Goa: the mythical hippie paradise discovered in the 1960s and put up prominently on the tourism map. The cliché that comes to mind is one of tranquil beaches, nice soft waves and the beautiful calm ocean in front. If you come to visit the Goan beaches, despite half a century of commercialisation, some of the clichéd attributes are still true in small pockets, even though these pockets are few and far between.
Goa also has vestiges of quaint Portuguese architecture. What many people tend to ignore, Goa also has beautiful verdant mountain ranges worthy of magnificent treks. But this short article is not about Goa’s cultural heritage. Nor is it about it’s mountains. We are just looking at the beaches of Goa here and some of the accommodation that is available here. We will give a quick and short overview of the kind of hotels that you have in Goa and what to expect.
There is not doubt that the beaches of Goa are really beautiful. But tranquility is not something that I would associate with them especially during high tourist season. But still they are much better more interesting and calmer than most Mediterranean beaches of the French Riviera. If you go down South, beyond Colva and Benaulim or to the North towards Arambol and beyond, you are certain to find your corner of paradise away from the riff raff. And you will be happy and content.
The hotels in Goa range from the best of luxury resorts to cheap backpacking rooms that are very basic. Both are justifiably priced. The luxury hotels of large brands like the Taj cannot go wrong, especially at a mythical destination like Goa. And backpacking rooms are not really writing home about. It is the middle category that has us bothered. The middle category hotels have acceptable infrastructure but very poor services and a pricing that is borderline laughable for the kind of services that they provide.
That is the primary reason why we are way and extremely careful in suggesting middle category hotels in Goa. Despite Goa being smothered by hotels, yes you will be spoiled for choices by the number of hotels in all hues and colours, the quality of services offered is just short of appalling. What I personally feel, over and above the beauty of the beaches this is on offer in Goa, there are other beaches in India that offer similar beauty, read better, a different experience with a more interesting and far more superior quality of service; the beaches of Kerala, for example at Marari can leave you quite breathless, or at Gokarna or Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. I am not even the mentioning the beaches of the Indian islands in the Andamans in the Indian Ocean. We will be talking more about that later is subsequent article. In the meanwhile, if you are choosing a 3* hotel on the “beachfront” in Goa, be wary of its tall claims and especially be wary of the services that you may get from them.
Our recommendations in the luxury segment would be the Taj hotels, the Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt and The Park. These are not in order of importance.
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