For most of us, Goa has always been endless about sun, sand, and surf. The undisputed party capital of India offers a range of accommodation options, both seaside and in the interiors, for varying budgets. Scratch the surface though, and you will find a world of stay options, most of which are offbeat, even by Goa standards!
Read our handy listing that’ll help you to explore India’s quintessential holiday destination in a more unconventional way.
1. Backpacker Panda Hostel, Candolim
Image Source: backpackerpanda.com Situated in the action-packed Candolim in North Goa, The Backpacker Panda Hostel attracts a lot of foreign tourists as well as young Indian travelers. The idea here is to rent a bed and share a room with strangers. It’s a great way to make new friends from around the world. It is also an amazing option for those who choose to travel solo because then you can explore Goa with your new pals. For hardly a dime, hostellers can enjoy a comfortable bed, hot shower, free Wi-Fi, television, games, secure lockers, and lots more! Book this hotel near Candolim beach.
2. Wildernest Nature Resort, Swapnagandha
Located deep within the Swapnagandha Valley, surrounded by the misty Sahyadris, is the Wildernest Nature Resort. Offering a totally different take on the concept of a holiday in Goa, this retreat provides a panoramic view of the state. The property promotes the feeling of ‘being one with nature’ and is an eco-resort housing various facilities for nature conservation. Check-in to one of its eco-cottages, take a dip in its infinity pool, go for a hike or trek, listen to interpretive talks, click away from the vantage points of its ‘machans’ or soak in the ‘natural’ side of Goa — this is one holiday that’s going to stay with you long after you’ve left. Book a room at Wildernest Goa Resort and enjoy nature at its best.
3. Roadhouse Hostel, Palolem
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Decorated with pop-art inspired by rock musicians, The Roadhouse Hostel located in Palolem is a hip property to check-in to. The owners encourage travelers to share their experiences and leave them behind in the form of writing, poetry, or art for future visitors to enjoy. The hostel houses a separate female-only dorm as well. There’s no chance of feeling blue here, given that it is named after one of the most legendary rock songs of all time. You can rest assured that there’s a party going on behind its doors 24/7, 365 days a year! Book Roadhouse Hostel today to enjoy your stay at Palolem.
4. Wanderers Hostel, Morjim
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‘Sleep deep. Eat well. Feel Joy!’ is the motto of the quaint Wanderers Hostel located in North Goa’s serene Morjim area. Popular with artists, yogis, poets, and writers, this hostel has plenty on offer for creative people. You can choose between its dorms in the new wing or its eco-friendly African tents that have direct access to the pool. While here, you can chill and do nothing or indulge in the various activities at the hostel that include early morning yoga, star gazing, rooftop movie-watching, bird-watching, and sunbathing. Book your room at Wanderers Hostel to enjoy the serene and calm climate of North Goa.
5. Devaaya Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, Divar Island
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Situated on Divar Island, 10 km away from Panaji, is the Devaaya Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre. It is spread across five acres of land amidst swaying palm trees. The focus here is on naturopathy and alternative medical healthcare in a calm environment for those who have been adversely affected by modern living. The treatments involve a mix of Ayurveda, diet, yoga, meditation, and music. In addition to this, they offer nature-cure therapies like massage therapy, mud therapy, and hydro therapy. Here’s a tip: this is a good place to check-in to once you’re done with the traditional revelry that Goa is so famous for. Enjoy a relaxing holiday, book your stay at Devaaya Ayurveda.
6. Dudhsagar Spa Resort (Next to Dudhsagar Falls), Mollem
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The Dhudhsagar Spa and Resort is a rustic retreat meant only for adventurous souls. It offers deluxe rooms as well as tents, so that you can choose an option that best fits your preference and budget. Emphasizing hinterland tourism, the property offers its guests a unique Goa experience involving treks to Dudhsagar Falls, visits to a gorgeous butterfly farm, and white-water rafting activities. It is home to a ‘Go Wild Zone’, offering adrenaline rushes as well as a fully-equipped lifestyle spa for those who wish to slow down. Enjoy adventurous holiday at Dhudhsagar Spa and Resort. Book now!
7. Casa Baga, Baga Beach
Step into the charming ambiance of Casa Baga, which is situated bang in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Baga Beach. Designed in 18th century-style with art deco elements, it is the only luxury boutique property in the area. Even though it is close to the shopping and party places of Baga, a visit here will make you feel like you have stepped into another world altogether. Choose from ‘Star’, ‘Special’, or ‘Favorite’ room styles, each with its own set of offerings. Get best deals on this boutique hotel near Baga beach.
8. La Maison Fontainhas, Panjim
This one is for those who wish to stay in the heart of Panjim but still want to be away from the madness of it all. Located in the colorful Latin quarter of the city, the La Maison Fontainhas is a quaint boutique property housing just eight heritage rooms that offer seamless luxury and privacy to guests. By day, explore the fun of the ever-growing Panjim, and know that you have the peace of your gorgeous hotel room to return to, at the end of the day. Better still, enjoy your holiday as a staycation in this charming hotel…you won’t even feel the need to step out! Experience latin inspired hotel in Panjim.
9. The Mandovi Hotel, Panjim
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Panjim’s Mandovi Hotel proves that river-facing rooms offer just as spectacular views as sea-facing ones. Even though it is a city hotel that offers typical urban facilities, it still is an offbeat place to stay in Goa, because who really visits this party state and checks in to a high-rise hotel bang in the middle of its capital city? Plush rooms, a rooftop restaurant offering awesome views of the river Mandovi, and a three-km promenade that directs you to Miramar beach -- really, what’s not to love? Enjoy your relaxing holiday at Mandovi Hotel, Panjim.
10. Cuba Beach Huts, Palolem Beach
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At Cuba Beach Huts in Palolem, it feels like you’re camping at the beach! This complex gives a party vibe to the otherwise sleepy neighborhood of South Goa. Choose from the sea-view or garden-view cottages that are located amidst lush landscaped gardens and palm trees. What’s more, each cottage is equipped with a verandah and hammocks where you can enjoy your afternoon snooze or curl up with a book. The property’s motto is to be a traveler’s home away from home in Goa, and it doesn’t stop at anything to live up to it! Check availability and book your stay at Cuba Beach Huts today.
If you are planning yet another vacation in Goa this season, why not choose one of these offbeat places to stay? We guarantee that you’ll leave with a different perspective on a place that you have visited so many times before. Even if this is your first visit to Goa, choosing to stay at any of these off-beat properties will ensure that your maiden trip in India’s party capital is a truly special one!