The Cape Goa

Cabo De Rama, Majorda & South Goa, India Book from Book from £153 per night

Intimate clifftop hideaway above a secluded cove, with luxe thatched cottages and sea-view Jacuzzis, in untouched southern Goa
Perched above a pristine curve of golden sand, there’s an air of Bond villain’s lair about The Cape Goa. Its 9 guest cottages are built into the side of a cliff, with teak walls and rustic thatched roofs that blend into the surrounding palms. But step inside and you’ll find things are rather more indulgent: huge beds, spectacular indoor-outdoor bathrooms fronted by walls of glass, and private sun decks with alfresco hot tubs. Half gaze out over open ocean; the other half have butler service instead.

Designed squarely for romance and relaxation, The Cape offers a change in tempo from modern life. Think barefoot strolls along the beach, Ayurvedic massages on your deck, and evenings spent lingering over cocktails, seafood and spectacular sunsets in the open-sided restaurant. The town of Agonda is only 30 minutes away if you fancy boat trips and a bit of nightlife (scooters and taxis can be arranged), and some of Goa's loveliest beaches are nearby, but really there’s little incentive to leave. We can think of few better places to steal away with someone special - and what's more, it doesn't cost the earth.

Highs

  • The hotel's virtually private beach is beautiful and near-deserted – a rarity in Goa
  • Just 9 cottages so the vibe remains intimate and laid-back
  • Heavenly decks, all with private alfresco Jacuzzis and uninterrupted ocean vistas
  • Delicious Indian food, along with an extensive selection of cocktails
  • Manager John is an utter delight and will go out of his way to make your stay special

Lows

  • Not ideal for kids (it's very much a couples' retreat), though they are accepted
  • No pool, though the ocean is only steps away
  • We found service in the restaurant a little slow
  • A fairly strict payment and cancellation policy, plus a 7-night minimum stay in peak season

Best time to go

October to March is the best time to visit Goa, with the most pleasant weather in December and January. This is also when the region is at its busiest, but The Cape, located in the sleepy south, isn't affected by the crowds. June to September is the monsoon season, with high humidity and sudden downpours, but the resort stays open year-round and prices tend to be much lower during these months.

Our top tips

This is the perfect place to unwind and do very little, so bring plenty of books to work your way through on your lounger. We'd also recommend packing something a little sturdier than flip-flops for the descent down the steps to the beach, though the sand is powder-soft once you get there.

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Resort
  • 9
  • Restaurant & bar (open daily)
  • Welcome but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
Room:

Rooms

Balinese in style, with thatched roofs and cavernous beamed ceilings, the 9 cottages are quietly luxurious. The furniture mostly consists of antique-style pieces in polished teak, but colour-pop walls, tiled floors and sliding glass doors prevent the interiors from feeling too dark. Beds are enormous, and you also get a sofa and daybed to lounge on; there's even a TV with Netflix. Bathrooms are huge, with swathes of exposed rock, pebble inlays, trailing plants, floor-to-ceiling windows (there are blinds to pull down if you want privacy!), rain showers, and sections open to the sky.

But the star feature lies outside: a private sun deck, complete with loungers, a parasol, a sitting area and a sunken Jacuzzi tub. Choose a Luxury Cottage if you want sea views; a Superior Luxury Cottage, Grand Cottage or Superior Grand Cottage if you'd prefer more space and butler service.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee / tea making
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Jacuzzi
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

The breezy, open-sided restaurant is a lovely spot to while away the golden hours as afternoon slips into evening. The menu covers an extensive selection of southern and northern Indian cuisine, and there’s plenty of fresh seafood on offer. My Goan fish curry was a highlight, and the smoky vegetable tikkas were simple yet perfectly executed. There are also salads and sandwiches if you want something lighter for lunch – we liked the look of tofu and sesame, and blue cheese with rocket and onion marmalade. Service can be slow, but that just provides an excuse to work your way through the lengthy cocktail list while you wait.

Breakfast (included in the rates and taken on your deck if you prefer) is a cut above the usual spread and includes the likes of cinnamon bananas, eggs Royale and pancake stacks with toasted cashew nuts and maple syrup. Those after a healthier start can choose seasonal fruit, homemade muesli and porridge.

