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“Welcome to Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

Quite simply the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Maldives IS Paradise. Visit at your peril as go once and we promise you will want to return! This was our third visit; our first experience was for our honeymoon in December 2004. On this occasion we were only on the Island for 3 days when the fatal tsunami hit which is obviously a much longer story than what we could write here. However the one thing that was positive about that dreadful day was the Taj Staff. Despite the fact that we had witnessed their home being destroyed (all staff live on the Island) every single member of staff went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our safety and comfort. This was enough to make us want to return to the Island in December 2005 for two heavenly weeks of sheer indulgence and luxury. At this time the resort had only been open a week or two and wasn’t completely finished. So moving forward to January 2010 and we have just visited again - wow!

From the moment you arrive at Male airport the Taj Staff take over. Your bags and you are whisked away onto a suitably large boat for a short 20 minute trip to the Island where luxury awaits you. The Island is small and idyllic and with only 64 rooms this is THE place to go for ultimate romance and to completely get away from it all. On our first trip we opted for a lagoon villa, stunning and maybe a little more private but our choice now is definitely for a deluxe beach villa. Room 304 to be precise as this offers the best sunbathing location! The beach is not private but the most people we saw walk past in a day would be about 6, more often than not your have total uninterrupted views with not a single person in sight. No idea where everyone goes, it’s amazing! Children are allowed on the resort but they are few as there are no specific facilities for them. Fortunately as a rule the children are well behaved and do not spoil the romance and tranquillity of the island. We’ve seen a number of negative comments about planes flying overhead. One of the shortfalls of the excellent short trip from the airport but you are only talking about 6 or so planes a day and you soon don’t even think about it. Similarly negative comments on the location as to seeing the lights of Male, well it’s hardly a view of skyscrapers!! Personally we quite liked seeing the few twinkling lights of Male and other small islands in the distance, and it is very much in the distance. All the rooms and villas are totally luxurious with huge comfy beds, scrumptious sheets and amazing bathrooms with gorgeous fluffy robes. The Molton Brown toiletries supplied are to die for so leave your shampoos and body lotions at home! The only negative would be the hairdryer which proved neigh on useless. The little gifts left in your room such as scrumptious cakes are an excellent extra. The rooms are kept immaculately clean by extremely friendly, polite and discreet staff. We wanted to take our housekeeper Fayaz home with us! Towels are in abundance both in the bathrooms and for the pool and beach, they could be softer but this is something we were told is being worked on! An iPod dock would have been a welcome extra but you are able to connect your iPod to the TV system so not a problem. Wi-Fi is available but at a rather high cost which we opted not to pay, perhaps this should be free in a resort of this calibre but then not looking at emails for two weeks is a holiday in itself! Then there is your “butler”. They are there to take care of your every need from restaurant bookings to experiences to excursions. Nothing is too much trouble and they will do whatever they can to make your stay on their Island Paradise more memorable. Our butler Hanoo was extremely helpful and efficient, again such a shame we couldn’t fit him in our suitcase!
So what can you do, well you shouldn’t be looking at visiting The Maldives if you are looking for an action packed holiday. It’s all about relaxation, romance and over indulgence! We visited from the 17th to the 31st of January, every day was full of sun with temperatures around 87 degrees in the day and 80 in the evening. No shoes required, don’t even attempt to walk in stilettos! No jackets and definitely no ties! This is a very relaxed resort and refreshingly unpretentious. The lagoon at the Taj Exotica is one of the largest in the Maldives and is simply stunning, shallow and warm turquoise water full of amazing fish. Hire snorkelling equipment at a very reasonable cost and go and explore. There is a pavilion you can walk to more or less or a boat will take you for $12. Amazing!! Just like swimming in a tropical fish tank and just a few metres from the shore. We saw fish of every size and colour not to mention turtles and dolphins! The Dive Centre is fantastic with very friendly and helpful staff offering many excursions for snorkelling or diving. The Taj offer many other excursions all at varying costs - visit Male or other islands, sea plane flights, etc. And then there is the Sunset Cruise - what a memorable experience!

There is a well stocked library where you can grab a novel or two to read, free computer access and pool and snooker should you wish as well as a boutique offering a wide range of goods although quite expensive. And then for total relaxation and indulgence there is The Spa. This will leave you speechless, totally amazing treatment rooms overlooking the turquoise waters of the lagoon. A wide range of luxurious treatments are on offer, they are expensive with a massage costing around $150 but the location and quality of service offered is second to none.

