Beachy and bohemian Goa has reopened for tourism, and it is now welcoming a new sector of visitors, those coming for a workation. Imagine yourself immersed in the tropical scenery of Goa, set against the Arabian Sea, as you find the perfect marriage of work and play. Monthly prices for accommodation vary depending on what you are looking for. In Goa, you can find the very affordable all the way to luxury accommodations. An average month of workation in Goa can range from Rs 20,000 to Rs.1,12,000. Once you make the decision to head to Goa for a natural escape, there are a few things to know - including visa details as well as available accommodations. Read this guide to a workation in Goa to discover the logistics, then browse the list of Goa accommodations below.
Visas for workation in India
Like all of India, there is no visa category for freelance workers when heading to Goa, and visas must be arranged ahead of time before entry to the country (excluding those traveling from Bhutan and Nepal). This can make the visa process a bit more complicated, with visa prices varying depending on one’s nationality. Securing a work visa probably takes more time and energy than you’d like to put in if you’re only planning on being in Goa for a month or so.
However, the best course of action is to call your local Indian embassy to get all the details on your nuanced situation. The embassy authorities will guide you best on how to enter India safely; after all, like most countries, India is itching to get its tourism sector back-up and running after months of economic constraint.
Benefits of a workation in Goa
You’ll be surrounded by breathtaking nature as Goa is nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats mountain range. With over 105 kilometers (65 miles) of pristine coastlines and beaches, it’s no surprise we’ve put this at the top of our list. Read our article on the most beautiful beaches in Goa as well as the best places to visit during your workation.
2. Adventure sports
Goa is a water sports haven, and has everything from water skiing, parasailing, wind surfing and snorkelling. Other adventure sports in Goa that you can do include ATV bike rides and breathtaking treks around waterfalls. There’s always something to do in Goa when you’re off work!
3. Goan cuisine
Foodies cannot miss out on eating delicious local Goan cuisine. Some top street food in Goa to try are pork vindaloo, choris (Goan sausages), and ros omelette.
4. Historic sites
Goa is home to some beautiful and historic sites left behind by the Portuguese (who controlled Goa for 400 years until 1961). You can visit sites such as the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, and the old Latin Quarter in Panjim called Fontainhas.
Infamous for it’s party scene, Goa is a great place to spend a workation if you’re looking to work hard, play hard. It’s got everything a party animal wants in a vacation from party cruises, day parties at beach clubs and of course, nightclubs.
Recommended places to stay for a workation
Whatever you seek in your tranquil workation accommodation, Goa has it. From hotels to more intimate Airbnb accommodations, there is something for every budget and every desire. Lush and inviting, Goa is just waiting to welcome you to its beachy atmosphere. Explore below to find the perfect accommodation for you.
If you want to be directly on the beach, Baga Fantacia Beach Inn is the perfect spot for you. Located on the famous Baga Beach, Baga Fantacia Beach Inn has 14 rooms and it is a hotel-style accommodation. Take breaks from work on your seaside balcony and enjoy speedy wifi to stay connected to your work responsibilities. Standard, twin-bed, and luxury rooms are available for rent, and all rooms are spacious and modern. Be just steps from restaurants and shops, and of course, the beautiful beach of Baga at Baga Fantacia Beach Inn.
Baga Fantacia Beach Inn
Address: 7/156 Baga Fantacia Beach Inn, Opposite- PR Enterprises, Near Britto's
Water sport facilities (on site) Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Children television networks Sun terrace Invoice provided Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Thermometers for guests provided by property
Enjoy the intimacy of Rishi House, a small-scale hotel that offers double and family rooms. All rooms come with a verandah from where you can soak up the Goa sunshine, and the proximity of Rishi House - just one mile from Querim Beach - can’t be beaten. Enjoy amenities that include free wifi, fax and printing services (at an additional cost), a 24-hour front desk, and an onsite restaurant. Surrounded by the Arambol Mountains, Rishi House is a quaint getaway. Do note, this rental accepts only cash.
