Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans
This long-anticipated luxury resort destination is set on Havelock Island in the Andaman Sea and covers 46 acres of property. It is the first luxury beach resort to grace this tropical collection of picturesque islands, and it was created with the utmost care for the environment. Not a single tree was felled during construction, and an on-site bottling plant was erected to prevent the use of plastic bottles and to cement the resort’s status as eco-friendly. Fringed by a strip of mangroves and a river, the resort gloriously opens up to the famed Radhanagar Beach. Pristine beaches lie before guests while wildlife sanctuaries and ancient tribal sites await them inland. In terms of accommodations, the resort boasts 50 modern villas on stilts. These villas are inspired by Jarawa tribe dwellings and are luxuriously appointed with king-size beds and comfortable furnishings. The five-fixture bathrooms are fitted with rain showers and bathtubs, and decks receive an abundance of sunshine. As for dining, there are three restaurants that offer an array of gourmet regional and international dishes, and there is also a pool bar serving guests lounging around the Olympic-size infinity pool. The spa is exceptional with an array of treatments that range from Ayurveda therapies to aromatherapies. A 24-hour fitness center is on-site; yoga classes are offered in the mornings, and guests are encouraged to get away from the resort to kayak, scuba dive, hike, and snorkel. There is plenty of fascinating wildlife and enchanting ecology to see nearby, and the resort’s staff is more than happy to help guests discover it.
Why We Love This Hotel
Sustainability: Despite the size of the property, tremendous effort was put into ensuring environmental sustainability, and as a result not a single tree was felled during construction.
Location: From mangroves, to coral reefs, to the pristine beach, moving around Havelock Island is to move from one picture-perfect landscape to the next, and there is always more to see.
Luxury: The villas are expertly appointed, the spa is the essence of indulgence, and meals are gourmet, making for the perfect conditions to relax and enjoy the incredible sunshine of the Andaman Sea.
- Andaman And Nicobar Islands, India
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- Fitness Center
- Outdoor Pool
Air-conditioned villas on stilts inspired by the dwellings of the Jarawa tribe have semi-circular thatched roofs and blend in with the environment as they hug the ground.
Covering 1,580 square feet, these rooms are appointed with king-size beds, and a full-length vanity area is flanked by walk-in closets with spacious bathrooms that are fitted with rain showers and bathtubs. The glass channel in the bathroom looks out across the verdant canopy of trees outside. Interior spaces are modern and minimalist, infused with artwork and amenities inspired by the sea. Atop the outdoor deck are chairs and beds where guests can have a leisurely soak in the sun.
The resort is equipped with a number of facilities that range from the obligatory boutique spa to a state-of-the-art fitness center. There is an Olympic-size pool for swimming or lounging, and yoga classes are held beside it in the morning. Additionally, a number of water and land excursions can be organized that range from kayaking among the mangroves to scuba diving along rich coral reef ecosystems. Scuba diving, bird watching, and island tours can also be organized by the resort's professional and well-equipped staff.
The Andaman Islands are an exceptional destination, and the resort is equipped with knowledgeable personnel and equipment to ensure you get the most out of your time there. Guests can enjoy diving and snorkeling excursions, which are particularly interesting off Havelock Island. Deep-sea sport fishing trips between Peel and Nicholson Island can also be enjoyed between October and May. There are also nighttime kayaking trips to see the bioluminescent phytoplankton along the mangroves, and guests can catch site of Giant Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles nesting every year between December and February.
A fitness center complete with Technogym equipment is available 24 hours a day, and there are also yoga classes held in the morning by the pool or beachfront.
The resort's in-house, award-winning spa is home to a number of indulgent treatments. Utilizing natural products and drawing on the expertise of professionals, this spa showcases the best in holistic Indian therapies and beauty rituals. Ayurveda therapies, aromatherapies, and body scrubs are just a few of the treatments guests can enjoy at the spa.
There is an Olympic-length outdoor pool for exercise or leisure, and it is surrounded by a number of comfortable lounge chairs situated by the poolside bar.
The resort is home to three restaurants — The Settlers, Shoreline, and The Turtle House — which serve local Andaman curries from the nearby coastal regions and international dishes, respectively. The flavors guests enjoy at these dining destinations are carefully crafted and curated. Take The Settlers, for example, where the dishes served are the result of an exhaustive study of the region’s culinary history. These gourmet dishes are at once authentic and delicious, and they set the bar for the resort’s immersive culinary experience.
An ode to the immigrant communities brought from the mainland to the island over 70 years ago, the menu of this restaurant features a treasure trove of secrets from the kitchens of Tamilian, Bangla, Bihari, and Keralite communities from India and others in Burma and Indonesia. The restaurant is designed with modernist interiors overlooking the beach. The menu changes with seasons and includes such fresh-picked ingredients as arugula, eggplant, chilies, and much more. Vegetarian options are available.
Located beside the Olympic-size infinity pool that overlooks the beach, this restaurant serves wholesome international meals and assumes a relaxed neighborhood bistro vibe, which is perfect for breezy dinners under the stars. In the center of the restaurant is its fragrant, live kitchen that cooks up American, European, Middle Eastern, and Indian classics. Sandwiches, burgers, and mango wood oven-baked pizzas can be washed down with smoothies and shakes made from fruits straight out of the on-site orchard.
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