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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans
Havelock Island

The far flung and remote Andaman Islands have finally been put on the map for those in search for the ultimate luxury in an untouched paradise, with a guaranteed burst of sunshine! Havelock Island is now the exciting new home to the sexiest hotel in the area: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Andaman Islands.

Emerald green jungles, surrounded by endless stretches of sun-kissed sands, lapped by gin-clear waters that are home to bountiful coral reefs thriving with marine life, makes for a truly magical destination in the Bay of Bengal. Taj Exotica is an intimate resort; with just 75 spacious villas, set within 49 acres of land, guests can unwind and enjoy the exceptional service for which the Taj brand is renowned. Each villa has been styled on the traditional houses of the indigenous people of the Andaman Islands, known as the Jawara tribe, and is made from sustainable wood, elevated on stilts and completed with paired back but luxurious furnishings. Minimalistic yet soothing, they are the perfect place to relax and take in the stunning views. Or for those wanting to get out and explore, there are many activities on offer, such as kayaking through the mangroves, and snorkelling or diving off the colourful coral reefs. The Jiva Spa also offers a range of indulgent treatments including many traditional Ayurvedic options.

Set in the best location on the island – Radhnaghar Beach is often cited as the best beach in Asia and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – the trusted brand opening, on what is really virgin territory, is a game-changer and adds a new dynamic to tailor-made itineraries in South India. With direct flights from Chennai to Port Blair, one is now able to combine this pristine beach destination with the ancient culture and elaborately carved stone temple complexes of Tamil Nadu, or with the former French colony of Pondicherry, with its own distinctive style of architecture.

>> Read our blog: Ampersand Loves: The Andaman Islands

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