If there’s one word that the current lockdown has spawned in good measure, it is Boredom (with a capital B no less). Too many of us are simply itching to get out there on a trip again with family or pals for company. Why Goa? Too many things, for starters, its susegad or laid back pace, the plethora of things to do, eat and drink, the gushing waters..do you even need a reason anymore?
Bollywood movies filmed and set in Goa have reported incredible viewership numbers of late and the reason is quite obvious! Coming back to the prospects of a safe vacation in Goa, well the stars seem to be shining bright for now. Word has it that almost 250 Goa hotels have received permission to open their doors. Hence, you can expect numerous sanitised hotels to choose from during your next vacation. Yet, there are a few things that you’ll have to keep in mind since the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates the same.
Statutory Warning: Do read on even if it sounds a little boring like all regulations often are!
Adhering to the above mentioned guidelines will help you enjoy your time in Goa to the hilt. Stay safe and take a much-needed sanitized (heaven knows we appreciate the importance of the term now!) break from your daily routine.
Top 6 hotels that you can visit now in Goa
Yes, there are some OYOs that are open in Goa now and these are located at some of the best places to visit in the Goa. If that’s not a double whammy then we don’t know what is! Check these out if you’re planning a longish break anytime soon.
Think sanitized stays with contactless experiences, protective equipment, social distancing and all safety measures and this hotel’s got you covered. Conveniently nestled at Patto near the Panaji Bus Stand, it offers everything you need for a rollicking time with your friends/family.
You can take your pick from a plethora of attractions since the hotel is centrally located in Panaji or Panjim itself. Check out the gorgeous Dona Paula View Point and Samad Fishery along with the beautiful Calangute, Sinquerim and Candolim beaches. Keep your date with history at the incredible Goa State Museum while admiring the charming architecture of houses dotting the Latin Quarters. Closer home, there are innumerable restaurants to try including Ritz Classic Restaurant, The Black Sheep Bistro, The Fisherman’s Wharf Panjim and Viva Panjim among others.
For those sudden work pangs as they’re now known, you’ll appreciate free Wi-Fi round the clock along with tea/coffee makers to refresh yourself every once in a while. The in-house bar and restaurant is a good place to unwind after a hectic day while air conditioning, comfy single/twin beds, TVs and geysers keep you absolutely comfortable. In the mood for a chilled beverage or two? The mini fridge will certainly be a godsend.
2. OYO 60088 Omkar Guest House
You should choose this charming guest house, not just for its safety precautions and equipment (all that is indeed taken care of) but also its relaxed vibe and stellar service. Located near the Panaji Ram Temple, it offers you a major incentive in the form of morning/evening walks at the nearby Jogger’s Park and Horticulture Garden.
The strategic location in Panaji is a plus point. Sashay like a model down the famous Latin Quarters where you’ll fall in love with the quaint and architecturally stunning homes. Check out the Dona Paula View Point for drool-worthy Insta snaps and of course, delve into Goa’s past at the State Museum. End with a sundowner at some of the hippest joints nearby including Cafe Al Fresco by Cantina Bodega, Goan Fish Cafe and Binge Lounge among others.
Work or simple lounging becomes more memorable courtesy the classic wide windows adorning spacious and elegant rooms at this hotel. Get plenty of natural light and fresh air while free Wi-Fi keeps you chugging along productively. There are single and twin bed options available while air conditioning keeps you comfortable 24-7. Ample parking space and hair dryers (adds that extra bit of convenience) are other features that you’ll love here.
3. Capital O 22969 The Center Court
Equipped with all necessary safety precautions for guests, this lovely hotel is situated right on the Varca Beach Road at Guneavaddo. For beautiful sanitized stays, look no further than this beauty.
Of course, the Varca Beach is where you’ll love hanging out throughout the day although you can try the lesser-known but equally charming Fatrade and Carmona beaches too if you love your solitude a little too much! Indulge in delicious grub at nearby joints like Feed More, The Avenue and Papa Joe’s. For a glimpse into the quirky yet elegant Goan aesthetic, visit the Paulino Art Gallery and San Thome Museum back to back. You’ll get what we mean!
