Easy, breezy beachside bliss
Goa in a nutshell: white sandy beaches, a laidback ambience, lashings of seaside charm and a smattering of churches. The seaside city’s Portuguese roots can be felt all over town, from the enigmatic architecture to the island-inspired cuisine; beachside vibes to hippie roots.
While you may be drawn to the 5-star appeal of hotels like the Grand Hyatt or The Leela, consider staying in a beachfront hut for the quintessential Goan experience. Experience the hippie way of life in your humble abode among a lush palm grove at the Dwarka Eco Resort near Agonda Beach, or choose from a collection of thatched-roof huts at Ordo Sounsar in Palolem.
Susegad: the Goan siesta
Thanks to the city’s Portuguese roots, Goans take their siestas very seriously. Here known as susegad, you’ll find quiet city streets and closed signs on almost every store in town during the hours of 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or seeing the sights in Panaji, take some time out of your day to make the most of this sacred afternoon ritual. Goa’s capital, Panaji (or Panjim), is brimming with hotel options, and you can rest easy in the budget-friendly Ginger Goa or enjoy the colonial interiors of the Royal Phoenix Inn.
Goan family fun
Goa’s unique blend of Indian and Portuguese influences makes it a popular destination for locals and international travellers alike. There’s plenty to do with the kids in tow, and young ones can make a splash in the sea while mum and dad relax on the shore with a cocktail.
The young and young at heart will love the hip surrounds of the Laguna Anjuna. Families and large groups can spread out in charming two-bedroom cottages nestled amongst lush tropical gardens, and make use of the lagoon-style pool and children’s wading area. Yab Yum Resort is another family-friendly option with quirky thatched domes offering a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city.