The best family hotels in Goa

Goa is one of the most family-friendly places to visit when travelling in India with kids. After all, what could be better than a family beach holiday? Blessed with buttery beaches and warm ocean waters, Goa is a great place to escape for a beach holiday after exploring India’s cities. But which should you choose, North Goa or South Goa? They are both great options for families, each offering something slightly different. If you’re wondering which area to choose, then why not take a look at some of the best family hotels in Goa to help you make up your mind. If you’re travelling elsewhere in India before or after your time in Goa then you may want to look at these family-friendly hotels in India.

Updated for 2020

 

Family Hotels in Goa
Goa is one of India’s most family-friendly states

 

North Goa or South Goa

Family Hotels in Goa
Panji in North Goa, is the capital of the state

 

North Goa boasts sandy beaches and warm waters but there’s more to this sunny slice of India than bucket and spades. Once the capital of Portuguese Goa, the area retains a European charm that blends seamlessly with the natural beauty of this tiny state.

The capital of Goa, Panji (Panjim), is delightful with brightly painted houses and paddle-wheel boats. Old Goa is also home to towering churches and cathedrals. The lush countryside and colourful hamlets are great to explore, particularly by bicycle. Further inland is the Bondla Forest home to sambar deer, wild boar, monkeys and even leopards. This pocket of Goa is also home to the thundering Dudhsagar Falls, the second highest falls in India.

Some of the best beaches in North Goa include:

  • Sinquerim beach
  • Candolim beach
  • Calangute beach
  • Baga beach
  • Anjuna beach
  • Vagator beach
  • Morjim beach
  • Ashvem beach

 

Be aware that Dengue Fever is prevalent in India. This post has advice on the best mosquito repellents for babies and kids.

 

Family hotels in Goa
Palolem Beach in South Goa

 

Sleepy South Goa is the quiet younger sibling to its more outgoing, party-loving older brother. The beaches are less crowded and the warm sand and calm waters are ideal for families with younger children. Tucked inland among the lush paddy fields and coconut groves are glorious Portuguese-era mansions filled with chandeliers and antiques, whitewashed churches and colourful Hindu Temples. Picturesque Palolem is one of the best beaches in Goa and is justly popular, but there are dozens of sandy coves on offer, including the whimsically named Butterfly Beach.

The bustling market town of Margao (Madgaon) is the capital of Salcete province and South Goa’s main hub. From here all roads lead south towards sandy crescents and palm-fringed pockets, some favoured by European tour groups and others seemingly undiscovered. You’ll also discover some excellent family adventures in South Goa. The Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary hides spotted deer, gaurs (Indian bison), sambars and leopards. Marked walking trails lead the way accompanied by brightly plumed birds. Also on offer are guided jungle treks, canyoning and rafting.

 

Some of the best beaches in South Goa include:

  • Cola Beach
  • Arossim Beach
  • Majorca Beach
  • Mobor Beach
  • Palolem Beach
  • Patent Beach

 

Family Hotels in Goa

Family hotels in Goa
Anjuna Beach in North Goa

 

There are more and more family hotels in Goa ranging from budget beachside hotels to five star luxury retreats; here are some of the best beach resorts in Goa for families.

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Yab Yum, North Goa

Mid-range

Family-friendly Yab Yum is not quite as friendly as it once was now that they no longer accept children under three-years-old. Visit with older kids, however, and you’ll find one of the best resorts in Goa for families. The setting is charming; a delightful sandy garden with footbridges and wiggly paths that wind their way through the coconut and banana groves. With their woolly mammoth thatched roofs and comical eyes, the domes add to the fairytale-like feel. The biggest pull for kids big and small is the beach and you really couldn’t be much closer to this golden stretch of sand. Yab Yum also has a blue and white tiled plunge pool for splashing about in the shade and there’s a tepee crammed with a mishmash of well-loved toys, paints and other distractions. Older kids will enjoy exploring the area by bicycle and as well as boogie boarding and hopping on boat trips for dolphin spotting.

Take a look at Booking.com for the best rates.

