Goa has come a long way from it’s past as a hippy haven, nowadays it’s home to some of the best and most stylish restaurants, resorts and nightlife in India. There’s a huge variety of accommodation here from cheap beach huts and lively backpacker hostels to family friendly resorts, boutique and heritage hotels, luxury private villas and of course uber chic 5 star resorts and luxury hotels in Goa.
Most of the luxury resorts are located in South Goa, which is also home to the emptiest, cleanest and best beaches in Goa but there are also luxury hotels in North Goa close to where the parties, markets and all the action is happening.
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Why you should stay in a luxury hotel in Goa in 20/21
When my family and friends come to visit me in Goa I like to treat them to a luxury beach escape. It just makes their Goa trip more special and more memorable and there are many amazing 5 star resorts and luxury hotels in Goa to choose from.
It makes even more sense nowadays to stay in a luxury hotel in Goa because you know that the cleaning, sanitisation and hygiene are going to be top notch so you’ll have a healthy, safe and enjoyable well deserved break after a challenging year. Many are offering pretty good deals right now too so there’s never been a better time to stay in an amazing luxury resort.
Here’s my recommendations for the best luxury and 5 star hotels and resorts in Goa. I’ve included links to Booking.com so you can check out more reviews, photos and prices for your dates as rates vary alot. If you visit out of season or in monsoon most of these hotels offered greatly discounted rates. I’ve also included links to TripAdvisor so you can read the reviews.
If you do choose to book one of these resorts I can earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you, which helps me to keep this site going so thank you! 😉
To help you choose the best place to stay for your perfect luxury escape here’s my favourite 5 star resorts and luxury hotels in Goa.
Best Resorts and Luxury Hotels in South Goa
South Goa is where the best and quietest beaches are and where most of the best 5 star resorts and luxury hotels in Goa are located.
For the best luxury hotel in Goa look no further than The Leela in Cavelossim. This sprawling, opulent resort Leela is exquisitely decorated to reflect both the Indian and Portuguese heritage of Goa and has a private beach, lagoon, and tropical riverside gardens and is widely regarded as the best 5 star resort and luxury hotel in Goa.
The rooms at the Leela are super plush with all mod cons and even private plunge pools. There’s also a range of excellent on site restaurants, lounges, a luxurious Ayurveda spa and fitness centre as well as a beach club, 12-hole golf course and 24-hour casino so you’ll hardly need to take a step out of the resort. This is the best resort in Goa for a luxurious escape from it all.
The Alila Diwa is a gorgeous, elegant Balinese style 5 star hotel and resort in quiet Majorda, South Goa. The Alila is one of my favourite luxury hotels in Goa, I especially love the gorgeous views over the paddy fields from the infinity pool, hot tub and jacuzzi.
The resort is stunning all over and the staff make you feel like royalty, especially if you go for one of the ‘club’ rooms which even come with a private butler service!
There are also 4 great dining options, one of which is open 24 hours, and the popular Martin’s Corner restaurant is also nearby. The Alila Diwa is a great choice for an elegant and luxurious honeymoon escape
The ITC Grand Goa Resort and Spa, formerly the Park Hyatt, is a spacious, award winning, beachside 5-star resort designed to resemble an Indo Portuguese village situated on serene Arossim Beach which, as it is located only 15 mins from the airport, makes a super convenient quick luxury weekend escape.
I love the ITC’s understated luxury, the gorgeous Indo-Portuguese village pousada-style rooms, the huge swimming pool and lovely lagoons, award winning spa and large selection of good restaurants.
Planet Hollywood is one of Goa’s newest luxury resorts. It’s a modern, stylish, glamorous and glitzy 5 star resort located on quiet Utorda beach with an American Hollywood theme. Planet Hollywood Goa offers a unique experience for luxury hotels in Goa as it is the first and only Planet Hollywood resort outside the United States.
There are 2 restaurants, a beautiful pool and a spa. It’s also super close to the famous Zeebop beach shack and restaurant. I took my Mum to stay here for 4 days for a treat when she visited Goa for the first time and we weren’t disappointed, we were given the star treatment all the way – read my full review of Planet Hollywood here.