If you fancy a change of scene then ask staff to arrange a taxi to Agonda Beach (30 minutes away), which has a sprinkling of bars and restaurants.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Follow the steps down the cliff to the idyllic cove for a morning swim, an afternoon of sunbathing or a sunset stroll. Beach towels are provided, and there's an honesty bar by the sand
  • Bubble away in your hot tub and gaze out to sea; you might spot eagles or dolphins
  • Book an Ayurvedic massage on your sun deck with your choice of oils (everything from coconut to mustard!)
  • Wander the ramparts of Cabo de Rama Fort, just over a kilometre away, and admire the views along the coast
  • Hire a scooter and head to Agonda Beach for dolphin- and turtle-spotting boat trips, market stalls and yoga classes
  • Take a tour of Tanshikar Spice Farm (1 hour away), an organic, family-run estate where you can find out about Goan spices and learn to cook traditional dishes
  • Or visit the almost-deserted Galgibaga Beach and tuck into a simple local lunch of crab masala

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Historical sites
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being
  • Wildlife
  • Yoga

Kids

While the ambiance is quite couply, children are welcomed, and the cottages can sleep up to 4 using 1 or 2 extra beds (or baby cots).

The boulders, the waves, the cottages' balconies and Jacuzzis mean that it's not great for toddlers though.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Kid Friendly:

Location

The Cape Goa sits above a secluded cove near the village of Cabo de Rama in southern Goa. It's 30 minutes from Agonda, an hour and a half from the airport, and miles from the crowds.

By Air:
Dabolim International (50km away) is Goa's main airport, with flights from other Indian cities, Europe and beyond - click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
The hotel offers transfers, which are free one-way for guests staying 3 nights (the minimum stay), and free in both directions for those staying 7 nights or more.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Goa and getting around

Airports:

  • Dabolim International 50.0 km GOI

Other:

  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 15.0 km
  • Restaurant 15.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
10/10
Overall

Just wow! Do stay here if you want some unadulterated bliss! Our ONLY disappointment was that a recent cyclone had washed the beach away and they have to wait for the sand to re-appear, but forces of nature are beyond anyone's control!. There's another BEAUTIFUL beach nearby (5-10 minutes walk) which has to rank as one of my all time favourites anywhere in the world. On the downside the locals dispose of rubbish nearby as they see fit.

10/10,

The hotel is located in such a way that you see a little piece of heaven on Earth, being there is seeing it... I recommend if you can to book an upper class apartment (nothing wrong with a basic room as you have a view to the bay) which gives the added value we were looking for: bigger, more space and this bed... cannot even describe it... amazing size and astonishing view looking out to sea and palm trees (breathtaking). Some people make a difference during your stay (I guess it is always like that): thank you Kushal (the manager) for making our stay unforgettable, Vaibhav (the butler) for your more than excellent care, Ganesh (bartender) always smiling and making people at home (that is what good service is about) and knowing in the end what people need, Shanki (bartender) doing more than his best to please us during our stay and last but not least Paxio (our driver)... I know the full story about you Paxio and I must tell you it is amazing that you are still driving around with people and taking care of them (you would be an excellent guide). The setting makes it special and not in the least the people who work their asses off to provide you an unforgettable stay at their place. Thank you all and see you back at The Cape Goa (can't wait for it).

10/10,

Spectacular location away from hustle & bustle of other Goan resorts. Visits to other places require hiring a taxi or a scooter and staff are happy to help.
The food is generally good but for more variety with a view of sea & sunset, the Red Crab (100 yards from The Cape Goa) is well worth a visit. The expansion in the number of huts to more than double the present number will put considerable pressure on the very small beach and affect the ambience of the hideaway

9/10,

Unmatched ambiance. Truly one of a kind experience staying at this place. Not only the room, but even the washroom having a view that's unbeatable. However, the room in which we stayed in was the closest to the restaurant kitchen and we could hear the staff all the time. They should do something about this. Although the view of the ocean was slightly blocked by the other villas down below, our Villa was the one with the most privacy. Excellent staff. Pleasant stay. Mind blowing view of the ocean coupled with privacy.

8/10,

Rachesh the chef cooked fabulous seafood and made our stay extra special. Clinging to a cliff over looking the Arabian Sea. Peace, escapism, and waves. What more does one need? A place to truly chillax.

10/10,

Gosh this is a fabulous place to stay. Complete isolation, luxury and all within the surrounds of Nature at her best. We really loved staying here. The general aesthetic was stunning - the resort is placed literally over the edge of a cliff, and the ocean is so accessible. There is nothing like finishing off the day soaking in a spa on your own veranda. The staff were wonderful, and the food was great. Thanks.

10/10,

We visited The Cape Goa as a final stop on a two week holiday around northern India. Immediately on walking down the steps into the hotel we were blown away. The views are out of this world, the service excellent and the rooms are beautifully furnished. It far surpassed our expectations on all counts and we had a truly wonderful few days.

10/10,

Very very nice place. Stunning view over the sea - saw dolphins in the bay... good place for really relaxing and doing nothing the whole day. Beautiful rooms and own terrace, open-air bathroom. Can only recommend.

10/10,

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