So to the food - excellent and both restaurants offer amazing settings. Don’t even think about having breakfast in your room, time it right to get one of the tables on the beach and to be greeted by Andrea and Vidhya your day will start off with a wonderful smile. Breakfast offers every choice imaginable and if it’s not on the menu - just ask! The service is impeccable and nothing is too much trouble. All food is plated with thankfully not a buffet table in sight. Lunch, if you need it, can be taken by the poolside or the main restaurant or our option was for in villa dining. More or less the same menu, again an amazing choice suitable for every palate, but it costs only a couple of dollars more. Portions are extremely large and we often just had one dish between us - the Nasi Goreng is delicious as is the Taj Burger. Next comes sunset drinks in the equator bar. Very friendly staff, huge choice of cocktails and any drink you can imagine, you can even have a lesson on cocktail making. Drinks are fairly expensive but then you are in a 5* resort in the middle of the Indian Ocean! There couldn’t be a better setting to watch simply amazing sunsets. A lovely addition is the telescope, what a place to view the craters on the moon! And then there is Luigi, the Sommelier, a great addition to the staff at the Taj. We spent a very pleasant, informative and amusing 2 hours wine tasting with Luigi and refreshingly it was not all about trying to get you to spend too much money on wine! We saved that extravagance for the cognac!! An excellent wine list is offered with Luigi always on hand to guide you. A very decent new world wine will set you back around $70 to $90 dollars but again you are in a luxury resort.

So finally to dinner - a choice of restaurants, in villa dining or “private dinners” anywhere you choose on the Island. The choice of food offered is very extensive, of excellent quality and superb presentation. Fresh fish in abundance but then so is anything else you could wish for. There are a number of Theme Nights as well where you can experience true Maldivian cuisine as well as Indian (the best you will get outside of India), Asian, BBQ, etc. Wherever you choose to dine the service is impeccable. 24 degrees the main restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and if you are lucky a table on the sand - magical. The Deep End is a truly romantic setting offering an a la carte menu with more of a European twist. Private Dinners are expensive - but you have to try it once - superb - it will probably be the most romantic and delicious meal you will ever experience!

We opted for bed and breakfast only so we could choose where we wanted to eat and experience all the Island has to offer. We didn’t actually make dinner after our wine tasting!! We ate and drank totally what we wanted and as a guide we spent around £250 a day on food and drink for us both. But that seriously included quite a few extravagances!

It is the staff at Taj Exotica that makes this Island so special. They are so happy it is infectious. Whatever you need or desire if they can do it for you they will, nothing is too much trouble. The General Manager, Girish and Food and Beverage Director, Bjoern are fairly new to the Island and are very keen to continue to improve what the Island has to offer. A hard task to improve on perfection and from our experience we could not have been looked after better. So to them and to Mohit, Luigi, Andrea, Vidhya, Hanoo, Fayaz and every single member of staff who looked after us so well - thank you - our suntans will soon fade but our memories of sharing your Island with you will remain with us forever. See you in March 2011.....

So to sum it up this is a 5*+ luxury resort with totally impeccable service, amazing staff, luxurious rooms and a refreshingly relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. Because of this, yes, it’s expensive but seriously it is so worth it!

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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KunalArya, Resort Coordinator at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 8, 2010
Dear Guest

Greeting from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

It is great to hear that you had another wonderful experience at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

We would like to thank you for your outstanding review. We have communicated your comments to The General Manager, Girish Sehgal, Food and Beverage Director, Bjoern Hiller, Mohit, Luigi, Andrea, Vidhya, Hanoo, Fayaz and the entire team at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa who are delighted to have received your note. I am certain, this will serve as a source of inspiration for us to achieve higher standards of excellence.

It is our constant endeavour to enhance and upgrade our product to keep up with the emerging trends. We are working on ensuring that our guests staying in the beach villas experience complete privacy not only in their villas but also at their stretch of the beach. The resort being in close proximity to the capital Male does have its unique advantages. While we might have certain villas that do face the Male island which also happens to be the smallest capital in the world, most of our villas have an unobstructed view of deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean. As your rightly pointed out apart from the twinkling of lights the other island go unnoticed. And being the largest lagoon in Maldives 200 acres assures you the maximum distance from any other island when compared to most of the resorts in Maldives. You would be delighted to know that we have already changed the hairdryers in 27 villas and all the remaining would be completed before the end of March 2010 and have received positive feedback on the same. While the villas do not have a separate I Pod dock we do have the facility of connecting the I Pod to the LCD television which not only provides for a fabulous sound system but also gives the guests an option to view movies from their I POD on our large 42 inches screen television.

