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When I planned to join my partner Matt on his work trip to Hyderabad – central India – I had a feeling three weeks without seeing sea would make me nervous. I was also determined to squeeze in a little luxury. So I set about finding a weekend getaway.

Meet Ahilya by the Sea – Goas most unique boutique hotel

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FURNITURE AND ART HAND-PICKED BY THE OWNER FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

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THE VIEW ‘UP’ AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE VIEW OUT

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A GARDEN BRIMMING WITH LUSHNESS

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SERVICE AS PERSONAL AS THE SETTING

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THE DAILY BREAD

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DOLPHIN BAY AND HER FISHERMEN PROVIDING FOR THE LOCALS

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SIT BACK WITH A BOOK AND SOAK IT ALL IN

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When I planned to join my partner Matt on his work trip to Hyderabad – central India – I had a feeling three weeks without seeing sea would make me nervous. I was also determined to squeeze in a little luxury. So I set about finding a weekend getaway.

Lucky for me, the laid back state of Goa in Western India, is a two hour plane ride from Hyderabad – we could fly on Thursday after work and be back for 7am Tuesday morning. I won’t go into how complicated it was to book return flights from Hyderabad to Goa, while sitting at a computer in New Zealand… let’s just say it took some perseverance. But I had a hunch it would be well worth it… and it sure was.

After 24 hours in Hyderabad – Indias major city for technology, the same physical size of Auckland with a population of 7 million – I was gagging to get out. My partner Matt was also ready for a reboot, thanks to his long work days and coffee withdrawal headaches. All he knew was that I was taking him to Goa for the weekend… what he didn’t know was that thanks to my trusty India-wise travel planner – Fiona Caulfield – I had booked us in to Ahilya by the Sea – a new boutique property hot listed by Conde Nast Traveller : )

From the moment we were welcomed by our driver I was in holiday heaven. Ahilya by the Sea is true paradise. Privately tucked under a hill above Dolphin Bay, it was originally built and fitted out as a private residence, then later transformed into a  boutique hotel. Every piece of furniture and art is part of the owners personal collection, handpicked on her many travels around the world. The care and detail is ever-present, inside and out. It’s like staying inside a spread of Vogue Living magazine.

For an eclectic, history-loving, interiors fan this place could not get any better. I had walls to photograph, gardens to sketch, a library to read and view to soak in. The service was as personal as the setting. The food as colourful as the fishing boats. And after a weekend of private candlelit dinners, infinity pool swims and gazing from our Juliet balcony Matt and I had so much romance we felt like we’d been on a honeymoon.

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