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Goa

Mark and David's verdict:

The perfect choice for a gentle introduction to India, Goa is one of the most exciting winter sun destinations - and among the cheapest. A combination of world-class beaches, superb food and friendly people are the basic ingredients. Add in markets, waterfalls, historical sites and some of the world’s most beautiful sunsets, and you have a clear winner

Recommended tour operator: Goa Experience

Goa Experience says

Welcome to our collection of holidays to Goa.

  • Character hotels
  • Direct flights in winter
  • Great value destination

As the destination specialist, we’re delighted to share with you all that Goa offers as a holiday destination, and why we think it’s an incredibly rewarding choice. With an eclectic mix of Portuguese and Indian heritage, you can enjoy bustling markets, colonial heritage homes and colourful festivals and events.

Add to that lush jungle landscapes and perhaps the main draw – over 105km of golden, palm-backed coastline. Goa caters to each and every holidaymaker.

You’ll find the beaches in the north are lined with colourful, makeshift shacks serving up tasty local dishes and refreshing drinks. In the south, more rugged and quiet stretches of sand can be found, with the odd beach shack to serve as a welcome break from the sun.

All our hotels have been hand-picked by our in-house experts, so not only have we got some of Goa’s best properties in our collection, but also several which are exclusive to us in the UK market.

You’ll find some superb unique and boutique hotels for an authentic flavour of Goan hospitality and culture. For example, stay in a characterful heritage home such as Fort Tiracol and Panjim Inn.

Our luxurious beachfront resorts include The Leela, considered as Goa’s most luxurious hotel, and the Taj Exotica which more than lives up to the reputation of the Taj Group. Or if you want to pamper yourselves at a luxurious spa and wellness retreat, both Nilaya Hermitage and Park Hyatt Resort and Spa are outstanding options.

Some of our customer favourites offer a wonderful way to experience some of Goa’s highlights and offer great value for money; Santana Beach Resort and Chalston Beach Resort are just two examples.

We’re also delighted to offer tailor-made multi-centre holidays whether you’d like to stay in two or more places within Goa, or even do some exploring further afield. Our new and revamped collection of India tours offer the chance to explore the incredible Golden Triangle and other parts of North India, or head south and witness the beauty of Kerala. You can choose to embark on a tour alongside a Goa holiday, or as a standalone experience.

We also offer a range of excursions, which allow you to enrich your Goa holiday further. Perhaps you’d like to stay overnight in the jungle, go in search of waterfalls or spend the night on a traditional houseboat? The choice is yours.

Head to our website for more information on our range of holidays and our latest special offers, inspiring articles and top tips from our experts. Order or download our 2018 / 2019 season brochure.

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