Of course, free Wi-Fi is one incentive that’ll keep you connected round the clock. You’ll also love the mini-fridge, air conditioning and television that take the sting off your workday along with uninterrupted power supply (power backup) for getting work done seamlessly. Parking space is a big boon and so are the fancy in-room decor themes, softer furnishings, modern wall textures and classic rugs. After a hectic day, all you need to do is jump into the gargantuan swimming pool to enjoy sheer bliss.
4. OYO 9522 Hotel Villa Fatima Comforts
One of the best sanitized hotels in Goa for an enjoyable stay, this marvel is located right near the ultra-popular Baga Beach with direct access to the connecting Calangute-Baga Road. Oh and did we mention that you’ll be staying in a quaint Goan villa? Sounds super tempting right?
Along with the pristine waters of the Baga Beach, you’ll definitely have a blast at the Blue Whale Water Park (a must-visit for the little ones) or enjoy driving hard bargains for an array of enticing stuff at the Tibetan Market (Baga Road). Sample delicious local fare at Britto’s, Fat Fish or Patio 23 nearby while you can admire Goa’s architectural elegance at the charming Holy Trinity Church or St. Alex’s Church nearby. In the mood for a monument or two? Visit the Tito Henry De Souza Statue for great pictures.
Comfort is the priority of course and the hotel takes care of your needs with televisions, air conditioning, geysers and well, all the basics. Of course, when you’re working, power backup and free Wi-Fi are two features that keep you seamlessly connected on a 24-7 basis. Work breaks are bound to be more delightful at the quaint small garden and outdoor seating zone (goes well with some evening tea/coffee). The swimming pool is where you can splash away the rigors of your day with elan.
5. Collection O 50331 Valley View Resort Chogm Road
One of the best equipped Goa hotels in terms of safety precautions, this is where you should head for a charming holiday in Saligao. Get a feel of the real Goan lifestyle away from all those shenanigans.
Saligao is home to some of Goa’s most pristine and beautiful churches including the Nossa Senhora de Monte Church, St. Alex Church and Mae De Deus Church. You’ll adore the view from the Fort Aguada while checking out the nearby Sinquerim beach as well. History and culture buffs shouldn’t miss the Museum of Goa which is a lesson in old-world glamour (both design and collection-wise).
Free Wi-Fi keeps you going throughout the day without hassles while power backup ensures uninterrupted productivity. At the same time, air conditioning, televisions and super comfy king/queen size beds take care of your comfort needs along with mini-fridges in rooms. Take a break at your spacious verandah with a lovely view of its own and spend a moment appreciating the classic decor theme. Parking space is a major plus point while hearty complimentary breakfasts are served each day too (sounds appetizing if you’re a foodie!).
6. OYO 72650 Casa Seaesta Beach Cottages & Suites
Watch this hotel turn on the charm with its delightfully laidback and serene ambience. Enjoy your holiday away from the madding crowds at this Arambol hotel which is a stone’s throw away from the Silver Star Bar and Restaurant.
The Anjuna Beach is an experience that you wouldn’t want to miss, particularly at sunset. A stroll up the Chapora Fort is another experience worth having along with a visit to the Calangute Beach in the evening. The Arambol Beach itself will please you with its clear waters and delightful ambience. Those into alternative therapies, wellness and yoga may find just what they’re seeking here!
Work or laze around in peace at this idyllic cottage-themed resort with a charming vibe, ample peace and quiet and of course, zero crowds. The elegant decor themes and furniture pieces will delight you immensely while air conditioning keeps you comfortable throughout the day and night. Even watching Netflix in bed probably didn’t feel as good as it will amidst these serene surroundings!
Top 4 hotels to visit in Goa after things get back to normal
While you’ve just seen the top 6 hotels in Goa that you can visit now, here’s taking a look at four spectacular hotels that you can visit once everything gets back to normal.
Once things get back to normal, you ‘ll be looking for a crib somewhere at the heart of town and near major landmarks. Located near the famous Infantaria Bakery on Baga Road, this hotel is definitely worth checking out.
Once you’re done digging into sumptuous delights at Infantaria, you can expect to have a memorable time visiting the Chapora Fort and Goa State Museum. After delving deep into Goan history, check out its architectural marvels like The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Shop, eat and enjoy the fresh sea breeze at Dona Paula on your way back. Spending your time at the Calangute or Baga beach is of course a given along with customary visits to popular joints like Bay 15 and Titos Beach Club.
