Colonia Santa Maria

Just footsteps from the beach and within walking distance of Calangute’s bars and restaurants, the Colonia Santa Maria is a fantastic holiday base. A Portuguese-Indian style reigns supreme here, so expect whitewashed walls, terracotta roofs and patterned tiles teamed with jewel-bright colours.

The swimming pool is set in a large terrace, and you also have the option to lounge on the lawn or take a dip in the plunge pool.

Meals are served in the bar-restaurant that overlooks the pool. It has a terrace that’s perfect for outdoor dining, too. Here you’re served everything from European dishes to traditional Goan cuisine. Karaoke nights and Indian dance acts also regularly liven up proceedings!

Overview of Calangute

The blend of Indian and Portuguese influences makes holidays to Goa incredibly unique. Although the towns here are interesting, it’s the beaches that are the stars of the show. The year-round warm climate and idyllic scenery makes these great spots to relax, but paragliding is also widely available if you want to get the adrenaline pumping.

Close to the beaches, shacks sell authentic cuisine throughout the day, while in the evening, they transform into lively nightlife destinations where the best of Goan culture is on full display. As the beaches are packed with fun morning, noon and night, it’s no wonder top hotels like the Colonia Santa Maria can be found right on the shoreline.

Things to do in Goa

You’ll find the Colonia Santa Maria right on Baga Beach. The warm waters of the Arabian Sea are incredibly inviting and the beach includes water-sports huts, beach shacks, masseurs and tightrope walkers, so you’ll always be entertained.

Calangute is also within walking distance. This is one of Goa’s best bits and there’s much more to the resort than just the beach. It’s also home to a lively market that buzzes with the sounds of locals selling handmade wares. Plus, the scent of spices fills the air here, so you’ll leave feeling hungry! Thankfully, Calangute is filled to the brim with restaurants. Many specialise in seafood curries, but you’ll find something to suit every palate.

Goa is a unique location that showcases the best of India. Home to some of the finest cuisine on the planet, you’re sure to leave here with a new favourite dish and a smile on your face.

Resort Summary

This slab of northern Goa isn’t nicknamed the Queen of Beaches for nothing. Calangute is home to one of the most popular sets of shores in Goa, first made so by the throng of hippies that set their sights on its golden sands in the 60s.

Fast forward 50 years and Calangute is now one of the most vibrant resorts for holidaymakers in search of an energetic city for their cheap holiday to Goa, anchored by a beautiful beach. You’ll find international restaurants, a bustling market and plenty of beach bars all at your fingertips. The resort’s round-the-clock warm weather doesn’t hurt, either.