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Taj Exotica Goa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calwaddo, Benaulim 403716, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Benaulim
Gurgaon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Horrible Experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

The hotel is very grand, but the service is equally lacking. For a hotel of this scale and splendour I would have expected good if not excellent service standards, but they are sorely lacking.

  • Liked — The views of the sea
  • Disliked — Everything otherwise from room to service to cordiality of the staff - Horrible
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bombay, London
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10 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

Very good property with a lovely beach. Great food and quite child friendly, though not as much as Holiday Village. However, the rooms are significantly better.

Stayed August 2006
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china,india
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2009

i was in a vaccation to goa with my family and really wanted to spend some quality time over there...and yes we were in the right place..we got the hotel we wanted.....it was amazing with its services and specially the beach attached to it was the main attraction to us...we can rome over there without any fear as we had kids with us also....fun part was the water sports there with qualified trainers....we also enjoyed a lottt cycling over there provided by the hotel and each and every service by them was excellent..overall it was an excellent vaccation with quality and it was really a fun staying dere...

  • Liked — fast services
  • Disliked — everything was nice..
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 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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Singapore, Singapore
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2009

This is one of the best properties I have ever stayed at across the world. Its a perfect venue for those wanting to stay away from the chaos. The hotel is self sustaining- gorgeous pool, fantastic staff and courtesy, miles of almost private beach. There are bikes that you can rent and cycle across the property, and the food is spectacular.
By the evening, you can chill at the bar, or take a walk along the beach.
By far one of my best goa experiences that I am dying to repeat!

  • Liked — The space, and the peace and quiet, food and service
  • Disliked — Very far from the Airport- but still worth it!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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mumbai
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2009

Property: Excellent with a 9-hole golf course and free activities from yoga to cricket to archery. You can watch a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk9kXusWWYk

Excellent retaurants. Hospitable and friendly staff. Excellent romantic getaway.

Excellent rooms.

Spa: western spa treatment was great but the indian spa was average

Overall: a great getaway however for the elderly crowd. Also prices are a bit steep.

  • Liked — Overall a great romantic ambience
  • Disliked — Age group of other patrons; cocktail by the beach was BAD!!
  • Stayed April 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Midlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2009

We stayed at the Taj Exotica expecting it to be top class and we were very disappointed. The pool was tiny, the grounds were unimpressive and the staff were very unhelpful.

The private beach outside the hotel was tiny and the sunbeds were packed together so closely, you felt like you were sardines.

We took a walk down the beach to see if it got any better and we delighted to find it did.

We took a ten minute walk to Varca Beach and we regretted not choosing to stay here. We visited the Radisson hotel grounds and we couldnt believe our eyes.

The grounds were amazing, the pool was top class, and the beach outside of the hotel had stretches of sand and there were no rows of closely packed sunbeds in sight.

I would not go back to Taj Exotica but would happily stay at Varca Beach.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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goa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2009

we first stayed at the taj in dec 04 it was fantastic ( then dec 05 & 07 & 08) . The friendliness of the staff make this hotel . we are going back in 09 but we will miss this hotel so much because we have had our own place bult . we will go and see our friends at the taj and they will come and see us

  • Stayed December 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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Additional Information about Taj Exotica Goa

Address: Calwaddo, Benaulim 403716, India
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Location: India > Goa > Benaulim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Benaulim
#1 Family Hotel in Benaulim
#1 Romantic Hotel in Benaulim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Exotica Goa 5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the south coast of Goa on the Benaulim beach, a mere 27km from the airport, this 56 acre 140 room resort has a 700 meter beach frontage and a lovely view of the sea. With 3 specialty restaurants, a beach front season seafood shack, a 24 hour coffee shop, 2 bars, 2 spas and a seasonal outdoor spa pavilion, this resort is a popular haunt for the international as well as domestic travelers. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Taj Exotica Goa Benaulim
Taj Exotica Hotel Goa
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