Work-days will be uninterrupted courtesy free Wi-Fi and power backup. The AC, TV and geyser, among other basics, will make you feel right at home while the in-house restaurant serves up a mouth-watering array of dishes. Rooms flaunt side sofas, sophisticated lighting, wooden furnishings and center tables. Dress in style with the large mirror and charming dressing table at your beck and call. Take work breaks happily with a cold beverage or two from your mini-fridge.
2. OYO 2288 Hotel Leela Cottages
Located in the soothing environs of Ashvem, near the Ajoba Temple, this is a charming Goa hotel that is located near several landmarks for tourists. The hotel is a wellness-meets-soothing proposition, something that you may actually enjoy.
Laze around at the Arambol Beach, a pot-pourri of colorful shacks, good food, yoga and alternative therapies and clear gushing waters. Check out the nearby Morjim Beach for its pristine splendor and the majestic Chapora Fort. The Banyan Tree and Arambol Dam are other major attractions worth visiting along with the secluded Kalacha Beach. If you’re in the mood for some adventure, sign up for kite-surfing and windsurfing lessons at Kiteguru Kitesurf School or go whale/dolphin watching with Terra Conscious tours. Dig into lip-smacking treats across popular joints including La Cucina, La Plage, Sunway Restaurant and Mango Tree.
Amenities like televisions, geysers, mini-fridges and air conditioning are provided for your comfort and relaxation while free Wi-Fi keeps you seamlessly connected to work and family alike. Take breaks at the charming in-house restaurant and bar while the open garden, sea views and quaint cottage decor set the tone for supreme relaxation ahead.
3. OYO 7216 Kris Resort
Relish the cool sea air and charming ambience at this stylish resort near the Shantadurga Temple in Calangute. Business and family travellers will certainly find this to be a great pick.
The Calangute Beach is where you should head for its mesmerizing sands, waves and tantalizing food and drink offered up by the shacks alongside. Shop your heart out at the Tibetan Market (bonus tip- be sure to bargain hard!) or satiate your gastronomic cravings at the City Burger, Vasco Square Restaurant and numerous other eateries. Still in the mood for additional retail therapy? Check out the Valanka Shopping Mall nearby.
If you’re looking for a peaceful work ambience, this is it! Enjoy free Wi-Fi round the clock along with comfortable air conditioning, television and delightful hot baths (geysers provided). Once you’re done working, hop over to the beach for a relaxing sun-downer while unwinding in the truest sense of the term.
4. OYO Home Luxe 9891 Poolside Villa
A stylish villa? Check. Gorgeous sunset and sea views to savor? Check. Proximity to major landmarks? Triple Check! This hotel is situated strategically at Vagator, being just a short walk away from the Anjuna Bus Stop and in proximity to NH-66 and Tivim Railway Station.
In the mood for sun, sand and frolic? Try the Chapora, Vagator and Ozran beaches nearby while enjoying the pulsating nightlife at Titos and Club Cabana. Visit the mesmerizing Anjuna Beach at sunset while snapping up cool stuff at the Vagator or Anjuna Flea Markets thereafter. Create your own Dil Chahta Hain moment at the imposing Chapora Fort (you’ll know what we’re talking about). We’re sure you’ll be as Insta-happy as it gets!
The charming balcony in your room will surely give you an incentive to take more frequent breaks from work! You’ll fall in love with the quaint decor, spacious rooms and ample natural light. Boost your productivity with the enlivening sea breeze and power backup for company. Other amenities include geysers, air conditioning and televisions.
Savoring a heady mix of the rustic and luxe in Goa
Goa hotels opening up spells good news for tourists and all necessary safety precautions are now being taken by all establishments including restaurants. While this does point to a slow but steady revival of Goa’s tourism industry, the best part about the State is not just its landmarks, gorgeous beaches, jolly sunsets or pulsating parties at India’s hippest nightclubs.
The real Goa lies mixed with glamor with its charming homes, quaint neighborhoods, friendly and laidback locals (delightfully so!), indescribably tasty local food and the strangely intoxicating rustic yet cosmopolitan ambience that you’ll find nowhere else. You’ll certainly want to come down to the sunshine State for yet another blissful holiday once everything gets completely back to normal. You’re not alone; we think a major chunk of the Indian population is suffering from what can be labelled as Goa-titis (read-major missing!). Even if things take time to recover, remember that this too shall pass. Here’s to safe and happy Goa holidays ahead!
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