The Best Beach Resorts in Goa For All Budgets in 2023

The beautiful, sandy beaches are the undeniable highlight of any visit to Goa. With over 100 km of beaches, complete with buzzing beach shacks and spectacular sunsets over the Arabian sea, there’s nowhere better to stay in Goa than in a beach resort.

While there’s no shortage of accommodation in Goa, from luxury hotels, private pool villas and yoga retreats to basic beach huts and backpacker hostels, staying in a Goa beach resort is the best way to experience the sunshine state and soak up the relaxed and fun Goa vibes.

From luxury 5 star hotels, to family friendly resorts and even affordable, budget friendly beach resorts and beach huts, there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to beach resorts in Goa these days.

I’ve been living in Goa since 2015 and have been lucky enough to stay in many of these Goa resorts myself. I complied this list of the best beach resorts in Goa from personal experience, recommendations from friends and reviews from previous guests. So only the very best beach-front resorts in Goa have made it onto my list.

I hope my Goa travel blogs help you plan an amazing trip to Goa and if you need any more tips check out my other Goa blogs and my complete Goa travel guide.

The Best Beach Resorts in Goa For All Budgets – Insider’s Tips

Contents hide 1The Best Beach Resorts in Goa For All Budgets – Insider’s Tips 2Tips for Planning your Trip to Goa 3The Best Beaches in Goa 4Map of Goa 5When to Visit Goa & How Long to Stay 6Cost of Beach Resorts in Goa 7Tips for Choosing a Resort in Goa 8The Best Goa Beach Resorts: My Handpicked Recommendations 9Top Ultra Luxury Goa Beach Resorts 10Best Mid-Range Goa Beach Resorts 11Great Budget Goa Beach Resorts 12Final Thoughts on Beach Resorts in Goa

Before I reveal my favorite Goa beach resorts I’ll give you all my insider tips for planning your trip to Goa so you know which is the best beach for you, the best time to visit and what to expect.

If you want to skip straight to my resort recommendations click here.

So what can you expect from a Goa beach resort other than sand, sun, sea and epic sunsets? Most beach resorts in Goa offer luxurious rooms with private bathrooms and balconies nestled in tropical gardens just steps from the beach. Other facilities usually include an outdoor swimming pool, restaurants and bars and a spa.

Of course, the more you can afford to pay the better the experience will be, but if you can’t afford a 5 star luxury resort, don’t worry, there’s a growing range of mid range beach resorts and even some budget beach resorts in Goa so whatever your budget you should be able to find the perfect Goa beach resort for your trip.

The best beach resorts in Goa will offer a variety of comfortable rooms so whether you are a couple, family, group of friends or solo traveler you should be able to find the perfect Goa resort to meet your requirements.

So whether you are looking to treat yourself and splash out on an unforgettable luxury stay for your honeymoon, a family friendly resort that will delight all generations, or you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank for a fun group trip with friends – here’s my tips for choosing where to stay in Goa and my handpicked tried and tested recommendations for the very best beach resorts in Goa for all budgets.

Tips for Planning your Trip to Goa

The Best Beaches in Goa

Even though Goa is India’s smallest state its still worth doing some research into the different areas and beaches in Goa because each area and beach has a different vibe and appeals to different types of people. Once you get to know Goa then you can choose a beach resort in the best area for you.

North Goa

Generally speaking, North Goa is the busiest area to stay in Goa where all the action is including the best restaurants, nightlife, shopping and main tourist attractions. Popular beaches in North Goa to stay include Baga beach, Calangute beach, Candolim beach, Anjuna beach, Vagator beach, Morjim beach, Ashvem beach and Arambol beach

South Goa

South Goa is quieter and less developed with long, uncrowded beaches, luxury resorts and yoga retreats. I’ts the best place to stay in Goa if you are looking for peace and relaxation. Popular beaches in South Goa to stay on include Majorda beach, Colva beach, Cavelossim beach, Agonda beach and Palolem beach.

Panaji City (Panjim)

Central Goa & Panaji( Panjim) is a good base for culture, history and nature lovers. Goa’s capital has a colourful, old Latin quarter and beautiful Portuguese churches and Hindu temples. Miramar beach and Caranzalem Beach are the biggest beaches near Panjim. Dona Paula beach and Vainguinim beach are also good places to stay near the capital.

Staying in Panjim also offers easy access to the UNESCO churches of Old Goa and the temples, spice plantations, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries in the Ponda area.

Check out the Goa map below so you know where all these places are and read my article about where to stay in Goa for more.

Map of Goa

When to Visit Goa & How Long to Stay

To have enough time to soak up the relaxed ‘susegad‘ Goa vibes and check out the main beaches, parties and attractions I’d recommend visiting Goa for at least 3 days, however if you have more time you could easily spend 1 or 2 weeks enjoying Goa.

Generally, the best time to visit Goa is between December – March when the weather is sunny, dry and relatively cool. This is the peak tourist season so everything’s open, the beaches are at their best and the parties and markets are buzzing.

Visiting Goa during the monsoon season from June – October is a totally different and quieter experience as Goa turns lush and green. The heavy rain and rough seas mean this isn’t the best time for a sunny beach vacation so many places close down off season and crowds and prices fall.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Goa in Monsoon

Cost of Beach Resorts in Goa

While Goa is more expensive than most other places in India but still remains a very affordable destination from an international perspective.

In peak season in 2023/2024 (December – March) expect to pay:

  • 20,000 INR ( about $240 or £190 ) per night or more for a top 5 star luxury resort.
  • 10,000 INR ( about $120 or £95 ) will get you a really good mid range resort with all amenities.
  • There are also some good budget beach resort options under 5,000 INR (about $60 or £47)

As the cost depends on your dates among other factors click on the links provided to get the price for your dates. Be aware that tax/GST is not included and will require an additional payment once you reach the hotel. Also, some budget hotels require you to pay via bank transfer before arrival and don’t have facilities to take card payments.

If you’re visiting Goa during the Christmas and New Year period, over a national holiday weekend or during Carnival then it’s essential to book your stay online in advance because all the accommodation, especially the good beach resorts, gets fully booked up during the busiest periods.

Also expect to pay more to stay during these popular periods. As rates depending on the season and demand, if you have a smaller budget consider visiting outside of the peak season ( December – March) or national holiday periods as you’ll probably enjoy a lower room rate and less crowds.

Tips for Choosing a Resort in Goa

So know you know a bit more about the best beaches in Goa and when to visit you’re ready to book your stay. I’ll recommend my handpicked tried and tested best beach resorts in Goa, but first here’s a few more things to be aware of when choosing Goa beach resort.

While there are hundred’s of beach resorts on online booking sites like, they are not all accurately described. Some hotels in Goa can be very disappointing so always read recent reviews before booking.

Be aware that some Goa resorts may claim to be on the beachfront but actually aren’t so check the location on a satellite map to make sure. Also, as Goa’s beaches are public spaces, technically there are no beach resorts in Goa private beaches.

Some resorts claim that they have a private beach, while they often have a private area on the beach in front of the resort they cannot stop people from accessing the public beach – just so you know.

If privacy and solitude are what you are after head to South Goa where you can find beachfront resorts on secluded stretches of sand with hardly anyone else around that feels just a good as a private beach.

The Best Goa Beach Resorts: My Handpicked Recommendations

Here’s my top recommendations for the best Goa resorts depending on your budget. Either click on the links to check out each property and it’s reviews, or carry on reading and I’ll explain what makes each resort truly special.

Luxury Beach Resorts in North Goa:

  • Taj Fort Aguada & Taj Holiday Village, Candolim Beach
  • The W Resort, Chapora Fort, Vagator Beach
  • Goa Marriott Resort and Spa, Miramar Beach, Panaji

Luxury Beach Resorts in South Goa:

  • The St Regis, Cavelossim Beach
  • Holiday Inn Resort Goa, Morbor Beach
  • The ITC Grand Goa Resort and Spa, Arossim Beach

Mid-Range Beach Resorts in North Goa:

  • Marquis Beach Resort, Candolim Beach
  • Fahrenheit Hotels & Resorts, Baga Beach
  • La Cabana Beach & Spa, Ashvem Beach
  • Beach Street Eco Beach Resort, Mandrem Beach

Mid-Range Beach Resorts in South Goa:

  • Kenilworth Beach Resort & Spa, Utorda Beach
  • Caravela Beach Resort, Varca Beach
  • Beleza by the Beach, Colva Beach
  • Sea Queen Beach Resort & Spa, Colva Beach

Budget Beach Resorts in North Goa:

  • Fiesta Beach Resort, Baga Beach
  • Alcove Resort, Vagator Beach
  • Tattvam On The Beach Retreat and Spa, Arambol Beach
  • Sunset & Waves Resort, Mandrem Beach

Budget Beach Resorts in South Goa:

  • Simrose, Agonda Beach
  • O3 Beach Resort, Palolem Beach
  • Pele’s Fisherman Village, Benaulim Beach

Top Ultra Luxury Goa Beach Resorts

These are the very finest 5 star luxury resorts in Goa. Expect to pay 25,000 INR and upwards for the very best experience Goa has to offer.

Taj Fort Aguada & Taj Holiday Village, Candolim Beach, North Goa

If you’re looking for a luxury beach resort in North Goa near all the action of Baga and Calangtue beach then The Taj Fort Aguada and Taj Holiday Village is the best choice. These sister resorts are located next to each other on the most Southern end of Candolim beach and overlooked by Fort Aguada.

The location is just amazing – these luxury resorts are right on the beachfront but within easy reach of the best part of the most popular area of Goa – the busy Baga, Calangute, Candolim stretch. This means you get the best of both worlds – an exquisite beach stay where you can be pampered while also being close to all the attractions, nightlife and parties of happening North Goa when you want to explore.

Both resorts are classy and stylish with all the leisure facilities you’d expect from a 5 star hotel nestled in tropical gardens with amazing sunset views over Candolim beach and a large variety of room types to choose from.

The Taj Holiday Village features cute and colorful Goan style cottages, some with jacuzzis and seaviews perfect for a romantic honeymoon or couples trip. The Taj Fort Aguada offers incredible 2 and 3 bedroom villas are ideal for families or large groups. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to have an wonderful holiday with the Taj!

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The W, Chapora Fort, Vagator Beach, North Goa

Another top luxury resort in North Goa and one of my personal favorites is the W. Perched on a cliffs under Chapora Fort a historic Portuguese fort made famous in the movie ‘Dil Chaat Hai’ and overlooking Vagator Beach.

This trendy and unique 5 star resort is the best luxury stay near the parties and flea markets of Anjuna Beach and Vagator Beach. The resort offers beach front villas and the sunset view from the cocktail bar by the rockpool is really special.

There’s everything you would ever need right in the resort but some of the best places to visit in Goa are nearby so make time to explore too.

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Goa Marriott Resort and Spa, Miramar Beach, Panaji

If you’re looking to combine a beach holiday with seeing the highlights of Goa’s unique culture and heritage then staying on Miramar beach which is near Panaji city offers the best of both worlds.

The 5 star Goa Marriott Resort and Spa is located right on the long and uncrowded Miramar beach and offers luxurious rooms complete with a pool with swim up bar, 24 hour fitness center and a variety of delectable restaurants and bars.

If you tire of the beach, it’s only 8 minutes drive from the resort to check out the churches, eateries, sights and casinos of Panaji.  It’s also only 40 minutes drive to Dabolim airport.

