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There are some wonderful hotel villas in Goa, which are appealing alternatives to large hotels for anyone looking for intimate accommodations in secluded settings. Many of the villas are heritage properties that have been restored, while others are newly constructed. They are excellent options for weddings and other special celebrations, as they only have a limited number of rooms and can be booked exclusively. Do note that the rates stated do vary depending on the time of year. Substantial discounts may be offered during the low season.
Traveling with family or friends and want to stay somewhere completely private? Take a look at these exclusive private luxury villas in Goa.
Presa di Goa Country House, Nagoa
Captivating Presa di Goa Country House is a carefully restored Goan-Portuguese homestead, furnished in traditional Colonial style, less than 10 minutes from busy Calangute and Baga beaches. The house is enveloped in dense tropical garden, providing a delightful hideaway that's also conveniently close to the action. Guest accommodations include single, double, and duplex rooms. There's also a swimming pool, bar, and restaurant -- so, you really don't need to go anywhere. However, a free beach shuttle and bikes are available.
- Rooms: 11, all named after flowers.
- Cost: From around 6,000 rupees per room, per night, including tax and breakfast.
Avanilaya is possibly Goa's best kept secret luxury villa. It's so private that from the outside, there are no signs that it exists. Inside the nondescript gate is a 24-acre paradise where nature is nurtured. There are three breathtakingly beautiful villas on the property, each with their own distinct character blending chic and traditional elements. Two of them have a swimming pool. Lavish European, French, Thai and Goan meals are prepared by the in-house cooks. Aldona is situated 30 minutes inland from Panjim, in the North Goa hinterland.
- Rooms: 12 rooms in total. The largest villa has five bedrooms. The other two villas have four and three bedrooms each.
- Cost: From 9,500 rupees per room, per night, including tax. Rates for a whole villa start from around 40,000 rupees per night.
Turiya Boutique Villa, Canacona
Turiya Boutique Villa is a pleasant change from the usual hotels and huts near South Goa's prime beaches. This 100-year old villa, which has been architecturally restored and transformed by the owner, is a peaceful and uplifting haven. Impeccably decorated (the owner is an interior designer), it's located in Chaudi village, five minutes from Patnem and Palolem. The garden has hammocks and a communal dining room.
- Rooms: Seven rooms, three of which open out onto the patio.
- Cost: From around 5,000 rupees per night, including a gourmet breakfast. The entire property can be booked as well, for around 30,000 rupees per night.
Vivenda Dos Palhacos, Majorda
Eclectic and graceful Vivenda Dos Palhacos consists of a century-old restored Goan-Portuguese mansion at the front, with an older Hindu house with thick rammed earth walls at the back. It's full of personal history, being owned by the Haywoods (of Haywoods beer fame). Features include a swimming pool nestled in the tropical garden, lively Lorry Back Bar that's partly made from the back of a truck, and social communal dinners. Also of interest is the owner's customized auto rickshaw! The property has a quaint village setting, about 10 minutes walk from Majorda beach in South Goa.
- Rooms: Seven unique rooms, all with air-conditioning, spread out over the property. Some ooze old world charm, while others are modern.
- Cost: From around 8,000 rupees per room, per night, including tax and breakfast.
Amrapali -- House of Grace is a remarkable example of the effortless coming together of a bunch of people who rescued and transformed what was a derelict old Goan-Portuguese villa into an exquisite hotel. The property's name, Amrapali, is an ode to the century-old mango tree that was planted when the house was constructed. Its location in Siridao is about 15 minutes south of Panjim, 10 minutes from Bambolim beach, and 20 minutes from Old Goa. Those who appreciate tranquillity will love the ambiance, especially sitting by the lake at the edge of the property. One of the guest rooms -- Peace -- has a lake view. The others -- Creation (the grand 650 square-foot master bedroom), Compassion and Devotion -- face the swimming pool or garden. On the menu is a gourmet compilation of Spanish, Moroccan, French and Italian cuisines prepared with local and artisanal ingredients. The aim is for guests to feel nourished and refreshed, and it's definitely achieved!
