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where to stay

Honeymooning in Goa later this year- late September (so will be quiet and hopefully not too wet!). Main problem is where to stay. We want luxury and relaxation at the hotel- but want the opportunity to eat out and shop at markets so don't want to be anywhere too secluded. Other reviews imply that the Taj Exotica and Cidade de Goa are quite far from nightlife. Can anyone recommend a pleasant hotel which is a good base for exploring Goa?

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1. Re: where to stay

The main town in South Goa is Margao, a VERY busy place with a fascinating market ( if you can get across the road to it!). This is where the locals buy fresh meat and veg so expect vivid images... some touristy shops also in area where you can get wood carvings, simple jewelry ( don`t expect designer labels) and stunning white marble items decorated with hundreds of semi-precious stones.

Margao is about 20 to 30 mins in a taxi from all hotels on the south coast including the Taj Exotica. Nightlife is pretty low key generally in S Goa, which is largely why it has such a strong following, but you can find more sophisticated shopping in some hotel based vendors and also at SAGA (NOT O A P stuff!!) store which is located between the Taj and Leela Palace.

The most efficient way to explore Goa is to hire a taxi (mini bus) and driver for half or a whole day. Look at the tour operators list of places to see and then go see in your own transport.

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2. Re: where to stay

Late September will be VERY quiet and I wouldn't count on it being that dry either. Is there a reason why you are going in September? The tourist season doesn't start properly until November, although people start to arrive from mid October, and ends in mid-April. You may have soem difficulty in booking a hotel and flight as not that many hotels are open at that time of year.

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3. Re: where to stay

Thanks for your messages. Our wedding's in September which is why that's when we're going to India. Most of the world seems to be wet then but as it's the end of the rainy season we thought we'd risk it. at least if we're at a nice hotel we'll have other options if it does rain!

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4. Re: where to stay

jojo stay closer to north goa (Anjuna Vagatour).... where all the parties happen..

u will also be closer to the wednesday Anjuna Flee Market a must when in Goa

there are no five star hotels in this area..... but there arnt many nosy ppl either.......

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5. Re: where to stay

Oh dear,

Decided to book further north and stay at Fort Aguada but recent reviews say pool and bathrooms aren't so great. Can anyone recommend a lovely hotel in the Candolim area with a pool?

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6. Re: where to stay

The Fort Aguada has a lovely sister property next door called The Taj Holiday Village. Its a favourite of mine. I've stayed there 6-7 times over the past few years.

Its not so much a beach resort as its a Heritage Villa kind of a place. The accomodation is mostly in villa's scatterred about the property. Cane furniture abounds. Lots of tree's and greenery around the villa's. Lots of hammocks too.

The village has 3 restaurants - a thai place, a beach house and an outrigger bar. The boutrigger is where breakfast is served everyday. Its a healthy one and should suffice for you honeymooners after a night of calisthenics. They've also a got a beautiful, inviting pool with a sunken bar and bartender who makes lotsa cocktails. The staff is very helpful too.

Calangute & candolim beaches are just a cab ride away (Rs. 200 or GBP 3). If you're lucky the beach shacks will have started operations by the time you reach there.

I was staying at this hotel last august and had a wonderful time.

keertan

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