The new year saw international boundaries opening up and breathing life into the tourism sector. And now, thanks to the work-from-home regimen, people can start thinking about travelling again, and that too, without begging their bosses for a leave!
If you too are looking for the perfect destination to put your feet up and purge yourself of 2020, then what better place than Goa? The beachside paradise offers everything from lip-smacking fried fish served at a shack with the side of a beer bottle, to long, clean roads winding through its dense green forests. So what are you waiting for?
Read on to know about the best hotels to stay at for a workation in Goa, and get down to planning your next trip there!
Hotels in Goa
The coastal state has myriad luxury, as well as budget hotels, complete with business centres and conference rooms, and even swimming pools (but who needs them when the ocean is at a ten-minutes walk, right?!) They provide dependable, unlimited Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to worry about poor connectivity during your meetings.
Here are some of the best workation hotels in Goa.
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Panjim
Experience world-class luxury and at the beachfront Taj Resort, which boasts proximity to the famous Benaulim beach, and yet is away from the din of the shacks. The hotel has an outdoors swimming pool where you can sunbathe as you work. Alternatively, you can lounge on the beach itself, or enjoy water sports, sunset cruise, and other activities. The hotel has a 24-hour business centre, with one meeting room equipped with conferencing facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi, secretarial assistance & workstations.
Caravela Beach Resort, Varca
A 5-star beach resort with a private beach, Caravela offers rooms, suites, and villas with direct sea-views of the Varca beach, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel is a haven for food lovers as well, as it serves traditional Goan delicacies like prawn curry, mushroom xacuti, and cafreal. Enjoy gourmet meals either at their beach resort or in an al-fresco setting at their beachside gardens. Stressed out from work? Detox your mind and body in their early morning yoga session with the ocean hums and crashing waves as ambient music.
Dwarka Eco Beach Resort
Set at the Cola Beach- one of the prettiest beaches in the state, Dwarka Beach Resort offers thatched cottages (with Wi-Fi), perched on the coconut groves, overlooking the sea and lagoon. To reach the resort, take their private road down the forest and leave all your troubles behind. If you want to go sight-seeing after a hectic day, just enquire at their front-desk, for the staff will arrange day trips, boat rides and even dolphin-watching excursions for you. They even have an in-house masseur to relieve you of all your work tensions.
Marriott Resort & Spa, Velha
Think five-star amenities in a beachfront setting, coupled with picturesque views of the Arabian Sea and Mandovi River, and award-winning hospitality, think Marriott Miramar. They have high-speed Wi-Fi facilities as well as a 24-hour business centre, so all your office-related needs will be taken care of. Later on, if you’re exhausted from your work, just pamper yourself at their spa, relax in a beach hammock, or take a yoga class. They even have a swim-up bar in our outdoor pool, customized catering, and personalized services, so indulgence is guaranteed.
Homestays and Airbnbs
Hotels may have their fancy lobbies, cleaning services, and lavishly carpeted floors, they certainly lack the charm of homestays. The popularity of homestays and Airbnb rentals is growing by the day as people prefer their cozy, homely feel and flexible check-ins and check-outs, over the cookie-cutter layouts of hotels. Not to mention, they come at much lighter price tags, with all the same amenities.
A heritage homestay in Velha, Casa Menezes may be an old, redeveloped Goan house, but it has all the modern amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Room service and housekeeping are available. A gym and treadmill, access to the library and movies, minibars, and even kennelling facilities are at your disposal. Authentic Portuguese, Goan and Indian dishes are served to your taste. The Batim Lake is only a short distance away and is a lovely place for bird-watching.
Experience the award-winning hospitality at this 200-year-old, Goan-style manor, restored and redecorated into a boutique homestay in Curtorim. The property sprawls over 1.5 acres and is decked with lawns for you to relax on. The hosts welcome stay on-site as well and help guests with planning their sight-seeing and transport arrangements. Breakfast is complimentary, lunch and dinner are also available on prior notice. Best part? Pets and furry friends are welcome too!
This tastefully decorated villa close to Colva Beach in Benaulim area, comes with spacious rooms and a functional kitchen and is perfect if you’re travelling with friends and family. The balcony is well-ventilated and you can enjoy the salty sea breeze. The apartment has Wi-Fi facilities and is located in a quiet neighbourhood, so you’ll be able to work peacefully. Moreover, Calangute and Panaji are also close-by, so you can go exploring once you finish your work.
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