Goa beach huts are a popular alternative to hotels in Goa. Most of them can be found in south Goa, particularly Agonda, Palolem, and Patnem beaches. You'll also find a few on the less developed north Goa beaches, such as the Arambol to Morjim stretch. Unfortunately, the beach huts are no longer cheap places to stay though. Rates have been jumping substantially every year, and it's a case of paying for location, location, location. Compared to what you'd get at a hotel for the same price, facilities are minimal. Part of the reason is because the huts have to be pulled down every year and reconstructed for the season, which runs from around November to May. These 10 Goa huts all offer something a little more special than others in their areas.
Palm Grove consists of six uniquely named huts, all made out of "love, bamboo and chatai". They're simple but stylish and come with king size bed, porch, and hammock. There's also a restaurant that serves healthy and tasty food on the premises. The location, at Ashvem beach (between Morjim and Mandrem), is one of the most peaceful places in North Goa. Yet, it's close enough to more lively Arambol in case you've had enough relaxing and feel like some entertainment. The renowned Yab Yum restaurant is next door to the huts.
Susegat means to totally relax and take it easy in Konkani (the language spoken in Goa). Village Susegat is an offshoot of Villa Susegat -- a successful guesthouse run by a British couple. They've now expanded their business and have transformed a neglected palm grove on Morjim beach (around 20 minutes from Anjuna) into what is now “Village Susegat”. The village consists of sixteen solidly built beach huts (so the plumbing does work!) and a beach cafe and bar, Cafe Bar Susegat. Everything has been personally designed and built by the couple, including handcrafting the furniture and fittings. Rates start from 2,250 rupees per hut, per night. Discounts are given for longer stays. And the best thing: the rates remain the same all year round, even over the busy Christmas and New Year period.
Blue Corner beach shack has amongst the cleanest and best operated coco huts on laid back Benaulim beach. There are 12 of them, and they're very basic with the bare necessities (this includes western style toilets). However, if you're looking for a cheap place to chill, they'll be perfect for you. The huts are located right on the beach, so you'll be soothed to sleep by the sound of the waves. Rates start from 1,200 rupees a night per hut.
4. Dwarka, Cola
If you're after complete seclusion, a stay at Dwarka should satisfy you. To get there, you have to drive through villages and down a dirt road. The location is Cola beach, with the closest beaches being Agonda and Palolem. The 10 huts are set around a lagoon and overlook the ocean, which is blissfully free of hawkers as it's completely inaccessible by road. At Dwarka, it's all about nature, and you can go for jungle walks in the morning. In the evening a nearby hill provides a great view of the sunset. There are bonfires at night. Expect to pay 6,000 rupees per night, for a double. The rate includes breakfast, lunch, evening tea/cookies and dinner. Paradise found!
Morbor beach is usually the domain of the luxury hotels, and the beaches remain pristine and relatively unfrequented. Bamboo House is located at the far end of a road, around 10 minutes walk along the beach from the Leela Kempinski hotel. It's owned by popular Blue Whale shack (famous for its seafood dishes). The 10 huts are situated on either side of a pathway leading down to the restaurant and beach. They're a cut above your usual Goa huts, with thick and soft mattresses, and premium quality towels and linen. However, what makes Bamboo House special is how environmentally friendly and sustainable it is. Expect to pay 3,400 per cottage, per day.
Romance Beach Huts are totally cute and romantic! A firm favorite on Agonda beach, these sea facing coco huts are painted in bright colors and stand on two meter high stilts just 20 meters from the water. Despite being elevated, they still have attached western bathroom. The huts are a bit more expensive that most on Agonda beach, but they're also more spacious and better decorated, and come with a hammock. The owner is super friendly as well. Rates vary greatly depending on the time of year, and range from 1,000-3,000 rupees for a classic hut and 1,500-4,000 rupees for a premium hut.
Dreamcatcher is situated at the far north of Palolem beach, with the ocean in front and a lagoon at the back. You'll need to walk around 10 minutes along the beach if you want to get to the main part, where all the action happens. However, if you value quietness, you'll be glad to be staying away from it. Daily yoga classes are held at Dreamcatcher, and Reiki treatments and workshops are offered as well. The really appealing thing about Dreamcatcher is the huge variety of huts (there are around 50 to choose from!) that it offers. The most basic huts, without toilet and shower, are priced around 800 rupees a night. Expect to pay around 3,000 rupees a night for the most expensive ones. There are family cottages, and huge studio cottages available as well. The team who run Dreamcatcher (headed by an Indian guy and English woman) are extremely warm and welcoming.
Also located at the far north of Palolem beach, Ordo Sounsar is situated on the riverside (around one minute's walk from the beach) and is only accessible via a bamboo footbridge. Huts are basic, and consist of two types -- those with attached bathroom (on the ground level) and those with common shared bathroom (raised). What you'll most likely love about this place is its cushioned lounge areas, hammocks, pool table and bar. The food is also amazing!
The very popular Cuba Beach Bungalows has 16 colorful huts set in a semi circle shape, so all huts get at least some view of the beach. The location is central, and staff are friendly and helpful. The crowd is predominantly young and up for a good time, and there's a bar close to the huts, so do take that into consideration when deciding whether to stay here. The vibe is definitely one of fun. Rates start from around 2,500 rupees per night and increase dramatically during December-January. They are pricier than many standard huts, but Cuba's justification is the range of services provided.
10. Papayas, Patnem
Papayas has Goan Swiss management and offers eco friendly huts, all built using local materials such as rice hay, bamboo and wood. There are two front huts which face the sea (spend a bit extra to stay in one of these if possible), and another seven in the lush garden behind. The huts are a step up from the usual, with solar heated water, tiled shower, and free wireless Internet. However, the mattresses are notably hard, which could be an issue for those with back problems. There's also a restaurant and bar located right on the beach, with sun lounges and a small library. The midway location on the beach, just a minute from the main center, is very convenient. A word of warning: this place books up extremely fast and is full even at the end of the season, so make your reservations very early. See other recommended Patnem beach huts in this Patnem beach travel guide.