“Intimate clifftop hideaway above a secluded cove, with luxe thatched cottages and sea-view Jacuzzis, in untouched southern Goa”
Brand-new in 2017 and 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.
- The hotel's virtually private beach is beautiful and near-deserted – a rarity in Goa
- Just 4 cottages (possibly rising to 8 or 10 but not more), 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
- Further huts are currently being added nearby, but we have been assured construction noise is kept to a minimum.
- 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
Our top tips
- Boutique Resort
- Restaurant & bar (open daily)
- Welcome but not ideal
- Closed: 12 Jun 2018 - 12 Sep 2018
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
Balinese in style, with thatched roofs and cavernous beamed ceilings, the 4 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, though we doubt you'd choose this over the view. 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.
The cottages are identical in looks and layout, but for ultimate seclusion and the best views we’d recommend 3 and 4, which are closest to the beach. Cottage 1 is nearer the restaurant, and noise from the kitchen can travel.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- DVD player
- Mosquito net
- Safe box
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.
- Coffee / tea making
- 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
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
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.
Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available