Goa has been high on destination wedding lists for years. Goa weddings have evolved from simple, casual, just-thrown-together ceremonies on the beach to meticulously planned events whether they’re earthy, boho celebrations or opulent, elaborate events.
As a much-desired destination, it can sometimes be a scramble to get a venue in Goa that is perfect for you. Sinéad McManus makes a handy list of five locations, each with a little special something about them, that would be perfect for an intimate ceremony or an absolutely rocking party.
Casa Colvale, Colvale
Distance from the Airport: 1 hour
No of Rooms: 12
Celebration Spaces: The hotel has played host to couples from across the globe who have delighted guests with cocktail parties at the Riverview Bar and rehearsal dinners at the Riverside Restaurant. There’s an added thrill; the groom or bride can arrive at the venue on the hotel’s speedboat! Casa Colvale is perfect for intimate gatherings where the lush lawn can also be transformed into a picturesque reception area.
About the hotel: Casa Colvale is privacy redefined. Hidden away on the still pristine backwaters of the River Chapora in North Goa, you will find beauty and serenity in the sweeping views of lush tropical landscapes, flowing water, magical little islands and an understated and luxurious hospitality. Long lazy days and peaceful nights at this exclusive private resort will determine the rhythm of your holiday.
Marbela Beach Hotel, Morjim
Distance from the Airport: 2 hours
No of Rooms: 23
Celebration Spaces: With dedicated spaces ideal for wedding ceremonies like the mehndi, sangeet, baraat etc, Marbela also offers you the option of having a wedding on the beach and the hotel provides ultra luxury accommodation.
About the hotel: A brushstroke of green lawn, a broad canvas of golden beach and you have the perfect palette for an intimate destination wedding. Whether you want a beach celebration against the sunset or a prayerful ceremony at dawn, this sensational property, with its 6 Spanish villas, 14 luxury tents and 3 master tents will accommodate up to 60 guests. The staff will work with you to create bespoke décor and menus as part of your theme. The hotel even has an in-house Club M to take the party into the wee hours.
Planet Hollywood Goa, Utorda
Distance from the Airport: 25 mins
No of Rooms: 130
Celebration Spaces: If you want to add the glitzy celebrity quotient to your wedding, then Planet Hollywood is for you. Maximus, the outdoor event area, features sand, lawn and wooden decking that can be dressed up or down for formal or casual wedding events. The sea-facing beach lawns are a flawless ‘I do’ backdrop. The hotel also offers additional services including a full bar, valet, catering and specialized wedding cakes
About the hotel: Located 15 kms south of the Goa International Airport, this resort brings Bollywood and Hollywood together in style. Its Cinema Paradiso ballroom accommodates up to 320 guests, with 130 rooms, suites and seasonal tents to enhance the destinationwedding experience.
Mayfair Hideaway Spa Resort, Betul
Distance from the Airport: 1 hour
No of Rooms: 30
Celebration Spaces: This venue is equipped to host 120 guests at an informal setting and more than twice as many with a generous guest list. Its poolside is perfect for a chic cocktail party.
About the hotel: This undiscovered gem, is an accessible 41 kilometres from Goa International Airport but far away enough to be secluded and private. It has 29 rooms and a very quiet, uber luxurious suite for kickstart your honeymoon at your wedding itself!
The Tamarind, Anjuna
Distance from the Airport: 1 hour 20 mins
No of Rooms: 26
Celebration Spaces: An intimate boutique space, pre-wedding dinners are very popular at this hotel. The management offers great flexibility in order to accommodate your dream celebrations.
About the hotel: Right in the heart of Goa’s vibrant Anjuna, an hour away from the international airport, the Tamarind is built to be a cocoon away from the bustle. The exposed stone and wood architecture is meant to evoke a quiet European manor and it is the ideal place to host an intimate, earthy wedding celebration.
Sinéad McManus, a hospitality and spa columnist, has lived and worked in Goa for more than a decade. She consults in media and PR, fashion, lifestyle and high-society entertainment and her passions include health & beauty, travel and fashion. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org