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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   South Male Atoll, 2117   |  
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“out of this world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The Taj Exotica, Maldives is out of this world. When one steps onto this island that is what one feels. Besides the fact that everything about this hotel ,its location, its restaurants,the service are out of this world.

In spite of not being too fond of beaches,I was charmed by this place. I felt totally at peace , stress and worries just cannot be a part of this paradise. The colour of the water difficult to find elsewhere,from the deepest blue to the lightest aqua.

The people are friendly and ever ready to help without being intrusive. Food in all the restaurants is amazing ,starting with breakfast which has a huge variety and can go on for hours at a leisurely pace while enjoying the beautiful view.

Definitely a place one would want to return to.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ranjit P, General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 31, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

We would like to thank you for the wonderful review post your stay with us. I have shared your feedback with the entire team at the resort who are very happy to have received the same.

We look forward to welcoming you back at our island paradise for another memorable experience.

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Ranjit Phillipose
General Manager
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Taj Exotica for 7 days 6 nights for our honeymoon in November 2012 and it was heaven on earth! It was so hard to leave such paradise. The whole island is about a 15 minute walk and only has two main restaurants (the only downfall!) however the food was delicious! The breakfast was our favorite meal of the day! The Taj doesn't have buffet breakfast - rather a la carte of different breakfasts from around the world. The breakfast also came with daily servings of different jams, bread and drinks. Everything was completely delicious!!! I am still dreaming of my breakfast meals - especially the cottage cheese pancakes! Please give me the recipe! The rooms were perfectly sized and came supplied with Molton Brown products. The open shower with the gorgeous water view was amazing!!! The Taj spa was very relaxing and great - they know what they're doing!! OMG the private dining is something EVERYONE MUST DO! Out in the ocean - alone - grilling. It was the most romantic dinner I have ever had. Our butler is such a great man!! we left Taj Exotica with a new friend! The villa shakes at night because of the waves but that's expected. The service at Taj was beyond extraordinary; everyone went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of. The beaches were beyond beautiful, water bottles were provided on the beach and so were telephones in case we needed a buggy to pick us up and take us back to our villa.

I cannot wait to go back there 10 years from now!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ranjit P, General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your honeymoon at our resort. I have shared your feedback with the entire team at the resort and they are elated to have received the same.

Though we have two restaurants serving dinner, the culinary team presents a varied menu of different kinds of cuisines from around the world as so rightly pointed out by you. We also have Teppanyaki counter within the 24 Degrees which is interactive cooking over iron girdle and a completely different experience. Also the island has many spots one of which is Ocean Pavilion where a couple can choose to dine and the team can create the most amazing atmosphere for romantic dining.

Once again thank you for your wonderful feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back at our island paradise hopefully before ten years for another memorable experience.

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Ranjit Phillipose
General Manager
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Me & husband have been wanting to visit maldives since before we are married, and after long long search, finally we found this romantic deal at this resort. Staying for 4 nights, from 5-9th March in room 121 and enjoying these few perks such as spa, dinner, and sunset cruise. It was an excellent deal for honeymooner.

Firstly, We were impressed with how Ruby greet us at the lobby, she always give us her best smile that brighten our day. The service at their restaurant, both deep end and 24 degree is excellent. We also impressed with our housekeeper (roomboy) although i dont remember his name, but we are very satisfied with his work. And not to forget our butler, Hussein who accompany us on our island exploration, thank you! Like you said, i won't regret my choice to go on this island tour.

Jiva spa is probably the best i ever had, I feel like 45 minutes is definitely not enough for me. hopefully i will be back someday to experience your signature treatment.
The food was amazing, although the portion is too big for me.. But we always left the restaurant with very full and happy tummy.. The restaurant crew are very welcoming and friendly.. Thanks for making our stay more enjoyable..

