Goa, Kerala + The South

Hotels in Goa, Kerala + The South

From boutique properties to world-class luxury resorts to beachfront shacks suitable only for the veteran backpacker, there are hotels in Goa to fit the budget and preference of every traveler. With over 105km of perfect coastline, finding Goa hotels that offer a sea view shouldn’t be too difficult. The most developed resorts of Colva and Benaulim in the South and Baga and Calangute in the north generally offer the widest variety of accommodations in the region.

Some of the best hotels in Goa for relaxation can be found in Agonda. Similarly, Patnem is the perfect location for those wishing to avoid the most crowded regions of Baga and Calangute.

Anjuna was once the epicenter for Goa’s counter culture and a favorite spot for hippies looking to party on the beach. However, Arambol has become the new hippie haven in recent years. For partygoers, choosing a hotel in Goa’s Vagatora and Chapora regions will keep you in the center of the action.

Stay in one of 75 traditional wooden bungalows along a white-sand beach. Ayurvedic therapy is integral to the essence of the place, with packages offering everything from Ashtanga yoga to anti- aging clinical treatments.

India’s ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda is sweeping the spa world. To experience it at its purest, head to the source: Karnataka, India’s holistic heartland.

Set on 25 acres alongside Lake Vembanad, the resort features 49 villas that were created with materials sourced from century-old ancestral homes and are full of traditional details: wooden gables, carved doors, massive brass locks.

140 rooms—each with a private veranda—in a Mediterranean-style complex set on a swath of Benaulim Beach. 

Room to Book: Ground-floor guest rooms have their own garden access.

Doubles From $373.

On 35 beachfront acres in the southern Indian town of Pondicherry, on the Bay of Bengal, the new Dune hotel has 47 stylish thatched-roof bungalows, plus an eco-friendly vibe.

The property is an old riverside warehouse in the inland village of Britona that in 2003 turned into a 10-room property with brightly painted walls and lovely antiques.

Casa Palacio Siolim House, which Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, and their entourage took over for two weeks a few years ago, is on an outlet of the Chapora about 10 minutes inland.