Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives
The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is a beautiful five star resort in the Maldives with spectacular views over a white sandy beach. Just a short 15-20 minute speedboat ride from Malé airport, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is a luxurious island getaway that combines style, service and picturesque natural surroundings. This luxury property with its delicately contemporary charm offers its guests the unique experience of an intimate retreat on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The island itself is lush with tropical plants, its natural beauty blending seamlessly with the resort’s thoughtful design. This tropical isle, once known as the ‘Three Coconut Island’ is surrounded by crystal blue waters and covered with lush tropical flora. With endless views of the Indian Ocean, this private retreat makes for a complete and exclusive destination holiday.
The 64 villas and suites of the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa are spread over a small strip of land in the South Malé atoll. The hotel’s villas have a magnificent view of the horizon and the Indian Ocean. Many of them are built on stilts with every possible modern comfort, a beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean and swimming pools whose blue water blends in with that of the lagoon. The most prestigious villa is the Rehendi Presidential Suite with its large living room opening onto a superb wooden terrace and a 12-meter swimming pool. On the beach side, the villas are just a few meters from the sea and are equipped with lovely bathrooms and an outdoor shower in the garden, hidden from curious eyes. The 2 Bedroom Beach Villa Suite with Pool has a private massage room where guests can take advantage of the treatments offered by the sumptuous, Indian inspired Jiva Grand Spa, in total privacy.
The architecture of all rooms is specifically designed to encourage a constant interaction with the ocean. Bathtubs overlook the water. Private sun decks with loungers replete with soft mattresses and water hyacinth cushions open onto vast expanses of the ocean. Each view is private and unique, your own piece of the Indian Ocean. Steps lead into the water, inviting you to an impromptu dip. At night, lanterns light up the pier, their yellow glows completing a truly spectacular setting.
Three restaurants are available to guests with a choice of enjoying refined Asian cuisine at the 24 Degrees on the beach, upscale seafood and grill at the Deep End, or light snacks at the Poolside while admiring the superb landscape. Wine is also featured with an international selection of the finest quality wines, which can be discovered during a meal or during a wine tasting session organized by the Equator Bar. Guests can also ask their personal maître d’hôtel to organize a romantic private dinner on the beach or in the small pavilion on the ocean, a few meters from the hotel.
Exclusive, private and inimitably romantic, this award-winning resort spans the length of a pristine, powder-white beach that gives way to one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa offers its guests the finest in contemporary luxuries and services, including an authentic Indian spa, freshwater infinity pool, endless recreational options and space to just relax and take in a locale that is simply magical. The hotel’s swimming pool is right near the beach, and those who wish to remain active, even on vacation, can use the well-equipped fitness center, or take deep-sea diving classes in order to explore the mysteries of the Indian Ocean. The Spa provides a sauna, a relaxation room and treatment rooms for massage. Guests can dolphin dive at the resort and there are PADI certified courses available.
Spend days on the beach sipping cocktails, at the Spa pampering your body and mind or snorkeling over the beautiful coral reefs, it’s your choice. The southern Malé atoll is one of the most popular in the Maldives because of its proximity to the capital city of Malé. It’s the smallest capital city in the world but interesting nevertheless for those who want to know more about the history of the Maldives. Tourists can visit the city’s mosques especially the famous Huruku Miskiiy Mosque, or they can simply stroll through the town to see how the archipelago’s natives live. Maldivians are very hospitable. They’re accustomed to seeing tourists from all over the world and are only too willing to show you the way to the different sites like the fish market or Port Dhonis. Considered to be one of the most beautiful diving sites in the world, the South Malé atoll possesses a fabulous aquatic seascape with a great deal of coral and schools of fish with hypnotic colors. Experienced deep-sea divers can also swim with the gray sharks or the leopard rays. It’s hard to be bored in the Maldives even though the primary tourist activity is still basking in the sun on the beach. Who can blame them after discovering the exceptional settings of hotels like the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa?
Lounge by the pool or at your private beach, go wildlife spotting, or just lay below the stars at night. At the Taj Exotica Maldives, there is never a dull moment. The property is located on one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, famed for its white sand beaches and exquisite corals. The clear seas are ideal to get your adrenaline rush with scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing, and many other excursions. Bring out the adventure junkie in you and indulge in a variety of water sports.
