A far-faraway place: The Andaman Islands

Taj Exotica, Andamans is the islands’ first five-star hotel, with 72 villas set in 46 acres incorporating ponds, lawns and indigenous plants, an Olympic-length, infinity-edged pool, three restaurants and vegetable and herb gardens. All of this has been created with utmost respect for the landscape and not a single tree was felled. Visitors will meet a trenchant waste policy, total energy self-sufficiency, local staff and the offer of educational forest treks. The intention is to help guests learn about this place, and to respect and admire its fragile beauty. Standards have been set from which future developers will find it difficult to retreat.

The most talked-about archipelago in the Indian Ocean has finally had a influx of smart, eco-minded hotels arrive on its shores.

Taj Exotica

Fringed by strip of mangroves overlooking the beach, the resort is a homage to the secluded Andaman and Nicobar archipelago stretching for 700 Kms from the southern tip of Burma towards the north of Sumatra; a magical medley of rainforests, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, unspoilt beaches and ancient tribal cultures.

Taj Exotica

Guests can rest over the massive buttresses of an Andaman Padauk tree, ruminate by the water lily pond after a lavish massage or hit the treadmill at the fitness centre built around a majestic Mahua tree that soars up one level to the Olympic-length infinity swimming pool. The modish, 1580 sq. ft. plus residences in sustainable plantation timber are inspired by the dwellings of the Jarawa tribe.

Jiva Spa, Taj Exotica

The resort offers a bouquet of fun activities for children that engage them in the marine and terrestrial ecology of the island. Between picking mangoes, mud apples and mulberries at our bountiful orchards to jungle treks, beach picnics, supervised scuba diving and shell-craft lessons at our vibrant Recreational Center with plenty of post-meal snoozes on villa decks, there isn’t a dull moment for young and curious minds. Meanwhile, adults can dive into sensational dining experiences at our concept restaurants – Turtle House, Shoreline, The Settlers – or luxuriate in beauty and wellness treatments in our Jiva Spa.

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