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Getaway in Goa, India

 The riverside hotel Casa Britona, 20 minutes from the beaches of North Goa.

Photo: Anders Overgaard

On India’s west coast, travelers can find rugged beaches, Portuguese-inspired architecture, and a handful of impeccable hideaways.

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Destinations: Goa State · Tribeca · Bardez · Wadi · Corjuem · Panjim · Majorda · Sinquerim · Arpora-Baga · Siolim · Candolim

Inspired by: Exploring Goa's Glamour — by Alexandra Marshall, Published Sep. 2009

Hotels (7)

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    Vivenda dos Palhaços

    An oasis of eccentric refinement in the charm-starved south.

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    Panjim Inn

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    Panchavatti

    The common areas include a soaring open kitchen; a broad living room filled with teakwood Indian antiques, groupings of club chairs, and stacks of

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    Lazy Days in Goa

    A British-run rental agency with numerous houses in North Goa. Ask for a condo at Coco Shambhala, decorated by Panchavatti’s Loulou Van Damme; the

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    Casa Palacio Siolim House

    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 Chapor

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    Casa Britona

    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

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    Elsewhere

    In 2003, Mumbai-based fashion photographer Denzil Sequeira opened up his ancestral compound to paying guests. Four colonial beach houses and three

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Restaurants (7)

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    Zeebop

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    O’Papagaio

    O’Papagaio closed in June 2014.

    Sample four varieties of piri-piri at this restaurant, which serves regional, though technically illegal, wild gam

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    Mums Kitchen

    As much an archive of home recipes as a popular lunch spot serving up crab fritters and prawns caldin (a green-chile-and-coconut stew), Mums is ano

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    Lila Café

    The place for brunch or coffee.

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    La Plage

    This beach-shack restaurant is perfect for sunset drinks.

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    Beach House at Taj Holiday Village

    The open-air, waterside setting at chef Urbano de Rego’s traditional Goan restaurant is not to be missed. Chef Rego was the first to bring Goan foo

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    Thalassa, New York

    Owned by a family of Greek food importers, Thalassa in Tribeca predictably offers high quality Greek cuisine, from fresh seafood to an impressive l

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Activities (9)

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    Utorda Beach

    A white-sand beach with clear, warm water that hasn’t been overrun.

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    Shiro Beach

    The posh dance club of the moment for Indian urbanites.

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    Nine Bar

    If you want to check out the Goa music scene, this dusty, open-air disco is a reliable spot.

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    Calizz

    A heritage-house museum with a lovely restaurant.

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    Sainath Jewellers

    Filigreed Indian gold and gemstones at great prices. No haggling required.

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    Fabindia

    Traditional clothing and linens in block-printed cottons.

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    Bombay Bazar

    A swap-meet-style market for spices and people-watching.

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    Barefoot

    Sophisticated housewares and clothing.

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    Anjuna Flea Market

    The market is a riot of jewelry, spices, wandering cows, Gujarati tribeswomen, and, yes, tourists—because the shopping was so good.

    Open Wednesdays

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