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10 Glorious Goa Homestays and Bed & Breakfasts

Get a True Taste of Goan Life at these Goa Homestays

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Whether it's a relaxing or adventurous holiday that you want, homestays and bed & breakfasts in Goa offer a great alternative to the usual beach hotels. It's at a homestay that you can really get away from the crowds and enjoy the calmness of the villages. These glorious Goa homestays, for all budgets, will give you a warm welcome and memorable experience of the true Goan way of life.

1. Quinta da Graça

Quinta da Graça

Quinta da Graça is a charming Indo-Portuguese colonial mansion, dating back to the 1940s. The hosts are a local couple who have restored the property with some additions, but largely keeping its Goan essence intact. Expect rooms with high ceilings, antique Belgian crystal chandeliers, period furniture, and a serene walled garden surrounding the house. Guests are accommodated in four bedrooms, plus a two bedroom cottage.

  • Location: North Goa. In Saligao village, around 10 minutes from Baga beach.
  • Special Features: The hosts have a keen interest in Goan folk lore and culture, and have plenty of entertaining stories to share.
  • Rate: 2,000-2,800 rupees per night.
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2. Capella

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Capella is a classic Goan homestay.  The hosts designed and built the premises themselves, and it oozes earthy character.

  • Location: North Goa. On a forested hill in Arpora village.
  • Special Features: The hosts are avid nature and wildlife enthusiasts, and they have a vast collection of books on the subject.
  • Rate: From 4,000 rupees per night, for a double including breakfast.

3. Turiya Villa & Spa

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Turiya is a 100 year old Goan villa that's been invitingly restored and transformed. It has five rooms, and a fabulous south Goa location that's less than five minutes from Patnem beach and 10 minutes from Palolem beach. You won't want to tear yourself away from the gorgeous patio, which beckons you to relax.

  • Location: South Goa. In Chaudi village.
  • Special Features: There's an Ayurvedic spa on the premises. Turiya would be a fabulous place for an intimate garden wedding. The owner is a talented architect and interior decorator (and he also cooks the most delicious Goan food).
  • Rate: 4,000-5,500 rupees per night.

4. Olaulim Backyards

Olaulim Backyards

Olaulim Backyards is a homestay with three delightful cottages, where you can really get back to nature.

  • Location: North Goa. On the banks of the Mandovi River in Olaulim village, around 11 kilometers from Panjim, the capital of Goa.
  • Special Features: Perfect for those who like an active vacation. Kids will love the dedicated childrens play area, complete with cubby house accessed by a rope ladder. There's a swimming pool too. Special scuba diving and monsoon white water rafting packages are also available for adults who like a thrill!
  • Rate: Ranges from 3,000 to 7,000 rupees a night for a double, depending on the time of year. It includes breakfast and all in-house activities.

5. Hospedaria Abrigo de Botelho

Hospedaria Abrigo de Botelho

Hospedaria Abrigo de Botelho is located in Panjim's Latin Quarter, Fontainhas (meaning "fountain" in Portuguese). The neighborhood is full of colorful old Portuguese homes, belonging to the last surviving Portuguese families of Goa, and this is one of them. It was turned into a bed & breakfast by local realtor Roy Botelho, and he's the perfect host. Each room is attractively furnished with antiques. Narrow winding streets and lanes, quaint boutiques, art galleries, bakeries, and restaurants give this district undeniable charm. Rates start from 2,100 rupees per night.

  • Location: Panjim.
  • Special Features: A wide range of rooms to choose from. There are eight rooms in three different categories, spread over two levels.
  • Rate: From 2,100 rupees per night, including tax and breakfast.
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6. Neemrana's Arco Iris Noble Home

Arco Iris

Arco Iris is the perfect place for anyone with a passion for Goa's old colonial mansions. This one took three painstaking years to restore to its previous grandeur, but the result is stunning. It fronts onto a seasonal lake, which makes the setting even more captivating.

  • Location: South Goa. Around 7 kilometers from Margao in the quiet village of Curtorim.
  • Special Features: The architecture, and gorgeous mosaics. Each of the four guest rooms have been decorated a different color of the rainbow.
  • Rate: From 4,000 rupees per night, for a double including breakfast.
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7. Cancio's House

Cancio's House

Super family and child friendly, Cancio's House offers laid back accommodation in the 500 year old ancestral house of a sweet Goan family, complete with a menagerie of pets.

  • Location: North Goa. In Aldona village, around 30 minutes from Baga beach.
  • Special Features: Traditional village and eco-friendly experience. Water is drawn from a well and food is cooked with home grown produce. The host organizes kayaking on the backwaters. You can also charter a speedboat or catamaran.
  • Rate: From 1,500 rupees per night.
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8. The Village Guesthouse

The Village Guesthouse

If you're looking for a boutique but inexpensive stay not far from south Goa's popular beaches, The Village Guesthouse is an excellent option. There are eight guest rooms in a house that's been lovingly restored by the helpful hosts. All bedrooms have TVs and air conditioning, and the six double rooms have four poster beds. A complimentary breakfast is served in the garden or on one of the verandas (as too are evening cocktails).

  • Location: South Goa.  Near Palolem and Patnem beaches.
  • Special Features: A friendly and fun, upbeat ambiance.
  • Rate: Around 1,500 rupees per night.
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9. Maggie's Haven Boutique Guest House

Maggie's Haven

Maggie's Haven is a 19th century Portuguese villa with two bedrooms (can accommodate four-six guests), and four executive rooms (including one single room) with balconies. A haven in the real sense of the word, nothing is too much trouble for the host and he has lots of great tips to share.

  • Location: North Goa.  500 meters from Candolim beach and 3 kilometers from Calangute beach.
  • Special Features: Private terrace and a swimming pool.
  • Rate: From 2,500 rupees per night, and 7,500 rupees per night for the villa.
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10. The Only Olive

The Only Olive

Perched on a hillock, The Only Olive has picturesque views of the surrounding area. This homestay is a century old three bedroom Portuguese villa. Its sprawling garden, with a lone olive tree, is a peaceful place to relax.

  • Location: North Goa. Aldona village.
  • Special Features: Great for large groups who can have the whole villa to themselves. There's also an Artist in Residence program. The Only Olive acts as a medium for artists to get in touch and exchange ideas with other artists and craftsmen. It's a wonderful creative space!
  • Rate: 7,500 rupees per night for the villa (3 bedrooms). Individual bedrooms range from 4,000 to 4,500 rupees per night. Continental breakfast is included.
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