 

Resort Rio Calangute, North Goa

Luxury

Resort Rio is a luxury family resort in North Goa. Set in 10 acres of landscaped gardens, it has everything you could possible need for a family beach holiday. The rooms are stunning, the service excellent and the facilities fantastic. Despite all the five star trimmings, however, rooms here are good value. There are six restaurants, a swimming pool and a spa.

Take a look at Booking.com for the best rates.

 

The Grand Hyatt, North Goa

Luxury

Located just 15 minutes from Goa’s capital, Panjim, is this extensive palatial hotel regularly touted as one of the best beach resorts in Goa for families. The five-star Grand Hyatt promises both an indulgent getaway for mum and dad and a fun-filled holiday for kids too. Set on 28 acres of tropical gardens along tranquil Bambolim Bay there are 314 rooms spread across 10 stand-alone buildings. All rooms come with either a private terrace or balcony and are within earshot of the sea. The hotel has a main swimming pool as well as a separate kiddie pool. There’s even a 25m indoor swimming pool. Camp Hyatt, for children aged three to 12-years-old, runs activities from 9am until 6pm and include craft projects, pottery, kite flying, scavenger hunts and story telling. Face painting, archery, dance classes and yoga lessons are just some of the additional pursuits on offer. The calm waters of Bambolin Bay are ideal for swimming although being an estuary beach it’s not terribly sandy so your sandcastles might be a little small.

Take a look at Booking.com for the best rates.

 

Olaulim Backyards, the backwaters

Budget

Tucked into a bend on the backwaters shaded by palms, Olaulim Backyards is the place to come if you’re looking for a complete break – both from urban life and the more developed sandy coastline. Olaulim is very much a back-to-basics kind of retreat; where mobile phone reception is patchy at best, animals (albeit tame ones) roam the grounds and accommodation is charmingly rustic. With just three cottages, it’s an excellent choice if travelling with other families or with grandparents (just make sure they’re the outdoorsy, adventurous kind). The location on the edge of the backwaters, provides a near-enclosed, lake-like space for swimming, kayaking and canoeing in waist-high waters (parents with infants and adventurous little kids should note that the river is not fenced-off). For more active children there’s the river to be explored by canoe or kayak, or try fishing with a local and learn to catch dinner Goan style. There’s a small pool on the property and the surrounding countryside sees minimal traffic, making it the perfect to place to discover on two wheels. The area is also home to dozens of species of birds; visit during the monsoon and you may even spot flocks of peacocks dancing.

Check latest room rates and reviews: TripAdvisor and on the hotel website.

 

Santana Beach Resort, North Goa 

Budget

If you’re for comfortable, cheap family rooms in Goa take a look at the Santana Beach Resort. Offering excellent value for money, this family-friendly hotel has bright, airy suites with balconies and separate living areas. It’s located in Candolim, along a side street off the main road so make sure you choose your rooms carefully; the cheaper rooms do overlook the street. There are two swimming pools, a lovely garden and you’re a stone’s throw from the beach.

Take a look at Booking.com for the best rates.

 

Coconut Creek Hotel, South Goa

Mid-range

Located around the corner from Goa’s airport and just a five-minute stroll to the beach is cosy Coconut Creek. Ten comfortable pavilions sit among palm trees within earshot of the waves and surf at Bogmalo Beach. A turquoise swimming pool lies at the heart of the resort, overlooked by a large shaded reception and communal area. Nearby is Joets, the hotel’s sister property that’s home to an award-winning beachside restaurant. It’s an extremely comfortable place to stay but one of its main plus points is that it’s just so easy to get to – you can literally be in the swimming pool half-an-hour after picking up your bags from the luggage carousel at the airport. There’s a central swimming pool and a small games room.

Take a look at Booking.com for the best rates.

 

Park Hyatt, South Goa

Luxury

If you’re looking for an easy family beach holiday then take a look at the Park Hyatt Goa. Spread over 46 acres, this 250-room resort seemingly has it all; a pristine private beach, a superb kids’ club, a sublime spa and enough activities to keep everyone busy for weeks. It’s easily one of the best family beach resorts in Goa. The design echoes that of a traditional Goan village, albeit a very upmarket one. Cobbled pathways connect the rooms and amenities and at the heart of the resort lies the lively Village Square, home to the hotel’s nine restaurants. The award-winning spa is one of the largest in Asia, the swimming pool reputedly the biggest in India and there’s even a shopping arcade and weekly artisan market. Activities range from jet skiing and sunset cruises to yoga, tennis, archery and volleyball tournaments.

