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“Tick in the bucket list” 5 of 5 stars
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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   South Male Atoll, 2117   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Tick in the bucket list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Maldives was on our bucket list for a long time and our 10th anniversary was the ideal moment to tick this box. After a lot of research we picked the Taj, great reviews and easy, fast transfer from the airport (15 minutes). So here comes the only warning: you have a few airplanes flying over on final approach. These planes do come in 3 waves: a morning 8am group, an early afternoon and late evening. If you do not like the noise of maybe 15 planes a day, this is not your resort.
But for us it was, just everything we looked for and more. The transfer from the airport was smooth and the warm welcoming at the pier was just awesome.
We booked overwater bungalow with pool and we did absolutely nothing: enjoying the great view and service of the hotel and we went snorkeling twice a day (watch out for current which is pretty strong at some point during the day).
The foods was great and just sitting with your bear feet in the sand..... What else can you expect from paradise.
Thank you to all staff of the hotel, each one of you were excellent and you all remembered our anniversary date so the decorating, chocolate cake and champagne made this day one we will never forget.
Wished we could come back to you all tomorrow and sharing our pictures with friends and family.

Room Tip: Overwater bungalow and uneven numbers will give you a lot of sunshine in the afternoon. Try to get...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Sunny Maldives.

We would like to thank you for the lovely review post your 10th Wedding Anniversary celebrations at our resort. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your holiday and your choice of staying with us matched upto your expectations. I have shared your feedback with the entire team at the resort and they appreciate the same.

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

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
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Larkspur, CA
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34 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

After a very long flight from San Francisco, my travel friend and I began to relax the minute we stepped from the boat to the pier. The welcoming music, flower leis and enthusiastic staff were all it took. It is the perfect place to unwind. We found we did absolutely nothing--lounged by the infinity pool, snoozed in the hammock, dug our toes in the sand, snoozed some more and dragged our bones to the nearly go-cart which took us to the restaurant, where we wiggled our toes in the sand some more. A great variety of water sports are available, but we were content to sit by the sea and relax some more. Everything has been thought of from the giant bath towels to the outdoor shower to the soaking tub to the accommodating and pleasant staff who make it all happen. Absolutely the best!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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 4, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

It gives us a great pleasure to read your wonderful review. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your stay at our resort. I have shared your feedback with the entire team at the resort and they appreciate the same.

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

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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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

My Husband and spent 8 days/7 nights at this beautiful Island for our Honeymoon and it was Honestly one of the best holidays we have ever had. This place truly does not disappoint. From its setting, to facilities, accommodation, food and Service. From the moment we are greeted to boarding the speedboat when you departed the service is fantastic. Food is absolutely delicious no matter where you eat! 24 has so much variety and its theme nights provide something extra for guest to choose from. If you are a seafood lover then Deep End is a must! do try the Opera dessert as its something that we have never experience anywhere else. The Pool Bar has fantastic snacks and dishes for lunch options. The service at these 3 places is fantastic, always greeted with a smile and always willing to do whatever you needed, with nothing ever being to hard. Accommodation was beyond any expectations no matter which you select there is literary no bad accommodation. The over water villas are great, very private, clean and very well stocked with all the necessities. they are cleaned twice a day. Our cleaners was was so helpful and accommodating to our every need. Pictures do not do this place justice. We can't wait to go back. To All the team at the Taj, thank you for making our honeymoon so special and one that we will always remember. Mel & Chris Mladenovski x

  • Stayed February 2014, 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 4, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Sunny Maldives.

We would like to thank you for the lovely review post your recent stay at our resort. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your holiday and the Opera dessert. I have shared your feedback with the entire team at the resort and they appreciate the same.

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

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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

What a beautiful island and experience! Stylish, relaxed, discreet and beautiful. Very friendly staff, helpful and happy but always modest and polite. We loved the light blue sea, perfect location, excellent dinners with bare feet in the sand and even cocktails on the sandbank in the middle of he ocean. Waking up in the morning with the sea right in front of you, what a dream! The weather was delightfully warm, with a stiff breeze from the east right on our deck, but the staff was quick to arrange a roomchange to the west side. Thank you Maledives, Adam and staff of Taj Exotic!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, February 21, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Sunny Maldives.

We would like to thank you for the lovely review post your recent stay at our resort. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your holiday and barefoot dinners on the soft white sand. I have shared your feedback with Adam and the entire team at the resort and they appreciate the same.

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

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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istanbul
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This resort is one of the best resort i have ever experienced.
1- location is excellent only 15 minutes boat ride from airport.
2- the biggest lagoon in the region. The best lagoon i have ever seen with blue-green water. The beach is very big very relaxing and eventhough hotel is full you dont see much people and one more time the sea colour is just perfect!!!
3- the food is to die for!!! They have 2 main restaurant and a pool bar where you can eat. But they have everything in the menu and the food quality is excellent.
4- service is unbeatable. Our butler ADİ arranged everything. He is great!!!!! You can wish anything and he makes it happen!!!
5- the rooms are very clean, excellent housekeeping service, very nice bathroom.....
6- the bar is just perfect for te sunset. They have the best coctails, cigars, sasi(nargila)....etc.
7- they also have all the sea sports icluding jet ski
8- wifi working perfectlu everywhwre in the island.
9- the spa is just perfect.

İ could write much more positive things but then the review will be very long. Just dont hesitate and come to this resort.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 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, February 21, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

It gives us a great pleasure to read your wonderful review. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your holiday at our resort. I have shared your feedback with Adi and the entire team at the resort and they appreciate the same.

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

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 (Bombay), India
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I appreciated this place because it is central and dynamic.
The big difference with other hotels is the staff: they are very welcoming and efficient here.
I remember a staff who kindly helped me on several occasions at the front desk & guests service.
Food was amazing in the hotel. Rooms were nice & clean well comfortable with all requirements.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ranjit P, General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

It gives us a great pleasure to read your review. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your stay at our resort. I have shared your feedback with the entire team at the resort and they appreciate the same.

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

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

This is our second visit to the Maldives and we chose this hotel from the documentation made available by our travel agent. And the experience has been unique: first of all the atoll on which this hotel is built has one of the biggest lagoons in the Maldives. For people like this reviewer who like to " charge their batteries" by swimming, lying on the beach and reading, this lagoon is a dream. The hotel itself is excellent, the restaurants leave absolutely nothing to be desired while it is difficult to imagine in what ways the level of service can be improved. One is left with the impression that the extremely attentive,polite and competent staff somehow guesses one's desires before they are expressed in words.
Concluding, I wholeheartedly recommend this hotel and it would be a grave omission on my part if I did not add my thanks to the wonderful staff.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ranjit P, General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

It gives us a great pleasure to read your wonderful review post your 2nd visit to the Maldives. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed swimming and relaxing amidst one of the largest lagoon in Maldives. I have shared your feedback with the entire team at the resort and they appreciate the same.

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

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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