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Goa, India

Goa

Sunshine & spice

Goa tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Goa is known for its idyllic beaches, outstanding monuments and great hotels. The beautiful landscapes, colonial architecture, lush jungles, ruined forts, centuries-old churches and lavish basilicas are as much a draw as the sandy, palm-fringed beaches and clean waters of the Arabian Sea. Most visits are centred around the towns of Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Ponda and the various beaches up and down the coast.

Old Goa

Deserted Old Goa retains the grand architecture of the once vast Portuguese capital, which was established in 1510, well before the British gained a foothold in the country, and outlasted the Raj by more than a decade. With one of the finest collections of Renaissance architecture in the world, enchroached upon by overgrown jungle, Goa Dourada, or golden Goa, was once the largest, richest and most splendid city in Asia. Elsewhere, elegant colonial-era mansion palacios dot the Goan landscape.


Goa's beaches

In North Goa many top luxury hotels are located around the Aguada Fort peninsula, near the mouth of the Mandovi River, or on Candolim Beach and Sinquerin Beach. In the prosperous south, the most popular areas include Majorda Beach, Benaulim Beach, Mobor Beach and Palolem Beach. Much quieter than the north, the region is full of lush coconut thickets, paddy fields and pretty villages. A temperate climate makes Goa great year-round, though there are heavy monsoon rains from June to September. Goa's beach resorts are among the best in India, with perennial favourites such as the Taj Exotica (pictured below) offering the ultimate blend of golden sands, delicious seafood and indulgent spa treatments – a wonderful way to relax at the end of your India holiday.


 

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Special offers in Goa

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Golden Temples, Ancient Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £9,795 pp incl. flights

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Receive $500 credit per suite and free 3-night land tour
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Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.

Goa

Opulent Capitals & Sacred Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £10,145 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite
Book by: 31 October 2019

East meets Middle East on this spectacular sailing aboard Seven Seas Voyager where you'll discover glamorous cities, seldom-explored deserts and Indian beach towns before it all culminates in Asia's foodie capital, Singapore.

Top itineraries in Goa

Deccan Odyssey

The Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendour

12-day tailor-made rail & city-stay holiday from £5,130 pp incl. flights

This eight-day, seven-night trip on-board the Deccan Odyssey takes you to the iconic sites of Maharashtra state.

Deccan Odyssey Restaurant Car

Madras Mail on the Deccan Odyssey

16-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £12,305 pp incl. flights

This spectacular itinerary will see you explore southern India, a myriad of glittering relics and shrines, rolling hills fringed by sandy beaches and vibrant cities like Mumbai and colonial Kochi with a journey on the Deccan Odyssey, one of the world's most opulent trains.

Top places to stay in Goa

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

Traditional resort

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa is a luxurious five-star resort that overlooks the azure Arabian sea in Goa, and is located within fifty-six acres of lush gardens

Indo Portuguese style pousadas, Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Goa

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Goa

Traditional resort

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is one of Goa's premier beach resorts, has a fantastic spa, and is located on the pristine Arossim Beach.

Beach Dining, The Leela Goa

The Leela Goa

Contemporary resort

The Leela Goa resembles a combination of Indian summer palaces and Portuguese-style villas, tastefully furnished with fixtures of marble and granite. Sprawled over 75 glorious acres, the resort has the luxury of its own 12-hole golf course. If you prefer to unwind by not doing anything at all, you…

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Taj Mahal Palace & Tower , Mumbai

Taj – India’s landmark hotels

From idyllic beach resorts and rustic-chic safari lodges to authentic Rajput palaces and world-renowned landmarks, Wexas India specialist, Alison Nicolle, picks out three of her favourite Taj hotels.

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