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The St Regis, Cavelossim Beach, South Goa

If you’re looking for the best 5 star resort and luxury hotel in Goa, head to the St Regis. Formerly known as The Leela, The St Regis is widely regarded the very best luxury beach resort in Goa!

Situated on the uncrowded and pristine Cavelossim Beach in peaceful South Goa, this spacious 5 star resort comes complete with a lagoon, tropical riverside gardens and private beach and is opulently decorated to reflect both the Indian and Portuguese heritage of Goa.

Rooms and suites are exquisite and come with all mod cons, some sit on the edge of the lagoon or have private pools. There’s also a variety of excellent on-site restaurants, lounges, a luxurious Ayurveda spa and fitness centre as well as a beach club, 12-hole golf course and 24-hour casino so you’ll hardly need to take a step out of the resort to have an incredible holiday – the St Regis has it all!

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Holiday Inn Resort Goa, Morbor Beach, South Goa

Situated on Mobor Beach in Cavelossim and surrounded by 25 acres of lush green landscape, the 5 star Holiday Inn Resort Goa is another great choice for a luxury Goa beach resort.

With a swimming pool, 5 dinning options including a beach grill and sundowner bar, children’s playground, fitness center, beauty salon, spa and business centre, this resort has everything the whole family could need for a relaxing and memorable holiday.

This resort is a great choice for those traveling with children, choose from double or twin rooms, some with sea views, and a cot can be provided upon request.

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The ITC Grand Goa Resort and Spa, Arossim Beach, South Goa

This stunning, awarding-winning 5 star beachfront resort is another one of the very best in South Goa.

Situated on quiet and serene Arossim Beach, The ITC Grand Goa Resort and Spa is designed to resemble an Indo Portuguese village with a gorgeous Indo-Portuguese village pousada-style rooms, a  huge swimming pool and lovely lagoons and tropical gardens.

Complete with a selection of excellent restaurants, well stocked bars and an amazing spa this resort is an experience in itself. Plus, it’s located only 15 mins away from Dabolim airport which makes a super convenient quick luxury weekend escape.

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Best Mid-Range Goa Beach Resorts

Don’t worry if your budget doesn’t stretch to the best ultra luxury resorts in Goa – these mid range resorts for approximately 8,000 – 20,000 INR also offer a fantastic and luxurious experience for less.

Marquis Beach Resort, Candolim Beach, North Goa

The Marquis Beach Resort is a top rated mid-range luxury beach resort located in Candolim beach in the heart of North Goa.

It’s a classically styled, modern, kid friendly 4 star resort with a large swimming pool, lively beach bar and restaurant, spa and parking facilities. The resort is well maintained and very professionally run so you can expect great hospitality. Modern and comfortable rooms have all amenities and private balconies.

This is a resort that people come back to year after year due to it’s sea facing location in one of the most popular areas of North Goa.

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Fahrenheit Hotels & Resorts, Baga Beach, North Goa

If you want a deluxe stay close to all the action and nightlife at popular Baga Beach and Calangute Beach the new Fahrenheit Resort is a great choice.

This 3 star resort has a pool and white themed beach bar and restaurant. It’s located close to the bars and nightclubs on Tito’s Lane yet far away enough to get a peaceful nights sleep!

The newly built modern rooms offers standard rooms, family rooms and a suite with a jacuzzi perfect for a special occasion, honeymoon or romantic couples trip.

The resorts does not allow bookings from single men or large groups of men, only couples and families are welcome which ensure the resort has a safe and family friendly atmosphere.

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La Cabana Beach & Spa, Ashvem Beach, North Goa

A romantic 4 star boutique resort located right on the beachfront of up and coming Ashvem Beach. It’s the perfect choice for couples who want to get away from it all but still be close enough to explore the attractions of North Goa.

The swimming pool and semi open-air restaurant and bar overlook the spacious gardens and ocean, perfect for soaking up the stunning sunsets. Stay in air conditioned comfortable wooden cottages or luxurious tents. Meals can also be served in private with room service for when you just want to relax in your room.

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Beach Street Eco Beach Resort, Mandrem Beach, North Goa

An eco friendly beach resort and spa with spacious and sustainable cottages overlooking the quiet and peaceful Mandrem Beach in North Goa.

There’s plenty of yoga classes around but not much nightlife so if you’re looking for a peaceful stay away from the party scene of North Goa this is the best choice. You can still head down to nearby Morjim and Ashvem to check out the nightclubs there.

There’s also a small pool and great bar and restaurant serving international food and Indian favorties.

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Kenilworth Beach Resort & Spa, Utorda Beach, South Goa

For a 5 star luxury beach resort the Kenilworth Resort offers amazing facilities and value for money compared to other similar resorts nearby which earns it a place on this list of Goa’s best beach resorts.

Located on the beachfront of peaceful Utorda Beach with spacious gardens, the 5 star resort offers no less than 6 dining options including an multi cuisine restaurant, Italian eateries and a beach shack.

The Kenilworth also boasts the 2nd largest swimming pool in Goa complete with an open air jacuzzi, slide, children’s section and swim up pool bar. Choose from double rooms, family rooms and ocean view suites.

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Caravela Beach Resort, Varca Beach, South Goa

The Caravela beach resort, situated right on the beachfront of Varca beach in South Goa, is an excellent mid range choice with a huge range of facilities for all the family to enjoy.

This is undoubtedly one of Goa’s best value beach resorts offering a myriad of daily activities for both children and adults. The resort is surrounded by landscaped gardens and home to a 9 hole golf course, large outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, Ayurvedic spa, four restaurants and a disco and bar.

Rooms range from double rooms to two bedroom ocean view villas for families so whatever the size of your group you’re sure to find the perfect accommodation arrangement.

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Beleza by the Beach, Colva Beach, South Goa

A beautiful 4 star family friendly beach resort spread over 5 acres of land located on the beachfront near Colva beach, the most popular beach in South Goa.

The resort has a lovely outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and a children’s pool, well equipped fitness centre, sauna and spa. Choose from tastefully designed luxury rooms and suites.

When hunger strikes Tentação, Beleza’s all-day dining restaurant serves Indian and international dishes or enjoy snacks and drinks while you relax on the beach at the Nazaré beach shack.

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Sea Queen Beach Resort & Spa, Colva Beach, South Goa

If Beleza is fully booked for your dates or you’re looking for something a bit cheaper then check out Sea Queen Beach Resort & Spa nearby on Colva Beach.

The property is a bit older but still well maintained and surrounded by nature. The rooms are clean and comfortable and there’s also a pool, spa, restaurant and parking.

The only downside is the wifi doesn’t work very well, but if you’re just here for a beach vacation then that doesn’t matter so much – just relax and enjoy the beach!

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Great Budget Goa Beach Resorts

For an affordable Goa beach stay check out these budget friendly beach resorts for under 5,000 INR.

Fiesta Beach Resort, Baga Beach, North Goa

If you are looking for a budget beach resort close to all the nightlife of famous Baga Beach and North Goa check out Fiesta Beach Resort.

Located on Baga Beach next to Tito’s Lane where all the bars and nightclubs are. This 3 star Portuguese style resort offers a pool, restaurant, bar and comfortable air-conditioned rooms nestled in tropical greenery.

Choose from standard rooms or upgrade to a cute Portuguese style cottage – it’s the perfect place to relax just steps from the beach after partying the night away.

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Alcove Resort, Vagator Beach, North Goa

Alcove Resort is a great choice for those wanting a good budget resort near the beaches and parties at Vagator beach and Anjuna beach.

Perched on the cliffs above lively Vagator Beach, Alcove offers a large terrace restaurant and bar with amazing views over the ocean. When you want to put your feet in the sand and jump in the waves just walk down the steep steps onto the beach.

Alcove also has a small swimming pool, billards table and table tennis facilities. Choose from budget rooms, cliffside bungalows and deluxe rooms with sea views.

This low key 3 star resort is close to the popular bars and Hilltop nightclub in Vagator. It’s also just a short drive from Baga Beach too so it’s the perfect location for party people who want to explore the most happening spots in North Goa.

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Tattvam On The Beach Retreat and Spa, Arambol Beach, North Goa

Arambol beach at the far north of Goa is popular for it’s hippie scene and backpacker vibes. There’s mostly very basic accommodation of Arambol beach but this new beach resort provides the opportunity for a more upscale resort experience.

Tattvam On The Beach is located just behind the sand dunes in the middle of Arambol Beach and surrounded by tropical gardens. The retreat styled resort is complete with a swimming pool, in house yoga classes, aryuvedic spa and a pure veg restaurant. Choose from AC wooden cottages or new sea facing deluxe rooms.

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Sunset & Waves Resort, Mandrem Beach, North Goa

This laidback, budget beach resort, just steps from one of North Goa’s quietest beaches, is a great option for budget travellers and families.

Sunset and Waves Resorts offers air conditioned rooms with attached private bathrooms and a good onsite restaurant. Choose from economy rooms, wooden cottages and family rooms with two large beds.

There’s no swimming pool in this budget beach resort, it’s just steps from peaceful Mandrem Beach and you could use the pool at Beach Street Eco Resort next door if you buy something from their poolside bar.

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Simrose, Agonda Beach, South Goa

Peaceful Agonda beach is one of my personal favorite beaches in Goa because it’s unspolit, super chill and lined with sea facing barefoot luxury beach hut resorts.

One of the best beach hut resorts on Agonda is Simrose. This beach hut resort isn’t fancy but offers a priceless connection to nature feeling. There’s a good onsite beachfront restaurant and bar, yoga classes, a small pool and you’re only ever a few steps from the sea.

The resort offers a range of air-conditioned rooms, from budget rooms and wooden cottages surrounded by tropical greenery, modern rooms by the pool or sea facing huts, some of which can sleep 4 people comfortably. Book well in advance to secure the best ocean view rooms as they sell out quickly!

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O3 Beach Resort, Palolem Beach, South Goa

If you want to stay right on the most beautiful beach in Goa check out the beach huts on Palolem beach.

Situated at the more peaceful northern end of popular Palolem Beach, the O3 Beach Resort offers down to earth beach huts and cottages with AC and private bathrooms nestled under the palm trees.

These budget friendly beach huts don’t have a full sea view, only a side sea view, but there’s a good onsite beach front multi cuisine restaurant and bar too where you can soak up the stunning views all day.

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Pele’s Fisherman Village, Benaulim Beach, South Goa

The long and uncrowded sands of Benaulim Beach are conveniently located just 7km from Margao/Madgaon Railway Station and make a great place for a relaxed stay if you’re arriving to Goa by train.

Pele’s Fisherman’s Village is one of the best budget resorts in this area located right on the beachfront with comfortable cottages, modern rooms, gardens and parking. All rooms have air conditioning and private attached bathrooms while studios and apartments containing a kitchen are also available. The sunset views from the sea facing restaurant and bar are a highlight.

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Alagoa Resort, Betalbatim Beach, South Goa

If you don’t mind an easy 10 minute walk to the beach then the Alagoa resort is a great budget choice. It’s situated just behind the Nanu Beach Resort in a coconut tree grove just 400 meters behind peaceful Betalbatim Beach.

This 3 star resort offers an outdoor swimming pool, and comfortable air conditioned guest rooms and cottages and a restaurant with room service available. The front desk can also arrange a massage treatment and sightseeing tours around Goa.

