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.
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.
The Horizon Hotel puts you in the centre of Calangute's action and is just a little under 10 minutes away from the beach. The hotel itself feeds into Goa's tropical vibes with thatched umbrellas along the poolside and leafy greenery draped in the background. On offer here is a restaurant dishing up Goan and Chinese cuisine, a pool bar and occasional evening entertainment, where live music is basically a given.
This petite hotel ensures you're always attended to, whether you're lounging by the pool, dining al fresco or stretching out on the sun terrace. Accommodation here is clean-cut and no fuss – that's because the real focus is its location, just a barely-there jaunt to the resort centre. On top of this, Calangute's sandy beach is less than five minutes away.
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.
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.
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.
The Santa Monica Hotel is small and sweet, equipped with just 36 rooms, guests of which have the swimming pool all to themselves. There's a restaurant dishing up Chinese and Indian cuisine – both local Goan food and beyond – and a beauty salon for holiday indulgences. The beach is only a five-minute walk away and the resort centre just five more minutes beyond.
You'll know you've reached the Somy when Easter egg-coloured buildings come into view. The hotel itself is nestled amid trees and yet right in the thick of Calangute, just a minute or so from the nearest restaurants and bars and a little over five to the beach. Here, you'll find a swimming pool and pool bar, buffet restaurant and beauty parlour, plus easy access to the public bus service, which runs to Goa's state capital Panjim.
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.