Why Goa?Holidays can be anything you want them to be – whether it’s working on a tan, or dancing through the night. Now that the festive season has finished, prices of food, drink and accommodation are reduced; you’ll miss the worst of the crowds, but get the best of the weather. This is the perfect time for luxury holidays in Goa.Where to StayIn the North, our favourites are Nilaya Hermitage and Aashyana Lakhanpal. Nilaya is a boutique hotel with unique rooms full of personality, and an atmosphere of total comfort and relaxation. Located in Arpora, between Baga and Anjuna beaches, this is an ideal location for holidays in Goa which combine the best of beaches and bars. Aashyana (meaning ‘nest’) is a peaceful property amidst the bustle of Candolim, surrounded by a tropical garden and next to Candolim beach. A perfect location for holidays for those who value both location and loveliness.South Goa has three of our favourite locations. The Taj Exotica is a 5-star beachside hotel surrounded by 56-acres of lush garden. With an excellent spa, a wide selection of high-quality eateries and a fantastic swimming pool you might not want to leave the hotel here. The Leela is right on the Southern tip of Goa, and has a full compliment of facilities to rival the Taj Exotica. It also has it’s own private beach – this is the accommodation of choice for luxury holidays where you just want to escape. Finally, Park Hyatt, just south of Vasco de Gama and Panjim, is another perfect place to enjoy holidays in Goa. The property offers spa treatments, yoga, cooking lessons with master chefs.
Where to EatIn the North, Fiesta in Baga is said to be Goa’s most ambient restaurant, with great Portuguese inspired cuisine. A romantic destination is the Indo-French Le Poisson Rouge next to Baga Bridge. Enjoy the signature carpaccio starters, before delving into an unforgettable beef filet steak or some fresh fish. If you are staying at Nilaya, Baba Au Ruhm in Arpora is an exquisite nearby French patisserie with rich pain-au-chocolats and the best pizzas you will find in Goa.In the South, holidays to Goa will be complemented by dining at Sun and Moon restaurant, a beach shack with Goan and European cuisine to be enjoyed beachside, under the stars. Many of the other best restaurants in the South are onsite at our three recommended hotels; make your holidays a delight with Goan food at the Casa Surita Restaurant in the Hyatt, or Oriental food at the Li Bai Restaurant in the Taj Exotica.PamperingIf you are looking for more relaxing holidays, then there are many activities available to you. Just north of Palolem Beach, about 200m offshore is Butterfly Island, a perfect place to spend a day. Lie on the beach, forget your worries, and watch the dolphins play in the waters.With a host of awards to it’s name, the Sereno Spa at the Park Hyatt is a must on holidays where the aim is to unwind. Located right by the beach amidst peaceful gardens, you can easily walk out of the spa and into the blue sea.
An unique healthy dining option is Bean Me Up, an great vegetarian world cuisine restaurant in Anjuna. It has an ethical mission, and offers a selection of additional services including yoga classes, a ‘chill out zone’, and boat trips.Where to PartyMost of the legendary nightlife in Goa is found in the North. Tito’s Lane in Baga is a crowd favourite, with many bars and clubs. Cabana, a club located on a hilltop in Arpora with a pool and a bustling cosmopolitan crowd, is worth a visit.For an exclusive evening, try the Praia de Luz Lounge Bar in the Hyatt, a wine and cigar bar. It has a well-stocked humidor, and 106 wine labels. Aqua Disco-Lounge at The Leela sports a décor which fuses old and modern, and has a highly impressive sound and lighting laser experience. On the cliffs overlooking Vagator Beach is Bar 9, a vibrant venue which is home to some of the best DJs and dance crowd enjoying their holidays in Goa.
Dinesh Singh has extensive experience in organising luxury holidays to Goa for Natural Mystic. He frequently enjoys holidays in Goa himself, and is an expert at creating tailor-made luxury Goa holidays throughout South Asia for clients from around the world