18 June 2018 by David Ward
A scattering of dreamy and deserted islands in the Bay of Bengal, the Andamans are India’s furthest flung region. Together with the Nicobar Islands, they make up an archipelago of extreme beauty, with platinum sands glittering between turquoise waters and emerald forested interiors. Here we take a closer look at this paradisiacal location's latest luxury hotel.
Occupying 46 pristine acres on Havelock Island’s famed Radhanagar Beach, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans, is a luxurious gateway to a magical medley of rainforests, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, unspoilt beaches and ancient tribal cultures. Designed to showcase and nurture the island’s natural resources – Taj’s commitment to conservation and sustainable luxury is evident throughout – the resort is dotted with 50 modern and ever-so-stylish villas, all on stilts and nestled under a shady canopy of palmyra palms – a contemporary haven built without felling a single tree. Sophisticated and utterly chic, these serene retreats come with thatched roofs, private decks, fine linens and fabulous views.
There’s a striking infinity pool overlooking the beach, and the gorgeous Jiva Spa, which offers a full spread of indulgent treatments. It’s all complemented with Taj’s renowned brand of discreet and intuitive service, all of which creates a bespoke atmosphere for privacy and romance interrupted only by the delightful sounds of kingfishers and emerald doves.
Havelock itself is an endless source of delight and discovery, and the hotel has a number of signature experiences designed to make the most of the stunning surroundings. Of these, the turtle nesting excursions and nocturnal kayaking trips through mangroves and fluorescent phytoplankton are perhaps the most fascinating. An in-house naturalist is on hand, and snorkelling, diving, jungle treks and deep-sea game fishing are easily arranged.
Gourmets will find much to indulge in, too, with a host of sensational dining experiences at concept restaurants Turtle House and The Settlers. At the former, guests will find everything from Mediterranean specials to local coastal curries using the freshest seafood, while the latter takes diners on a delicious journey through the unique cuisines of the Andamans’ rich immigrant heritage.
Whether witnessing a remarkable Indian Ocean sunset or savouring an exquisite meal for two in the mangrove forest, the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Andamans, opens up the secrets of this secluded Eden like never before.
For more on Taj, read our India's Landmark Hotels blog.