My wife and I just returned from a 5 day stay at the Taj Exotica, 12/15-12/20. We stayed in one of the deluxe overwater bungalows with pool, and were not disappointed. Huge rooms, big bathrooms, and lovely 2 tiered deck overloking the Indian Ocean. From the moment we arrived, we felt like special guests at a family members home. The truly relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings made this the best vacation we have yet taken. Our butler Adam made sure all of our needs were taken care of, even down to the type of fruit we wanted for breakfast, to stocking our mini bar with exactly what we asked for, to making spa and dinner reservations for us. We did not have to call him, we'd simply 'run into' him on our way to breakfast or the pool, and go over with him at that time. It really did feel like all of the staff knew what we wanted before we did!
For dinner, we did eat at the Deep End 4 of the 5 nights we were there, and would have gone even more as the menu has something for everyone, lots of choices, and even dishes you would want to have again. The quality of the food is absolutely 5+star. It is pricy, but we were there to enjoy, not watch the budget, and I recommend that you do the same. Lunch at the pool or at 24 Degrees was extensive as well, and very good quality, not a limited sandwich and fries menu you may get somewhere else.
We were happy to have the overwater room with pool, as this was a nice spot to ease into the day with a swim and sun, but we felt just as comfortable at the pool/beach, which never seemed to be crowded, just a few couples or families at any given time. Here you would also get exceptional service, from drinks to food to having chairs moved in or out of the sun. Kudos to Bilal for attending to our every need!
The Equator Bar is the best place to see sunset, on the deck or inside, with a drink and usually they had live music of some sort, which is nice. We were greeted by Bala on our first evening and had a lovely Dark Sangria there, and we saw him there and other places throughout our stay, thanks for taking care of us!
We could have showed up with just a backpack with suits and a couple of shirts and would have been fine. The rooms come equipped with robes, flip flops, sunscreen, all toiletries(Molten Brown), even a beach bag to carry this stuff! It truly was a unique experience and we hope to get back there despite the very long journey to get there.
Also the spa experience is as good as I have experienced as well, the other couple we traveled with went multiple times, I only had one treatment that was excellent.
The airplane noise is there, but did not bother us, as the quick boat trip from the airport seems to me a better payoff as we were on the beach 30 minutes after our plane arrived. I would recommend Dramamine for the boat ride in case of weather conditions. Our ride in was completely smooth, but ride out was pretty rough, so something to be aware of.
Overall, an unforgettable stay at a perfect property, only wish we could have done a few more days. Thanks again to all the staff who went out of their way to say goodbye to us on our last day, including the assistant GM, head chef at The Deep End, and staff at the Equator who almost would not let us leave(complimentary glass of champagne helps). We did feel special and thank all who took care of us!!
Even numbered Deluxe Lagoon Villas with Pool get morning sun, odd numbered get afternoon sun.
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Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.
We would like to thank you for your wonderful review and kind words of praise. It gives us great pleasure in reading that you enjoyed your stay with us. I have shared your feedback with Adam, Bilal, Bala, Greg the Executive Assistant Manager - Food & Beverage and the entire team at the resort who are also very happy to have received the same.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our island paradise for another memorable holiday.
If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
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