A Guide To A Workation In Goa, India

A Guide To A Workation In Goa, India
Samantha
Samantha
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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

1. Nature
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.

5. Nightlife
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.

1. Baga Fantacia Beach Inn (from USD 43)

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
Price: from 43 USD

Bridal suite Daily housekeeping Casino Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Nightclub/DJ Massage Ticket service

2. Rishi House (from USD 8)

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.


Rishi House

Address: Beach road khalchawada
Price: from 8 USD

Family rooms Shops (on site) Internet services Car hire Thermometers for guests provided by property Express check-in/check-out Cashless payment available Physical distancing rules followed

3. Shivam Bnb (from USD 9)

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.


Shivam Bnb

Address: Mandrem, Goa
Price: from 9 USD

Parking Invoice provided Family rooms Infinity pool Bar Airport shuttle (additional charge) On-site parking Outdoor pool

4. Gorgeous two-bedroom private apartment (from USD 43)

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 space
Aradi Socorro, Goa, India
14 reviews
Entire house 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
kitchen had all useful amenities
kitchen had all useful amenities
the house is a beautifully done space with air conditioners in all inside rooms
Cleanliness:
extremely clean and very thoughtfully stocked for vacationers
super clean and spot less washroom and so thoughtfully done up every corner of the house
bed could have been a bit more softer but sheets were very clean
Host:
host was very sweet and helpful
host was very sweet and helpful
awesome one the best ever host i have met so far
host are really amazing please go and live the momment there
hosts are very helpful and great in communication and would make your stay in goa more cheerful :)
Location:
walking distance to super markets restaurants
location of house is on main road so found it very safe
just amazing brilliantly done up and just a perfect place to chill relax and have fun
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5. Quinta da Santana luxury villa (from USD 43)

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 1
Margao, Goa, India
125 reviews
Entire villa 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we never used the ac and were comfortable with the fans
i am a fan and would definitely stay here again
the only problm we faved was network connectivity and we had wifi connection so tht was ok
pool attached with this property is very clear and filled with natural water
the amenities wer very comfortable but jus felt they could have invested in better bedding
Cleanliness:
pool was exceptionally clean and beautiful
the place was clean and bed comfortable
the car was clean and functional
the pool is clean and perfect to relax
the pool was very clean
Host:
reena was a lovely caretaker
the host is very helpful and friendly
cristavo is an awesome host and a great person
the host is warm and helpful
and lovely care takers - rina and binay
Location:
it's an amazing place located only minutes away from the main city
the location is very quiet and relaxing
tucked away in the heart of goa right in the centre this place is paradise
it’s a beautiful location and the house is super pretty
in a perfect location not so far off from the city
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6. Studio near Patnem Beach (from USD 33)

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 250m to Patnem beach Wi-Fi backup
Canacona, Goa, India
5 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the red house where we stayed is clean comfortable with a great balcony and front yard
Host:
and the hosts are super nice and helpful
Location:
location wise it's great because patnem beach is just down the road
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7. Artsy holiday home (from USD 41)

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 AC
Vagator, Goa, India
25 reviews
Entire house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it has all the amenities to make you more than comfortable and the kitchen is well equipped
so it's better to get up at 8am and cook the breakfast
bedroom - needs to be equipped with a good standard bed
Cleanliness:
the place was clean and beautiful
the place was clean and comfortable
the apartment was sparkling clean and we had no issues during our stay
its very neat and clean along with all the amenities
washroom is clean and tidy and dryer available
Host:
also ambreen is a wonderful host and helped us with quick responses
ambreen is a great host and she welcomed us into her home and made sure we were very comfortable
ambreen was a great host who responded to all our queries relentlessly
hi everyone i had a very pleasant stay at this place and the host was super quick to response
a big thanks to ambreen for being a great host
Location:
the location and hospitality is particularly nice at this location - a real gem
the best place about this place is it’s location
the property is at a really nice location with access to everything
during my stay:the good : )> nice location & complex close to vagator beach
her apartment is beautiful and the location offers some great eating and drinking options
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8. Villa near Candolim Beach

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
1 review
villa 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

9. Luxury suite in Shivers Oasis

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)
1 review
guest house 11 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Host:
really good room with excellent welcoming staff
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10. Extraordinary art-themed suite (from USD 54)

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 & Swing
Siolim, Goa, India
80 reviews
Entire serviced apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view from the room is picturesque
cell reception a bit poor(airtel) but great wi-fi on the premises
the place is wonderfully decorated and has all the amenities you would need for a comfortable stay
the room itself is comfortable sunny and equipped with everything one would need for a comfortable stay
the suite is very comfortable and looks exactly like the pictures
Cleanliness:
the room was very clean and very comfortable
the apartment was really well appointed clean and very spacious
overall clean quiet spacious and private
very clean and absolutely the way it looks in the profile
rooms are beautiful and sparkling clean
Host:
great hospitality from the hosts
hosts were very thoughtful
lovely place lovelier hosts
the host was really helpful and thoughtful
the staff was very accommodating helpful and diligent
Location:
away from the hustle and still the location works perfectly
amazing place very well located
it’s at an ideal location in siolim close to all good attractions in goa
close to some great food joints
beautiful and quiet place away from the city hustle
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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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Raised in the woods of Northern Wisconsin, adventure pulses through Samantha's veins. Her most notable trips have been a tandem bicycle ride 1,000 miles to New Orleans, surviving malaria in Kenya,...Read more

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