With regards to our Food and Beverage options, after your feedback we conducted a survey and you would be happy to know, while most of our menu items are in line with other luxury resorts we have made necessary amendments to some of the dishes to bring us in line with the other luxury resorts.

WIFI in the rooms in chargeable however, we do provide free high speed internet for all our guests in the library and suites and we since this is a company wide policy we will communicate your inputs to our Home office for their consideration.

Once again I would like to thank you for your very valuable feedback which is integral to our quest for excellence. It was indeed a pleasure for all of us to welcome you back to our resort and to hear of your experiences and get your suggestions. We all at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives eagerly await your return to our island paradise in March 2011 and we will ensure that you have another memorable holiday with us.

In the meanwhile if I can be of any assistance please do contact me.

Warm regards
Kunal Arya
Resort Coordinator
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2010

One of the most incredible weeks of our lives! My husband booked it as a honeymoon surprise and decided on the Taj because of the dive centre. We stayed in one of the stilted rooms which were amazing, it had a plunge pool out on the deck with a gorgeous view of the ocean. EVERYTHING about this resort was amazing, where do i start....the food - have been craving everything we ate since leaving especially the best burger i've ever had in my life! I would love to get my hands on the recipes of everything! The staff - welcoming, friendly, accommodating, hospitable, fantastic! The bar - excellent! The band that plays at the bar - seriously one of the best soft rock/reggae bands i've ever heard play live, lead singer - what a voice! I even loved all the glasswear and cutlery that the resort use - where can i buy the drink glasses??? The spa - we had 2 massages each which were bliss. Lastly the diving - the best diving we have ever done. We completed our open padis out there with a korean lady who was a brilliant instructor. When can we go back.....?

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 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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KunalArya, Resort Coordinator at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 27, 2010
Dear Guest

Greeting from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

It is great to hear that you had a wonderful honeymoon at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

Thank you for your outstanding review. We have communicated your comments to the entire team at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Sandra the Korean Dive Center executive. We are certain that your feedback will serve as an inspiration for us to achieve higher standards of excellence.

The entire team at the resort joins me in expressing our gratitude to you for your feedback and are passionate in ensuring that all our guests go back with fond memories of their stay with us, only to return for new memorable experiences.

For information on the glassware and any particular recipe which you want please do contact me at kunal.arya@tajhotels.com and I would be delighted to assist you with the same.

We hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

In the meantime, if I can be of any assistance please do let me know.

Kunal Arya
Resort Coordinator
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

Where do I start. I write as a 21 year old traveller who has been probably to some of the best resorts in the world, with a family of very keen travellers. Words cannot do justice to my sentiments that this is probably one of the best places in the world to go to for pure relaxation and to truly get away from everything. People talk about 'paradise', but if ever there was one, THIS MUST BE IT.

From the exceedingly friendly, helpful, sweet and kind staff, to the absolutely mouth-wateringly incredible food (better curries than even my grandmother's - and that's saying something! and every egg type and fresh juice you can think of at breakfast ), beautiful deserted beaches (I stayed during fully capacity but even then, you feel like you have parts of the place to yourself), luxury villas and sensual spa, this place is an absolute must in life.

But it's not these features that make this place unique, what makes it truly special are the very small touches that the Taj endeavours to add to your experience. From complimentary sorbets and cooling water sprays handed around by the staff at the poolside, to beautifully crafted florentine biscuits randomly left for you in your room at the end of the day, to the sweet scent of fresh lemon as you walk into the island shop, the ice teas distributed for anyone waiting at reception, the giant telescope at the bar for stargazing, and the extra mile that all staff are willing to go to to attend to your needs, the Taj arouses an exotic mix of sensations that one never knew one had, or that one could never feel elsewhere.

Is it pricey? Yes. But is it worth it? Absolutely. Chances are that you will never come to a place like this again, and so it is definitely worth saving enough to ensure that you can be on this island for the duration of your stay comfortable enough so as not to have to calculate every decision that you make based upon cost. Of course there are some things which are particularly expensive such as the spa treatments, but these can quite easily go unnoticed or avoided. Generally the Maldives is rather expensive anyway as most products are imported, so you are paying a heftier sum for this. Furthermore the islands primary industry is tourism, and therefore they need to generate their main source of income from this, particularly since tourism is seasonal.