Address: Beach road khalchawada
Mini-market on site 24-hour front desk Fax/photocopying Daily housekeeping Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Currency exchange Free WiFi
To be immersed in greenery, head to Shivan Bnb in Mandrem. This farm-style stay includes breakfast, and rooms range from family-size to dormitory-style accommodations. The remote location ensures that you will be away from too many distractions while also offering fun after-work activities such as a shared swimming pool. Wifi is included in the rental, and a shuttle to and from the airport makes transportation a breeze. An outdoor garden and an onsite bar are additional perks of this property.
If you prefer to have a space completely to yourself, this stunning two-bedroom apartment is a perfect choice. Tastefully decorated, enjoy two large bedrooms, a charming dining area, as well as an outdoor space. Take your work to the sunroom as wifi is throughout the unit. Relax in the evening with Tata Sky HD channels on the Android Smart TV. A 15-minute drive from Panaji and Mapusa, you’re conveniently located off of NH 66.
Licensed 2 bedroom apt. with unique outdoor spaceAradi Socorro, Goa, India
Top guest reviewskitchen had all useful amenitieskitchen had all useful amenitiesthe house is a beautifully done space with air conditioners in all inside roomsextremely clean and very thoughtfully stocked for vacationerssuper clean and spot less washroom and so thoughtfully done up every corner of the housebed could have been a bit more softer but sheets were very clean
Host:host was very sweet and helpfulhost was very sweet and helpfulawesome one the best ever host i have met so farhost are really amazing please go and live the momment therehosts are very helpful and great in communication and would make your stay in goa more cheerful :)Read more reviewswalking distance to super markets restaurantslocation of house is on main road so found it very safejust amazing brilliantly done up and just a perfect place to chill relax and have fun
When you want to treat yourself, head to Quinta da Santana luxury villa. With picturesque grounds, this farmhouse is surrounded by calming greenery and gorgeous hills. Unwind poolside at the outdoor pool filled with natural spring water, or take a hike in the inviting nature. This luxury villa has one bedroom and one bath, so it is best suited for those traveling solo or as a couple. A dedicated workspace, modern kitchen, free parking, and cable TV all make this a comfortable stay. Added amenities like a BBQ grill in the backyard garden raise the bar.
Quinta da Santana- Luxury Country Villa 1Margao, Goa, India
Top guest reviewswe never used the ac and were comfortable with the fansi am a fan and would definitely stay here againthe only problm we faved was network connectivity and we had wifi connection so tht was okpool attached with this property is very clear and filled with natural waterthe amenities wer very comfortable but jus felt they could have invested in better beddingpool was exceptionally clean and beautifulthe place was clean and bed comfortablethe car was clean and functionalthe pool is clean and perfect to relaxthe pool was very clean
Host:reena was a lovely caretakerthe host is very helpful and friendlycristavo is an awesome host and a great personthe host is warm and helpfuland lovely care takers - rina and binayRead more reviewsit's an amazing place located only minutes away from the main citythe location is very quiet and relaxingtucked away in the heart of goa right in the centre this place is paradiseit’s a beautiful location and the house is super prettyin a perfect location not so far off from the city
Cute as a button, this brilliant red house comes with two bedrooms and one bath; enough space to comfortably host up to four guests. Tucked away in a wooded area, be south of Goa and a mere 250 meters (820 feet) from Patnem Beach. Cozy beds, a large outdoor terrace, and updated WiFi add to the charm of this nature studio. Please note, this semi-detached home has walls that are shared with a permanent tenant, and guests are asked to be respectful.
Nature studio. Non AC. 250m to beach. good Wi-FiCanacona, Goa, India
Top guest reviewsthe red house where we stayed is clean comfortable with a great balcony and front yard
Host:and the hosts are super nice and helpfulRead more reviewslocation wise it's great because patnem beach is just down the road
Bright and airy, The Fern will inspire you to get quality work done, just in time to take a dip in the outdoor pool. With one bedroom and one bath, this private home can host up to three guests at a time. Along the Vagator Beach Road, you’re close to the beach, yet secluded enough to feel as if this oasis is your own. Fast WiFi and a secured gated community make this a reliable spot. Be immersed in the sounds of birds and bees at The Fern in Goa.