- Rooms: Four.
- Cost: From 11,000 rupees per room, per night, including tax and breakfast.
Casa Colvale, Colvale
Part of the luxury boutique Casa hotel group, Casa Colvale occupies a serene and spectacular spot on the Chapora River about 30 minutes inland from Vagator and Morjim beaches in North Goa. It's a large and modern villa that was originally designed to be a private estate. It has substantial grounds and two swimming pools. Original works of art adorn the property. Guests can take a yoga class, get a massage, or even go fishing.
- Rooms: 12 rooms with fusion decor and their own porches or private terraces.
- Cost: From around 10,500 rupees per room, per night, including tax and breakfast.
Characterful Ishavilas gives the delightful feeling of stepping into a private home rather than a hotel. Indeed, it was newly constructed by its owners as a second home. And, it's an opulent one at that. The villa is more like a small palace, decorated with chandeliers, objets d'art, gold-braided cushions, mosaic and mirror work, and stone statues, There's also a separate cottage (Ishanya) with private pool on the property. Facilities include library, swimming pool, wellness spa, and dining room with adjoining kitchen and in-house chef.
- Rooms: Three in the main villa plus one by the pool, and two in the cottage. A spiral staircase leads up to the stunning Terrace Suite, which is a highlight of the villa.
- Cost: Expect to pay around 10,000 rupees per room, per night, in the villa. Breakfast is included. The two bedroom cottage rents for about 22,000 rupees per night. There are also options to book various rooms together or the whole property at fixed rates.
Siolim House and Little Siolim, Siolim
Siolim House is a masterpiece of restoration that was a finalist in the UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Restoration. Built in 1675, it once belonged to the aristocratic governor of Macau. It's situated about 15 minutes inland from Morjim and Vagator beaches in North Goa. For guests who are interested in Indian cuisine, Cook and Stay packages are offered throughout the year.
- Rooms: Seven suites, all attractively decorated with fourposter beds and antique furniture. There is also Little Siolim, a thoughtfully designed three-bedroom Portuguese villa with a courtyard swimming pool.
- Cost: From 6,000 rupees per night for a suite in Siolim House. Expect to pay $250 per night for the entire Little Siolim villa.
This 200 year-old heritage home in unspoiled yet trendy Assagao village was originally the home of a Goan landlord before being impeccably renovated and turned into a boutique hotel. The interiors are fresh and contemporary, while retaining baroque old-world charm. Most rooms overlook the swimming pool, while the others face the forest and garden. The villa's name means "marvelous" in Portuguese, and it certainly elevates the standard of accommodations in Assagao. A bonus is the in-house restaurant Mum's Kitchen, which is renowned for its authentic home-style Konkani/Goan cuisine.
- Rooms: 14 (13 double and one single).
- Cost: Individual rooms are available for around 11,000 rupees per night, including tax and breakfast. Or, pay from 47,200 rupees per night for the whole villa.
Perfect for creative-types, The Project Cafe Villa is part of an experiential design enterprise where everything you see is for sale. The uniquely crafted guest rooms are a collaboration between artists and architects, and were renovated in 2017. In addition to the villa, the premises has a cafe, shop, organic garden, swimming pool, and lounge area. Enjoy healthy food and superb coffee from Blue Tokai!
- Rooms: Six.
- Cost: From 6,200 rupees per room, per night, including tax and breakfast.
Lar Amorosa, Sangolda
La Amorosa ("Loving Home") dates back to 1934 and is another legacy of the Portuguese Colonial era in Goa. The property has been impressively preserved with vintage vibes, antique furniture, and mosaic flooring. However, what really shines is how warm and inviting it is. The reasonably-priced guest accommodations include family rooms with two beds, and private poolside cottage that can sleep six adults. Sangolda village, where the property is located, is about 15 minutes inland from Baga and Calangute. Those who like walking can venture into the surrounding fields and forested hill.
- Rooms: Eight. Plus, the cottage.
- Cost: From around 3,500 rupees per room, per night, including tax and breakfast. The cottage is priced from around 6,500 rupees per night.
