An insider’s guide into the best five-star hotels in Goa, including the best resort with Goan charm, Arabian ocean views, a cliffside restaurant, and a secluded beach, in a location that is awe-inspiring.

The Cape Goa

Goa boasts some incredible hotels set back from the beach. Although not rated as a 5 star, The Cape Goa  (www.thecapegoa.com) resort offers all the luxury and service you would expect from a 5-star hotel but, with views like no other in Goa. The Cape Goa is located on the cliffside perched over a secluded beach at Cabo De Rama in South Goa.

There are only 9 cottages and each has a jacuzzi on its private terrace with a direct view of the ocean. If you want to feel like a Bollywood star and enjoy the luxury, views, nature, and seclusion then take the drive through fishing villages and wind along the stunning Goan coast until you reach Cabo De Rama which is also famous for its historic fort that watches out over the ocean.

#1

Alila Diwa Goa

Majorda

Paddy fields surround the hotel where the elegant Balinese inspired design combines with luxurious facilities. The Alila Diwa Goa has an infinity pool with a hot tub and an open-air jacuzzi where you can daydream and look out across fields. But it is the service that makes it one of the best luxury hotels in Goa. The designed courtyards, breezy verandahs, interior designed deluxe rooms and the beautiful surroundings make this 5-star hotel a perfect escape from day to day life.

#2

W Goa

Vagator

North Goa may be known for its trance parties and packed beaches, but the W hotel has found the perfect location in a haven amongst the chaos, tucked away on the hillside above Vagator Beach with pastel-colored cottages nestled next to coconut groves. The hotel also has direct access to the beach. The buzz of North Goa is never too far away. Travel only 20 minutes and you will find houseboat cruises, spice farms, and the bustling vibe of the Anjuna market; Goa’s stretch of beach clubs are around 30 minutes away.

#3

Taj Exotica

Benaulim

If complete relaxation is your goal then, the landscaped grounds of the Taj Exotica, with its private beach overlooking the Arabian Sea is for you. The lush gardens, old-world architecture is perfect for a stroll. Benaulim Beach is literally just minutes away. Unwind with a therapy session at the Jiva Spa, lounge by the pool, enjoy the incredible Indian and European cuisine, or get active and try archery or watersports.

#4

Grand Hyatt Goa

Bambolim

The Grand Hyatt Hotel with its splendid rooms overlooking the Bambolim Bay is a place to relax and get away from your hectic life and recharge your soul. There are both outdoor and indoor pools. The Grand Hyatt is great with kids who are invited to take part in creative learning experiences at Camp Hyatt.

#5

Vivanta by Taj

Panaji

Vivanta by Taj boasts mesmerising views of the Arabian Sea, each cottage offers a unique, stunning view of its private garden, beach, sea, and incredible sunsets. There is a sunset deck where you can enjoy a romantic meal with your loved one. With a few restaurants, you are spoilt for choice that can fit your mood.