So in summary, YOU HAVE NOT LIVED UNTIL YOU'VE BEEN HERE!! Some of the nice people you'll ever meet, most beautiful food in the world (and food served from cuisines across the world), feelings of being in absolute desertion with barely anything between you and the horizon apart from ocean, warm temperatures and luxury conditions, I urge you all to go to the Taj Exotica if you can!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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KunalArya, Resort Coordinator at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 20, 2010
Greeting from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

It is great to hear that you had a memorable holiday at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

We are delighted to receive your heart warming review. We have communicated your comments to the entire team at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and we are sure your comments will serve as an inspiration for us to achieve even higher standards of excellence. We at the resort take immense pride in what we do. For all of us at the resort this is not just a vocation but a passion and it feels great that the team has managed to create a memorable experience for you.

We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and for another memorable holiday with us.

In the meantime, if I can be of any assistance please do let me know.

Warm regards
Kunal Arya
Resort Coordinator
kunal.arya@tajhotels.com
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

We had a great time at this hotel, everything was excellent, and the people who work there take pride in their jobs which is why this hotel is absolutely the best you can get. Hats off to Hassan who was our host and Vidhya who made sure we got everything we requested for. Its been 1.5 years since i visited and the memories are still as fresh as it was yesterday. We will see you soon!! This time it will be more then just 7 nights!

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 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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KunalArya, Resort Co-ordinatore at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 10, 2010
Dear Guest,

Greeting from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

It is great to hear that you had another memorable holiday at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

Thank you for your time to provide a kind review. We have communicated your comments to Hassan, Vidhya and the entire team at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and we are sure that your appreciation will serve as an inspiration for us to achieve even higher standards of excellence.

We hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, this time round for more than 7 days and we will ensure you have another memorable stay.

In the meantime, if I can be of any assistance please do let me know.

Warm regards
Kunal Arya
Resort Co-ordinator
kunal.arya@tajhotels.com
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2009

The Taj exotica was a wonderful getaway for my husband and me. The rooms were great, the sea was ultra clean and very clear. I was impressed by the resort's eco friendly approach. The friendly staff really went the extra mile for us, whether it was to find us an ipod charger, or to keep the restaurant open a little later. The meditation classes at the spa are a must try as Dr Pravesh was really really good.
However, the island is quite small so I think 4 days is enough, and the food has too much of an indian flavor-I should have know that as it is a Taj hotel. The other negative point is that there aren't enough excursions and the snorkelling and fishing weren't very successful as I was expecting to see better fish snorkelling, and our group didn't catch many fish on our fishing trip.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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KunalArya, Resort Co-ordinator at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, December 29, 2009
Dear Guest,

Greeting from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

Thank you for your positive note. We have communicated your comments to the entire team at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and we are sure they will serve as an inspiration for us to achieve even higher standards of excellence.

While Taj is a hospitality chain with our Head Office in Mumbai we do pride ourselves in being a truly international company, which is evident through our growing international presence as well as being recognized by global travel bodies like Conde Nast (Best Leisure Hotel's list in the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards - Oct'09) being recognized as the ‘Best Leading Hotel’ - Nov'09 among the 450 iconic 'Leading Hotels of the World' across the globe to name a few recent accolades.

Our speciality restaurant - Deep End which is the only restaurant in Maldives to be featured in the list of Conde Nast’ Hot Tables specializes in Progressive World Cuisine which is quintessentially blending the various flavours of European cuisine. Our all day dining restaurant 24 Degrees does feature various options from all over the world ranging from South America to comfort food from Europe to the cuisines of Far East

We would also like to apologize if you were not offered enough choice of activities and excursions. We are constantly working on upgrading the activities offered at the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives and do have Sunrise and Night fishing, deep sea diving, catamaran rides, banana boat rides, sea plane tours, sunset cruise in different boats, dolphin cruise, kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling at three different times of the day, moonlit cruises, island exploration to name a few activities available to our guests.

We will be more than happy to hear your further feedback as your inputs are integral to our quest for excellence. You can write to me at kunal.arya@tajhotels.com

We hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and we will ensure you have another memorable stay and our chefs would be more than delighted to conjure up dishes of your choice.

In the meantime, if I can be of any assistance please do let me know.

Best regards
Kunal Arya
Resort Co-ordinator
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2009

To fit a great hotel on a strip of island not more than 200 feet wide looks difficult and is not for the timid. But the Taj Group have built a really wonderful property in the Maldive group of islands in the Indian Ocean. The trip to the hotel from the airport is an exhilirating 15 minute boat ride. The reception in a small cottage is another revealing experience. And then are the rooms or rather cottages built on the Ocean itself with a lovely wading pool for fresh water and 10 steps down from the room to the ocean - a beautiful aquamarine where the floor is clearly visible.
The 2 bars offer a unique ambience and are in total alignment with the 2 'accompanying' restaurants. One basic with sumptous food from several continents and the other more elegant and refined with staff willing to recommend dishes and help customeres select from the delectable menu. To remain busy and fit is a gymnasium, a spa which offers treatments for all aches and pains and an excellent library where one can browse for hours.
The weather was rough during our 4 night stay so water sports (snorkeling, wind surfing and deep sea diving) were all severly restricted. The weather was unusual for this time of the year but then so was our holiday - spectacularly different. We are going back!