Value for Money
Rooms from US$ 1,750.00 to US$ 9,660.00. Mentioned rates are per room and day including breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is part of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Quintessentially Indian in its fabric, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is recognized the world over for delivering a unique flavour of hospitality that offers world-class refinement while remaining deeply rooted in its local heritage. With over 100 hotels in 62 locations, Taj offers guests the refined luxury of heritage, the effortlessly efficient service and amenities and a local experience with the assurance of quality. Spanning world-renowned landmarks, modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts, authentic Rajput palaces and rustic safari lodges, each Taj hotel reinterprets the tradition of hospitality in a refreshingly modern way to create unique experiences and lifelong memories.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is recognized the world over for delivering a unique flavor of hospitality that offers world-class refinement while remaining deeply rooted in its Indian heritage. For more than a century, Taj has brought together the unique beauty and traditions from across India in an experience that highlights true Indian hospitality. This draws on the time-honored traditions central to the Indian homecoming, from the refreshing simplicity of the welcome drink to the careful choreography of the dinner service. Taj has helped to put many Indian destinations on the map. From the resorts of Goa to the upcoming business hubs of India’s Silicon Valley, an iconic Taj hotel is a mainstay of the destination. By providing jobs to the local community, supporting endangered artisan practices and reviving regal history at palaces where royal families are still in residence, Taj offers a rare insider’s point of view to the fascinating story of India – from Maharaja to modern day. With 100 hotels in 62 locations across India, Taj offers guests the refined luxury of heritage combined with effortlessly efficient service and local expertise to create a moment to remember. In India, Taj hotels are strategically located to offer the Taj experience in business hubs, industrial towns and metropolises, as well as the most remote pilgrimage centers, historic and natural destinations. The group has extended its international presence with 15 hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, the UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.
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6 must-do experiences in the Maldives
Sun, sand and surf, what more could a vacation need? If an island getaway is what you crave, look no further than the island nation of the Maldives. We want to showcase the best of what the Maldives has to offer, enticing visitors with their luxury accommodations perched atop the crystal clear waters and white sands of a UNESCO biosphere. The Maldives are an archipelago of 1.192 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls in the Indian Ocean. Which means, choosing which one to visit can be a pretty tough decision. Blue lagoons, extensive reefs and an amazing underwater world, you really can’t go wrong with any single island. While visiting this earthly paradise, you’ll never be lacking in exciting activities to participate in between all of that much-needed downtime. If relaxing is your main objective though, be sure to at least squeeze in these six must-do experiences in the Maldives:
Stay in an Overwater Villa
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a pristine, endless ocean view every morning. Staying in an overwater villa is an experience unlike any other; you become one with nature without sacrificing any of your essential amenities. In an overwater villa, you can watch the fish dart beneath you before jumping into the ocean yourself to join them. At the end of another adventure filled-day, you have the luxury of retreating back to a comfortable private space where you can fully relax and rejuvenate. Check it out the luxury villas of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, located on the exotic Emboodhu Finolhu Island, in the middle of one of the largest natural lagoons in the world, just 15 minutes by luxury speedboat from Malé International Airport (picture above). This tropical isle, once known as the ‘Three Coconut Island’ is surrounded by crystal blue waters and covered with lush tropical flora. With endless views of the Indian Ocean, this private retreat makes for a complete and exclusive destination holiday. With 64 impeccably designed villas and suites, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives is luxury redefined. Step in to your own private haven steeped in opulence at one of these spectacular tropical villas. Experience paradise on earth. The resort boasts the Jiva Grande Spa, the first authentic Indian spa outside of India, which offers Ayurveda therapies and a unique Indian bathing pavilion. There is a wealth of water sports and dining experiences available. Dress up for dinner in the exotic 24 Degrees Restaurant, enjoy a moonlit Champagne cruise or pamper yourself with an ultimate romantic getaway in the Ocean Pavilion, nestled in the middle of the lagoon, which starts with a couples aromatherapy treatment followed by sunset cocktail or champagne, and indulge with mouthwatering selection of local and international specialties for dinner.
Special City Guide: Maldives
The Maldives are scattered across 806 km of Indian Ocean. Their pure white sands are fringed with green palms and surrounded by some of the clearest water in the world. Coral reefs and tropical fish, from neon clownfish to slow-moving manta rays, thrive in the warm ocean water. Sunset catamaran cruises are de rigueur, as are picnics on uninhabited islands, and decadent Spa treatments. Secluded resorts on far-flung private islands are within an hour’s boat or floatplane ride from the bustling capital and a world away from everyday life.
No Maldivian resort is complete without its own stretch of private beach and resort size determines how crowded beaches can be in the December-to-April high season. Cocoa Island, in the South Malé Atoll, is delightfully uncrowded as there are just 36 rooms at the resort here. The shallow lagoon is well-suited to snorkeling and kayaking. Ideal for children are the pristine, manmade beaches at One&Only Reethi Rah, carved into small, safe bays with bath-like shallows.
As an island nation, the Maldives are best known for bountiful fresh seafood. Red snapper and char-grilled king prawns taste all the better when enjoyed on a candle-lit private beach or in an intimate dining room built over the glimmering ocean. Local specialties are creamy and spicy curries, such as miruhulee boav, octopus, chili, and curry leaves served with rice.