Beach, Kerala, India


Overlooking the Arabian Sea, this tiny state is home to miles of beautiful beaches.

The interior hides many hidden gems. Ancient and Portuguese traditions have been woven together and are still apparent amongst the coconut groves, green paddy fields and the forested Western Ghats – this is a great alternative to beachside culture.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Aashyana Villa £££££

  • India
  • Villas / Exclusive use

Tucked away at the end of a quiet lane, off the bustling main road to Calangute in Goa, is Aashyana Villa. This beautiful, private villa complex nestles on the prettiest stretch of Candolim beach, in a lush tropical garden exuding tranquillity. Be pampered in the elegant luxury of Aashyana.  Either choose to stay in the principal villa, fully staffed with five bedrooms. Alternatively, there are three pretty self-contained Casinhas set back in the gardens that sleep four people comfortably. Closer to the beach are two beachside cottages, with only a garden path between you and the Arabian Sea. Behind the estate, set back from the beach is Villa Venus occupying its own grounds. This feels far more self-contained and independent from Aashyana Estate.

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Alila Diwa £££££

  • India

Alila Diwa Goa brings a refreshingly contemporary twist to the hotel scene in Goa. It offers a serene rice plantation setting, only 20 minutes from the airport.

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The Leela, Goa £££££

  • India
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Enjoy the legendary elegance and breathtaking beauty of this renowned beach hotel in Goa, set against the backdrop of an intriguing fusion of colonial Portugal and modern India. All rooms also have a lagoon view except the Royal Villas and Presidential Suite, which face the ocean and overlook the golf course. The Club is an exclusive private world within the Leela Hotel. Enjoy butler service, outdoor showers and private plunge pools, whilst enjoying breakfast or high tea aside from the private lap pool or designated Club Beach area.

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Ahilya by the Sea £££££

  • India
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Situated at the end of Coco Beach, tucked away in the quiet fishing village of Nerul, Ahilya by the Sea has a glorious setting. Nine spacious rooms are spread across three separate villas. Each room has stunning views of the sea and there are also two beautiful lap pools. A perfect ending to a touring holiday or a warm and welcoming holiday home for a family gathering, accommodating a total of 16 guests.

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It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Indian Spices, India

Local Cooking Course

Learn how the Portuguese impacted the region’s food with a culinary cooking course including a market tour.

Satturday night market, Gos, India

Saturday Night Market

Experience the weekly beachside markets and the iconic Saturday night market at Arpora.

Beach, Goa, India

Discover Goa’s Beaches

Travel around the beaches of Goa, the most popular being Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Panjim and Agonda.

Panaji sightseeing, Goa, India

Visit Panaji

Visit the city of Panaji on a private tour to see the impact of the Portuguese in the Latin Quarter.

Boat on River Chapora, Goa, India

Kayak and Cruise the Chapora River

Explore the Chapora River or the Arabian Sea by boat, including jungle kayaking or sailing.

Church, Old Goa, Goa, India
Goa, India
Panaji sightseeing, Goa, India
Panaji, India
Beach, Goa, India
Spices in the Market, Goa, India
Goa, India
Shoal of Butterflyfish and Yellowsaddle Goatfishfish on the coral reef, Aldabra Charter
Satturday night market, Gos, India
Night Market, Goa, India

Sightseeing in Goa

Although renowned as a popular package holiday destination since the hippie crowd has moved on, as an old Portuguese colony on the west coast of India, the attractions of Goa run deeper than the obvious.

During your holiday in Goa, visit the beautiful opulent churches of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Goa, the colour of the local night markets and the beautiful temples. It’s the beaches and relaxed atmosphere that bring travellers from afar to the Indian coastal region of Goa.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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