Ahilya Fort’s owner opens a new beach house hotel in Goa

Ahilya by the Sea has eight suites spread across two colonial villas on Coco Beach

In Goa, Richard Holkar, owner of the brilliant 18th-century Ahilya Fort (www.ahilyafort.com; from £370)in Madhya Pradesh, has partnered with a local family to remake their stunning beach house as a counterpoint to the fort’s bucolic inland setting.


Right on Coco Beach, Ahilya by the Sea (www.mahoutuk.com; from £215; pictured), has eight suites spread across two Portuguese-colonial villas, awash with hand-painted tiles, hand‑laid stones and heirloom textiles; crowds are replaced by quiet villages to explore and fisherman to watch in tranquillity from the elegant lap pools abutting the beach wall.