Take a look at Booking.com for the best rates.

 

Casa Susegad, South Goa

Mid-range

The term ‘susegad’, meaning laidback, is often used to describe Goa and its residents. It’s also the perfect moniker for this beautifully restored 17th century colonial house turned convivial B&B. Located in the sleepy village of Loutolim, Casa Susegad is an extremely homely and welcoming place to stay. There are five brightly painted bedrooms, which makes it a great option for families travelling together. Owners Carole and Norman admit that they never set themselves up to be a child-friendly B&B but they have inadvertently attracted many families over the years. The property coves 1.5 acres and includes a small, enclosed garden with a pool. The remainder of the grounds are wild, covered with thick vegetation that’s great for exploring and a favourite hangout for langur monkeys. At the rear of the house is a hillock criss-crossed by winding paths and water features; great for big kids to discover but younger children will need close supervision.

Take a look at Booking.com for the best rates.

 

Alila Diwa, South Goa

Luxury

How do you make a luxury getaway child-friendly? Ask the Alila Diwa; a stay at this super stylish hotel is a master class in how to keep both parents and kids happy. This chic hotel, set back from Majorda Beach amid a lush landscape of paddy fields, is part of the exclusive Alila group and the first to open in India. But there is more to Alila Diwa than simply good design. This is one of the best places to stay in Goa with family, because they have thought of absolutely everything you might need to enjoy your holiday. From the sunrise yoga and complimentary iPods to the lemon-scented towels and fruit drinks served around the infinity pool, you will want for nothing.

There is a dedicated kids’ club open to children below six where babies and toddlers are kept busy in a spotless playroom run by trained staff. For older kids there’s the Teen Zone, a large room filled with beanbags, table football, Wii sports games and more. Organised activities are also available. An ice cream trolley is parked permanently poolside, afternoon tea and treats are served daily on the lawn and there are regular movie screenings in the in-house home theatre. Our personal favourite is the kids’ swimming pool; a mini infinity pool (but with safety railings) that is as stylish as its grown up neighbour and comes complete with kiddie-sized black and white sun loungers.

Take a look at Booking.com for the best rates.

 

Vivenda dos Palhacos, South Goa

Mid-range

Vivenda dos Palhacos is definitely one of my favourite family hotels in Goa. The design, the food and the service are all just fabulous. This seven-bedroom hotel is part Portuguese mansion, part Hindu house. It’s quirky – one of the bedrooms sits where the kitchen once did – but it’s charming in its eccentricity. There are no sea views here but pretty Majorda beach is just one kilometre away, and Vivenda has its own transportation to ferry guests to the sand. There’s a lovely swimming pool on the property and it’s an ideal place for a group of families to rent together. This is a really wonderful place for families, especially if you rent the house as a whole. The layout works well, with plenty of space to roam, and there’s a fantastic chlorine-free swimming pool (with a stepped shallow area) ideally situated near the Altar Table where breakfast and lunch are served.

Take a look at Tripadvisor for the best rates.

 

Joets Guesthouse, South Goa

Budget

It might not be the prettiest stretch of sand in Goa but Joets location on the beach makes it an easy destination for a family beach holiday. It’s also a great option for families on a budget. Positioned just four kilometres from Dabolim Airport, it’s a very easy weekend getaway or first port of call after a long haul flight. The purpose-built, whitewashed block sits right on the edge of Bogmalo Bay and has seven cheery, air-conditioned bedrooms. Downstairs is an open-air restaurant that serves excellent seafood. What better way to end a day on the beach than with a cold beer in hand, tandoori prawns cooking on the barbecue and the sun setting over the Arabian Sea?

Take a look at Booking.com for the best rates.

3 thoughts on “The best family hotels in Goa”

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    What a fantastic list of hotels. I love their designs as well both their interior and exterior are elegant. Thank you for sharing it with us. Please keep sharing such blogs with us.

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