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Final Thoughts on Beach Resorts in Goa

I hope this post and my recommendations have helped you find the perfect Goa beach resort. Ultimately the best Goa beach resort for you depends on what you are looking for and who you are traveling to Goa with.

If you are looking for a peaceful beach vacation then head to one of the resorts in South Goa, whereas if you want to be close to all the parties, markets and nightlife that Goa is famous for then check out some of the beach resorts in North Goa that I recommend.

Whichever you choose, make sure to check current prices and recent reviews before you book. I try my best to keep my blog up to date but things change quickly in Goa!

If you need more tips or inspiration for places to visit and things to do in Goa check out my other blog posts, travel guides for Goa which contain all my insider tips from years of living here. I hope you have a great time in Goa!

More Goa Blogs:

  • My Insider’s Goa Travel Guide
  • Things to do in Goa
  • Nightlife in Goa


The Best Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats in Kerala, India 

The Best Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats in Kerala, India 

As the birthplace of both Yoga and Ayurveda, India is an obvious top choice for wellness and spiritual retreats. But being such a vast country, where in India should you go for your much-needed dose of zen? 

While some people may recommend Rishikesh, dubbed the “Yoga capital of the world,” or the beaches of Goa, if you’re looking for a serene experience and holistic healing, consider one of the amazing yoga retreats and ayurveda resorts in Kerala!

Reasons to go on a Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat in Kerala

Yoga and Ayurveda are both ancient practices with origins in India. However, did you know that the coastal state of Kerala is famed for being the purest source of authentic Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system based on the belief that the root cause of disease is stress or an imbalance in a person’s psyche. A fundamental Ayurvedic concept is that everything is connected. Thus, Ayurveda offers a natural and holistic healing approach, focusing on improving energy flow in the body. Learn more about yoga’s sister science here

Ayurveda Living Village in Kerala

Ayurveda originates in Kerala and the state offers the broadest range of Ayurveda therapies in India and beyond. Aside from numerous yoga, wellness, and Ayurveda resorts in Kerala, the province boasts beautiful nature, from lush greenery to palm-lined beaches to a picturesque network of canals. Thus, Kerala yoga retreats provide an incredibly peaceful and nature-rich location for mind and body healing.

The Best Kerala Yoga Retreats

  • Best Ayurveda Therapy and Yoga Retreat For Beginners – Elephant Pass Ayurvedic Yoga Retreat
  • Best Intensive Ayurveda and Panchakarma Retreat – Ayurveda Living Village 
  • Best Budget Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat 
  • Best Healing Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre
  • Best Kerala Yoga Retreat – Adishakti Yogashala 


Best Ayurveda Therapy and Yoga Retreat For Beginners – Elephant Pass 

If you’re new to the world of Ayurveda, I highly recommend this 7-day Elephant Pass retreat aimed at beginners.

Highlights include:

  • Twice daily yoga
  • Daily consultations and Ayurvedic medicine
  • Daily Ayurvedic massages/therapies

Surrounded by the sights of natural greenery and the sounds of the serene Periyar river, you’ll find it effortless to relax and focus on your rejuvenation here. The onsite Ayurvedic doctor will tailor everything to your needs, from medicine and massage to therapy and meals.

You’ll also enjoy yoga every morning and evening, and there’s plenty of free time to explore the surroundings. Pick up for nearby Cochin international airport is also included for a stress free start to your retreat.

Check the schedule and available dates here.


Best Intensive Ayurveda Panchakarma Yoga Retreat – Ayurveda Living Village

Short retreats can serve as a nice break from the norm and an opportunity to recharge. However, if you’re looking for more profound healing or transformation, check out this 28-day complete wellness retreat at Ayurveda Living Village.

Highlights include:

  • Daily Hatha yoga and pranayama
  • Daily Ayurveda consultations and treatments
  • Daily lectures/ activities like Ayurveda cooking lessons or meditation workshops
  • Weekly sightseeing excursions
  • Beachside location

Ayurveda Living Village is located in an incredibly peaceful spot just 30 meters from the Kaipamangalam Beach. Here, you’ll enjoy Ayurveda organic vegetarian food three times a day with home-grown or locally sourced produce. 

The healing retreat features daily Ayurveda consultations, including an in-depth analysis of your current and past health. Based on this, you’ll receive the most suitable Ayurvedic massages and treatments for your healing. There’s also included excursions each week like houseboat tours, waterfall and rainforest tours and visiting an elephant centre.

Find out more about what’s included here. 


Best Budget Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

If you’re short on either money or time, this 3-day Becoming One Yoga Retreat with Ayurveda will give you an excellent and affordable intro to the two ancient Indian practices. 

Highlights include:

  • Consultation with an onsite Ayurvedic doctor
  • Daily Hatha yoga and pranayama
  • A rejuvenating massage and steam bath
  • Optional lectures and activities, such as a cookery demonstration 

Run by Bodhi Yoga and Ayurveda, the short retreat takes place at Hinterland Village Resort, a traditional and charming homestay-style accommodation in the jungle near to Kochi. You can choose a shared or private room, depending on your budget and explore historic and multicultural Fort Cochin in your free time.

Each day starts with yoga and/or pranayama before breakfast, then a morning practice, lecture, or Ayurvedic treatment. Late afternoon, there’s a yoga asana workshop and many evenings have additional activities. 

Learn more about the exciting schedule here. 


Best Healing Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre

Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Center is one of the best Ayurveda resorts in Kerala, as they put 110% attention into every guest, creating tailored treatment plans. 

Highlights include:

  • Daily yoga, pranayama, and meditation
  • 1 Yoga Nidra session
  • Daily Ayurvedic massages and treatments
  • Private Ayurvedic consultation
  • Home-cooked traditional vegetarian Kerala cuisine 

The wellness center is located in a picturesque village in Chalakudy, with eco-friendly cottages in a green environment. 

When you first arrive, you’ll receive a private Ayurvedic consultation with the onsite doctor, Dr. Jibu, who will create a personalized Ayurvedic treatment plan. Thus, with such individual attention, you’ll experience positive changes to your health and well-being in just 5 short days. 

Learn more and check availability here.


Best Kerala Yoga Retreat – Adishakti Yogashala

Sometimes the stressors of modern life can get too much. This 10-day digital detox retreat at Adishakti Yogashala will melt away all your worries and bring you back in touch with nature. 

Highlights include:

  • Daily yoga (various styles) and pranayama
  • Daily Ayurveda treatments and massages
  • Personal doctor consultation
  • Cooking class and sightseeing activities

The retreat takes place at Pachamama Homestay, just a 10-minute stroll from Varkala beach. Here you’ll stay in a shared or private room and enjoy delicious yet healthy meals.  The schedule includes twice-daily yoga, and throughout the retreat, you’ll learn various styles, such as Hatha, Iyengar, Yin, and Ashtanga. 

Adishakti Yogashala also runs highly-rated 200-hour and 300–hour yoga teacher training should you wish to increase your yoga knowledge further. 

Find out all the details here. 


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Tips for Planning your Yoga Retreat in Kerala

Yoga retreats in Kerala are most enjoyable between September to March when the weather is sunny, dry and comfortable, and with little humidity.

As it is a tropical location, Kerala has a monsoon season, which runs from March to May. Some say that Kerala is at it’s most beautiful and green during the rainy season but if you want to avoid the wet weather then avoid visiting Kerala during this time.

Getting to Kerala is super easy as the state has four international airports  – you’re most likely to fly into either Cochin international airport, near Kochi, or Trivandrum. Most Kerala retreats offer airport transfers to make your journey stress-free. Still, you’ll need to request this in advance, and there may be an additional fee.

Almost all visitors will need to apply for an Indian visa before traveling. Most nationalities can apply for an E-Visa which makes the process simpler and quicker.

Kerala is one of the more relaxed parts of India but women should still dress conservatively to avoid unwanted attention. Light, loose fitting clothing is a good way to cover up while still keeping cool. If you’re unsure what to pack for your yoga retreat check out my yoga retreat packing list.

For further peace of mind, ensure you have travel insurance covering all activities you plan on doing in Kerala and any covid related cancellations or emergencies. I recommend World Nomads.

Lastly, researching is one of the most important parts of planning any trip. Thus, check the reviews for several Ayurveda retreats in Kerala on BookYogaRetreats before making your decision. 


Read More Yoga in India Blog Posts:

My Complete Kerala Travel Guide

The Best Yoga Retreats in Goa, India

The Best Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh, India

Tips for Women Traveling in India

7 Tips for Eco Friendly and Sustainable Travel in Europe

With some of the world’s most important and impressive historical sights, and such a diversity of food and culture in close proximity, it’s no wonder that Europe is one of the most popular places to visit in the world.

As we all try to find ways to make our travels and lifestyle more eco-friendly it’s good to know that most countries are taking sustainability seriously and there are many ways to travel more sustainably in Europe. 

Sustainable travel in Europe doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. You just need to plan your Europe itinerary to take a more mindful approach to your impact and make small changes to the way you travel. Doing this can even save you money while giving you better insights into the culture. 

You might even find that traveling more sustainably can have a positive impact on both the environment as well as your travel experience

Contents hide 1Here are 7 tips for eco friendly and sustainable travel in Europe 1.1Take the train instead of flying 1.2Use public transport, walk or cycle as much as possible 1.3Consider less famous destinations and visiting outside the peak season 1.4Stay in sustainable accommodation 1.5Eat and shop locally 1.6Use sustainable and responsible tour operators 1.7Offset your carbon and help with reforestation 2Final thoughts about sustainable travel in Europe

Here are 7 tips for eco friendly and sustainable travel in Europe

Take the train instead of flying

The single biggest thing you can do to travel more sustainably in Europe is to take the train instead of flying. All of Europe’s major cities, as well as many tourist destinations and smaller towns, are well connected by rail. Taking the train is a much more sustainable, eco friendly and often less stressful way to travel Europe than flying. 

For example, high speed trains connect London to Paris in only 2 hours and 20 minutes. When you think about the time it takes to travel to the airport, check in, pass security and wait to board, it’s often quicker and less stressful to take the train instead. 

From cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, you can find connecting high speed and sleeper trains to almost anywhere in Europe. Traveling overnight also saves you money on accommodation. Railway stations, unlike airports, are often located right in the city center which offers easier access to all the attractions and hotels. 

Train travel also allows you to see more of the destinations you are visiting than is possible from a plane as you can relax and watch the countryside passing you by from the window. In fact, Interrailing around Europe was my first big trip that gave me the travel bug and changed my life forever!

The key to making this affordable is knowing that the further in advance you book train tickets in Europe the more money you can save. Book tickets in advance with a reputable company like Omio, who have done a lot of research into sustainable travel as well.


Use public transport, walk or cycle as much as possible

Once you arrive at your destination make use of the buses, trams, ferries and local public transportation options in the city. Not only is using public transport a more sustainable way to travel and cuts down on traffic jams and pollution, it’s also cheaper than taking taxis and will give you more of an insight into how the locals live.

Walking or cycling is also a great way to really explore a destination. Not only does it keep you fit and reduce your carbon footprint, you’ll have time to take a lot more in when you slow down and walk around. Many European cities have beautiful historic areas of pedestrian streets that are just perfect for strolling and wandering. You can also easily hire e-bikes and scooters which make a fun, quick and sustainable way to explore.


