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Best Honeymoon Resorts/Hotels In Goa?

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Best Honeymoon Resorts/Hotels In Goa?

Hi All,

As part of a honeymoon package for my nephew, I am looking into booking a really nice Goa Resort/Hotel for 10 Days. Strongly prefer a 5 or 4 Star place with all teh facilities that is modern & decent - comparible to say a Hilton resort type thing with all teh facilities etc.

I know nothing about Goa so would want it to ideally be a a decent location which offers plenty of options, shopping, restaurants, travel & sightseeing close by & is not too isolated.

I am a little concerned that what might be considered 4 or 5 star by Western Standards might not be the case in Goa as that was my experience in Sri Lanka!

I have had a very quick look into some of the hotels & was not that impressed tbh but maybe I was just being overly critical - this is for a honeymoon so I want it to be really ace & spot on in every way. Most of the positive reviews of Goa Hotels seemed to be from those inside India but I noticed that reviews from those outside of India seemed to be a little more circumspect to put it politely!

I have very quickly made the following short list but may have missed others so please feel free to comment or suggest others!

1) Leela Goa

2) Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa

3) Vivanta By Taj Fort Aguada

4) Taj Exotica Goa Benaulim (?)

5) Vivanta By Taj Holiday Village Goa (?)

6) Marriot Resort & Spa Goa

7) Pasuada Tauma (Small Boutique Hotel But Very Chic & Romantic - Voted No:1 on Tripadvisor)

8) Alila Diwa Goa

9) Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa

10) Zuri White Sands Goa Resort & Casino

None of them rocked my world tbh but they seemed to be the best of the bunch from what I could tell - I was really expecting much better considering how Goa is such a huge International destination & Indian hotels having such a good reputation for excellence with the good names etc.

What I do not know is which are the best beaches & areas, close to towns, amenities etc & marrying that up with a truly excellent Resort with all the facilities & standards!

Are there any special honeymoon packages or upgrades available that one can get at these resorts/hotels & should one book from the UK or from within India fro the very best deals?

I would really also welcome any tips. help & advice for getting this right as I have never even been to Goa - this is for my nephew!

Many Thanks!

Bazzy!

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1. Re: Best Honeymoon Resorts/Hotels In Goa?

sorry but i think your honeymoon present would be better directed to mauritious or elsewhere.you can provide 5star accomodation at all the listed adressses but as soon as they mix and mingle with the enviroment and the basic but !you most wait for all the other unbiased replies.lol.

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Hi Bazzy,

You are quite correct that 4 and 5 star hotels in Goa are nowhere near the same standards as Western hotels, they in fact dont even come anywhere near the hotels of similar rating in say Egypt. They are pretty much the same as Sri Lanka. You have south Goa which would be better for a honeymoon but it may be too quiet, north Goa on the other hand is totally manic, very busy, very noisy with loads of shops, restaurants etc. but not at all romantic. Much as I love Goa, I dont think it will suit your needs.

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I think the Leela would be regarded by many people as the best hotel in Goa.

Just a thought - you haven't said when the honeymoon is taking place. Are you aware that the main tourist season runs from November to April?

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Hi All,

Many Thanks for the help so far! As my nephew is getting married in India, the couple have decided on a multi centre Honeymoon within India itself which goes something like:

3 Days New Delhi & Agra

3 Days Manali

3 Days Shimla

1 Day Chandigarh

10 Days Goa.

They have decided Goa so I am committed on that front - just need to fund the best hotelS/Resorts I can that offer the best standards, options, facilities & experience fora newly wed couple but also in a decent area! South Goa sound nice & romantic but very quiet & isolated with North Goa the complete opposite - what a predicament!!

I assumed that there were some very high class & decent world class resorts in Goa as all the rich Indians & Bollywood Royalty seem to go there as well as folks from all over the world?!

I guess I have to try & balance things by finding the very best Resorts/Hotels according to best areas?

Would most agree with Katie P that the "Leela Goa" is the best hotel in Goa & what other ones which are sort of comparable? I would want beach based location for sure!

Bazzy!

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5. Re: Best Honeymoon Resorts/Hotels In Goa?

Well that sounds a fantastic honeymoon to me! In north Goa you have the Taj at Fort Aguada. That is on the beach and is the quietest area however the let down there is, its the worst part of the beach due to the destruction caused by the stranded River Princess and the motor sports that are based there.

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We stayed at the Taj Exotica and I'd have to say it really does compare with the best 5* resort hotels we've stayed in elsewhere. The beach is lovely and very clean, the restaurants are excellent. For us the thing that makes this hotel special and stand out is the fantastic level of service which definitely exceeded all our expectations.

Having said that, it's very quiet - spread over 56 acres with only 140 rooms - so it is a bit isolated. As other's have said South Goa is mainly for relaxation and a bit of luxury.

jen x

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7. Re: Best Honeymoon Resorts/Hotels In Goa?

If it was my honeymoon I'd be more than happy to stay at the Leela - though I'm quite happy staying at our small guest house a couple of miles down the road. The Leela is only a short taxi ride (or 30 minute walk along the beach) from Cavelossim Village and is situated on a lovely stretch of beach. I've never stayed at the Leela so can't comment on the rooms but I have walked round the grounds when we stayed at the Holiday Inn next door. There are several shacks and a couple of restaurants within walking distance and a good selection of shacks, restaurants and shops in Cavelossim Village.

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I have stayed at the Park Hyatt and Taj Exotica several times, both are well maintained properties with excellent levels of service. Both the properties have good eating places right outside on the road (Joecons at the Exotica gate and Balton's near Hyatt; and a bunch of beach shacks near both). I prefer these restaurants and shacks to the 5-star food. :)

5-star properties are actually relatively new to Goa. Smaller places often turn out to be cozier. Moreover, for maximum impact, visits to beaches way south like Agonda, or north like Anjuna and Arambol would be interesting. Add to that bird watching, spice plantation and elephant camp trips inland.

-Jyoti

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Hi Bazzy,

I have only ever stayed in North/Central Goa so can only answer in that respect but I thought I would give you my thoughts anyhow.

I have been visiting basic accommodation in Goa for 15 years and love the place but after my partner had chemotherapy we had to upgrade the hotel situation just in case. We have stayed in the Taj (Fort Aguada) and The Marriott in Panjim. I will be returning to the Marriott in February for the third time. Now, I know you said that you need a beach location but there is a beach nearby (it's not great but I think you can get too hung up on finding a beach hotel and miss out on the hotel itself..), (Hotel is on the Mandovi River), the pool area is very nice with bars and restaurants and it is a walk away from the shops in Panjim. We got a taxi to Candolim Beach everyday which took about 20 mins because all my friends were staying there. I was quite happy to be out of the hustle and bustle and to dip in and out of it. You could visit a different beach each day....

I searched this year for a 5 star hotel nearer to all my mates but judging by the pictures and reviews they just didn't come up to scratch. After much searching we decided that the Marriott (being an American chain) is the nearest to 5 star luxury that we are used to in other countries (e.g. food, room service, decent wine list, huge comfortable beds, etc.)

The Taj was nice but for the money it was a bit jaded and the staff at the Marriott a bit more professional in my opinion. After I searched all the 5 stars (which are not many in the north) I found the Marriott to be the cheapest as well due to the fact that it is not on the beach. (Although it is the capital and therefore ideal for any trips)

I wish the happy couple all the best wherever they go!

p.s. My Mum in Law stayed at the newer Taj in South Goa and couldn't fault it.

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