We stayed five nights at the Taj Exotica, escaping Delhi in a volcano-caused exile. We'd eaten at the restaurant a couple of years before when staying in a small guest-house in Benaulim, so we knew we were in for an amazing hotel. Given such high expectations, it was easy for the hotel to fall short, but it didn't and we were still wowed.
Every aspect of our stay was perfect in every way. The room, a deluxe room with a patio and a hot-tub, was large and comfortable with plush and luxurious bed linen and comfortable air conditioning. So as a result, we slept perfectly every night. Given the proximity of the sea, the pool and the spa, we didn't bother with the hot tub, so the upgrade that put us in that room wasn't entirely appreciated. That said, the upgrade also included full board, which was very much appreciated.
Food at the restaurants (we ate this time at the Coffee Shop, but previously ate in the Italian restaurant) was excellent and removed any prejudice we might have had of eating from a buffet. Cocktails are well made and, by the standards of 5-star hotels in India, reasonably priced.
The spa is well worth a visit and we had head massages that were incredibly relaxing.
Service at the pool and on the beach is superb, though some people sitting near us on the beach seemed to get quite upset about being pestered by hawkers every 30-60 minutes whilst on the beach. The hawkers are harmless, friendly and actually keep their distance from the back of the beach where the hotel's chairs are. Prices are bonkers by local standards, but still a fraction of European prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the south coast of Goa on the Benaulim beach, a mere 27 km 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 seasonal seafood shack, a 24 hour all day diner, 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 Goa Hotel Benaulim
- Taj Exotica Hotel Goa