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Best Overall: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

This Mediterranean-inspired resort is located in Benaulim, southern part of Goa. The luxury rooms and villas are spread over 56 acres, offering manicured gardens and ocean views. A golf cart is available to pick you up, or you can rent a bicycle. Both come to help you explore everything you find on the property: gardens, a mini golf course, a small cricket ground, and sports and pool activities for children and adults.
Of the four restaurants, Lobster Village stands out for offering an ocean view and of course, fresh seafood. Lifeguards on the pool, television in the bathroom and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity are everywhere - even on the beach. For conferences, business meetings and destination weddings, the resort has ample amenities courtesy of the 4,600-square-foot banquet hall.
Where the Taj truly stands among the rest is in their service. They will upgrade the rooms without being asked, leaving small gifts behind, and help plan surprises. Beyond the resort, they can arrange tours to bird sanctuaries, spice gardens and private Portuguese homes - just ask and they will help.

Best Budget: Lazy Frog

One of the newest hotels in Goa, Lazy Frog began operations in November 2015. Situated in the village of Carmona in South Goa, the property has functional rooms, wooden cottages, a garden, badminton court and pool. The spacious room has a small kitchen, AC, attached bathroom / toilet and double bed. Amenities are standard: daily fresh towels, microwave, mini fridge and bar, cable television with over 100 channels, and daily housekeeping service. There is a small restaurant on site, which outsources its food, but the chef takes orders for breakfast and breakfast.
Although it is a small place, it is well kept and extremely clean. Carmona Beach is a good walk away and owners are on hand to help organize buses, cars, and taxis, although a bus stop is also nearby. Lazy Frog is located in a residential area, but has plenty of shops and small restaurants. It is ideal for those seeking some standard luxury but at a cheaper rate.

Best Boutique: Coco Shambala

Coco Shambala, a private retreat in the middle of a forest-style garden, has four well-furnished villas. Each has two bedrooms, a private jet pool, a well-stocked kitchen and an open living pavilion and shower area. You are always surrounded by greenery when the heat of summer gets a bit brisk.
The service of the resort is attentive and friendly. There is a 24-hour gateway, which you can contact using a pre-ordered cell phone. Even you can ask them for suggestions for sharing a cup of masala tea or exploring the state. Every feature of Coco Shambala is tailored to the guests' choice. The food is fresh and prepared keeping in mind the culinary requirements. There is a communal communal pool, which can double as a bar. A spa, away in the garden, offers aromatic Ayurvedic treatments and massages. While it is far from the bustle of the main city center, Coco Shambala offers a car and driver (call 24/7) when you want to visit nearby beaches or go shopping.

Best for Families: Alila Diwa

This five-star hotel is located on the banks of Gonsua Beach in Majorda, amid lush green paddy fields, just a short walk from the airport. There are a total of 153 rooms and suites, including family rooms and suites, which provide a terrace. There is a family area with a mini theater, an idea pool and a referring play area. Alila Diva offers a free shuttle to the beach, a dining space for all children and a dining space in vivo. For a taste of good Goan or Indian food, try the award-winning Spice Studio.
If you want to get out, the Diva Club - a hotel within a hotel - is the property's biggest option. You will find 35 ultra-luxurious rooms, an infinity pool, open-air jacuzzi, fitness center, saloon and bistro. No matter where you live in Alila, however, the resort offers visits to nearby beaches, spice farms, temples, museums and podars (local bakers), and onsite cooking classes and treetop candle-lit lighters .

Best for Romance: Ahilya by the Sea

The property of this waterfront Cocoa Beach is covered with coconut palms and nine rooms spread over three villas, each decorated with traditional art and antique decor. If you are after a more budget-friendly option, that too is available as a comfortable place in the branches of the banyan tree 200 years old. You won't find room service, phone or TV here, so you'll have to search outside for your entertainment, but we're sure you'll be able to do a lot.
There are two pools - an infinity pool to watch the sunset and a small plunge pool for the sunset. All rooms and locations look outside the beach, which is a short distance away. This place is often visited by fishermen and you sometimes get a glimpse of the fishing activity. The catch of the day makes it on the daily menu. Food and drinks are not allowed in the rooms, but can be enjoyed anywhere outside. Breakfast is served in the balconies and dinner is al fresco. The food is Goa, Italian and French. Each evening, guests can mingle with others during Happy Hours, where drinks are free, or during special musical performances each evening.

Best Luxury: The Leela Goa

This five-star hotel is situated amidst 75 acres of lush greenery with its own private beach. The residences are divided into premier rooms, deluxe rooms, club suites and villas. The guest rooms are spacious with marble bathrooms and a view of the lagoon or lake. Opt for a stay in package and you'll get a set of sweet perks, such as a free breakfast spread, half a day of sightseeing, spa treatments, butler service, a personal fitness instructor at the gym, or complimentary wine and chocolate. For example, sign up for the culinary sojourn package, and you will get to introduce Goan Food which includes cooking and display of food, a visit to the Masala Farm and food from the farm to the table.
The property has a spa, tennis courts, a golf course, an un-sex salon, and a variety of restaurants: all-day dining, Indian, Italian, seafood, a pool side bar and a drinking lounge. The Aqua Recreation Lounge has a pool table, chess board and books and in the evening turns into a discotheque. In addition, swimming classes, yoga and pilates, and karaoke are meant to keep you busy. In The Leela Goa, everything is provided for, so you are leaving the resort.

Best for Singles: W Goa

India's first W hotel is situated on a hill with Vagator, Goa's most popular beach. The 122 rooms include villas, chalets and suites. Guestrooms are spacious and require a proper place to walk or wait long for a buggy ride, but the place is pet-friendly and a personal trainer is available for gym-goers And nearby is a guide for those interested in treks places. For the younger crowd, the WET deck bar has healthy snacks and cocktails, the WOOBAR is a lounge by day and party venue by night, and the rock pool is a great place to swim with a view of the beach. The spa includes an oxygen room, a heated vitality pool, steam room and sauna. Everything is thought of here, from foreign exchange services and a beauty shop to a floral and limousine service.

Best Heritage Stay: Neemrana’s Arco Iris Noble Home

A 200-year-old Portuguese restored bungalow is ideal for those wishing for a quiet, home-made stay. Arco Iris, a pet-friendly, five-room dwelling, is located near a lake and has a large garden. All rooms have high ceilings, large windows, thick walls and an en-suite bathroom; Just keep in mind that only two are air conditioned. There is a long veranda to rest during the day, and a well-stocked library during downtime. Breakfast is included; Lunch and dinner are charged and can be booked in advance. The biggest attraction here is Feni, a resident Labrador.
If requested, the host will take you for a walk and introduce you to the neighborhood: the paddy fields, the nearby Zuari River and its backyard, the church and Lutolim village and the avian population. As it is an old house, expect some 'visitors' like lizards and frogs, and be prepared for spotted Wi-Fi (this is best used in the common area). The place is a bit cramped, so you will need a taxi (check the rates beforehand) or your vehicle. The Arco Iris of Neemrana is not for those looking for beaches and party destinations, but for a peaceful side of Goa.

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