Best small boutique hotels in Goa

Updated on Jun 04, 2020 by Clarabel Jones

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Escape the crowds on your next holiday by cosying away at one of these beautiful small, boutique hotels in Goa, designed with complete peace and tranquillity in mind.

Goa really does have the best of both worlds; small, boutique hotels tucked away from the tourists trail, and vibrant resorts for those who prefer a livelier atmosphere.

If, like many of us at the moment, you're looking for a little peace and quiet on your next holiday, you'll love these small, boutique hotels in Goa, nestled in the middle of nature.


Nilaya Hermitage

Apora, North Goa | 11 rooms and 2 safari tents

Hidden away on a hillside in the Goan jungle, this striking and eclectic hotel is the perfect place to rediscover the rhythms of nature as you completely unwind.

Beautifully designed by the famous Indian architect, Dean D’Cruz, each of Nilaya Hermitage's 13 suites have been furnished with rare antiques from ancient palaces around India.

Relax by the pool, listening to the chirping birds and chattering monkeys, take a yoga class in the hotel gardens or indulge in some age-old Indian treatments at the Ayurvedic spa. Your one job here is to completely relax!

Although remote enough to enjoy plenty of peace and quiet, you're not too cut off from the coastline either; a shuttle bus runs from the hotel to Candolim beach, and the main town of Apora sits just 3km away.

Plan your stay at Nilaya Hermitage


Ahilya by the Sea

Nerul, North Goa | 10 rooms

Nestled in a quiet corner of Dolphin Bay, away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Candolim, Ahilya by the Sea promises a serene, private escape amid the beauty of North Goa.

This small, boutique hotel's 10 exquisitely decorated rooms are spread across three villas, all surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens, exotic plants and flowers. With two pools to hop between, you can wake up early to swim laps in the gorgeous Sunrise infinity pool before taking a dip in the Sunset plunge pool to cool off.

Ahilya by the Sea is also known for its excellent cuisine. They use only the freshest ingredients from local markets, and you can dine al fresco at a different spot every night.

Plan your stay at Ahilya by the Sea


The Postcard Cuelim

Arossim, South Goa | 6 rooms

Set in the peaceful village of Cuelim, but just a short taxi journey from Arossim beach, The Postcard Cuelim is a historic, small boutique hotel in Goa with just eight beautifully decorated, authentic rooms.

Overlooking 3,500 acres of paddy fields, you'll truly feel at one with nature here. The pool will no doubt be the focus of any stay, as will the hotel's Ayurvedic spa, which offers a range of traditional massages and treatments to help you completely unwind.

A treat for the taste-buds, The Postcard Cuelim's restaurant serves traditional dishes created using locally sourced ingredients. Their spciy Pork Sorpotel is an absolute must-try!

Plan your stay at The Postcard Cuelim


The Postcard Moira

Mapusa | North Goa | 9 rooms

Another tranquil retreat from Goa's bustling coastline, this beautifully restored ancestral home is perhaps our most off-the-beaten-track property, making it one of the best small, boutique hotels in Goa.

A sense of complete tranquillity drifts throughout the hotel; with only nine rooms, you'll often feel like you have the whole hotel to yourself! Fill your days with dips in the pool, traditional treatments in the Ayurvedic spa, and walks around the sleepy village of Moira. A 30-minute taxi journey will also take you to Baga beach, should you fancy a livelier day out.

Like its sister hotel in South Goa, the on-site restaurant prides itself on only using local ingredients, sourced from neighbouring households.

Plan your stay at The Postcard Moira

View our full collection of boutique and unique hotels in Goa and start planning your escape to India's sunshine state today.


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