The Fern: Artsy 1BHK | close to the beach|Fully ACVagator, Goa, India
Top guest reviewsit has all the amenities to make you more than comfortable and the kitchen is well equippedso it's better to get up at 8am and cook the breakfastbedroom - needs to be equipped with a good standard bedthe place was clean and beautifulthe place was clean and comfortablethe apartment was sparkling clean and we had no issues during our stayits very neat and clean along with all the amenitieswashroom is clean and tidy and dryer available
Host:also ambreen is a wonderful host and helped us with quick responsesambreen is a great host and she welcomed us into her home and made sure we were very comfortableambreen was a great host who responded to all our queries relentlesslyhi everyone i had a very pleasant stay at this place and the host was super quick to responsea big thanks to ambreen for being a great hostRead more reviewsthe location and hospitality is particularly nice at this location - a real gemthe best place about this place is it’s locationthe property is at a really nice location with access to everythingduring my stay:the good : )> nice location & complex close to vagator beachher apartment is beautiful and the location offers some great eating and drinking options
If you’re looking for enough space for the whole family, or work crew, this beautiful villa near Candolim Beach is sure to fit the bill. Part of a complex of villas, you’re part of a community, but still with your own private living space. The villa is capable of housing up to four people, with two bedrooms and three baths, and it also includes two large balconies. Just an eight-minute walk to Sinquerim Beach, this unique property offers seclusion as well as easy proximity to markets, shops, and restaurants. The outdoor swimming pool seals the deal on this Candolim getaway.
Beautiful villa near candolim beach
Just five minutes From Candolim Beach, this luxury suite is a one-bedroom, one-bath unit in the Shivers Oasis complex. With a large flat-screen TV, a work desk, a spacious bed, and an outdoor seating area, Shivers Oasis has everything you need for a successful workation. This is certainly a romantic pick if you’re planning to bring someone special with you on your workation. Enjoy the beautiful garden restaurant onsite, which prides itself on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Or walk to nearby restaurants and pubs in nearby Goa.
Shivers Oasis Delux Luxury Suite 1 (5 Mins From Candolim Beach)
This unique art-themed suite, complete with an indoor swing, is an absolute must-see. Perfect for the visiting artist, this Airbnb Plus comes complete with art supplies to inspire you. The immaculate apartment looks out onto palm trees, and the spacious king bed welcomes you to sleep like a baby each night. The kitchenette has everything you need to feel at home, including an induction stove, mini-fridge, and the essentials for tea and coffee. Up to three guests can comfortably fit in this art-themed suite in Siolim.
Abstract Suite, Art Themed Apt with Forest View & SwingSiolim, Goa, India
Top guest reviewsthe view from the room is picturesquecell reception a bit poor(airtel) but great wi-fi on the premisesthe place is wonderfully decorated and has all the amenities you would need for a comfortable staythe room itself is comfortable sunny and equipped with everything one would need for a comfortable staythe suite is very comfortable and looks exactly like the picturesthe room was very clean and very comfortablethe apartment was really well appointed clean and very spaciousoverall clean quiet spacious and privatevery clean and absolutely the way it looks in the profilerooms are beautiful and sparkling clean
Host:great hospitality from the hostshosts were very thoughtfullovely place lovelier hoststhe host was really helpful and thoughtfulthe staff was very accommodating helpful and diligentRead more reviewsaway from the hustle and still the location works perfectlyamazing place very well locatedit’s at an ideal location in siolim close to all good attractions in goaclose to some great food jointsbeautiful and quiet place away from the city hustle
A glamorous destination
Goa is glamorous yet low-key, and it offers beaches, sunny days, and tropical vibes. If you’re ready to get some fresh air, then a workation in Goa is a perfect idea. Goa is affordable for a range of budgets, and the locals are friendly and ready to welcome visitors back to their verdant locale. With this guide to a workation in Goa, you’re well on your way to make your Goan dream a reality.
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