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6 Muslim-Friendly Hotels In Goa, India

Mehak
Updated Aug 30, 2017

Muslims make up about eight to nine percent of the Goa population and they are scattered across the state, unlike in other places where they tend to congregate in pockets - thus making such groups rare in Goa. Because of that, it is difficult to find hotels that are entirely Muslim-friendly given that Goa is the party capital of India.

However, we bring to you a list of some of the properties that are in close proximity to masjids and mosques as well as halal eateries, making your stay convenient. It is however strongly recommended that Muslim tourists double check that the dishes do not contain any non-halal items before dining anywhere.

1. Vivanta by Taj (from 257 USD / 9,500 INR)

What Makes It Muslim Friendly?

(1) It is 1 kilometer / 0.6 miles (3-minute drive) from Jama Masjid, Panjim which is one of the most revered Goan mosques

(2) A number of small halal eateries such as the Pakiza Restaurant on January Road (600 meters / 0.3 miles from Jama Masjid) can be found nearby

A minute away from the beach and Fort Aguada, this five-star hotel by the Taj Group is spread over 73 acres (0.4 hectare) and overlooks the Arabian Sea. With Portuguese designs and classic-wood furnishings, the air-conditioned suites have a television and DVD player each, and every unit has a private balcony as well. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The property also has a fitness center, squash and tennis court, a mini-golf course, an indoor-game room, a library and water-sports facilities.

Guest Experience : “Stay was excellent. Service up to the mark and prompt. Staff was very cooperative and excellent. Beautiful stay. We would like to come back soon to your property and stay for a longer duration.” - Sadhana, India (Booking.com)

Vivanta by Taj

Address: Sinquerim Beach, 403515 Candolim, India (see map)

Price: from 257 USD / 9,500 INR

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2. The Royale Assagao (from 44 USD / 2,800 INR)

What Makes It Muslim Friendly?

It is a 12-minute drive away from Hotel Aflatoon, Ango Vaddo, an eatery famous for its halal food. The eatery is also near a Masjid near Alankar Cinema in Mapusa.

Nestled between palm trees of Assagao Village, the property has spacious air-conditioned rooms and apartments on offer, with a kitchenette and balcony each. Every unit features a 32-inch flat screen television and a personal safe. Currency exchange, car and bicycle rental services are available for the guests. Pets are also allowed on request and charges for the same may be applicable.

The Royale Assagao

Address: Next to Dattaray Temple, Behind Martron Fitness Center, Assagao Village, 403507 Mapusa, India (see map)

Price: from 44 USD / 2,800 INR

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3. Keys Ronil Resort Goa on Baga-Calangute Road (from 62 USD / 4,000 INR)

What Makes It Muslim Friendly?

There is a very famous halal eatery, Aslam’s Authentic Wazwan Restaurant, on the same road as the resort. Also, Calangute Beach (1.4 kilometers / 0.8 miles away) has a number of small halal eateries at the back of Calangute market.

The resort is right opposite Baga Beach and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Featuring air-conditioned double rooms with satellite television and a personal safe each, the property also has a year-round outdoor pool, a billiards table and an in-house gift shop. No parking is available for guest’s vehicles on-site, but the hotel has car-hire facilities. Currency exchange is also possible on-site.

Guest Experience: “The best part is the location of the resort. Its in the middle is most happening place and close to good restaurants and beaches.” - Riya, India (Booking.com)

Keys Ronil Resort Goa on Baga-Calangute Road

Address: Baga-Calangute Road, Near Tito’s Night Club, 403516 Baga, India (see map)

Price: from 62 USD / 4,000 INR

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4. Hotel Fidalgo (from 94 USD / 6,000 INR)

What Makes It Muslim Friendly?

(1) The property is located 500 meters (0.3 miles) from Jama Masjid, Panjim

(2) Pakiza restaurant, a famous halal eatery is situated 600 meters (0.35 miles) from Jama Masjid

A property offering modern hotel suites, it has an an outdoor pool, fitness center, spa and wellness center. Free WiFi is made available in all the rooms. Additionally, car hire, currency exchange, ATM, packed lunch facilities are also available to guests. There are facilities for disabled guests as well.

Guest Experience: “Very good hotel in the heart of Panaji, really clean with excellent food options, comfortable rooms as well as great service. The staff give their time to accommodate your needs which is so important to customers who don’t have much time. Thank you Fidalgo for such lovely hospitality.” - Angel, United Kingdom (Booking.com)

Hotel Fidalgo

Address: 18th June Road, 403001 Panaji, India (see map)

Price: from 94 USD / 6,000 INR

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Goa (state) and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Goa (state)

5. WelcomHeritage Inn (from 60 USD / 3,870 INR)

What Makes It Muslim Friendly?

The property is located 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) from Jama Masjid, Panjim

Located a kilometer (0.6 miles) away from Panjim Town Center and housed in a charming colonial style building with antique furniture and furnishings, this hotel inn has rooms with cable television, a safe deposit box, a work desk and tea/coffee making facilities. The old world charm is well mixed with modern conveniences, making for a unique experience. Car rental, currency exchange, tour desk services are available to guests. Additionally, the property has an on-site gift shop.

Guest Experience: “Wonderful place with a real Goan atmosphere, wonderful breakfast and very nice varanda. The rooms very clean and comfortable. Staff was great and always available. The furniture store is beautiful and all the art pieces give it a special touch. Would definitely go back and will highly recommend it for someone that wants an experience rather than a plain hotel.” - Maria, Portugal (Booking.com)

WelcomHeritage Inn

Address: E-212, 31st Janaury Road, Fontainhas, 403001 Panaji, India (see map)

Price: from 60 USD / 3,870 INR

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6. Sun City Resort (from 55 USD / 3,500 INR)

What Makes It Muslim Friendly?

Budday Miyan restaurant, right outside the resort, serves halal food.

Located 800 meters (0.5 miles) from Baga Beach, the resort houses an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and a games room for guests’ recreational need. They have a 24-hour front desk, a dedicated tour desk, free parking (on reservation) and free WiFi (in public areas) for guests.

Sun City Resort

Address: Saunta Vaddo Baga Road, 403516 Calangute, India (see map)

Price: from 55 USD / 3,500 INR

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Goa (state) and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Goa (state)

Go Goa!

If you’re visiting between mid-November and mid-February, hotels are generally fully booked so make sure you make booking arrangements well in advance as not only is accommodation hard to find but is also priced a little higher for these three months. If you’re Muslim and are planning to visit Goa, definitely check out these fine hotels.

This article was originally published on Aug 30, 2017

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Mehak is a young student from India majoring in Finance. Travelling is something that has always fascinated her, she intends to solo travel the world. She enjoys reading about anything and...Read more

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