Titlie, an alluring newcomer in Goa, is perched on the Vagator cliffside with its terrace bar offering panoramic 180 degree views of the Ozran beach. “Why Titlie? Because no other name was as symbolic as the metamorphosis Goa goes through from being a beach bum’s lazy lounging spot through the day to becoming a chic, clubbing destination after the sunset hours,” says Tarun Sibal, the head chef and co-owner of the fashion-forward tapas bar. The interiors are done by designer Shweta Kaushik of SK.ID.
Titlie’s design is uncomplicated: there’s an elevated, canopied main dining area, an al fresco seating arrangement across the beach and a dance floor next to a DJ console. “We created a green path beginning at the entrance through the terraced areas breaking up the spaces into two essential parts: a covered gazebo with a diner with an outdoor area overlooking the horizon. This was further divided into cosy little nooks separated by raised areas and landscaped mounds to create a lovely, intimate beach garden,” Kaushik says.
“We wanted the space to be Goan at heart and the same to be extended to the material palette as well—local reeds and canes for the lounge furniture, chatai from the local markets for a relaxed beach vibe, laterite stone which was set in situ in the main gazebo complete the space,” Kaushik explains. Other Indian stones like tandoor, Jaisalmer and Kota are set in a broken mosaic situ floor in the outdoor areas, with durable materials like mild steel to create the structures, with Mangalorean roofing tiles and reed canopies as they don’t get weathered by the Goan salinity.
“The enclosed, elevated gazebo space will still operate during the monsoons but we didn’t want to alienate it from the rest of the open areas. Goa has a unique charm altogether during the rains that attracts a different niche of travellers,” Kaushik says, on the bohemian spirit of the state that has evolved to a year-round tourist destination.