Ahilya By The Sea, Goa
One of Goa's best-kept secrets, 'Elsewhere' lies on an idyllic spit of land separated by a salt-water creek. Located in the north of the state, drive past the busy market towns, fishing hamlets and paddy fields until you arrive at a plateau with sweeping ocean views. Here you will find the last remote corner of Goa. Almost an island unto itself it offers simple yet stylish accommodation across old colonial houses and charming colourful tents. Due to the creek it is difficult to reach unless you are of course a guest, resulting in an almost private stretch of champagne hued sand all to yourself.
Dating back to 1886 when the land was purchased by Anjelo Zeferino Sequeira this piece of land has been well preserved still remains in the family today. The original dwellings are still very much in evidence in the simple yet sumptuous beach houses with names such as The Captains House and Priests House. This remote corner of Goa offers a rare moment of tranquillity away from the bustle of the mainland. This property focuses on pure escapism with an excellent team of staff to take care of you. A nature lovers dream you will find an abundance of bird life, river life including the otters that next upstream from the tents, not to mention the marine turtles that still come to hatch on the beach every year.
Simple yet elegant, both the Captains House and the Priest House are brightly hued 3-bedroom colonial style houses, with each bedroom opening onto a sea-facing terrace. The smaller Bakery sleeps 2 – 4 and opens directly out on the beach, and can be rented out as two individual rooms whereas The Pippery is a two-bed house that can only be rented out in its entirety. In addition, three candy-coloured simple tents sit on the water’s edge.
Meals are served daily under a tented canopy amongst the greenery and coconut palms. There is an extensive menu and a very well stocked bar. Yoga is available on request and there is even a local surf school nearby should you wish to try.