Most people like to think they know Goa pretty well, after all, it’s the most popular holiday destination in India, but even if you’ve been here 10 times or more, Goa still has so much to offer and holds some secrets for those more intrepid explorers who take the time to get off the tourist trail and explore Goa like a local.

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One of the highlights of visiting Goa is the diversity you find there: there really is something for everyone in Goa. Usually, when planning a holiday, the first thing one does is to book flights and a hotel, but nowadays, Goa has so many different and innovative accommodation options that perhaps it’s time to think beyond hotels and make your next holiday in Goa truly memorable.

There are so many alternative accommodation options in Goa! Now’s a great time to consider something different for your next holiday. From backpacker hostels that are great for young, single travellers looking to make friends and party, to homestays perfect for those looking for authentic and original experiences, and even hiring a private villa or apartment, great for families and large groups who want to feel more at home.

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Here’s 5 reasons not to stay in a hotel next time you visit Goa

Travel together

They say that it’s often the people that make the trip, and travelling is always more fun together. Staying in a private villa or apartment is perfect for families and groups. There’s no more knocking on different hotel rooms to find your friends and family and you can feel at home together and have plenty of space for everyone to socialise together in a relaxed and comfortable homely environment. Renting a villa is also a perfect solution for families with children as you’ll have plenty of room for them to play as well as a kitchen ready to whip up a quick snack.

How about this Classy 3BHK villa with pool that can sleep 12 guests or Charming 6 BHK villa near Calangute

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Feel at home

Who doesn’t dream of being able to live in Goa? Well, if you don’t stay in a hotel and instead rent a villa or an apartment, it’s not hard to pretend for a while that you do live a life of luxury in this cool, coastal state! Plus, renting an apartment or villa normally comes with more facilities, more space and more home comforts than you would normally find in a hotel, certainly not in a budget room. With your own villa, you’ll also enjoy more privacy than you would in a hotel and you have somewhere not just to sleep and shower but also a place where you can really kick back, socialise, relax and treat it like a home away from home.

How about this Luxurious 3BHK villa with pool in Arpora village or Gorgeous 4 BHK villa with pool in Cavelossim

Have a unique experience

Travel is all about searching out real, authentic, unique and meaningful experiences and staying in a homestay or villa gives you so many more opportunities to meet local people and to explore a different side to a popular destination. After all, who wants to have the same holiday and the same photos as everyone else?  Dare to be a bit different!

How about this Super stylish 4 BHK villa with pool in Nerul or Portuguese style 2BHK villa near Calangute beach

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Get off the tourist trail

For many people a holiday to Goa is all about beaches, parties, shopping and eating but there’s so much more to Goa and if you stay in an alternate accommodation, a little off the beaten track, you can explore and discover another more laid back, local side to Goa that not many tourists are lucky enough to experience.

How about this Chic 2BHK Apartment with pool overlooking Chapora Temple or Stylish 2 BHK villa in Morjim

Make your money go further

Staying in a villa is not as expensive as you might think and can actually be amazingly cost-effective when compared to booking a hotel room. It’s especially affordable if you split the cost between the group. You might even find that you’re saving money by not staying in a hotel, you can also use the kitchen to make food and save money on eating out and the more people you can get to come along with you, the cheaper (and more fun) it’ll be!

How About: Colva Abode 1 BHK with swimming pool for only Rs 1,000 per night! Or Pretty Apartment in Calangute that sleeps 4 for only Rs 1,440 per night!

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So what are you waiting for? Why not try a villa to make your next Goa holiday extra special, now finding cool alternative accommodation has never been easier with Rightstay’s huge collection of unique villas, apartments, homestays, cottages and bungalows.