Wake up to the sound of waves at Candolim, take a walk along the virgin beaches of South Goa, spend some time partying at Anjuna, get sunburnt, or perhaps laze around on the golden sands with Goa’s favourite chilled beer “King’s”. Goa has all that is needed to spend the perfect do-nothing vacation with friends and family. It truly is everyone’s “happy place”!

But what if I told you that there is more to Goa than just meets the eye and an increasing number of discerning travellers are starting to realize just that. Imagine a place where you could spend some time with yourself, listen to your thoughts, rejuvenate or live carelessly like a local. The old world charm of Goa is not lost, not yet. It lives on in areas away from the overcrowded beaches, shouts of drunk men check women out and unlimited empty bottles of beer thrown around. In fact, Goa is becoming more about heading inland and finding some of the amazing homes that people have built or renovated and are now giving up for rent in the form of vacation rentals, villas and homestays.

We have hand-picked 15 amazing local Homestays, Luxury Private Pool Villas, and boutique offbeat Cottages in Goa to help you see the other side of this beautiful place.

Here are the 15 Best Places to Stay in Goa:

Villa La Gitana, Nerul, Near Coco beach, Goa

04 Bedroom Private Pool Villa

Villa La Gitana Private Pool 04 bedroom Souh Goa MyTravelPie.com

The Host: Kapil

What to love:

  • The villa is located right at the beach and is just 01 kms away from the Coco Beach
  • Prepare your own meals in the kitchen or feast on fresh food prepared by the in-house cook.
  • The amazing large pool and the spacious rooms

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Gitana is Spanish for gypsy and its here that the gypsy spirit has been playfully seduced to make a permanent home in this lovely family holiday home. Ethnic prints, playful furniture and modern conveniences mingle together to create that lovely vibe that describes the modern Goan vibe. Located in Nerul, just a kilometer from peaceful Coco Beach is this well appointed villa that is a mix of modern and ethnic. Contact Host

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A Portuguese Homestay near Baga, Goa

05 Bedroom Homestay

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The Host: Monalisa

What to love:

  • You will love the authentic Portuguese architecture and the aesthetic interiors.
  • Located in the thick evergreens of Uccassaim, the homestay is just 5kms from Baga.
  • Personal attention to make you feel pampered and at home.

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Located in the thick evergreens of Ucassaim in North Goa, the essence of our heritage home stay has been distilled to transcend your typical home stay into a cradle of relaxation, comfort and total solitude. Built around hillocks & forests, this village is green all around the year and the birds flock around the villa religiously. Built in 1908, this heritage home-stay has been my home for the better part of this year and last year. I have transformed it into a home-stay and am inviting all to come stay here and experience Goa in a different light all together. Contact Host

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A Luxury Private Pool and Garden Villa, Moira in Bardez, Goa

02 Bedroom Private Pool Villa

2 bedroom Luxury private pool villa moira bardez goa MyTravelpie.com

The Host: Payal

What to love:

  • Private Pool with Amazing Views and a Private Garden
  • Moira is a peaceful and beautiful Village with the Church and the River just a 5 min walk !
  • Both rooms are designed differently and have separate balconies with a pool view

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Sintra is a warm and gorgeous home away from home. Located in North Goa it is ideal for families or friends celebrating birthdays, reunions and at the same time you have enough space to spend time in solitude.
Read, walk, party, cycle, swim, sleep, sun bathe and when you want to wander away from the tranquil to the hectic, jump into a cab or hire scooties and head for the beaches and markets.Moira is a picturesque and quintessential Goan village, which still has managed to retain much of its original charm despite a lot of over development elsewhere in the state. The Church and the River are just a 5 minutes walk from the house, and the village is dotted with quite a few chapels and old heritage houses. Contact Host

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Artisanale Colvale, Chikhli, Goa

02 Bedroom Homestay

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The Host: Yashana

What to love:

  • This place is painstakingly restored old Goan homes and are located in offbeat areas.
  • The delicate balance of our quaint village environment, with sensitivities of simple village folks.
  • Home cooked food with very authentic local cuisine with fresh ingredients.

The Host speaks…

Artisanale Colvale is one of those truly charming country dream homes…situated in the dreamy village of one of North Goa’s most unadulterated villages. Sitting in the pillared verandah it is easy to get lost in your favourite paperback, while you hear the Hornbills, Koels and other chirping birds across the agrarian landscape in front of you. Contact Host

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3 BHK Boutique Villa – Villa De Arte, Near Coco Beach, Goa

03 Bedroom Boutique Villa

3 bhk Boutique Villa - Villa De Art goa Coco beach mytravelpie.com

The Host: Amrita

What to love:

  • The villa boasts spacious rooms. Each room has its own theme.
  • Stationed away from the hustle-bustle of city life, a stay here will transfer you into the old colonial times.
  • The villa has an in house bar for those nice Goan evenings at home.

