There is no dearth of places to stay in Goa - in fact you will be spoilt for choice. Depending on what your needs are and how much you want to spend you're sure to find something that fits your bill. Just to give you a sense of the range we are talking about, at the top end, you could pick a plush villa with a sea view all to yourself or maybe check into one of the many deluxe five-star resorts and on the other end pay a pittance and stay at a local's home, sometimes even with a sea view, if you are really lucky!
Ok, now we're going to try and assist you in choosing the right accommodation depending on your preferences and budget and we have further divided the places to stay by region: south Goa and north Goa. Private beaches are not allowed in Goa, but many of the five star hotels in south Goa are located by the beach and since these beaches are secluded and not overrun by tourists, they are practically private!
For your information all the hotel properties in North Goa will be 30 to 50 kms from the Airport while the ones in South Goa will be approximately 10 to 65 kms from the airport. Many of the hotels also offer pick up and drop off service from the airport, so do ask regarding this at the time of booking your hotel.
South Goa Hotels:
Most of the luxury five star resorts and hotels are located in the South of Goa and all of them are on beaches that are virtually private. A typical five-star hotels all these properties feature everything you would expect with most even providing free airport transfers, but be sure to check this while booking your stay.
From the ones located in South Goa, the Park Hyatt, is the closet of the luxury hotels from the airport, at a distance of only 15 minutes. The Park Hyatt offers massive private space with well-appointed swimming pools and has the award winning Sereno Spa or cooking lessons in Goan cuisine with master chefs. The Taj Exotica is another luxury hotel that is the perfect place to spend a lavish and luxurious holiday. Check out the Leela Kempinski hotel in the deep south, that offers a tranquil stay in serene settings. The Intercontinental Lalit Goa Resort is at the far end of South Goa and is a good option if you are looking for true seclusion on your holiday.
Other deluxe hotels in South Goa include the Holiday Inn Resorts, Zuri White Sands Beach Resort and Casino, the Retreat by Zuri and the Alila Diwa Resort which is located along Majorda Beach just 20 minutes from Dabolim International Airport.
Colva beach is an area popular with tourists and in the budget accommodation, try the Silver Sand Beach Resorts or Bay Watch hotel located here; Goa Beach House that is built on a beach front is just south of Colva.
North Goa Hotels:
If you want to be where the action is then choose to stay in the north. The luxury hotels here are the Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada and Taj Holiday Village that has 142 cottages and villas and is close to Candolim. Both these hotels are located adjacent to each other and are roughly 50 kms from the Dabolim Airport.
Calangute and Baga beaches are popular haunts for tourists and some deluxe hotels that are quite easy on the pocket in this area include the Lemon Tree, Whispering Palms, Resort Terra Paraiso and Estrela Do Mar amongst others.
There are very many small hotels catering to budget travellers in North Goa. No hotels are actually located on the beach, but most are within spitting distance. 3-star and 2 star hotels are dime a dozen, and most of them offer packages that are reasonably priced and almost all are near the beachfront.
If you are a business traveler and looking to stay in the town of Panjim then the two luxury hotels there are the Goa Marriott Resorts and Vivanta by Taj Panaji, which is close to Miramar beach and is 28 kms from the airport. In the 3-star category, Ginger hotel is a decent option and is located in the town area of Panjim.
If you are looking at a little quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds look at staying at the various hotels in Vagator or Morjim areas.
Experience Goan culture by stay with a Goan family as paying guests, where you can share their customs and get to know Goa better or you can just opt for a dormitory set-up. Goa is well-visited throughout the year therefore it is better to book your choice of hotel well in advance so that you don’t end up having to narrow your options too much.