Consider less famous destinations and visiting outside the peak season

Popular destinations like Barcelona, Rome and Venice are undeniably some of the best places to visit in Europe but are also suffering from over tourism as the huge number of visitors put a strain on the environment, resources and local community. 

Why not consider an alternative, less well known, destination. Perhaps in Eastern Europe. All of Europe has beautiful nature, historic sights and amazing food and you’ll probably also enjoy less crowds and lower prices. 

Also try to visit outside of the peak season for a more enjoyable experience and so you don’t contribute to the impact of hundreds of thousands of tourists all descending on one place at the same time. Here’s 24 of the best destinations to visit in Fall.


Stay in sustainable accommodation

Where you stay also has a big impact on how sustainable your trip is. There are an increasing number of eco-friendly hotels and accommodation options in Europe that are taking big steps to become more sustainable.

Many hotels are reducing their environmental impact by utilising sustainable best practices. These include reducing energy and water consumption, being more energy efficient, using renewable energy and environmentally friendly products, recycling, reducing food waste and supporting the local communities more. 

Another tip is to stay in locally or family run guesthouses, homestays and hotels where your money goes directly to the local community instead of to big companies. Local hosts often go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and will give you a more authentic insight into the local culture which can be a really enriching experience.

You can also do your bit to make your trip more sustainable by reducing water and energy consumption in simple ways like turning off lights and air conditioners before leaving the room and only asking for sheets and towels to be washed if it’s really necessary. 


Eat and shop locally

When you’re visiting an exciting new destination make the most of the local food, drink and other produce on offer. It’s good for you, good for the local community and good for the environment.

As well as getting to try amazing new dishes and local delicacies, eating at local restaurants and shopping in local markets can save money and food miles and puts the money straight into the hands of local people instead of big chains. 

Shopping in local markets for handicrafts and souvenirs is a really fun way to experience the local culture and take home something unique to remind you of your trip. It also reduces the environmental impact of imported products.

And of course, while we’re on the subject, don’t forget your reusable water bottle, cups and bags and avoid single use plastics. Most of the tap water in Europe is safe to drink so you shouldn’t need to buy plastic water bottles. 


Use sustainable and responsible tour operators 

As tourists become more interested in sustainable travel in Europe, so do tour operators. Do your research into any tour operators you plan to use before you book. Make sure you go with a company that uses sustainable and responsible tourism practices to reduce their impact on the environment and protects the local community. 

Using electric vehicles is just one way that tour companies can be more sustainable. Avoid companies that exploit people, animals or resources and support tour companies that work hard to preserve the environment and culture of the places you visit. This way you can make sure your tour is a positive experience for everyone involved.


Offset your carbon and help with reforestation

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint and make your travels more sustainable by purchasing carbon offsets and supporting reforestation projects. Trees help our planet by removing harmful CO2 from the atmosphere as well as protecting wildlife and creating sustainable work for local people.


Final thoughts about sustainable travel in Europe

Sustainable travel in Europe doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. And, if done responsibly, tourism has a huge potential to preserve wildlife and nature, provide employment for local communities and facilitate cross cultural exchange and understanding without too much damage to the environment. 


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  • 10 Ways to become a more responsible traveller
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The Best Yoga Retreats Around the World for 2023

Yoga and meditation have truly spread from their roots in ancient India to becoming a world wide phenomenon.

These days some of the best wellness and yoga retreats in the world are found in some of the most beautiful places. After the stressful past couple of years,  yoga holidays are becoming more and more popular and 2023 looks like it will the best year for travel in recent years.

From an authentic and affordable Indian ashram, to a luxury all inclusive wellness retreat in Costa Rica, or a lively surf and yoga camp in Portugal, there’s definitely no shortage of yoga retreats around the world to choose from.

If you can’t decide which yoga destination to choose for your next yoga retreat or yoga holiday don’t worry, we’re going to narrow it down to the best yoga retreats for 2023.

The Best Yoga Retreats in the World for 2023

  • Best All Inclusive Luxury Yoga Retreat – Beyond Yoga, Mexico
  • Best Yoga and Surf Camp – Salty Pelican, Portugal
  • Best Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Bodhi Ayurvedic Retreat, India
  • Best Weekend Retreat – New Forest Eco Farm Retreat, England
  • Most Affordable Yoga Retreat – Wonderland Healing Center, Thailand
  • Best Ashram Experience – Sivananda Yoga Ashram, India and Worldwide

Why Yoga Retreats Make the Best Vacations

If you’re considering a yoga retreat you probably already know the benefits yoga has on mind, body and soul. But sometimes it can be hard to go deeper into your practice at home or in your classes at your local yoga studio.

When you take time out to go on a yoga retreat these benefits are multiplied. Escaping from your regular routine and the stresses of daily life to make time to relax and reconnect with yourself while meeting like minded people can be a deeply healing and transformative experience and really deepen your yoga practice. It’s not an exaggeration to say that going on a yoga retreat can be life changing!

Most yoga and wellness retreats offer meditation sessions, massages and spa treatments as well as twice daily yoga classes. Accommodations and healthy delicious meals are often included in an all inclusive yoga retreat package so you can just relax and enjoy your vacation and focus on your practice.

Taking a yoga retreat abroad also allows you to explore a new destination and learn about another culture. As well as practicing yoga in the open air, many retreat centres are complete with swimming pools, spas and exciting optional outdoor activities like hiking, surfing or horseback riding, so you can be as active or as relaxed as you choose on your yoga holiday.

Many retreats are also held in fascinating, spiritual destinations that will add another dimension to your experience. And it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been practicing yoga or how many days vacation you have. Many retreat centers offer classes for all levels, including beginners, and retreats can be from as little as a weekend to a month.

If you’re eager to start planning your yoga holiday here’s the best yoga retreats in the world by destination for 2023.

The Best Yoga Retreats in Asia

Asia is a great place for a yoga holiday with it’s warm weather, fascinating temples and ancient spiritual practices.

You’ll find some of the most authentic and affordable yoga retreat centers in the world in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bali.

My Expert Tips for Enjoying Goa’s New Year Parties

New Year in Goa = Legendary Parties! As India’s party capital, the nightlife and parties in Goa are amazing all year round, but the Goa New Year parties are even more legendary! Goa is the best place to celebrate New Years, not only in India, but maybe even the whole world!

Not surprisingly, Goa gets extremely busy around New Year so you really need to do some planning and book your hotel well in advance if you want to have the best time in Goa over this busy period between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

As I live in Goa I’ve celebrated countless New Years here so, to make sure your experience is memorable, for all the right reasons, I’ve put together my insider tips for planning your Goa New Year trip and celebrating the festive period in Goa safely including; the best nightclubs and New Year parties, where to stay in Goa for New Year and how to get around. I hope these tips help you to have the best New Year’s ever!

Contents hide 1Planning Your Goa New Year Trip 2The Best New Year Parties in Goa for 2023 3The Best Places to Stay in Goa for New Year Parties 4Tips for Celebrating New Year in Goa Safely

Planning Your Goa New Year Trip

My number 1 tip is to plan your Goa New Year trip and book your accommodation well in advance!

Goa gets extremely busy around New Years and the prices go up for everything, especially accommodation, so the further in advance you can book your hotel the better.

To be able to enjoy the epic parties my most important tip for you is to book your hotel well in advance close to where you want to party as all the accommodation gets sold out and the traffic is crazy.

Seriously don’t even think about coming to Goa for New Years without a hotel booking and some kind of plan – it will just be stressful and expensive – not fun!

Another advantage of planning ahead is that you might also be able to get cheaper tickets for the parties and nightclubs online when you book in advance with the presales on PayTM Insider, MadVibes or Book My Show. Some events could even sell out.

But don’t just book any hotel in Goa – you might be surprised at how long it can take to get places – especially on New Year’s Eve because the traffic is crazy busy and you don’t want to spend all your time stuck in a traffic jam instead of partying!

Read More: Where to Stay in Goa – The Best Areas, Beaches and Hotels

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When thinking about where to stay in Goa for New Year you’ll want to think about which parties and beaches you want to celebrate at and book your accommodation as close to there as possible – check out my huge post on where to stay in Goa to give you a better idea about the different beaches and areas and the best hotels.

To make the most of your time in Goa it’s best to book a hotel to stay near the parties you want to go to – so you don’t need to worry about how to get back when after you’ve enjoyed some drinks. Luckily many of the best party places in Goa are part of party resorts where you can stay, relax and party all in one resort!

Taxis are really expensive on New Year’s and unfortunately many people drink and drive making it dangerous on the roads – another reason to carefully pick your hotel as close as possible to the places you want to visit and please, please don’t endanger yourself and everyone else by drinking and driving!

So that you can start making your Goa New Year trip plan I’ll let you know the best Goa New Years parties and where to stay.

The Best New Year Parties in Goa for 2023

On New Year’s literally every hotel, night club, bar and shack will have some sort of party happening.

From a classy gala dinner and live music at a luxury hotel, to a crazy pub crawl and dancing to Bollywood tunes, to a psytrance rave and fireworks on the beach or a casino boat party – there’s just so many New Year parties happening in Goa.

Alot of events are announced on Facebook and Whatsapp. Also download the Party Hunt App and check out What’s Up Goa to find out what’s on.

Entry prices for Goa New Year parties can be pretty expensive and depend on the artist and venue. There’s are normally different charges for couples entry and stags (single men) Some clubs include drinks or sometimes some food in the cover charge but some don’t so check with the venue.

So I’d recommend picking one party and staying there to avoid spending too much money on taxis and multiple entry fees.

For some of the big festivals and New Year parties you can often get a cheaper price by booking your tickets in advance online on Pay TM Insider, MadVibes or Book My Show.

Goa’s beaches all get lit up with a spectacular array of fireworks at midnight on the 31st December too which is the best way to celebrate Goa New Years on a budget.

But be aware that drinking and cooking on the beach or in public areas is illegal in Goa and could land you in trouble with the police. So get a good spot in one of the beach shacks early to enjoy your drinks and food in there.

The Best Places to Stay in Goa for New Year Parties

The best party places and areas to stay for nightlife and New Year parties in Goa really depends on what kind of music you’re into.

North Goa is the most happening part of Goa for nightlife but there are also a few parties in South Goa.

Book your hotel as close as possible to the parties and places you want to visit for the most enjoyable experience.

You need to be booking your accommodation as soon as possible as most Goa beach resorts get totally fully booked over the super popular New Year period. Prices go up as well so the earlier in advance you book the best choice and the best deals you can get.

Arpora, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach and Candolim Beach

Baga Beach and Calangute Beach are the busiest places in North Goa and have the biggest choice of bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, water sports and hotels.

The nightlife scene here is best for fun Bollywood and mainstream international music with many happening nightclubs, pubs, bars and the beach is totally packed on New Year’s Eve.

The infamous Tito’s Lane in Baga Beach where you’ll find Tito’s, Cafe Mambos, Cape Town Cafe, Cocktails and Dreams all in one crazy thumping street – it’s the most happening street in Goa whatever time of the year but is especially crazy on New Year’s eve. For more info check out Tito’s website and Instagram @clubtitosgoa 

Photo Credit: @ClubTitosGoa

Candolim Beach is the more upmarket part of this area home to trendy nightclubs like LPK and Sinq Night Club. 

Arpora is located slightly inland in between Baga and Anjuna and is home to popular nightclubs like Club Cubana and Hammerzz.

