Deep in the lush hillside in the heart of tropical Havelock Island, adjacent to the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, this concept-driven hotel aims to merge the charms of private villas with the comforts of boutique hotels. The result is a welcoming experience that affords abundant privacy, while still retaining the service and staffing expected of a small hotel. Each room and suite at Jalakara is uniquely designed, but what they share in common is the sense of calm they instill and the spectacular views they offer. There are no televisions or Wi-Fi routers to speak of in the rooms, as the hotel hopes that guests will instead connect with nature, fellow travelers and themselves. Jalakara’s central gathering point is the terrace-ringed infinity pool, located beside the hotel’s bar and restaurant. The carefully crafted dinner menu lists Indian-inspired dishes, along with a few other Asian and British elements. Breakfast is complimentary and lunch can be enjoyed on the pool terrace. There is a small spa on site and the hotel offers yoga lessons as well. Beyond the hotel, guests can explore Havelock – and any of its beaches – by bike, scooter, or on foot. Snorkeling and diving expeditions can also be arranged, as can fishing and boating trips.
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This room for two is located on the first floor of Jalakara's tower, but stairs within the room lead to a private roof garden, complete with a double sun lounger and a 360-degree panoramic view of the forest. The sea and distant islands are even visible from this rooftop garden. The bedroom is appointed with a king-size bed, and the en-suite bathroom has a shower that looks out across the jungle. The room is kept cool by air conditioning and a fan, and complimentary tea, coffee, and water are available in the main villa courtyard.
Located on the roof above the main pavilion, this teak-accentuated space with glass-panelled walls, polished concrete floors, and sheer cotton sari curtains is accessible via a private staircase. There is an outdoor balcony that overlooks the main villa lily pond, and guests can enjoy more views of the jungle beyond, afforded from within the ensuite bathroom. The room is kept cool by air conditioning and a fan, and complimentary tea, coffee, and water are available in the main villa courtyard.
This secluded room on the ground floor of Jalakara's "tower" can accommodate two guests. Glass screen doors open directly onto a private veranda and a garden, complete with lily pond and deck chairs. The bedroom can be appointed with either a king or three twin beds, and the ensuite bathroom has a shower with views of the jungle. The room is kept cool by air conditioning and a fan, and complimentary tea, coffee, and water are available in the main villa courtyard.
Accommodating up to four with some combination of two singles, two twins, or one super king-size bed, this contemporary space has sweeping block-printed curtains and a mezzanine daybed. It boasts an extra-high ceiling and a private veranda with a hammock and armchairs, which looks to the west across miles of rainforest. The room has ceiling fans installed, and optional air conditioning can be provided upon request. The ensuite bathroom comes complete with a shower, and occupants enjoy private access to the swimming pool bar, dining area and spa. Complimentary tea, coffee, and water are available in the private veranda pantry counter, which comes complete with a mini bar. This suite is a good choice for families on vacation.
This suite has double-height ceilings and the ability to accommodate four with one king-size or two twin beds. The contemporary space is decorated with antique vintage Indian furniture and art prints. Its glass screen doors open onto a private veranda with armchairs that looks west across miles of untouched rainforest, offering glimpses of the sea. The room has an overhead fan and optional air conditioning, while the bathroom is fitted with a shower. Guests enjoy private access to the swimming pool, the spa and yoga deck. Complimentary tea, coffee, and water are available in the private veranda pantry counter, which comes complete with a mini bar.
This contemporary space with antique colonial-era furniture is appointed with a queen-size bed and can accommodate up to three people. Glass screen doors open onto a secluded private garden with a lily pond, daybed pavilion, and stunning views of the rainforest. The bedroom has ceiling fans and optional air conditioning if desired, and the bathroom features an open-to-sky shower and an al-fresco bathtub. Complimentary tea, coffee and water are available in the private veranda pantry counter, which comes complete with a mini bar.
This private villa can accommodate up to three people, featuring a living area with a private kitchen and a lounge that opens up to the bedroom with a super-king-sized bed. The temperature is regulated by ceiling fans, and the loft-like villa exudes calm with its neutral color pallet and woven teak walls. In the bedroom, there is a large bathroom with a shower and an oversized tub, and there is also a dry sand garden and a private yoga deck complete with a copper infinity plunge pool, sun loungers and a double hammock. Complimentary coffee and water are provided in the kitchen area.
Jalakara has a lawn court that can be used for games of badminton and boules.
The resort has a high-definition film projector and screen that can be set up for guests interested in enjoying a movie. There is a small library of films available to choose from.
Jalakara's small spa is managed by a highly-trained wellness manager. A number of treatments are available, such as the signature three senses massage, a therapeutic deep tissue massage, a traditional Swedish massage and a reflexology foot massage. There is also a short menu of organic spa treatments. Reserve in advance.
Lined with Italian mosaic tiles and Indian granite, the hotel's infinity pool overlooks the virgin rainforest. It has a French filtration system, which combines ozone with low-level chlorine to keep the water clean. There is also a sound system in the pool area that guests may link to for playing music.
Join in morning group classes, which run daily, or opt for a bespoke private class with the resort's yoga instructor. Your class can take place in your room, on the beach, or deep in the rainforest.
The dinner menu is inspired by the Andaman Islands and the region's fresh seafood, infused with British and Asian elements. Think spiny lobster platter with nimbu hollandaise and sugar-cured tiger prawns. Breakfast comes complimentary and includes a selection of cooked-to-order main dishes and freshly-cut tropical fruit paired with house-baked bread and freshly ground coffee. Alcohol is also served at Jalakara, which is rather unique to the Andaman Islands – though please note the selection is limited. Beer, wine, and spirits are available, along with a simple cocktail list. Lunch can be enjoyed informally around the pool; choose from a thali and a light menu of salads, wraps, sandwiches, soup, and sharing plates
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