Best hotels in Calangute

Hotels in Goa tend to maximise on the tropical vibes, with cool-coloured exteriors and peaceful pool scenes. Wherever you stay in Calangute you’re never far from the beach, and the town centre is usually right over your shoulder. Not that you’d need either, technically – these Goa holiday hotels all come with their own restaurants and plenty of space to relax outdoors.

Colonia Santa Maria

The Colonia Santa Maria exudes old school charm, with whitewashed exteriors nestled amid palm trees and colourful flowers. On the grounds are two outdoor swimming pools surrounded by a sun terrace, plus a fitness room and health centre. You’ll occasionally find evening entertainment in the form of live music and barbecues, but the resort centre is less than a five-minute walk away, with Baga Beach just a few steps beyond.

Ocean Palms Goa

Understated elegance is the name of the game at Ocean Palms Goa, where hints of rich chocolate and soothing spas set the tone. The hotel’s air of tranquillity is leant to by its location, in a residential section of Calangute and surrounded by trees. But don’t be fooled – Calangute’s town centre is just on the horizon, and the beach is a little over five minutes away. Either way, the Ocean Palms ensures you’re taken care of with a swimming pool, restaurant dishing up Indian and international dishes, a games room and a bar.

Osbourne Resort Hotel

Found just off Calangute’s main road and a little over ten minutes away from the beach, the Osbourne Resort Hotel is divided into three, colourfully-painted blocks that come with a swimming pool and sun terrace. The restaurant here serves a wide variety of meals, plus a barbecue beside the pool takes place each week. And you’ll never have to give up Goa’s warm weather – each room comes with a balcony or terrace.

Palmarinha Resort

You’d expect that a hotel whose name means swaying palms in Portuguese would have an air of peace about it, and luckily, the Palmarinha delivers. There are two swimming pools available here, which means a fair deal of sun terrace space for lounging. The main activities are a fitness room and a small games space, though beauty treatments and massages are available too. And to make sure you’re fully taken care of, there’s even a shuttle service that’ll take you straight to the beach.

Nazri Resort

The pool scene at this mid-sized hotel tends to steal the show, with its views over salt lakes and a bar just on its edges. The hotel itself is technically found within the heart of Baga Beach and just a five-minute walk from that very set of shores. In addition to a garden-drenched location, on offer here is a restaurant specialising in Goan and other international cuisine, a spa with a range of wellness treatments and evening entertainment where karaoke and live music reign supreme.