Club Cubana is one of the best nightclubs, not just in Goa but in the whole of Asia! A huge, multi level, open air night club known as ‘the night club in the sky’ with numerous dance floors,  varied music and even a swimming pool. The cover charge includes unlimited drinks so it’s sure to be a big night out. Check their instagram @clubcubana to know more.

Where to Stay in Baga

Fiesta Beach Resort

Beautiful beach resort with a swimming pool in tropical gardens and a good restaurant just steps from the buzzing nightlife on Tito’s Lane in Baga.

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Anjuna Beach and Vagator Beach

Anjuna Beach and neighbouring Vagator Beach are the best places to head for crazy psytrance raves and beach parties.

Vagator is where Goa’s Sunburn Festival happens. There’s also some amazing restaurants and party places on the cliffs overlooking the beach.

Vagator is home to the famous Hilltop nightclub which hosts amazing psytrance Christmas party on 24th – 25th December and New Year party from 31st Dec – 1st Jan which can go from sunset till 10pm the next day!

Vagator is also home to Antares, the famous restaurant, bar, beach club and party resort owned by Australian Master Chef winner and celebrity chef Sarah Todd.

You can also check out the views from Chapora Fort, made famous from the film ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and visit the famous Greek restaurant and party place Thalassa – which moved from Vagator to a lovely spot on the river towards Siolim

Vagator has become one of the most happening nightlife spots in Goa with many more famous bars and clubs nearby like Titlie, 11:Eleven, Re:Fresh, 9 Bar, Mirage, Pinakin and Glory (formerly known as Chronicle.)

The amazing luxury W Hotel also holds great parties – the cocktail bar and pool overlooking the ocean are one of my favourite places in Goa for sunset drinks.


Where to Stay

Antares Beach Resort

Stay in a wooden party hut at the famous resort itself. There’s stunning sea views, a pool and it’s super close to all the bars in one of the most happening areas of Vagator.

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Anjuna became famous in Goa’s hippie days as the birthplace of Goa trance and still holds epic trance beach parties and the colourful flea market on Wednesdays.

Curlies and Shiva Valley are famous beach shacks which join together to make the craziest psytrance beach party on Anjuna Beach for New Years.

Other popular party places in Anjuna include Cafe Lilliput, UV Bar, Guru Bar, Purple Martini and AuraThe Westin Hotel also hosts great parties.

Where to Stay

Curlies Zulu Land Cottages

Comfy cottages in lush gardens just steps away from the famous all night psytrance raves and beach parties at Curlies and Shiva Valley on Anjuna beach.

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Morjim Beach and Ashvem Beach

Located North of Siolim Morjim and Ashvem were quiet beaches just a few years ago that are now home to some of Goa’s trendiest nightclubs.

This area is best for classy clubbing and beach party resorts with swanky techno and house nightclubs like Marbella Beach Club, a new branch of SinQ Nightclub, La Cabana and Ukiyo.

Marbella White Party. Photo Credit: Instagram @marbellabeach

Marbella is famous for it’s Ibiza style ‘White Parties’ and hosts famous, international DJs for swanky techno parties around the pool. Stay in the resort itself for a hedonistic holiday. Click here for prices. Check out their Instagram @marbelabeach to see what’s on.


Where to Stay

Living Room Beach Resort

A short walk along the uncrowded beach from nightclubs like Marbella and SinQ is this classy new resort with cute chalets and tropical gardens. The suite rooms even have a jacuzzi in the private garden area!

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Panaji/ Panjim City

Panaji or Panjim, Goa’s charming capital city, isn’t the place for crazy New Year parties but Miramar Beach and Dona Paula are close by which will have fireworks and plenty of New Year festivities.

There’s plenty of bars including Watermark Floating Bar and Restaurant, Soho Bar and Bar 51. Or you could try Portuguese delicacies in the cafes and restaurants in the colourful streets of the old Latin quarter Fontainhas.

Panaji is also the launch point for many of the floating casinos and river cruises. For a Goa New Year’s party with a difference you could try your luck on the floating casino, join a boat party or even hire a private boat for your friends and family to have a party to remember forever.

Where to Stay

Goa Marriott Panjim

A luxurious 5 star hotel on Miramar Beach with sea views from the pool, stylish, modern rooms and several excellent dining options.

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New Year Parties in South Goa

South Goa’s nightlife scene is nowhere near as crazy as North Goa but it still comes alive to celebrate on New Years.

Many of South Goa’s luxury resorts like Planet Hollywood, The Leela, The Grand Hyatt, ITC Grand Goa and Alila Diwa resorts usually hold New Years parties with gala dinners, live music and dancing, which would be much more suitable for families than the crazy scene in North Goa.

Leopard Valley is South Goa’s very best party spot, it’s a large open air night club and party venue with outdoor dance space located between Agonda and Palolem beach with international DJs playing EDM and exciting fire shows and pyrotechnics. Check what’s happening on instagram @leopardvalleygoa

There’s also live music in the beach shacks, fireworks and silent headphone discos held on Palolem Beach.

Where to Stay

Wild Berry Resort

This is the nearest resort to Leopard Valley with comfortable white washed rooms, a pool and live music on Saturday nights.

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Sunburn Festival

No post about nightlife in Goa would be complete without mentioning the Sunburn Festival! Held every year in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve – usually the 28th, 29th and 30th of December.

Sunburn is Asia’s biggest and loudest 3 day EDM festival. There’s often other festivals and after parties held around the same time that Sunburn Festival is on so the party never stops.

Photo Credit: Instagram @sunburnfestival

Sunburn is usually held in Vagator and attracts a huge crowd so you must book your tickets and accommodation well in advance as things get fully booked. But it can move locations so check their website and follow on Instagram @sunburnfestival 

If Sunburn isn’t on in Goa then there’s normally another event over those days  – in 2022 there was TimeOut 72. 

Where to Stay

Moustache Goa Luxuria

Located in Vagator this luxurious, fun and young resort has a variety of rooms including double and quadrable rooms as well as luxurious dormitory rooms for large groups. Start the party around the pool before heading out to all the hottest party places nearby.

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Tips for Celebrating New Year in Goa Safely

New Year can be most epic party of your life but too much alcohol can quickly turn the most amazing night into a nightmare. 

The most important thing is to pace yourself if you are drinking alcohol and look after your friends.

Way too many parties have been ruined by people getting too drunk too early and vomiting or passing out on the sand or worse before midnight!

Make sure you eat a substantial meal before you start drinking alcohol and it’s a good idea to have some water or a soft drink in between alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated.

Less is always more – if you drink too much things can quickly take a turn for the worse, you won’t remember the party, will probably make a fool of yourself and have a awful hangover the next day. That’s not a good way to start the fresh New Year!

To avoid feeling hungover the next day drink lots of water and eat something before you go to bed to soak up the alcohol. And have some pain killers handy if you get a headache.

And ladies – never leave your drinks unattended or walk alone at night – especially if you are drunk because then you’re more vulnerable.

Please don’t drink and drive! When driving please, please dip the full beams as it dazzles and blinds the other oncoming drivers so that they cannot see where they are going. It’s not necessary to use the full beams as there are street lights on most roads in Goa – it’s just really dangerous!

Be careful with the sea too – I know when you’re at a beach party it’s so tempting to jump in the sea but swimming when drinking, especially at night, can be super dangerous and if you are not a strong swimmer it can be fatal.

Don’t try random drugs – you never know what’s in them, the police are getting more strict and people have died in Goa taking dodgy drugs.

You should also know that the phone networks usually get overloaded around midnight with so many people sending Happy New Year messages that you might not be able to get through so agree on a meeting point beforehand in case you lose your friends

Goa does not have Uber or online taxis so if you need to take a taxi home ask your hotel for the number of a trusted driver and save it in your phone.

Dispose of trash and especially glass bottles carefully – broken bottles on the beach from inconsiderate partiers can be really dangerous so be careful if walking barefoot

Be careful with fireworks – avoid lighting them near crowds of people and once you’ve lit them stay well back.

Don’t arrive in Goa on New Year’s Eve without booking your hotel or accommodation in advance as you won’t find anything available.

But don’t worry, Goa is generally pretty safe, just don’t get too drunk so that you endanger yourself or other people and hopefully you’ll have an amazing New Year in Goa and memories to remember forever!


I hope these tips help you to have a great and safe New Year party in Goa! Check out my other Goa blogs and my full Goa Guide to help you plan and make the most of your trip to Goa! 


The 5 Most Romantic Luxury Hotels and Honeymoon Resorts in Manali

The 5 Most Romantic Luxury Hotels and Honeymoon Resorts in Manali

Manali, a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh, is surrounded by lush green deodar trees and snow-capped high peaks offering plenty of things to do and see for adventure lovers and honeymooners alike. Perfect for those who want to mark the beginning of a new life amidst stunning natural beauty with refreshing cool breezes or even fresh snowfall! The mountains are also home to some of the most romantic luxury hotels and desirable honeymoon resorts in Manali.

Manali has plenty of things for couples to see and do including taking a dip in the hot springs, visiting historic temples and colourful monasteries, playing in the snow at Rohtang Pass, taking romantic walks through the mountains or trying out adventure sports together.

Even just cosying up in a cute cafe, soaking up the fresh air and mountain views or strolling along Mall Road will allow you to create treasured memories together. No wonder Manali is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India!

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One of the highlights of taking a honeymoon in Manali is the chance to see fresh, pure white snowfall! Manali gets blanketed with snow from October to February which makes it an extra special and romantic experience.

Visiting in the Summer offers a refreshing escape from the heat, treks through lush green vistas alongside picturesque rivers and the opportunity to try numerous adventure sports.

Even though Manali has many resorts that resonate perfectly with couples, here are a few of the very best romantic luxury hotels and honeymoon resorts in Manali that give couples the extra special treatment that they deserve right after tying the knot.

As you move away from the hustle and bustle of central Manali, you will find solace in the cusps of the mountains and forests that keep these hotels like a secret!

The 5 Most Romantic Hotels & Honeymoon Resorts in Manali

Manuallaya the Resort & Spa

Nestled in the heart of Manali, surrounded by the towering Himalayas and overlooking the valley, is Manuallaya – The Resort & Spa, one of the most sought-after luxury honeymoon resorts in Manali.

With its temperature-controlled pools, well-equipped gymnasiums, spa and sauna, orchards, lawns and multiple dining facilities and entertainment options, Manuallaya ensures you have ample privacy as well as a plethora of activities to bond over, making it one of the best honeymoon resorts in Manali.

Foodies are spoilt for choice at Manuallaya. The multiple dining options include Café Jardin – a breakfast through dinner restaurant with an a-la carte menu that has something to satiate every palate; D’Jong – a peek into authentic Chinese culture and cuisine and Kibber – a specialty Indian restaurant that blends hand-ground spices with authentic flavours from across the country to pamper your taste buds. There’s also the Library Bar, a minimalist bar where you can couple your favourite book with a drink and relax for hours on end.

Manuallaya is the perfect honeymoon spot for you and your spouse to spend much quality time together while enjoying the finer luxuries and the serenity of the mountains.

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La Ri Sa Resort

When looking for the perfect honeymoon resort in Manali, one of the most trusted names that come on top of the list is of the La Ri Sa Resort. From the name itself to the location and facilities, La Ri Sa Resort combines the virtues of the Sky, the Earth, and the Mountains into a stylish and luxurious experience.