The Taj Exotica is another amazing luxury resort in Goa. The Taj run some of the best luxury hotels in India and this grand resort in Benaulim, South Goa is no different. I love the architecture, wooden beams, old world charm and lush gardens. There’s also a private beach with watersports facilities, a gorgeous pool, luxurious spa and fitness center and multi-cuisine restaurants.
The rooms and suites are super plush and well equipped and there are also wonderful sea views from the resort as well as the fantastic service you would expect at the Taj.
The LaLit is another one of India’s top luxury hotel brands and this luxury resort situated far in South Goa is the closest luxury hotel to the popular beach of Palolem – the most beautiful beach in Goa.
As well as spacious suites and rooms with lovely traditional wooden Goan design touches and private verandas, some with sea views, there is also an 18-hole golf course that overlooks the Arabian Sea.
The LaLit also offers a fabulous swimming pool with sunken bar, sprawling landscaped grounds and manicured gardens, a spa, fitness center and watersports. There 4 restaurants to choose from that offer excellent local Goan specialities and seafood as well as Mediterranean and international cuisine.
The Zuri, situated on Varca Beach, is also the home of Dunes Casino and is the only beach resort with a casino in Goa. The Zuri also has spectacular sea-facing contemporary Goan-style luxury rooms with private balconies overlooking the tropical gardens.
There is also a large and beautiful swimming pool and spa and no less than 6 on site fine dining restaurants offering everything from pan Asian to traditional Goan cuisine.
Best 5 Star Resorts and Luxury Hotels in North Goa
North Goa is busier and is where all the action is. There are many hotels in North Goa to suit all budgets but there are still a few good resorts and luxury hotels in North Goa where you can enjoy a luxurious stay whilst still being close to all the nightlife, markets, restaurants and things to do in Goa.
If you want to stay in the best luxury hotels in North Goa then look no further than The Vivanta by Taj and Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village which are located next to each other on the most Southern end of Candolim beach by Fort Aguada.
The location is the best part of the most popular area of Goa – the busy Baga, Calangute, Candolim stretch meaning that you can enjoy a luxury stay without too many crowds and still be within easy reach of all the parties, markets, restaurants and attractions of North Goa
Both resorts are luxurious and perennially popular, The Vivanta by Taj is classy and classic and the Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village next door is slightly more laidback with cute, colourful cottages spread across the tropical gardens. I prefer the atmosphere of this one actually. They both have awesome sunset views over Candolim beach.
The new W Goa only just opened in 2017 and has fast become popular and is undoubtedly the best luxury hotel in the Anjuna, Vagator area and one of the most hip luxury hotels in Goa.
This huge, modern, ultra cool and stylish 5 star resort is perched right on the quiet end of Vagator beach under Chapora Fort and has amazing views – especially at sunset.
Rooms are very modern and swish and the whole resort really makes a statement with it’s stylish and contemporary design. There’s also a swimming pool with amazing views over the beach, a spa, sauna, bars, restaurants, an indoor play area, yoga classes, boutique shops and much more.
Best Resorts and Luxury Hotels in Panjim, Central Goa.
Goa’s capital Panjim (Panaji) is right in the middle of Goa so it makes a good base from which you can explore the whole state. It’s also not too far from the airport so if you’re visiting Goa for a quick break then these luxury hotels are convenient and centrally located.
The Goa Marriott Resort is the best luxury hotel in Panjim (Panaji) Goa’s capital city. It’s a 5 star hotel that is on the beachfront near to Miramar beach but still close to all the city, and the rest of Goa, has to offer.
Rooms are stylish, modern and comfortable, there are great sea views from the pool and many excellent dining options.
The Cidade de Goa is a 5 star beachfront resort with a unique design and colourful terracotta hued architecture inspired by Portuguese villages. The hotel is located on Vainguinim Beach, Dona Paula, 10 mins from the Goan capital Panjim.
There are 2 lovely outdoor pools and a great spa and fitness centre and several restaurants to choose from. The rooms are comfortable, bright, colourful and well equipped, many with stunning sea views.
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