Ahilya by the Sea


  • ​Quiet location away from the crowds
  • Friendly relaxed atmosphere
  • Watch fishermen in the bay
  • Original artworks throughout the hotel
  • Gardens with 2 lap pools
  • Visit historic forts

Open: Ahilya by the Sea first opened in 2015 and is open year round, though the family (who live on site in a separate villa) may occasionally take over 1 or both guest villas. Ahilya by the Sea has a minimum stay requirement of 2 nights. It is owned by experienced hoteliers who also own and run Ahilya Fort.

Location: Ahilya by the Sea is in the village of Nerul, at the east end of Coco Beach on Dolphin (Aguada) Bay. It is one hour's drive north of Goa airport. The hotel is built on the site of the old Portuguese customs houses and overlooks the entrance to Old Goa.

Rooms: There are 7 guest rooms and 2 suites in total, in 4 separate buildings. Sunrise House has 3 en-suite bedrooms, all facing the water, a dining room and shaded terrace. Sunset House has 4 sea-facing bedrooms 2 of which are interconnecting to form a 2-bedroom suite. All have private bathrooms, with showers (no baths). Sunset House also has a family room, dining area, small kitchen and covered veranda. Leela Villa contains the Trinidade Suite which has a queen bed, 2 sea-facing balconies, en-suite bathroom and living room. The tower room, known as Arjun Tower, consists of a small bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and terrace, making cosy accommodation for a couple or a single traveller. All rooms are air conditioned, have ceiling fans, a safe, tea and coffee maker, hair dryer, bathrobes and internet access.

Activities: You can stroll around Nerul village in about 10 minutes which has a lovely old church dating back to 1569, or use the hotel's bikes to explore further afield. The beach resorts of Candolim and Calangute with their shops and restaurants are a short drive away, and Old Goa and its Portuguese colonial heritage, and Panjim the capital city are 15 minutes car journey away. Anjuna flea market can be reached in 40 minutes. There are regular dolphin-spotting boat trips.

Facilities: There is a lounge with a TV, sitting room, dining room and performance room where musical recitals, Fado singing and painting workshops can be arranged. Outside the hotel has verdant gardens leading down to the sea, with a choice of sheltered seating area and 2 swimming pools. Rooms are filled with carvings, pottery and paintings, showing the artistic leanings of the owners.

Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the dining room and at various locations outdoors. There are both table d'hote and a la carte menus, and a range of Indian, Asia and continental food. As a general rule breakfast is from 08:00 to 10:30, lunch 13:00 to 15:00 and dinner 20:30 to 22:00.

Children: Ahilya by the Sea accepts children of all ages. Extra beds can be provided and there are 2 interconnecting rooms which can be used by families. Baby sitting can be arranged.

Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.

Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access and mobile phone coverage.

Notes: Payment - the hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners Club, plus cash in rupees, dollars, sterling and euros. they also take travellers cheques.

Notes: Svatma is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel group.

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Client Rating for India 5/5 from 130 reviews