The resort here has a unique story to tell from the moment you set foot on the property. The Luxury Suite Mountain View room offers breath-taking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks with ample sunshine pouring into every nook and corner of the room through the large windows. If gardens and greenery appeal to you, then the Garden View Suite is the one for you.

You can opt for a relaxing spa and sauna experience and then curl up with your favourite book with a warming drink from Madhushala, the bar. La Ri Sa Resort offers both relaxed and fine dining experiences with Naivedyam – their multicuisine restaurant. Later on you can cuddle up around the fire.

La Ri Sa Resort ensures it leaves no stone unturned to help you relax and unwind physically and mentally – making it a top choice among couples and honeymooners in Manali.

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WelcomHeritage Urvashi’s Retreat

Urvashi’s Retreat by WelcomHeritage will not disappoint couples looking for luxury and romance in the lap of nature.

Cosy up in luxurious wood panelled rooms and soak up the views of the majestic mountains. To keep you warm and comfortable all the rooms are fitted with triple technology heating – oil radiator, blower & grill heater.

The resort is nestled in the mountains and becomes a snow covered winter wonderland in the colder months. In summer, the spring water brook running through the orchards forms a natural, ecological pool that is open to guests at all times.

Relax further at the in-house spa and wellness centre with massage therapy, sauna, steam, spa baths and a state of the art gymnasium.

Urvashi’s all-day dining facility, the Rohtang Pavilion, serves multiple cuisines in buffet as well as a la carte formats while the in-house gastro pub, Mike’s Tavern, has an adjacent billiards room.

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Heritage Satvika Resort & Spa

Sitting lavishly in the center of the Deodar Forests, Heritage Satvika Resort is the picture-perfect experience of the Himalayas. The resort delights couples with lush green trees and deep valleys surrounding it on all sides and the morning sun snuggling through the trees.

The resort gives one of the most gorgeous views to wake up to with breakfast in bed. The wooden cottage walls, the cosy white sheets, and the warm sunlight piercing through the trees are just the feeling you need as you lay next to your beloved.

The restaurant serves delicious Indian delicacies with local Pahari (mountain.) flavours. The hotel also offers indoor games like chess, snooker, ping pong and an on site shop of handlooms for the perfect souvenir of your special trip.

There are many outdoors activities that you can indulge in including mountain climbing, paragliding, and more, in and around the resort! The resort is all about your experience and the memories you create to cherish forever.

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Honeymoon Inn Manali

As the name says, this hotel is specifically designed for honeymoons in Manali and is a great choice for those on a budget.

Honeymoon Inn Manali creates a wholesome experience with its elaborate gardens, intimate courtyards, and lounges in every corner. The property offers a variety of rooms including the Honeymoon Special where the bed is beautifully decked up with a canopy offering a cosy and intimate haven for couples.

The multicuisine restaurant at the hotel will stir up your taste buds before you let yourself loose and dance with your partner to some peppy Bollywood numbers at the in-house discotheque.

It’s central location provides easy access to the centre of Manali and Tibetan Monastery which are within 2 km of the hotel.

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Have you stayed at any of these honeymoon resorts in Manali or have any tips for romance in Manali?
Let us know in the comments below 🙂


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 My Pick of the 6 Best Yoga Retreats in Croatia for 2023

Comprised of over 1200 islands, Croatia is known for its stunning coastlines, picturesque islands, perfect sailing, charming medieval villages, and, more recently, Game of Thrones.

Thanks to its miles of beaches, rich heritage and increasing popularity there are now some amazing yoga retreats in Croatia to choose from as well as a growing reputation for wellness holidays.

My Guide to the Best Yoga Retreats in Croatia for 2023

The diverse landscapes of Croatia lend themselves to inspiring mountain-top meditations and Adriatic sea facing yoga sessions.

Popular places to visit or join a yoga retreat in Croatia include the historic port city of Dubrovnik, which you will recognise if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, Split, Hvar Island and Brac Island.

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With so many retreat options to choose from, including yoga retreats on private yachts that sail around the stunning islands, the hardest part is deciding which one to choose.

So here’s my recommendations for the best yoga retreats in Croatia to help you with your search. Before signing up to any retreat, I always recommend checking out the real reviews and testimonials on

Here is my pick of the 6 Best Yoga Retreats in Croatia

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Hvar Yoga Retreats, Hvar Island

Destress with the perfect combination of yoga, sightseeing and good company on one of Croatia’s most beautiful islands. Hvar Yoga Retreats are located in Basina bay, just seconds away from the sparkling Adriatic sea, and offer an all inclusive week of relaxation and wellness.

Enjoy a blissful week immersed in nature as you further your yoga journey with effortless meditations, powerful pranayama breathing techniques, daily energizing morning hatha yoga classes and relaxing evening restorative yoga sessions. The experienced teachers completed their training at the Art of Living Ashram in India and compile classes suitable for all levels and foster a fun and caring community spirit.

Off the mat, you’ll also explore one of the most beautiful islands in the world with included trips to medieval towns, beaches and natural beauty spots and even a spot of island hopping. Massage therapies are also available.

You’ll be staying at Maya house, a three-store house with 3 apartments, each with its own bathroom and terrace with sea views.  Three healthy and delicious vegetarian or vegan meals per day are also provided. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!


Yoga and Sailing Escape

Yoga Sailing Holidays, Split – Dubrovnik

Croatia’s coastline and sailing is world-famous, with the gentle breezes, rustic coves, and stunning coastal villages drawing adventurers to explore this corner of the Mediterranean. For a unique yoga retreat in Croatia, Yoga Sailing Holidays offer the opportunity to combine island hopping with a relaxing yoga experience.

Your home for the week is a private yacht that will see you starting either in Split or Dubrovnik, as the vessel takes alternating journeys each week. The 48ft Beneteau sailboat has two ensuite cabins, offered on a shared basis.

Host and yoga teacher Donna completed her training under the Krishnamacharya lineage in Bali, and shares Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin suitable for all levels. In between yoga classes and delicious vegan meals, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the stunning islands from the waves, on foot, or by scooter.

Breakfasts and lunches are prepared freshly on board each day. Dinner, taken ashore in your location for the day, is not included. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!


Holistic Lifestyle Yoga Retreat

Suncrokret, Hvar Island

For a spiritual experience that goes so much further than just a yoga retreat, join Suncokret’s integrated holistic yoga lifestyle program on beautiful Hvar Island. This unique 7 day retreat includes hatha, vinyasa, kundalini and chakra yoga sessions, chanting, pranayama and meditation, as well as daily deep-dive sessions on yoga & holistic lifestyle topics. There’s also daily outings that showcase the best cultural and historical gems of the island and a cooking workshop.

This retreat, run by Evening Marie a yoga therapist with 18 years of experience, will help you regain balance and restore your natural state of bliss, while also immersing you into the local way of life.

You’ll be accommodated in a rustic chic Dalmatian island farm cottage, immersed in a spiritual and supportive family community atmosphere and enjoy delicious, pranic-infused, organic vegetarian breakfasts and dinners. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!


Private Immune-Boosting Yoga Retreat

Maya Yoga House, Tuhelj, Zagorje Hills

If you’re looking for your first post-pandemic wellness holiday, consider a private immune-boosting yoga retreat in Croatia. On this four-day retreat, host Maja welcomes you to a secluded yoga house in the luscious Zagorje hills, to the north of the country. Known for its abundant nature, inspiring landscapes and clean air, this is the perfect location to restore your wellbeing.

Maja takes full advantage of this peaceful haven, to offer traditional hatha yoga, yoga nidra, and Agnihotra – a sacred Ayurvedic fire healing ritual understood to boost your immune system.

To further ensure a sense of safety and security at this retreat, you will have the whole of the first floor of the house as your private accommodation. All meals are included, with a special focus on offering fresh organic produce from the garden. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!

If you can’t make those dates Maya Yoga House hosts a variety of different retreats throughout the summer. Click here for more retreats.


Yoga, Meditation and Dance Retreat

Sub-Art Yoga, Ražanj, Dalmatian Coast

If you’re seeking embodiment and reconnection after a challenging year, a dance and yoga retreat in Croatia could be the answer. At Sub-Art Yoga, Host Iva offers a unique form of conscious movement, drawing upon vinyasa yoga, tai chi, hip-hop and afro-dance. You can also participate in the traditional yogic practices of meditation and pranayama, to further deepen your connection.

Ražanj is an unspoilt fishing village in a perfect spot for accessibility from Split airport, as well as explorations of the nearby 13th-century chapel of Sevti Ivan. Accommodation is offered on a self-catering or custom half-board basis, in partnership with local restaurants. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!

If you can’t make those dates Sub Art Yoga hosts a variety of different retreats throughout the summer. Click here for more retreats.


Tantra and Yoga Camping Retreat

Into Flow, Brač Island

Expect eco-camping on a beautiful island, learning how to celebrate life through tantric philosophy, and plenty of yoga and vegetarian food. Your hosts Judith and Lettemieke bring their wealth of experience to Brač, a short boat ride from Split. As well as an exploration of tantric connection exercises, you will be guided through Hatha, Yin, and partner yoga.

When you’re not immersed in yoga and tantra, you can explore the island and its surrounding blue waters through hiking, swimming, diving, or just wandering around the local villages. When it comes to yoga retreats in Croatia, this one will surely appeal to the heart-led nature lovers.

See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here! 

Have you been on any amazing yoga retreats in Croatia?

Leave your recommendations in the comments below the post and help out other yogis and travellers! 😊


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My Pick of the 6 Best Holiday Cottages in Suffolk for a Post Lockdown Escape

There’s many beautiful places in the UK to explore and staycations are a great opportunity to explore the beauty of your own country, reconnect with our roots and enjoy the little things we take for granted on our own doorsteps.

I was born and brought up in Suffolk and have loved re-exploring my beautiful home county. Suffolk is a great option for a relaxing countryside post lockdown holiday in the UK and the perfect place to stay for a post lockdown escape is one of the cute holiday cottages in Suffolk!

Why stay in a Suffolk Holiday Cottage

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Suffolk is one of England’s most enchanting counties and has so much to offer for a rural escape not far from London.

Suffolk has everything from pretty medieval villages and castles to natural beauty spots that have inspired great artists and a blissfully undeveloped coastline with plenty of space, countryside and wide open skies.

The Suffolk countryside is the perfect place to get away from it all while still having plenty to explore. Check out my post on The Best Places to Visit in Suffolk – by a Local!

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Staying in a holiday cottage in Suffolk could be the ideal post lockdown escape

With so much space Suffolk makes an ideal choice for a post lockdown holiday in the UK and renting a holiday cottage in Suffolk is the perfect way to enjoy a romantic couples break or family holiday. You’ll have the cottage to yourself so you can have all the comforts of home and don’t have to worry about distancing from other guests like you would in a hotel.

Plus, you’ll feel more like a local when you stay in a holiday cottage in Suffolk than if you stayed in a hotel and you’ll get to explore some wonderfully offbeat natural beauty spots. One of the best things about holiday cottages is that they are all unique. Many holiday cottages in Suffolk even allow you to bring your pets – your dog will love all the new walks and some even have hot tubs if you want to treat yourself for a romantic couples break.

