India’s smallest state, lapped by the gorgeous waters of the Arabian Sea, Goa is a little slice of paradise. A Portuguese enclave until 1961, the rhythms of life still reflect these colonial days, whilst the laidback and languid atmosphere is truly tropical. Between stretches of lying flat out on golden sands in the shade of swaying palms, why not explore spice plantations, hike to waterfalls and nose around centuries-old churches in India’s top beach destination.

What to see



For those inbetween stretches of lying flat out on golden sands in the shade of swaying palms moments, Goa has a wealth of culture and heritage to keep you entertained. Visit fragrant spice plantations, take a relaxed hike to a waterfall or head into one of the little old towns to nose around centuries-old churches and colonial buildings. One interesting visit is Old Goa, the former Portuguese capital which was abandoned in the 17th century. Although little remains you are able to visit the tomb of St Francis Xavier in the Basilica Bom Jesus.

Where to stay

Taj Exotica

A Mediterranean-style resort overlooking the Arabian Sea, the five-star Taj Exotica knows how to slow down the tempo. Amongst 56 acres of lush gardens you'll find a romantic hideaway with impeccable service and world-class facilities, all topped off with a 700 metre frontage on the beautiful Benaulim Beach.

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The O Resort & Spa

Right on Candolim Beach and close to shops, bars and restaurants, The O Resort & Spa is a haven of luxury looking over the beautiful Arabian Sea. Set amongst lush tropical gardens, the whole complex oozes peaceful ambiance, with reflective ponds and Buddhas aplenty and a range of excellent facilities.

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Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort

Just 250 metres from Candolim Beach, and close to many of Goa's most vibrant beaches, the Lemon Tree Amarante Resort offers a wonderfully friendly welcome. The hotel creates a ambiance of old world colonial, with a unique atmosphere added too by medieval paintings and stained glass. Facilities include a pool, fitness centre and spa.

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Varca Le Palms Beach Resort

Set just back from one of Goa's most beautiful white sand beaches, at this 14-acre Varca Beach property you'll find a lush tropical paradise. Offering a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and facilities that include tennis courts and a swimming pool, the Varca Le Palm is all about relaxation.

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Vivanta by Taj – Fort Aguada

This hotel is Goa is at its best: romantic, charming and vibrant and set above the 16th century ramparts of a Portuguese Fort. Relax in the infinity pool or rejuvenate at Jiva Spa which offers Ayurveda and other treatments. There is a choice of restaurants and you can dine overlooking the sea.

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