Aashyana Lakhanpal, Candolim
This exotic high-end property, with direct access to a quiet stretch of Candolim beach (without any shacks) in North Goa, has seven villas and cottages to suit everyone! Its four acres are filled with coconut groves, cashew trees, and colorful bougainvillea plants. Plus, there's a spa and swimming pool for all guests to use. The owner is one of India's leading art collectors and patrons, which is reflected in the special pieces on display.
- Rooms: The main building is a magnificent fully-staffed five bedroom villa, and there are an additional three cottages in an enclosed area on its grounds. Each cottage has a kitchen and two bedrooms. There's another separate villa on the property with three bedrooms and its own private swimming pool, plus two separate one-bedroom cottages by the beach.
- Cost: 18,900 rupees per night for a one bedroom cottage. Expect to pay 96,900 rupees per night for the five bedroom villa. Rates include airport transfers, breakfast, laundry and wireless Internet.
Casa Da Praia, Candolim
Casa Da Praia has a convenient location in the heart of Candolim, behind the Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort and a five minute walk from the beach. It's a stylishly refurbished Goan-Portuguese house with a matching annex building (the family villa). There are also separate studio apartments with kitchenettes. They're all set around the swimming pool and garden. A gym is a new addition. Do note that the property only accepts bookings from couples and families, not groups. Plus, it's only open from October to April end.
- Rooms: Eight in total including two in the main house, and two in the family villa. Some have interconnecting doors.
- Cost: From 4,950 rupees per night for an annex studio, including breakfast.
Wildflower Villas, Candolim
This boutique resort is located on eight acres of lush hillside land in Saipem, overlooking Sinquerim River not far from Candolim beach. It has seven independent Goan-Portuguese style villas, each built like a Goan home with large porch and semi-open bathrooms. There's also a swimming pool, shared between the villas, and a herb and medicinal herb garden. The owner's vision is to live in harmony with nature and he has planted more than 2,500 trees on the property to help facilitate this.
- Rooms: 13 rooms in total. The villas vary in size and have one, two or four bedrooms each.
- Price: From around 8,000 rupees per night, including breakfast and tax.
Marbella Guest House, Sinquerim
Marbella Guest House is affordable and fabulous value! This Portuguese-style villa is located in a lane just south of the Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village in North Goa, with the beach being about 10 minutes away. Fuss-free and informal but classy, the property is perfect for couples. Do note that it's not suitable for children under 12 years of age, due to lack of appropriate facilities. Make sure you book well in advance if you want to stay during the tourist season (from December until April).
- Rooms: Three suites and three rooms, over two levels. Two of the rooms have a shared balcony.
- Price: From 3,500 rupees per night, including tax. Breakfast is additional. There's a restaurant on the premises.
La Maison, Panjim
La Maison offers an atmospheric stay in a carefully restored Portuguese mansion the heart of Panjim's historic Fontainhas Latin Quarter. If you want to immerse yourself in Goa's Portuguese heritage, this evocative district is the perfect place to do so. The property is situated just off 31st January Road, close to award-winning Viva Panjim restaurant. Facilities include library, travel and tour services, and an in-house restaurant that serves European fusion food.
- Rooms: Eight rooms featuring antique furniture and works of art. All are strictly non-smoking.
- Cost: From around 5,000 rupees per night, including breakfast.
Another heritage option in Goa's Latin Quarter, Mateus Boutique Hotel is bang on 31st January Road, in the vicinity of many popular eateries and shops including local hangout Joseph Bar around the corner. The interiors of this 1879 Portuguese mansion, named after the owner's father, were revamped by famous Belgium-born interior designer Isla Van Damme (please, call her Loulou) who built the villas at Avanilaya. Her signature style of east meets west, and contemporary meets traditional, is evident in the decor. The property has a dining room and sitting room with library, and -- unexpectedly -- a courtyard with small plunge pool.
- Rooms: Nine.
- Cost: From 3,500 rupees per night during the low season, and from 8,000 rupees per night during the tourist season. Breakfast is included.