6 Modern Oases in Goa, India

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With bohemian flair, an exuberant nightlife, and a fascinating blend of Portuguese and Indian influence, India’s resplendent resort state of Goa has long served as a popular vacation destination amongst travelers in the know. These days, rustic yoga retreats are as commonplace as five-star hotels, and the call of the coast is transforming an ever-growing list of former tourists into expats seeking to cultivate a lifestyle of wellness and relaxation. With ample expanses of golden sandy beaches, the smallest state in the subcontinent offers no shortage of captivating coastal homes.

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Nestled amongst lush tropical greenery sits this modern, glass-covered oasis. A short jaunt from the dreamy beaches of North Goa, this revered Tarun Tahiliani villa draws in the stunning surrounding forest canopy with floor-to-ceiling windows spanning multiple levels. The estate offers indoor-outdoor entertaining at its best with a designer kitchen, 3,000-square-foot private garden, pool, and custom-built sunken entertaining space, making it an ideal spot to host an extended beach vacation.

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Known as the Valley of Flowers or the Flower Village, Assagao is one of the most sought-after residential areas in North Goa. Situated next to an expansive agricultural belt, the views are one of this property’s primary calling cards. Seek higher consciousness as you take in the breathtaking natural surroundings on the upper balcony, overlooking the magnificent tropical green expanse of neighboring coconut plantations. With sandy Anjuna and Vagator beaches a short drive from your front door, your average day might include a post-beach afternoon drift in the infinity pool before entertaining special guests in the sky garden courtyard.

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Couples who enjoy an active social life but prefer to nest away from the center of it all can seek sanctuary in this sheltered coastal hideaway. The villa enjoys close proximity to the string of vibrant shops, restaurants, and nightlife hotspots of Candolim, Calangute, and Baga —a thriving entertainment scene to the west—yet feels worlds away from this bustling strip, with a private pathway leading up to the home and sizeable secluded garden. With a pool, jacuzzi, and three spacious bedrooms spread across 3,035 square feet of interior living space, this oasis is ideal for couples looking to host an intimate group of friends.

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What better way to experience the state’s world-famous sunsets than from the balcony of your private terrace? Perched near the shores of the Bogmalo beach, every detail of this waterfront villa is designed to take advantage of the stunning surrounding seascape. Furnished in elegant neutrals and natural fibres, imported marble and wooden floors cover three generous and well-appointed bedrooms. The pièce de résistance is an onsite spa with private massage and steam rooms.

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Gaze out across the endless blue of the Arabian Sea from the privileged vantage point of this luxury bungalow, sitting pretty atop a hill more than 117 feet above sea level. Enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views from wide picture windows in this five-bedroom, six-bathroom gem that is built up to span 8,000 square feet. Warm earth tones afford this home a tranquil atmosphere, while clean lines mingle with old-world charm. Hidden away from busy tourist areas, this sophisticated bungalow offers an elevated take on laid-back resort living.

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Quietly tucked away on a slope in the peaceful Assagao valley, this extraordinary four-bedroom, five-bathroom estate is brushed by the lush flora of the comunidade jungle on all sides. This serene property features tiled roofs, large bay windows, and plenty of patio space for entertaining. Bask in the glorious views from the hammock on the upper balcony as you doze off to the lullaby of tropical songbirds—a nap might just become your new favorite afternoon pastime.

Don’t let its diminutive size fool you—when it comes to the best in coastal living, it’s India’s tiniest state that makes the biggest splash. With miles of scenic coastline at your front door, once you’ve settled in to the relaxed resort lifestyle in Goa, you’ll discover that life really can be a day at the beach.