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“RELAX !” 4 of 5 stars
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Barefoot at Havelock
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Radhanagar Village (Beach No 7), Havelock Island 744101, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Havelock Island
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“RELAX !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

First, Havelock is a crowded place. Most of the guests are backpackers or divers, in holiday season Indians come a lot, too. The traffic on the narrow mainroad is quite dangerous, he drivers are often reckless. Most of the resorts are placed along the main beaches, many of them are not worth the money. So for Havelock, BAREFOOT is a good option. We rented one of the big tents, they are spacious and comfortable.
A real nice place to relax.
Concerning the food : not la grande cuisine, but not too bad, either.

Room Tip: Take a tent !
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We spent a part of our honeymoon at Barefoot and the courteous staff, the lovely cottages and design of the resort, the beautiful beach and the wonderfully silent jungle, all this made the stay very memorable. I would totally love to go back!

The only slight let-down was the food. The sea food, whatever we had was good, but other kinds of Indian food is not that great, though not bad either.

Room Tip: Choose any of the cottages, we were at the cheapest one, but that was very comfortable too, even tho...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

After a 24 hour journey from London we arrived at Barefoot exhausted, but we were welcomed by the lovely staff and the most beautiful scenery which made it all worth it. We stayed in the tented cottages which were like a scene from Harry Potter, when you walked in you didn't expect a four poster bed, a mini bar, changing room and big open bathroom. Beyond our expectations.

The staff were lovely especially John, who saw to our every need and our lovely waiter Sean. The food was yummy! Fresh and so tasty. We also did yoga, which is set in the most beautiful surroundings overlooking the forest everything is lush. The teacher was brilliant and so friendly, he also does yoga massage, gutted we didn't know about this until the end.

Would highly recommend staying here, has a lovely chilled vibe and you are minutes from Beach number 7 which is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been too. Go! Go! Go!!!

Room Tip: The tented cottages are a little cheaper than the actual cottages, but are still lovely and cosy.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at barefoot for 3 nights in the 2 nd week of February. It was a great experience!
Clean, comfortable cottages, helpful and courteous hotel staff and good food in the restaurant.. What else can you ask for?
The location of the hotel is out of the world! Amidst a dense forest and yet just a 2 min walk from the beach.
The beach is stunning and the visibility under water is superb.
If you want to snorkel or dive, this is the place to go.
The scuba diving instructors are very good and with a one on one instructor my 1 st attempt at diving also felt so easy!
Great holiday, would definitely go back!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We just got back after celebrating our 2nd Wedding Anniversary over there and words just can't just describe how we feel. In short the place is paradise, with a lots of greenery, peace and quite and an awesome staff n health spa. Completely isolated from the mainland and the hustle and bustle of daily city life. A very special mention to the manager Rajesh, Julie, John &Neil. Thank you for everything. Looking fwd to come back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good but would personally suggest u take the Nicobari cottages, which are very ver...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed in the tented cottage at barefoot - (the budget option). However, these were very smart, with a four poster bed, a separate dressing room, bathroom, and are in the style of an African safari tent.

The cottage was decorated very nicely, however the one flaw is that there were a few wild visitors to our room every so often - given that the resort is in the middle of the jungle this can be expected but some guests may not enjoy this side of things.

The restaurant is good, while our waiter, Sean was superb, remembering exactly how we liked each dish and taking responsibility for us at every meal.

Barefoot's flagship feature however is its position on beach number 7. It is truly stunning, and one could stay there for weeks on end.

The one major flaw with the barefoot group however is their relationship with 'the nest' in port blair. While it seems hard to avoid a night in port blair, avoid staying in their sister hotel, where the staff are unfriendly, do not speak english and the hotel (if you can call a half built apartment block that), is out of town with no taxis available. This was a dampener on a brilliant week at barefoot, and i would advise you to try to find somewhere else to stay!

Room Tip: Tents on the ends are perhaps quieter!
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  • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The atemosphere of barefoot is wonderful with a beautiful rainforest backdrop. The beach is only 100 m away and is probably the best beach we have visited.

The restaurant was reasonably priced, with the wait staff very attentive and helpful.

Unfortunately we caught bed bugs in one of the huts, and staff failed to believe us despite showing them multiple typical bed bugs bites. They were very quite unhelpful and did not offer an alternative room, nor offer to clean the hut or our belongings. In the end we slept on a mattress on the ground.

Other than the bed bug fiasco, it was a lovely place to stay.

Room Tip: the tents are very nice but quite far from the facilities i.e restaurant and beach. avoid the hut...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Radhanagar Village (Beach No 7), Havelock Island 744101, India
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Location: India > Andaman and Nicobar Islands > Havelock Island
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Havelock Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Barefoot at Havelock 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover India's best kept secret - the Andaman Islands - at the Barefoot Group's first eco-retreat called 'Barefoot at Havelock.' Located exclusively on what TIME Magazine in November 2004 rated as the best beach in Asia, our small resort is set in rain forest and tropical fruit trees behind a pristine 2 km white-sand stretch of the quirkly named Beach No. 7 at Havelock Island. ... more   less 
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