If the urge to escape to the ends of the earth strikes you, visit Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel. Once an armed fortress that belonged to the Portuguese, Fort Tiracol is now content to spend the rest of its days on a cliff enjoying the kaleidoscopic view of the Arabian Sea and the spectacular estuary of the Tiracol River.
It exists in its own space and time on the northernmost tip of Goa. Swap the delights of a casino for a catnap on a secluded beach. Trade your dancing shoes for a chance to feel the sand in your feet. Befriend the ocean. Take the fort's private boats and go coast cruising or dolphin sighting. Or, sign up for Yoga lessons and Ayurvedic massages. Those who decide to simply unwind will find their days are just packed with sun worship, great food and wine.
The Tiracol Fort Heritage Hotel is an hour and forty minute drive from Goa, Dabolim Airport. The road all along is good, interesting and picturesque. Drive through many Goan villages, along the beaches of Morjim, Ashvem and Arambol and reach the jetty at Kerim beach. A ferry takes you and the car across the river. Then it's less than a five minute drive up a hill to an abode of peace and quiet, good view, good food and good sleep.
Set foot in its charming courtyard simply dressed in ochre yellow, and you will be taken aback by the charming 17th century church standing there bang in the middle, serenely in a white coat of paint.
Undoubtedly one of Tiracol’s strength is the simple fact that you are staying in a former defense fort in splendid isolation. There's a palpable sense of history all around - added to this is all the essential comfort one expects today. The fort's elevated position and the views it affords from the ramparts are quite something else. Sitting on the top verandah, or on one of the rooms' private balconies, gulping the clean air and panoramic seascapes is a sublime experience.
Watch a million stars and an elusive moon performs for you while you dine by candlelight; Al Fresco in the open air restaurant. The mood is casual while the service as always is impeccable.