The Cape Goa

Cabo De Rama South Goa & Gokarna, India Book from Book from £132 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.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.


  • 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


  • Recent feedback notes the sandy beach can be washed away after heavy storms - but this returns quickly in calm weather.
  • 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...

Cheap & Chic
  • 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


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


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


  • 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


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:


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 can arrange transfers at additional cost.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Goa and getting around


  • Dabolim International 50.0 km GOI


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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests


The Cape Goa outlived all expectations - it is definitely a hidden gem. It is perched on a palm covered cliff with steps down to a secret beach with lunar like rocks and squeaky clean sands. The Staff at Cape Goa could not do enough for us even if it meant bringing cocktails down the steps to the beach, cooking delicious lunches and dinners and making sure we were looked after in every way possible. Our room was beautiful with Arabian Sea views, wonderful sunsets and monkeys looking down from the palm trees. What a way to spend Christmas and New Year - we will definitely be back. This place is made really special by the amazing staff.


Just got back from the cape Goa fantastic holiday and great food and beer great villa fantastic beach and view and staff were great couldn’t do enough for you and taxi service is great.


The Cape Goa review on i-escape is pretty enticing, but really can't get close to portraying the overwhelming charm and beauty of this place. We spent 12 heavenly nights in a Superior Grand Villa with the worlds biggest bed, 2 AC units and 3 floor-standing fans, private terrace and a massive open air bathroom with a magnificent view of the sea. The staff could not do enough to help in every single way from arranging the airport pick-up to preparing off-menu Goan specialties for dinner. The food was wonderful too, especially the whole fish cooked in the Tandoor and massive freshly caught crab. Can't recommend this hotel highly enough and we're already planning another trip next year.


We liked the position/view. We had to move villa as the first one we were shown was too close to restaurant/bar. Limited menu choices for vegetarians. Beach below rooms only appears at very low tides.


The setting of these beach cabanas is stunning. The cabanas are simple, comfortable and clean. The outdoor bathroom with cliff walls was cool. The massages were fantastic and the guy teaches yoga too. Every day we had to ask for our bed to be made. Daily room cleaning without asking would be an improvement. The service in the restaurant was friendly but always slow. One morning there was no coffee for breakfast. Having said all that the food we had was good. The staff were all friendly and helpful, but with a bit more training they could provide a really good service and be worthy of their location.


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.


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).


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