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“Swiss Domes on Radhanagar Beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dolphin Resort
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Havelock Island
Certificate of Excellence
India
Level Contributor
35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Swiss Domes on Radhanagar Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

This review for the Swiss Domes located on Radhanagar Beach, which is part of the Dolphin Resort of Havelock Island. There are 4 domes located right on Radhanagar Beach, so from the time you wake up in the morning till about 10am, you have the whole beach to yourself. Out of the 4 domes, 2 are usually reserved for the guests of the Lt. Governor of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the other 2 are available for tourists. We did not get booking at the main resort located on Vijaynagar beach, so as a last resort we decided to stay at the Swiss Domes.
The facility is extremely basic, without any attached restaurant, but the location is something that you cannot ignore. Maintenance is an issue here but we ignored all that simply because of the superb location.
The attendants are quite helpful, so if you are not finicky you will enjoy your stay here.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Avid1_Traveller
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

I visited Havelock island in month of September 2013 and got us 2 rooms of Deluxe Cat.in Dolphin resort. Rooms were quite spacious, fitted with AC,LCD with cable connection, attached with bathroom which by the way in most of other hotels in Havelock is a rare to find. The toilets n bathroom in Havelock are mostly common elsewhere.Food is very good, almost next to home considering the optimum use of spices. Buffet in lunch n dinner is pretty good.Breakfast is little disappointing but mostly one would be skipping it if he /she enrolled for the SCUBA courses.
June to September is off season and one gets 25 % off on base prices .
The tariffs are :
Deluxe Rs. 1000
Semi -Deluxe- Rs. 1500
Super- Deluxe-Rs. 2000
Plus taxes

So in the end I just ended up shelling Rs. 750 per room which is way cheaper than rest of resorts which cost more than 4200 for a day without any of the facilities.
This resort is under Directorate of Tourism so no chance of any foul play.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Srijan S
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Uttarpara, West Bengal, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

We have stayed 3rd and 4th September,2013 during our family tour. Location is very nice and maintenance of this resort is very good. Garden is very nice and view the sea seating in the garden is marvalous we eajoy a lot. The room size is big and a very comfortable cool stay.

Room Tip: Try to take room near Reception Office so you can see sea from your room.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank goutamsaha
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Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh, India
Level Contributor
87 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

The hotel has the best view of teh beach and seating arrangements near the beach are great.. the beach is sandy with small rocks and having moderate waves .. overall a very pleasant view....

The gardens are decent and rooms are big in size having a good view of the beach as well as the gardens are well maintained. The price is also very very cheap compared to any other resort in Havelock.. you can get a good room with all standard amenities (AC) for just Rs 1000 and a vip cottage for Rs 2000. But you need to go through a process to book the same...as its not available online or agents generally avoid it....

The major problem will be with the service and restuarent... Almost any place will ask us to place order in advance and its the same here but the quality of food is the worst .. The veg curry ( kadi pakoda curry ) probably made with coconut oil.. dhal/ sambar .. still we could not decide and even the manager got confused . Except the picle and papad nothing is worth eating.... served a payasam which is salty and not sweet.... anyway I sugest just forget about the restuarent and even the service.....

There is a shop near by Just before entering the main road where you can get Biscuits , cool drinks etc.. depend on that and there are a lot of restuarents .... near by.. forget about food and service you can enjoy the resort....

Room Tip: Expecting good service....... forget about this resort... select VIP rooms
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Hemanth R
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Chandigarh, India
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Hi
This resort is bang on the sea and the view is too Good it has its own beach no other resort has this cool view.The rate of room is also less if one can manage a deluxe guest room. One can enjoy amazing high tide and low tide happening in front of your deluxe/ vip guest room. You must go for deluxe guest room. Food is normal and has fixed timing for serving, No wine served and no wine shop nearby. One should contact an auto wala there he will be of great help than taxi, he can take you all around without much price. A family resort dont worry its cool place.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank rakesh v
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Plano, Texas
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

This resort is located at best location on island facing peaceful beach with amazing views. You can enjoy amazing sunrise just in front of your cottage. Perfect place to hang out with your family or beloved. Cottages are clean and extra spacious, I had a VIP cottage (INR 2000/night which is almost 1/3 of other private resorts on Island) worth every penny!

Being a government property, there are few cons - No room service, Not many food options available but you can get lot of food options in nearby restaurants.
But I don't think that lot of people travelling to Islands are specific about room service and luxuries.
Resorts best offering is the views and quite private beach access which is all most cares about - It makes this resort number 1 choice on the Island.

Evenings and Mornings are wonderful at the resort. You can just still by the wall hanging out your feet and play with striking waves. or you can take a walk on the white sand.

Yes, As others mentioned - they have fixed timings for lunch/breakfast and dinner so you will have to make you schedule accordingly if you want to have food at resort.
Cable TV is available now but not with wide choice of channels but I am sure you least care about TV out on such a wonderful place!!

LUXURY SEEKERS: This resort is not for you!!

If you care about quite place by the blue water, amazing sun rise - This is the best choice for you!! - have fun!

Room Tip: Try to get VIP cottage. rates: INR 2000/night you get a wonderful huge sea facing A/C cottage at al...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Rajesh P
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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Level Contributor
47 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Located at the Beach No 5 on Havelock island, the property is a Govt run one and like most Govt run properties its a bit of hit and miss

The obvious features of the resort are,
a) The view.... Ch0osing the right cottage( VIP/delux) you get a "MILLION DOLLAR" view of the sea
b) The rooms are fine not flash, but very economical
c) The food is FINE but choices are limted
d) Food is available at FIXED timings so you need to be slightly organised in your ordering or else run the risk of spending the night on Maggi!!!
e) Bookings to the Radhanagar beach and snorkeling at Elephant beach can be organised through the property at almost similar market price.
f) No Cable Television (atleast not in 2008) .... Check availability if you need one.

Room Tip: Chose the VIP cottage for very spacious rooms with an idyllic view.....
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Sumit_Pradhan
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Property: Dolphin Resort
Address: Vijay Nagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
Location: India > Andaman and Nicobar Islands > Havelock Island
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Havelock Island
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Havelock Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Dolphin Hotel Havelock Island
Dolphin Resort Havelock Island

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