adore the large bathrooms, perfect so soak in the tub with champagne in hand. Time to move to Goa. No, really.

Price: INR 31,560

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 7 guests

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Indo–Portuguese Mansion, Assagao

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Located in the swish Assagao residential zone of Goa, what you get here is a slice of modern but with dollops of traditional — well, in terms of architecture at least. Think a massive space with a charming Indo-Portuguese home built on it, arches, courtyards, patios and interesting passage ways leading up to five very stylish bedrooms. There’s even a swimming pool with canopies so you can lounge about and let time stand still. Except for meal times as there’s an in-house chef and European food is his forte!

Price: INR 51,990

Type Of Stay: Entire house

Can Accommodate: 10 guests

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