Ahilya by the Sea
787, Nerul - Reis Margos Rd, Nerul, Goa 403109, India
Photo courtesy of Ahilya by the Sea
Ahilya by the SeaSet on a private patch of lush jungle overlooking the sea, complete with a small plunge pool, an infinity pool with ocean views, and a little stretch of quiet seaside below, this cozy boutique hotel that opened in 2015 is a familial but ever-so-elegant alternative to Goa’s larger luxury beach resorts. Accommodations are spread across three villas, and travelers have the option of booking a room or renting out an entire building. There’s also a room in Arjun's Tree Tower, which has views out onto a neighboring banyan tree that give it a tree-house vibe as well as its own intimate spa. Rooms are individually decorated with an eclectic mix of art collected by the proprietors over the years, while each villa has its own equally art-filled living room along with a private veranda. Because of their individual style and character, each villa here feels like the private home of a friend (albeit an affluent friend with a penchant for art).