by Sudha Mathew
Having travelled the length and breadth of Goa more than just once, I can safely brag that my knowledge on Goa beaches is no less than a local. The names Calangute, Baga, Candolim, Anjuna without a doubt offer a whole gamut of delights to those who opt to experience a slice of the ‘authentic’ Goa charm. But these names have no hidden stories. Every first timer to Goa and even the most ardent Goa lover tend to enlist only the popular Goa beaches in their itinerary. This traveller heart however, always wants to trail the path untraveled.
No doubt that the most popular beaches of Goa are fun, but the fun somewhere is swallowed by the flocking in and out of the maddening crowd. The point of an exclusive escape is to have the place to oneself; more sun and sand, less crowds. Talking about an untouched beach in Goa – sounds like a dream isn’t it? But no longer. Here goes my list of four hidden treasures of Goa. You could sit by the sparkling water on the wet golden sand and watch the sun go down.
Nestled along the Palolem coastline this wonder of Mother Nature is a short boat ride away from the better known Palolem beach in the North. You could be greeted by playful dolphins on arrival! The time you’ll spend at Butterfly Island is going to be a treasured memory of your Goa holiday.
Sun, sea, sand and soothing solitude – the perfect recipe for an exclusive escape. For years, people have doubted the very existence of this mesmerising beauty. If you are to follow this travel expert’s guidance, travel south of taluka of Canacona, and almost faded signs pointing to this secluded Goa beach will guide you to complete solitude and oneness with nature, and yourself.
The white sandy shore brushed with a touch of green of the coconut trees, this small beach is kind of undiscovered. Lucky for us, because it means less crowds and more fun. This heavenly Goa beach is ideal for an exclusive escape. Go for a swim and sun tan during the day time; in the evening, enjoy a romantic sunset, and linger a little longer to watch the sparkling water in moonlight create a magical ambiance.
Better known for the fortress that stands tall at the end of the road, this captivating beach can be easily missed. Perhaps that’s what keeps the crowds away, and the beach remains exclusive enough for you to escape into a private little slice of heaven, right at the heart of Goa. Easily accessible from North Goa and Panjim, a visit to this little gem of a beach can be clubbed with a tour of the ancient fort, which also houses the church of Santo Antonio (still in excellent condition and frequented by pilgrims). Despite the fort and the church, the pebbled beach has no shacks or crowds. Enjoy a sunset from a vantage point on the hill, and stroll down lazily to reach back to your luxury accommodation with plenty of time to spare for dinner.
If you like the concept of exclusive escapes, you are going to love these Goa beaches. For a discerning traveler like you, whose ideal winter holiday is a combination of service, luxury, peace and solitude, Goa’s chain hotels and star hotels may not be exclusive enough. To experience true Goa, in Goan ‘susegaad’ style, you could choose from one of our Goa luxury villas with swimming pools. Each of our luxury villas in Goa have a unique style of their own, from the architecture to cuisine, which can perhaps be called ‘character’ – something almost impossible to find in hotels and resorts.
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