  • Liked — Style and location of rooms with service
  • Disliked — Walk to the dining area!
  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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KunalArya, Resort Co-ordinator at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, December 29, 2009
Dear Guest

Greeting from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

Thank you for your positive note. We have communicated your comments to the entire team at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and we are sure they will serve as an inspiration for us to achieve even higher standards of excellence.

To ensure that guests staying in rooms away from the lobby are not inconvenienced due to the long walk to the restaurants for meals we do have golf carts at the resort.

We will be more than happy to hear your further feedback as your inputs are integral to our quest for excellence. You can write to me at kunal.arya@tajhotels.com

We hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and we will ensure you have another memorable holiday.

In the meantime, if I can be of any assistance please do let me know.

Best regards
Kunal Arya
Resort Co-ordinator
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2009

If you're looking for somewhere stunning, with great service and amazing food then this is the perfect place to visit. We spent 7 nights here for our honeymoon, and after spending several months doing my research I am so glad I chose the Taj.

Whilst landing into Male airport we could see the ocean below dotted with hundreds of beautiful little island......I knew this place was going to be special. We were picked up by the hotel representatives and quickly transfered onto a private speed boat.

After a quick check-in, we were transfered to our Deluxe Lagoon Villa (411) at the far end of the island. The room was perfect, there was plenty of space and a large deck with private plunge pool. It had all the luxuries and amenities you would expect from a 5 star resort. The bathroom was clean and well stocked with lots of Molten Brown toiletries. Our room was cleaned twice a day and a treat left on our coffee table every night., including a platter of Indian sweets to celebrate Diwali. The water outside our room was full of fish and great for snorkelling in but the current was quite strong and maybe not the best place on the island for a lazy swim.

Meals at the Taj were an absolute treat. We were on a half-board meal plan with breakfast and dinner included. Vidhya, the restaurant manager, greeted every guest by name and couldn't have done any more for us. She remebered exactly what we like to drink everyday and always found us a nice quite table away from any large groups. The food was world-class and the A la Carte menu had plenty of choice. The menu leans heavily towards Asian/Oriental dishes and this was just what we like. There is another high-end restaurant on the island but we never felt the need to eat there, as there was plent of variety at the regular one.

As part of the honeymoon package we had several extras thrown in. The sunset cruise was a nice way to see the island and famous Maldivian sunset. We also had a couples massage which was very relaxing.....and the ginger tea at the start was delicious. Our private dinner on the beach was a gourmet feast all washed down with a lovely bottle of wine. Amit the head barman gave us a quick lesson in wine tasting and a tour of the well stocked wine cellar......just a shame we didn't get a chance to experience the cocktail making lessons with him. The hotel has plenty of activities and we took advantage of a snorkelling trip to the local reef. The Dive Centre staff were all so helpful and supplied us with fresh towels and cold water bottles on the trip.

The island is spotless, from the beach to the well-stocked library. There are nearly three times as many staff to guests and yet you never feel crowded. Our butler, Hanoo was very helpful, from organising our private dinner to getting our clothes ironed at the laundry service when he couldn't find an ironing board for us to use.

The weather was perfect too, even though the reports had said it was going to rain on every day of our trip.

Overall a truely exceptional honeymoon destination and highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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KunalArya, Resort Co-ordinator at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, responded to this review, December 29, 2009
Dear Guest,

Greeting from Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.

Thank you for your glowing review. We have communicated your comments to Vidhya, Amit, Hanoo and the entire team at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and we are sure they will serve as an inspiration for us to achieve even higher standards of excellence.

We hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and we will ensure you have another memorable stay.

In the meantime, if I can be of any assistance please do let me know.

Best regards
Kunal Arya
Resort Co-ordinator
Email: kunal.arya@tajhotels.com
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Additional Information about Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

Address: 20117
Phone Number:
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*
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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Also Known As:
Taj Exotica Resort And Spa
Taj Exotica Hotel Emboodhu Finolhu
Taj Exotica Maldives
Taj Exotica Resort All Inclusive
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives/Emboodhu Finolhu

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