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With the UK government announcing that from April 12th self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets will be allowed to reopen its the perfect time to rent a holiday cottage in Suffolk and take a much needed getaway after this difficult year. UK staycations and holiday cottages will be popular so better to book in advance and take advantage of

Here’s my picks of the best holiday cottages in Suffolk. My favourite places to find more holiday cottages are,, and

This post is written from my own local knowledge and is not sponsored by any of these companies mentioned but if you choose to book through the links I’ve provided I can earn a small commission at no extra cost to you which would really help as it’s been a very bad year to be a travel blogger!

My Pick of the Best Holiday Cottages in Suffolk

Ayres End Studio, Kersey 

Kersey is one of the prettiest historic villages in Suffolk and this spacious, beautifully converted studio is full of character and makes a perfect romantic getaway. The studio at Ayres End is a 15th century thatched building with a large feature fireplace set within the charming, landscaped gardens of Ayres End House – once the inspiration-giving work place of author, Hammond Innes. Highlights include the mahogany super king size bed, under floor heating, clever self contained kitchen that can be folded up when not in use and the gardens. You’ll get exclusive access to the medieval-style summer house which makes the perfect spot for soaking up the sun with morning coffee or drinks in the evenings.

Kersey is only 30 mins drive from Ipswich and makes a good base for exploring South Suffolk. There’s also a fantastic pub, The Bell Inn, just 400 yards from Ayres End Studio which offers home cooked food in a traditional pub setting. This quaint holiday cottage in Suffolk has 1 bedroom and sleep 2 people so it’s ideal for a romantic getaway but sadly pets are not allowed in this property. Click here for more info, photos, prices and to book!

Read More: The Best Places to Visit in Suffolk (by a local!)

Hylton Cottage, Lavenham

Lavenham is one of the best preserved medieval villages in all of England with it’s colourful, Tudor timber framed, chocolate box houses. The village has even appeared in films like Harry Potter. If you stay at Hylton Cottage with its beautiful, distinctive Tudor-style frontage and period features you can really immerse yourself in this glorious heritage. 2 adults and 1 dog can stay in this super cute holiday cottage in the heart of this historic but still lively village close to all the amenities including shops, tea rooms and excellent traditional pubs.

The semi-detached historic Suffolk holiday cottage oozes history, charm and character with plenty of elegant timber framework, whilst still including all the home comforts you might expect, like a sumptuous sofa and comfortable bedroom to relax in after a day exploring the local sights, a bespoke well-equipped kitchen and tranquil, enclosed garden. Lavenham is the heart of historic Suffolk and offers easy access to explore the rest of the county. Click here to see more info, photos and prices and to book!


Gardener’s Cottage, Thornham Magna 

One of the cutest, and most historic, holiday cottages in Suffolk is Gardener’s Cottage, a charming, Grade II listed, 17th century thatched timber framed cottage that sleeps 4 in the village of Thornham Magna.

The village has a pub, thatched roof church, cafe, restaurant and photographer’s gallery and is only 30 minutes drive east to Framlingham Castle or west to the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds. Gardener’s Cottage also sits on the edge of the Thornham Estate which offers 12 miles of wonderful walks through beautiful parkland and ancient woodland.

This cottage has been wonderfully updated and still contains many of it’s beautiful original features including exposed wooden beams, pamment floors and an Inglenook fireplace. I also love the cute stable door. The property has a modern kitchen, cosy living room and dining room full of character.

There is 1 double bedroom and 1 with twin single beds, both are accessed by quirky individual staircases and have en-suite bathrooms. This chocolate box Suffolk cottage also has a lovely garden with a large terrace and wild flower orchard. Dogs also also welcome. Click here for more photos, info, prices and to book! 


Downbridge Lodge, Hoxne 

This large, recently converted barn with lofty vaulted ceilings, wooden feature walls and plenty of natural light makes a great home from home for 4 guests in the historic village of Hoxne near Eye in North Suffolk with easy access to the Suffolk Coast. Downbridge Lodge was built in 2020 so it’s super new and modern but still has plenty of character. Relax in the spacious, open plan living space complete with a contemporary wood burning stove, modern kitchen, sociable dining area.

Folding doors open out to the large stone terrace that boasts a fire pit, barbecue and lovely countryside views. There’s also a covered outdoor seating area that ca be enjoyed whatever the weather. There are 2 bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms and smart TVs and super king size beds, which can also be configured as single beds upon request making this holiday cottage in Suffolk great for families or groups of friends but pets are not permitted. Click here to see more photos, info, prices and to book!

Also consider: I also love Black Swan Barn, a super stylish, modern barn conversion with huge floor to ceiling windows letting in heaps of natural light and exposed brickwork feature walls that sleeps 6 people nearby in the village of Fornham Magna. It’s a bit more pricey but it’s really stunning!


Myrtle Cottage, Friston

This enchanting Suffolk country cottage is located in the village of Friston, only 7 minutes drive from the quaint and quirky seaside villages of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness and with easy access to the Suffolk Coast and Health Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Myrtle Cottage has a perfect mix of period features and contemporary home comforts with plenty of natural light.

The spacious open plan kitchen and conservatory dining area boasts huge windows and lots of light. The living room and 3 bedrooms are cosy and bright with exposed wooden beams and stylish furniture. There is a master bedroom with super king size bed and 2 twin bedrooms making this holiday cottage in Suffolk perfect for a large family. Myrtle Cottage also has a lovely, large, enclosed garden with a nice terrace area perfect for alfresco dining and dogs are also allowed. Click here for more photos, info, prices and to book!


Snow Hall Barn, Peasenhall

Relax and dine on the balcony of this unique barn conversion overlooking the peaceful private grounds, farmland and Suffolk countryside beyond. Snow Hall Barn is a beautiful renovated, quirky and unique barn located near to the village of Peasenhall (famed for its roaming peacocks) and only 20 minutes drive to the popular Suffolk seaside town of Southwold. It’s the perfect location to unwind surrounded by nature with easy access to Suffolk’s ‘Sunrise’ Coast.

Snow Hall Barn is situated next to the owner’s 15th century farmhouse in private grounds and can sleep 4 guests. This quirky barn offers oodles of wood features and has 2 double bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor. The highlight of this Suffolk holiday cottage is the spacious and comfortable open plan living area upstairs complete with wood burning stove and French doors that open out onto a lovely decked balcony where you can soak up those wonderful countryside views.  Dogs are also welcome. Click here to see more info, photos, prices and to book!


I hope this post has helped you discover the perfect holiday cottage in Suffolk for your post lockdown escape! Have fun and stay safe 🙂

My Pick of The Best Yoga Teacher Training in Greece for 2023

Greece is one of the oldest countries in the world with a fascinating history that dates back to 270,000 BC. It’s considered to be the cradle of Western civilization, but also has a more modern side to it, and it’s fast becoming one of the best places to do yoga teacher training abroad.

The stunning landscapes and islands, ancient history and culture match well with the teaching of yoga, making it a great destination for yoga retreats, and yoga teacher training in Greece is fast becoming popular.

Reasons to do yoga teacher training in Greece

Greece is one of the best places to train to be a yoga teacher in Europe and there’s a fantastic variety of amazing schools offering yoga teacher training in Greece both on the magnificent islands and on the mainland.

This means that you can do your YTTC on a Greek beach or in a historic city while soaking up the sun and some of the most spectacular scenery and history in Europe.

People from all walks of life and all levels of experience do their yoga teacher training in Greece. Whether you simply wish to deepen your personal yoga practice or whether you want to change your career and become a yoga teacher there are yoga teacher training courses in Greece to suit all yoga styles and levels of experience – you don’t need to be expert yogi!

Yoga teacher training is physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally challenging but also life changing and very rewarding and could be the start of a really healthy and rewarding future career.

How to choose the right yoga teacher training course

Doing any yoga teacher training course is a big investment of your time and money so it’s more important that ever to do your research.

Always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved and for more tips see here for things to look out for when choosing your YTT.  Make sure that the style of yoga taught matches what you wish to teach in the future.

I also recommend going for the course with the longest duration you can as you’ll have more time to relax those aching muscles, absorb all the information you’re learning and explore the location.

While most Yoga Alliance approved schools have similar curriculums, quality can vary so it’s useful to get reviews from previous students before you book your yoga teacher training in Greece.

I find and really useful, because you can read real reviews from people who’ve already been there as well as seeing all the information about the style of yoga taught, instructors and accommodation in one place.

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To help you pick your perfect YTTC here are my recommendations for the best yoga teacher training in Greece.

The Best Greece Yoga Teacher Training Programs

Conscious Yoga Academy, Karpathos, Dodecanese Islands

Spend 22 days on a quiet corner of the stunning island of Karpathos getting your 200-hour YTTC. Learn all about the art of teaching yoga whole being surrounded by pine trees and bougainvillea, and enjoying magnificent views of the coastline.

On top of that, the instructors from Conscious Yoga Academy will make sure that you learn all about yoga philosophy, the 8 limbs of yoga, yoga mundras, bhandas, anatomy and the scientific benefits of yoga. This will help to remove energy blockages by cleansing the body and mind and by going deep in the practises of traditional yoga.

This amazing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga teacher training in Greece takes place at Kathy’s Island Retreat in Adia where you’ll be practicing in a beautiful yoga terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea. There are eight guest rooms in total; six in the main house and two in a smaller house. All of the rooms have private bathrooms, a fridge and a balcony with magnificent ocean views.

Vegetarian and Vegan brunch and dinner are included and cooked at the onsite restaurant that serves up healthy Mediterranean food. Raw food diets can also be accommodated on request. It’s not surprising this is one of the best yoga teacher trainings in Greece. Click here for more info, to check dates, reviews and prices and to book.


Soma Yoga Institute, Santa Maria, Paros

This therapeutic yoga teacher training in Greece is run by the people at Soma Yoga Institute, and includes an in-depth study of vinyasa flow yoga and anatomy informed alignment principles. At the end of this 18 day Greece yoga teacher training, not only will you leave with a 200-hour YTTC, but also the knowledge of putting together a transformational sequence and guiding others along the path of yoga as a framework for holistic health.

Your days will start with sunrise meditation on the beach and you’ll not only learn about the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga but also the spiritual side as well as developing and understanding of Ayurveda and chakras.

The course is held at Okreblue Yoga Retreat Center, just a few steps away from the stunning Filizi beach on the island of Paros. There are both apartments and rooms to choose from, all of which are clean, cosy, tastefully decorated and boast verandas where you can chill out and soak up the views and the sunshine between practicing and studying yoga.

The property also features an open-air indoor/outdoor yoga hall and a cafe where chef Suresh cooks up amazing Indian cuisine using ingredients for the centre’s very own organic garden. Daily smoothies, brunch and dinner are included and some apartments also have kitchenettes.

This is one of the very best yoga teacher trainings in Greece for those who want to focus on the therapeutic side of yoga. Click here to check dates, read reviews and to book.


Paros Yoga Shalla, Naousa, Paros

Learn all about the foundations of asana practice, pranayama and meditation at one of the best yoga teacher trainings in Greece. Hatha Yoga is the main focus, and anatomy, breath and movement based on this ancient practice.

And what better place to spend 22 days doing this then on the stunning island of Paros is in the traditional village of Naoussa. Learn all about the yogic lifestyle, strengthening the immune system, and developing focus and awareness, while staring at the Vermio Mountains and being surrounded by orchards and vineyards.