The last but not least, i would say that it will be better if the wifi is free at some area such as: restaurant, pool and lobby. And for the staff's courtessy, actually they are quite friendly, but i would say for some staffs, they still can do better to improve their hospitality to all of the guests. overall, this resort is definitely a place to go. I would recommend to all tripadvisor reader to stay in this resort. Don't bother listening to negative feedbacks bout the airplane noise, since it won't matter to you when you stay in this paradise.





Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ranjit P, General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Sunny Maldives.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review post your honeymoon at our resort. I have communicated your kind words of appreciation to Ruby, Anaz (room boy), Hussein your butler and the entire team at the resort. I am certain that this will assist us in achieving higher standards of excellence in future.

We look forward to welcoming you back at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives for another memorable experience.

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Ranjit Phillipose
General Manager
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
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Ahmedabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We chose Taj Exotica Resort & Spa for your Honeymoon. We Stayed for 6 Days. It was quick ride from Male about 20 Min. We where welcomed by Kunal and was given brief information about the Resort. We booked Deluxe Lagoon Villa with Plunge Pool and our room was 405. Place was just pardise. Our butler Adi showed us whole resort before we reached our room. Every one in staff address us by our name. We really enjoyed 24 Degree and Equator Bar. 24 Degree served delicious food. Sunset at Equator Bar with live music was something out of this world. We enjoyed everymoment on the island. We will strongly recommended photoshot its worth for capturing memory. As well as private dinning right on the beach was some thing we really enjoyed and with extraordinary service by our butler Adi. We felt six days where less. We wished we could stay few more days down there. Even sunset cruise is recommened we where not able to see dolphin but it was really romentic expirence. We really enjoyed snorkeling right from our room as well on beach being a small one we still able to find place where we can get privacy. So that was nice. We also enjoyed kayaking, boating, and jetskie. Only one thing was bothering that is noise of plane but u get use to after a day a so. It wasnt a big deal for us. Other then that this place is out of this world. And for us Indian Food was important and it was right choice. 24 Degree fulfill all of our expectation in Indian Food. We wished to visit this paradise soon.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ranjit P, General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

Thank you for writing a lovely review post your recent stay with us. I have shared your feedback with Kunal, Adi your butler and the entire team at the resort who are very happy to have received the same.

We look forward to welcoming you back at our island paradise for another memorable experience maybe for your 1st wedding anniversary.

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Ranjit Phillipose
General Manager
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We chose to stay here to celebrate our second wedding anniversary and oh boy!! what a choice... Its one of the most spectacularly romantic resort that we have been to so far. We were greeted by the warm sound of the Maldivian drums and welcomed into the property. A welcome photograph was clicked and presented to us on our departure.....that captured our spellbound expressions on seeing natures wonderful creation. Gifted with the largest lagoon in Maldives as we were told by the staff, we were swept off our feet from the moment we entered. Unlike lot of the other properties, this one has only two restaurants, but they give some of the best food that one can imagine. The setting of the restaurants, one at the foot of the beach and the other at the deep end of the ocean...were both enchantingly beautiful locations. Service and hospitality was top notch...we had things in place before we even thought it. The entire team was warm, ever smiling and ever ready to help. Our snorkelling experience was wonderful and it is difficult to describe the underwater world beauty that we were privileged to witness. Being our wedding anniversary, the housekeeping had made sure to decorate our room, and in addition we were provided with the most awesome eggless chocolate cake and a bottle of champagne to make our special day even more memorable. We stayed in the lagoon villa and it was so spacious and had the most stunning view from the room and the bathroom. The toiletries and products offered were again luxurious in true Taj style. Overall we had a fantastic experience and would definitely love to visit again.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ranjit P, General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

We are extremely happy to read your review. It gives us great pleasure to read that you had a wonderful second wedding anniversary celebration at our resort. I have shared your feedback with the entire team at the resort and they are glad to have received the same.

We look forward to welcoming you back at our slice of paradise for another memorable experience.