The Host speaks…

An ingenious Portuguese Villa to experience the rich culture and heritage of Goa with a contemporary touch. This serene villa is located near the picturesque Coco beach in Reis Margos and close to breathtakingly beautiful beaches like Candolim, Calangute and Baga with Panjim and local markets to explore nearby. Stationed away from the hustle-bustle of city life, the villa offers complete privacy and peace that would calm your nerves. Contact Host

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Villa Arpora, Goa

05 Bedroom Luxury Villa

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The Host: Sahil

What to love:

  • Ground Floor living room opens to a porch facing the private lawn garden and exclusive private pool.
  • The common sitting area opens up to the balcony roof giving a panoramic view of the local verdure.
  • Fully Equipped kitchen modern kitchen with 8 seated Dining room.

The Host speaks…

Our villa is an illustrious 5-air conditioned bedroom villa overlooking its private pool. The common sitting area opens up to the balcony roof giving a panoramic view of the local verdure.
The Villa is equipped with all the present-day amenities: a butler served breakfast, round-the-clock domestic help & security service, modular kitchen, private swimming pool and an abutting health club.. Contact Host

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Villa Morjim, Near Morjim beach, Goa

05 Bedroom Portuguese Style Villa

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The Host: Siddharth

What to love:

  • Portuguese style architecture with verandahs and balconies to enjoy the spectacular water views.
  • The tiles imported from Spain and Italy adds to the sophistication and finesse of this property.
  • Panoramic suite with 360 degree views over the Chapora River and coconut groves.

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Portuguese style architecture with verandahs and balconies to enjoy the spectacular water views. This property was built using laterite masonry with decorative columns, wooden rafters and Manglorian tiles for the roofing. 7000 sq ft (700 sq. meters) of space, consists of five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms all designed in a refreshingly creative manner, furnished with antiques. Drawing, dining and an open floor plan kitchen with island cooking is ideal for close family gatherings. There is a large family room with a Library, TV and a built in bar. Contact Host

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Villa Venus on Candolim, Goa

04 Bedroom Homestay amidst Apple Orchards

Venus Villa Aashyana Lakhanpal on Candolim Beach, Goa mytravelpie.com

The Host: Pradeep

What to love:

  • Each villa has its own private pool and is just a walking distance from the beach.
  • Constructed in authentic Portuguese style and attention has been paid to every detail.
  • Each villa has its own dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen, a verandah and garden areas.

The Host speaks…

Surrounded by high walls, palms and lush greenery, this single storey building of Portuguese origin, circa 1830, has been beautifully restored and renovated to retain an authentic feel. A shaded path leads to a classical porch and wide verandah overlooking an inviting, mosaic tiled 20 meter private pool to the right of the villa. In an ambience offering the best in contemporary Indian design, the Villa has the rare combination of impeccable attention to every detail of luxurious living whilst giving opportunities to explore your more contemplative, spiritual essence and romance in its widest sense . Contact Host

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Family Friendly Villa at Calangute Beach, Goa

03 Bedroom Private Pool Villa

family friendly private pool villa 03 bedrooms in Calangute Beach Arpora goa mytravelpie.com

The Host: Anil

What to love:

  • Family friendly villa with kids pool, high chairs and baby cots.
  • Calangute beach is at a 10 minute walking distance.
  • A well maintained swimming pool surrounded by the garden and a beautiful gazebo.

The Host speaks…

Designed as a family and friends vacation retreat, it has everything needed for a dream vacation. Enjoy all the comfort and service of a hotel, and the feeling of intimacy that only a private house can offer. It is one of 2 houses that are surrounded by a decorative gazebo and has gardens flowing all the way around the swimming pool. Calangute beach is just a 10 minute walk away and is home to a variety of beach facilities such as jet skiing and paragliding. Contact Host

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Villa Assagao, Goa

04 Bedroom Portuguese Villa

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The Host: Shailesh

What to love:

  • Close proximity to Anjuna, Vagator, Calangute, Baga beaches.Access to Yoga centers, Markets and City
  • The facility has a wonderful centralized living room where the guests may socialize.
  • Each room has been revitalised with fixtures fittings and furnishings.

The Host speaks…

We wish to bring back that good old Portuguese hospitality at Villa Assagao. Our rooms are spacious yet cosy thoughtfully furnished and very restful. With spacious accommodations that are comfortable, surrounded by several places to visit in Goa that are beautiful and peaceful, your stay here will be memorable.The Villa is furnished with care – the antique furniture that you see here belongs to the house itself. It has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to ensure that you are able to enjoy a truly Goan experience. Contact Host

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Chalet Villa at Candolim, Goa

03 Bedroom Villa

03 Bedroom Chalet villa at Candolim Beach Goa by Mytravelpie.com

The Host: Karl

What to love:

  • This is located on the Candolim Sinquerim beach stretch and overlooks the picturesque Arabian sea.
  • A beach house with a sea view and an expansive coconut grove.
  • Chalet Villa was the location for the shooting of the movie “My Brother Nikhil”.

The Host speaks…

A beach house with a sea view and an expansive coconut grove offering you all the privacy you could ask for yet being close enough to an entertainment packed neighbourhood which includes the likes of Water Sports, restaurants, shacks, pubs, clubs and lots more. If you are looking to experience a true Goan holiday, this walk into the past experience offers you exactly that. This house was built in 1929 is the ancestral house of the Pintos, and is your perfect holiday haunt, right on the Candolim beach in North Goa. It is perfect for a weekend getaway or rather a weeklong getaway! Contact Host

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