The fun-loving state of Goa has reopened for tourists, which means your long-pending beach holiday might finally be a plausible reality soon. We’ve shortlisted five amazing boutique hotels in this western state to help kickstart your vacation plans. By Bayar Jain

 

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As per a release by the Government of Goa, the beach-state has reopened its borders to welcome tourists once again, starting July 2. According to this newly released set of guidelines, tourists must have a valid hotel pre-booking before entering the state and must submit a self-declaration form. Quarantine, as per the release, may or may not be applicable. If the tourist is carrying a negative COVID-19 test report not more than 48 hours old, then quarantine upon arrival will not be required. However, if the tourist has not gotten tested beforehand, then a self-paid COVID-19 test must be done upon arrival and quarantining will be mandatory until the results arrive. In the latter scenario, a swab test will also be taken upon arrival. However, the guidelines also state all tourists would be required to undergo a mandatory thermal screening and document verification.

With all documents in place, dates blocked, tickets booked, here are some boutique properties you can consider staying at for your next Goan holiday!

1. CASA Britona, Mandovi River

 

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Nestled in a quiet fishing village away from the otherwise bustling nightlife synonymous to this party state, CASA Britona gives you a glimpse of the aristocratic Goan family-life of the yesteryears. This 300-year old home-turned boutique resort lies close to the church of Nossa Senhora de Penha de França and offers a splendid view of twinkling stars after dark. Elevating this charm is the echoes of the nearby Mandovi river, which permeates through every inch of the property.

2. Amrapali House Of Grace, Maina

 

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A lovingly restored 100-year old Portuguese home on the banks of Zuari river, this boutique hotel was restored as recently as 2014. Despite this young age, Amrapali House of Grace continues to radiate an old-warm charm like no other. Here, tradition and culture underline every experience, while the designs take you far away from the stresses of the outside world. While the tropical gardens here will calm your mind, the bespoke special menus crafted for each service will satiate your soul. The quaint rural setting of the hotel paired with the inviting warm Goan beaches will only elevate the experience further.

3. The Postcard Moira

 

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Despite the promise of modernity engraved in its DNA, this boutique hotel radiates with an unmistakable Goan spirit. The Postcard Moira is a carefully restored 214-year-old ancestral home, which stands proud among lush banana plantations, neighbourhood fishmongers, and bright-hued houses you’ll only find in Goa. Within the hotel itself, you will find yourself welcoming early morning rays in the beautiful rooms along with the song of birds doubling as your blissful alarm. Here, local ingredients such as moidechim kelim or the popular Moira Banana find a way on to the dining table, while traditional Ayurvedic massages and treatments at Punarnava Ayurveda pamper you further.

4. Arco Iris Boutique Homestay, Curtorim

 

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Spread over one-and-a-half acres and a grand 200 years of legacy backing it, Arco Iris Boutique Homestay is a tasteful blend of modern and traditional. This pet-friendly manor is complete with butterflies, lush greens, and five spacious rooms painted in different colours of the rainbow. Ideal for relaxation, this quiet escapade is perfect for those who wish to stray away from the bustle of Goa and enjoy a cosy, intimate vacation.

5. Olaulim Backyards, Olaulim

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Picture whiffs of frangipani flowers in sprawling gardens, winding paths leading to lush tropical greens, and the gentle waves lapping in the distance. Conceived as a typical Goan casa, the eco-friendly Olaulim Backyards consists of five cottages, each unique in size and decor. All the accommodation types here are made using bamboo, local stone, coconut wood and palm leaves, while the food is sourced from fresh seafood and locally grown vegetables, which are then cooked on a traditional wood-fire. The rustic charm accentuated by the nearby creek dotted with colourful hornbills is sure to make the stay more memorable. And, of course, the many cats and dogs that call this place home!

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