Ahilya by the Sea, Dolphin Bay, Goa

Actually, the family live next door. Which may well account for the sensation that, after a couple of days, you feel less like you’re staying in a hotel and more like you’re living in your own, beachside home. Ahilya by the Sea is built on the grounds of the old Portuguese Customs House and now comprises a pair of villas that offer superb views over the mouth of Old Goa’s seaway, as well as interestingly individual accommodations.

Choose to stay in the Arjun Tower as part of your luxury, tailor-made vacation to Goa and you will find yourself in a suite that almost feels like it’s a treehouse – the tower is wrapped in the dense green leaves of an ancient banyan tree that stands on the beachfront.

Ahilya by the Sea, at a glance

  • Superb, family-style, boutique hotel on Dolphin Bay’s Coco Beach
  • Just one hour from the airport
  • Choice of just eight exclusive rooms arranged over two separate villas – Sunrise House and Sunset House
  • All have en suite or private bathrooms and gaspingly wonderful views of the sea entrance to Old Goa
  • One upstairs room has its own terrace
  • Arjun’s Tower in Sunrise House features a suite with double bedroom, en suite, sitting room and large terrace
  • Art works and rooms done by painter Antonio Xavier Trindade – the owners’ grandfather
  • Choice of al fresco or inside dining

For leisure and pleasure

  • Two lap pools; one set in lush gardens, the other giving infinity edge views over the sea
  • Shady verandas for relaxing
  • Music room for live concerts and Fado singing  
  • Painting workshops
  • Fishing for delicious pomfret and kingfish
  • Dolphin watching
  • Easy access to Calangute, Candolim and Baga beaches
  • Close to the Reis-Magot Fort and picturesque Nerul town with it 16th century church
  • Local markets – including the famous Anjuna Flea Market are a short drive away
  • Ayesha was patient and informative. Her skills became even more apparent on the vacation - such as the order of the hotels, which were each perfect for that moment.

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    S and RD, Bhutan, 2015