Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Andamans is a luxury resort on Havelock Island in extensive grounds that lead down to Radhanagar Beach. Havelock is part of the remote Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, and is an exotic away-from-it-all destination, where you can enjoy the resort's facilities and explore by land and water.
Your villa's design with its distinctive curved thatch roof and stlits, is inspired by the dwellings of the local Jarawa tribe, yet within has the benefits of 21st century technology and comfort. Air conditioning regulates the temperature, you have a minibar stocked with chilled drinks and, should you wish, can choose from a range of international channels on the TV. En-suite bathrooms have modern rain showers as well as baths, and each villa has a private deck, some with pools, wheer you can sit ad enjoy the views.
Havelock Island and ist waters are perfect for those with an inquisitive spirit. The ocean water is clear providing ideal conditions for snorkelling and diving as you observe the varied marine life including manta and stingrays and numerous species of fish by the coral reef. The mangrove are a world of their own best explored by kayak, and for added an added thrill you can explore after dark, listening to the calls of birds around you and savouring the atmosphere. Island walks, bird watching and sunset cruises are among other popular activities.
The resort is set in over 18 hectares of grounds you are welcome to explore, which include an Olympic size infinity pool. Other recreational facilities include a gym with personal trainers, and a spa where you can can relax with soothing and indulgent treatments.
There are 3 restaurants, each with its own ambience, all highlighting different aspects of Andaman cuisine, which is rich and varied. Feast on lobster, crab and other seafood, indulge in your tastebuds with a creamy or spicy curry dish, and sample succulent grills.
Open: Taj Exotica Resort and Spa first opened in February 2018 and is open all year.
Location: The hotel is on Radhanagar Beach, on Havelock Island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The nearest airport is Port Blair on South Andaman Island which has domestic flights from a number of Indian cities. From Port Blair you take a ferry to Havelock Island, and the hotel is about a half hour drive from the ferry port.
Rooms: There are 72 villas arranged in the gardens, divided into 4 categories. The 63 deluxe villas have almost 147sqm of space each, have a king size bed, large bathroom with rain shower and bath, and a terrace with chairs and loungers. There are 5 luxury pool villas, the same size as the deluxe villas, and each with a large deck and private pool. Each of the 3 grand luxury pool villas has 2 bedrooms, both en-suite, a sitting area, deck and pool, and occupies 267sqm. The presidential villa is arranged over 2 floors and has 3 en-suite bedrooms, a living area, veranda and 20m pool. In all it covers 597sqm. It has beach access and comes with butler service. All villas have LED TV, minibar, hairdryer, electronic safe and air conditioning.
Activities: Go snorkelling, and scuba diving by the coral reef, or dive to the wreck of MV Mars, a boat which sank in 2006. Try your hand at game fishing. One of the resort’s special activities is night kayaking in the mangroves led by experienced guides. Go bird watching at Chidiyatapu, and between December and February you can see giant leatherback and hawksbill turtles laying their eggs on the beach. Sunset cruises are popular.
Facilities: The resort has over 18 hectares of grounds including an Olympic size swimming pool. Jiva Spa provides personal programmes devised by therapists, and guests have complimentary use of the steam rooms. There is a gym, and yoga classes can be arranged. The resort offers a laundry and dry cleaning service.
Dining: There are 3 restaurants on site. The Settlers serves a range of cuisines and includes fresh seafood, and is open for dinner only. Turtle House specialises in grilled dishes for lunch and dinner. Shoreline is the venue for breakfast. At dinner time you can sample a broad selection of curries that reflect the influence of nearby countries.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are special activities for youngsters such as orchard tours, jungle walks and beach picnics.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in the reception area.