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Ranjit Phillipose
General Manager
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
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Gaborone, Botswana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

On arrival at the airport, you are welcomed by Taj Exotica staff and then guided to your speed boat for a 20 minute ride to the hotel. Just as we were reaching the hotel, we were greeted by a large school of dolphins who put on quite an acrobatic show! We stayed at the hotel for four nights and felt like we could have stayed on for another four when we were leaving. It was a dream holiday at a dream destination.

The staff at every level, from the front office, to butler services, to the restaurants, to the spa team and the yoga instructor were all outstanding. People went the extra mile to make sure that we were happy. There is clearly a culture of extra service that permeates the entire resort and spa.

The food at the restaurants was amazing. My wife is vegetarian and she had more than enough options to choose from. The main 24 degree restaurant has an extensive and different menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes local dishes, oriental food, western food and indian dishes and every item we had without exception was extremely well prepared and tasty. Despite being in the resort for a full 5 days (4 nights), we never ran out of options to try. In addition to the normal menus, most evenings there are special theme dinners which added to the charm of the restaurants. We ate at all four restaurants: 24 Degrees, The Deep End, The Pool Side, and The Equator Bar - and the service and food quality was top notch everywhere.

The room was also excellent - we stayed in the base Lagoon Villa and I cannot imagine wanting any additional facilities in the room. The room was large and well equipped and the view over the ocean was breathtaking. The ability to walk into the ocean from the room made the experience all the better and thus I never found the need to use the swimming pool. You can see fish from your private deck and can climb into the ocean to swim or go snorkelling at any point of time. The water is so shallow that you can walk for ages without reaching depths greater than 5 feet.

The fish feeding, diving and snorkelling activities were also great fun and added to the wonder of our trip. The fact is that despite being on the island for 5 days, we felt we had so much more to do and did not have time to do it all so that shows that there was enough activity to keep us busy.

More than anything, the venue is amazingly romantic. From the swing in the middle of the ocean, to romantic dinners, to the sun setting as you sip your cocktail at The Equator Bar, to the moon rising over the ocean outside your room ... Taj Exotica is a resort I would recommend to all.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ranjit P, General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Guests,

Greetings from Sunny Maldives.

It gives us great pleasure in reading your heart warming review post your recent stay with us. The team joins me in thanking you for the wonderful praise and I am certain that this will assist us in achieving higher standards of excellence in future.

We look forward to welcoming you back at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives for another memorable holiday and the team will do everything possible to make it another unforgettable experience.

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Ranjit Phillipose
General Manager
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

This review has been a long time coming. It is the perfect destination for a honeymoon. The food was perfect. We tried all te restaurants and were extremely impressed. Certainly the best breakfasts we have ever indulged in. Now nothing can compare. Our room was breathtaking. We so enjoyed lounging by our private pool. The bath tub looking out to the ocean - beautiful. Yes planes do fly over and you can see Male but it does not detract from the experience in any way. The staff were so attentive & friendly particularly at the dive centre, pool and spa. The little touches like the honeymoon decoration and chocolates very welcomed. We won't forget this place ever.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ranjit P, General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

We are extremely delighted to read your review post your stay in November 2012. It gives us great pleasure to read that even after almost 5 months of staying with us you remember your experience so vividly and wanted to compliment us.

We look forward to welcoming you back at our slice of paradise for another memorable experience probably for your 1st wedding anniversary.

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Ranjit Phillipose
General Manager
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
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Address: South Male Atoll, 2117
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Emboodhu Finolhu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Emboodhu Finolhu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Exotica Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Award-winning resort is a sublime fusion of luxury and nature. Nestled amidst one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. Accommodation is a choice between villas built entirely over water and beach villas. Pan Asian. World Progressive. In villa dining. Interactive dining. Or a romantic dinner for two under the stars... Dining is a culinary adventure. The acclaimed Jiva Grande Spa provides an extensive range of holistic treatments in the over water treatment rooms. ... more   less 
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