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Goa

Our verdict:

Couples will fall in love with the exotic culture, long sandy beaches and ancient wellbeing of Goa. Take a heritage tour of Old Goa to see the mix of Southern Indian and Portuguese influences, before heading inland to see spice plantations and jungle waterfalls. Stay on a traditional houseboat on the backwaters or a safari tent on the sands of Cola Beach.

Recommended tour operator: Goa Experience

Goa Experience says

As the leading destination specialist, we’re delighted to share with you all that makes Goa an incredibly rewarding choice for your honeymoon.

  • Boutique hotels
  • Outstanding value
  • Winter sun

With over 105kms of palm-fringed coastline, you can expect glorious golden beaches. In the north, they are lined with atmospheric shacks serving delicious and low-priced local food and drinks whilst the southern beaches have a more rugged feel.

There’s so much more, however. Goa is an eclectic mix of Indian and Portuguese heritage with lively markets, attractive colonial homes and colourful festivals. There are lush jungle landscapes to discover and a huge array of things to see and do – a night in a traditional houseboat for example.

It’s your honeymoon so we know that your choice of hotel is really important – whether you are looking for five star luxury or a characterful bolt-hole for pure escapism. We hand-pick every single one, including a wide range which we recommend especially for couples.

For beachfront luxury, it’s hard to beat The Leela, considered as Goa’s premier hotel. The Alila Diwa Goa is another five star option with stunning tropical gardens and a fabulous infinity pool.

Oozing charm and seclusion, Ahilya By The Sea is perfect if you are looking for somewhere which combines top notch creature comforts and authentic escapism. There are just ten guest rooms here so personal service is a given. Check out our full range of boutique hotels in Goa.

If you want to pamper yourselves at a luxurious spa and wellness retreat, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and ITC Grand Goa Resort and Spa are outstanding options.

Goa is a great choice if you are looking for an exotic honeymoon on a tight budget. The Santana Beach Resort and Chalston Beach Resort are two excellent examples.

If you would like to combine two or more different places in Goa, we offer tailor-made multi-centre holidays – even combining Goa with other parts of India such as the Golden Triangle or Kerala.

The best time to travel to Goa is between November and April.

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