In addition to yoga asanas and theory, you’ll also learn about Ayurveda, sound healing, mediation, chanting and mantras. While doing this 200-hour integral Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin YTTC You will be staying in a room or an apartment that’s just a stone’s throw away from the area’s numerous dining and nightlife options.

A vegetarian brunch and dinner are included, as are 21 nights stay in a cosy, relaxing room designed with traditional Greek architectural elements. You can also enjoy exploring the local tavernas and cafes. Click here to read reviews, get info on dates and prices and to book.


Yoga Skyros Academy, Paiania, Athens

If you want to spend 21 days doing a yoga teacher training in Greece and exploring Athens, one of the world’s oldest and most interesting cities, then this Greece YTTC is the one for you.

Yoga Skyros Academy is located just east of the city in a spacious villas surrounded by forest and aims at teaching people that have a real desire to learn and to progress their own practice, while learning how to do the same for others.

The main focus is Hatha Yoga, which is the mother of all yoga practices. At the end of the course you will know how to lead a class, inspire your students and change lives, just as the amazing instructors here have been doing since 2005.

While studying to be a yoga teacher you will be staying in the villas in a cosy room all of which have a private bathroom with shower and bathtub. There is also a swimming pool and a sauna on site. Breakfast is included and there’s a kitchen that you can use to cook your meals or you can sample the local tavernas and cafes.

The villa is located in a quiet, natural location yet is only 5 mins away from a train connection to central Athens and 25 mins away from the nearest beach. To book, read reviews or get more info, click here.


Durga’s Tiger School for Tantra Yoga and Shamanism, Corfu

For a yoga teacher training in Greece that goes so much further than simply yoga consider this 25 day 200-hour Tantra and Shamanism Yoga Teacher Training on the enchanting island of Corfu.

Through this unique experience you will not only learn to teach an inspiring, intuitive and deeply meditative yoga practice but also learn how to unify body, mind, and spirit through yoga and how to integrate tantric philosophy into your daily life.

You’ll receive daily classes of Kaula Tantra yoga and applied tantric philosophy as well as the traditional ancient Indian teachings. You’ll also learn all about meditation, pranayama, anatomy, alignment, physiology and yoga history.

One of the highlights of this program is using art and dance as a powerful tool of self-expression and liberation and experience shamanic cosmovision. Another highlight is the location and the beach which you’ll have enough time at lunch to relax and enjoy.

You’ll be guided along this very special journey by the experienced, international instructors at Durga’s Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism and be accommodated at the homely retreat center in the small, traditional village of Arillas in Corfu. Two delicious vegetarian meals are also included. To see reviews, dates, prices and more info and to book click here!

I hope this blog has helped to find your perfect Greece yoga teacher training course. If you’re still undecided check out my other posts or this article about yoga teacher training abroad for more tips and recommendations.

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How to Volunteer in Southeast Asia for Free with Worldpackers

Southeast Asia is one of my favourite regions in the world. It’s packed with exotic sights, sounds and tastes, beautiful landscapes, captivating history and culture and is home to some of the world’s friendliest people.

Asia is an amazing travel destination that is also great value for money but it’s good to bear in mind that it’s also still quite a poor region and there are so many people, communities and projects that really benefit from hosting volunteers.

How to Volunteer in Southeast Asia for Free with Worldpackers

Unfortunately however many opportunities to volunteer in Southeast Asia also come with a heafty price tag which means it’s not affordable for backpackers and budget travellers.

Bu luckily the more savvy traveller can find ways to volunteer for free and even exchange their skills and time for free food and accommodation.

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Volunteering in Southeast Asia has so many benefits, not only for the organisation you volunteer for but also for the travelling volunteer. When I’ve volunteered I’ve got so much more immersed in the local culture, got off the tourist trail, made friends with the locals and learned new languages and new skills all while helping other people and saving money.

If you Google volunteering projects in Southeast Asia you’ll normally find companies want to charge you $1000’s  to volunteer. I understand that organising projects and hosting international volunteers can be costly but as a budget traveller and backpacker I’ve never had the budget for these opportunities.

Luckily there are also some websites where you can find free volunteering projects and often you’ll also get free accommodation and some meals in exchange for your help so it’s a win-win situation for everyone!

Read More: 11 Ways to travel for free

How to get free food and accommodation while volunteering in Southeast Asia

Worldpackers is my go to site when I’m looking for free volunteering and work exchange opportunities abroad. Worldpackers is a collaborative platform that connects you with hosts from 170 countries around the world where you can travel exchanging your skills for a free stay.

The concept started in 2013 with 2 friends who wanted to create a way for more budget travellers to be able to exchange their skills for accommodation around the world and to transform lives through travel. There are now more than 1.5 million travelers who have traded their skills and time for accommodations in 120+ countries with 5,000+ verified hosts in the Worldpackers community.

There are so many different and exciting projects you can get involved in including volunteering with NGOs, communities and ecological projects, teaching English, animal conversation projects, working in hostels and helping out in local family homes where you can exchange your help to receive free stay, food and other benefits.

This quick video explains it better than I can …

Putting together this platform of amazing opportunities is a lot of work but Worldpackers only ask for a one off membership fee of $49 per year but Global Gallivanting readers can get $20 discount off the membership price by following this link and quoting ‘GLOBALGALLIVANTING’ making it only $29!

For this bargain amount you can join an engaging community of more than 1 million travelers sharing ideas and experiences and get access to thousands of exciting travel, work exchange and volunteer projects.

Worldpackers even provide amazing support to help you find the perfect project and help you every step of the way. All the hosts are verified to ensure they offer a safe and rewarded experience and if anything should go wrong the Worldpackers insurance will put you up for 3 nights at a nearby hostel and help you to find another project.

One of the things I like the best about Worldpackers is the community and that you can read reviews from previous volunteers before you decide to join the project so you know exactly what to expect.

Worldpackers (as the name suggests) is popular in Southeast Asia but there are volunteer opportunities all over the world. Check out my friend Gabi’s experience of volunteering in Mexico.

To get started simply go to and sign up. Remember to use the code GLOBALGALLIVANTING to get $20 off membership.

It takes just 5 minutes to create your profile by adding some bits about yourself, selecting what kind of trip you want and for how long you want to travel.

Once your profile is verified then you’ll be able to chat with hosts and apply for volunteering opportunities across the globe! See here for tips on creating a winning Worldpacker’s profile.

My favourite Worldpacker’s opportunities:

The Worldpacker’s website makes it easy and fun to find the perfect volunteer opportunity. You can search by destination, type of work or skills involved and availability. There are almost 300 opportunities for volunteering in Southeast Asia on the Worldpacker’s site.

Some of the opportunities I’m most excited about in Southeast Asia include:

Help to build a new school in a rural Cambodian village

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia but it is also my favourite. This project, 5 hours from Battambang, looks so rewarding and is even rated as a ‘top host’ by Worldpacker’s volunteers. The work is mainly construction related but there is also the possibility to help with teaching, cooking and painting. You’ll stay in a dorm with a friendly Cambodian family and other international volunteers and get a real insight into rural Cambodian life whilst also being part of building a brighter future for the amazing Cambodian children. Meals are also included in exchange of 35 hours of help per week. See here for more info and to read the reviews.


Helping out and learning about meditation at a Buddhist Center in Thailand

For someone like me who is an avid yoga practitioner and keen to learn more about meditation this is an amazing opportunity to live with the monks and nuns at an authentic Buddhist meditation center not far from Bangkok.  You’ll be asked to help 15 hours per week with general maintenance, cleaning, animal feeding and creating content and in return get free dorm accommodation, free breakfast and lunch and get to live with the nuns and learn about Buddhism and mediation from them. See here for more info and to check the reviews.


Teach English in Vietnam

This top rated host has teaching opportunities available all over the exciting country of Vietnam. You work 5 hours a day, 5 days per week teaching children and local communities English and other skills.

You’ll get an amazing insight into the Vietnamese local culture, a chance to experience life in different areas of Vietnam whilst also making a difference to the local communities. In return you’ll get free airport pick up, free meals and accommodation, free training and guided tours and possibly even employment opportunities if you wanted to stay for longer.  See here for more info and to read the reviews.


Dog care project in Myanmar

I’m always saddened when I see all the stray dogs in Asia so this is the perfect project for dog and animal lovers. You’ll help take care of about 300 rescue dogs in this dog rescue center just south of Yangon in Myanmar – rated as a top host by previous Worldpacker volunteers. You’ll help out for about 10 hours per week and in exchange get free meals and dorm accommodation as well as free yoga, meditation and language classes.

There’s lots to do here, as well as taking care of the animals they also need help with maintenance and building, teaching English to locals and children, cooking and gardening. The hosts are quite flexible and can work around the volunteers skills and interests. See here for more info and to check out the reviews.


Party promoter at a hostel on the Gili Islands, Indonesia

If you’re a party animal and love to meet and have fun with travellers from all over the world then this could be the perfect opportunity. The Gili Islands, a few hours boat ride from Bali, are nothing short of paradise and your job here will be to make guests feel welcome, create an amazing pre-drinking atmosphere and take the guest out to the best parties every night and ensure everyone has a great time.

You’ll also be organising group activities, tours and games to keep your fellow backpackers entertained and having the best time of their life. You’ll volunteer for 32 hours per week and in return you’ll get a free bed in the team dorm, free breakfast and loads of drink and party discounts. You get to live on a tropical paradise island and party every night for free! What could be better! See here for more info and to read the reviews.


Click here to see all the Worldpacker’s Southeast Asia opportunities. There are also lots of worthwhile projects to get involved with in India!

If you’re looking to build new skills towards a new career then volunteering on a Worldpackers opportunity could even add experience to your CV (resume) or add to your portfolio (for freelancers and aspiring digital nomads)

Why Worldpackers is different and better than other plaforms

Worldpacker’s may not be the first platform to offer volunteering and work exchange opportunities in Southeast Asia but they are the best and well worth the membership fee for these 4 reasons:

  1. Verified Hosts: As a big number of Worldpacker’s travellers are solo female travellers they take safety really seriously. Before any hosts can post opportunities they have to go through a verification process with Worldpackers to ensure they’re offering a safe and rewarding experience.
  2. Support Team: You’ll receive plenty of support from the Worldpackers’ customer service team before, during and after your travels (safety is paramount and you won’t find a customer service team like this anywhere else!). No other free volunteering platform offers this level of support.
  3. Worldpackers Insurance: If a traveler has any issues related to their host during their stay, Worldpackers will cover 3 nights accommodation for the traveler at a nearby hostel and the support team will get them set up with another Worldpacker host asap.
  4. Experts & Community: There are over 1 million Worldpacker’s travellers who leave reviews of projects, contribute writing travel and volunteering tips on the platform and are also available to chat with newer travelers to offer peer-to-peer advice.

Ready to get immersed into the local culture, help people, learn new skills, save money and have the adventure of a lifetime!? Head over to Worldpackers now to create your account and start getting excited applying for opportunities. Visit now and don’t forget to use the promo code ‘GLOBALGALLIVANTING’ to get $20 off the membership fee!

By the way: International flights and visas are not able to be covered by the volunteering opportunities. This article was brought to you in collaboration with Worldpacker’s and include affiliate links but, as always, all opinions are my own and I only recommend brands that I use and love myself.

Have you been a volunteer in Southeast Asia with Worldpackers? I would LOVE to hear about your experiences so please leave a comment below.