Goa is a popular destination for families and friends traveling together, and renting an entire villa is an excellent way of getting some privacy -- not to mention the extra perks, such as not having to share the swimming pool with other people! (There are gorgeous villa hotels in Goa that can also be rented as a whole, as well as per room, too).
If you want to be close to the action in Calangute but feel like you're a world away from it, you'll love Summertime Villa in Goa. The owners have spared no expense in creating this luxury private villa, which was newly constructed and opened in October 2015. The bright, modern and elegant interiors are filled with many items that they handpicked and imported from Bali. A magnificent infinity swimming pool is the centerpiece at the villa. There's also a diverse collection of books, movies, and board games for entertainment. What's more, the owners have a 42-foot luxury yacht called The Solita, and guests of the villa get a discount.
- Location: 10 minutes inland from Candolim, Calangute and Baga beaches in North Goa.
- Bedrooms: Three enormous suites (two upstairs and one downstairs). The master Koi Suite opens out onto a fish pond.
- Meals: In-house staff cooks fresh Goan, Asian, Indian and Continental food for guests, featuring organic produce from the garden. Many dishes are the owners' family favorites.
- Rates: From 30,000 rupees per night, plus tax, for the entire villa. Airport transfers, breakfast, and wireless Internet are included. A minimum three-night stay is required.
This atmospheric and much loved ancestral home was built in 1926, on a then-deserted stretch of Calangute beach, and named after the owner's wife. The family has regularly enjoyed spending time at the villa to escape the cold London winter. It has been restored to its former glory, with the addition of modern comforts, and now accommodates appreciative guests from around the world. Although Calangute has become the most developed beach in Goa, sprawling Villa Alina remains an exceptionally tranquil sanctuary in the heart of the action. The huge size of the villa ensures there's plenty of space for everyone too! Massages, yoga, and beauty treatments are available on request. There are also hammocks for chilling under the palm trees by the pool.
- Location: A few minutes walk from the ocean on Calangute beach.
- Bedrooms: Six in the main house, plus two in the separate beach house (these are only rented out along with the main house).
- Meals: Breakfast is provided, but other than that the villa is self-catering (although it has a cleaner and housekeeper). Barbecues can be arranged. There are plenty of restaurants and beach shacks nearby if guests don't feel like cooking.
- Rates: From 40,000 rupees per day, plus tax, for the main house. Rooms in the beach house, if required, are additional. A minimum three-night stay is required.
Gorgeous Frangipani Villa is one of nine Balinese-style villas in a chic new complex in Anjuna, close to the Wednesday flea market and Arpora Saturday Night Market. It has three floors, with the first floor dedicated to the living spaces and swimming pool. The bedrooms are spread over the two floors above. The massive master bedroom occupies one whole floor, and has its own balcony and outdoor shower area. On the other floor are two more bedrooms separated by a media room. The owner has carefully furnished the villa with pieces from across the globe. It's ideally suited to couples.
- Location: On Calangute-Anjuna Road, Anjuna.
- Bedrooms: Three.
- Meals: The villa has an on-call chef, and a fully-equipped German kitchen with dishwasher.
- Rates: From 25,000 rupees per night, plus tax, for the whole villa. Breakfast is included. A minimum two-night stay is required.
Coco Shambhala is a collection of four stylish, sumptuous architecturally-designed villas that have been voted among the 25 Best Beach Villas in the World by Conde Nast Traveller magazine in the UK. The aim is to provide guests with a unique, personalized experience that exceeds expectations. No doubt, they're succeeding. Each villa has eclectic professionally-decorated interiors, stunning tree-top living room with open deck and panoramic vistas, private plunge pool, and a tropical jungle garden. Wine courses, culinary master classes, and bespoke private dining experiences are offered. There's also an Ayurvedic spa on the premises.
- Location: Behind Coco Beach, in Nerul village, North Goa. It's roughly between Panjim and Calangute.
