Fort Tiracol, Tiracol: It may once have been an armed fortress, but Fort Tiracol now gives guests a warm welcome. Set on a cliff with views across the Arabian Sea and the Tiracol estuary, the seven roomsare decorated in keeping with the location with dark wood furniture, white walls and marigold-coloured fabrics. If the picture wasn't serene enough already, there’s an ayurvedic massage centre to relax in, yoga classes to be had and picnics to be enjoyed on the surrounding beaches. Fort Tiracol, Tiracol, Pernem (00 91 83 222 76 793; forttiracol.com). Doubles start at €130, half board.