If days spent floating around a stylish pool – surrounded by fields and palm trees – sounds right up your street, the Alila Diwa Goa’s for you. The main pool’s an infinity number that looks out across the paddy plantations – you can admire them from the sunloungers built into the water. Prefer swimming in the sea? The hotel runs a free shuttle bus to Majorda Beach, which is lapped by the Arabian Sea.
Go all out with a getaway to the Alila Diwa Goa
Hotel’s don’t get much more scenic than the Taj Exotica. This luxury property is nestled into 56 acres of tropical gardens. A path runs through the well-manicured grounds straight onto the sand. Benaulim Beach is a length stretch of soft-on-the-feet sand. Wander down and pick a palm-thatched palapa to settle down on for the day. And when you fancy a nap, hop into one of the hammocks dotted through the grounds.
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If you want to feel close to nature when you’re on holiday, you can’t go wrong with the Marinha Dourada. This Portuguese-style hotel’s bagged a spot between lakes, salt pans and rice fields, with the Baga River close by, so it gives you a real flavour of Goa’s natural side. One of the two big pools is right by the lake, so you won’t have to tear yourself away from the views.
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The Leela takes the term secluded to a new level. The buildings are draped in exotic greenery, with fountains and lily-topped ponds between them. On one side of this hotel, you’ll find one of Goa’s very best beaches – a peaceful golden-tinted number. And, on the other, the winding River Sal weaves through acres of exotic gardens. It’s hard not to feel relaxed in these surroundings.
Treat yourself to an escape at The Leela
Fancy yourself as a bit of a flavour expert? You’ll be right at home at the Grand Hyatt Goa, with five different places to eat. As well as a buffet spot that plates up a variety of local and international dishes, there are Australian and Middle Eastern restaurants and a speciality patisserie. Plus, you can tease your taste buds at the award-winning Indian restaurant, Chulha. Tempted?
Take a peek at the Grand Hyatt Goa
Jungle-like gardens cover the glossy Novotel Goa Resort and Spa, making way for a pool which overlooks paddy fields. But the Warren Tricomi Spa is where this place really comes into its own. The whole spa is softly lit, decorated with dark wood and scented by aromatherapy oils. There are five chalets for treatments – continue the relaxation after and take a yoga class overlooking the rice paddies.
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Enjoy an adults-only escape at the TUI BLUE Falesia in Portugal. This place boasts a secluded clifftop location and à la carte dining options.
The ROBINSON Club Khao Lak strikes the perfect active-unwind balance with plenty of pools, a busy sports schedule and a tranquil on-the-sand postcode.
There’s a lot to be said about the all-action TUI MAGIC LIFE Fuerteventura, starting with the views. From its high-up position above the beach, you can look out towards the horizon from most of the property.
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