- Bedrooms: Each villa has two large bedrooms.
- Meals: Food is a highlight at Coco Shambhala. The property has a dedicated kitchen, and dishes are crafted by an in-house Director of Cuisine and culinary team.
- Rates: From 35,000 rupees per night, for the entire villa. This includes transfers, breakfast, daily maid service, and car and driver.
Little Siolim, Siolim
From the owners of Siolim House, Little Siolim consists of two century-old Portuguese homes that have been combined into a single property set around a central courtyard with swimming pool. The architecture is a fusion of Portuguese, Sri Lankan and South East Asian designs. The theme "mangoes and coconuts" is reflected in the property's color scheme, construction materials, and private garden. It's a delightful oasis that was renovated in 2017 and is perfect for a group of friends. Do note that older people may not be comfortable due to the steps and traffic noise during the day.
- Location: Siolim village in North Goa. About 15 minutes from Vagator beach, and 20 minutes from Morjim and Ashwem beaches.
- Bedrooms: Three, all with attached bathrooms and air conditioning.
- Meals: There's a functional open-plan kitchen in the living room. Or, you can opt for a cook on request.
- Rates: From 12,000 rupees per couple for the whole villa. Add 3,000 rupees for every additional person.
Bright and funky, Little Paradise Cottage is a fabulous fit in Goa's fashionable Assagao village. You'll find numerous yoga retreats, trendy boutiques, and cafes and restaurants in the area. This Portuguese cottage is owned by a designer, who has totally transformed it from its once rundown condition. Walls have been knocked out inside, making it open and spacious. The exterior has also been given a facelift. There are large bay windows, private sitting spaces, and even a small plunge pool connected to the patio. The rear dining room opens out onto a porch and garden with a hammock for lazy days. It really is a little patch of paradise in Goa!
- Location: On the outskirts of Assagao village, about five minutes from Mapusa in North Goa. It's 10-15 minutes from Vagator and Anjuna beaches.
- Bedrooms: Two, one upstairs (with its own balcony) and one downstairs.
- Meals: The housekeeper prepares delicious gourmet meals, but he doesn't cook full-time. Hence, the villa is partly self-catering.
- Rates: From 10,000 rupees per night, for two people and the entire cottage. A minimum three-night stay is required. Discounts are offered for longer stays.
The Villa Goa and Villa Jardim are two separate villas on a private estate. Villa Goa, the main villa, is a 200-year-old restored Indo-Portuguese mansion with rooms arranged around a central courtyard. Villa Jardim, in the garden behind the mansion, is a newly constructed (albeit traditional-style) villa with a picturesque position overlooking the swimming pool. Exclusive yoga classes, yoga therapy, bodywork and massage are offered to guests.
- Location: Assagao village in North Goa.
- Bedrooms: Five in total. Three bedrooms in Villa Goa and two bedrooms in Villa Jardim. The villas can be booked separately or both together.
- Meals: A European chef cooks healthy gourmet Mediterranean meals that are complemented by a selection of Indian and imported wines.
- Rates: From 15,000 rupees per night for Villa Jardim. From 27,000 rupees per night for Villa Goa. Expect to pay 47,000 rupees per night upwards for both villas together. There are discounted rates for stays of one week or more. Transfers and breakfast are included.
Hop onto a ferry and leave your cares behind as you head to this rustic Portuguese house on Chorao Island, where you can experience village life and Goa's rural charm. This lovingly restored villa blends traditional architecture and antique furniture with modern influences from various parts of the world. Its setting is idyllic, enveloped by coconut palms, fruit trees and garden. The swimming pool and sundeck, at the rear, are totally private -- and there are no noise restrictions, making it ideal for parties and other celebrations. Chorao Island is popular for bird watching (you may even see peacocks roaming around villa) and is home to the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Guests can explore the backwaters by boat, as well as go cycling along trails.
- Location: Chorao Island, along the Mandovi River not far from Panjim. It's easily accessible by regular ferries from Ribandar (between Panjim and Old Goa).
- Bedrooms: Four air-conditioned bedrooms with three huge aesthetically-designed bathrooms.
- Meals: There's a well-equipped kitchen with modern appliances for guests to use. A Weber charcoal grill is also provided for poolside barbecues. The fun caretaker is a great cook and will prepare meals too.
- Rates: From about 15,000 rupees per night for the whole villa, including tax. A minimum two-night stay is required.
Want to get away from the crowds in North Goa? This leafy, cozy villa is situated on the banks of the Talpona River in serene South Goa. It has plenty of wow-factor, including a river-facing terrace and riverside pavilion with day beds, where you can while away the hours and enjoy mesmerizing sunsets. The only drawback is that there's no swimming pool. However, two of South Goa's best beaches are nearby.
- Location: Close to the Lalit resort, about 10 minutes drive from Palolem beach and five minutes drive from Patnem beach.
- Bedrooms: Two, making it a fabulous private getaway.
- Meals: There's a fully-equipped kitchen, and a housekeeper who looks after the villa and makes meals for guests.
- Rates: From 8,000 rupees per night for the whole villa. Expect to pay 16,500 rupees during the tourist season. Breakfast is included.
This beautifully restored Portuguese home is situated in a sleepy heritage village along Goa's backwaters that, apart from being known for its banana plantations, is starting to wake up and attract many creative professionals. There's a growing cultural hub in the village, including an art gallery and accommodations for artists. The Inner Temple, which opened in early 2016, is a fitting addition to the community. As its name suggests, it's a space to rejuvenate in a calming environment. You won't find a TV in the villa (although there is wireless Internet), neither are parties encouraged. Instead, guests can swim, read, and enjoy spending time with loved ones. The living room, with its abundance of natural light, transforms into a yoga and meditation studio during workshops. There's also a dedicated massage/spa room for personalized Ayurvedic treatments and Swedish massage.
- Location: Moira village, inland between Mapusa and Aldona in North Goa.
- Bedrooms: Three.
- Meals: The caretaker will cook simple but tasty meals for an additional fee.
- Rates: From 20,000 rupees per night for the whole villa, including breakfast.
At Ikshaa Villa, you'll be staying refreshingly off the tourist trail in a pretty village renowned for its glorious old Portuguese mansions that you can visit. This secluded villa has been attractively restored and is a special hidden gem, surrounded by forest and birdsong. It has a private swimming pool, plus Goa's biggest rain-shower heads. The tranquil location makes it perfect for anyone wanting to get away from it all and relax amid nature. Service is superb too!
- Location: Loutolim village in South Goa, about 30 minutes from Benaulim and Majorda beaches.
- Bedrooms: Three.
- Meals: The villa has a kitchen and a barbecue. Dinner will be provided on request.
- Rates: About 9,000 rupees per couple, per night, for the whole villa. Expect to pay around 22,500 rupees per night for a group of six people. Breakfast and airport transfers are included. A two-night minimum stay is required.
Want to stay on the beach without anyone else around? Head straight to the Elsewhere Beach Houses. This rare and difficult to find private property is accessed via a bamboo footbridge across a creek, which separates it from the rest of the world. There are four characterful, restored ancestral houses directly on the beach facing the ocean. The houses were built in traditional style during the Portuguese era and have a very interesting history dating back to 1886. They've been passed down from generation to generation, and the current owner has even written a book about them!
- Location: Mandrem beach, North Goa.
- Bedrooms: Two of the houses have three bedrooms each, and the other two have two bedrooms.
- Meals: There is an in-house cook who prepares meals and serves them in a special dining shack.
- Rates: From about 16,000 rupees per night for a whole house. Single rooms may be rented in only one of the houses (The Bakery), starting from about 9,000 rupees per night. A minimum one week stay is preferred. The property is closed during the monsoon season, from the end of May until the start of October.