Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans

Mar 17, 2019

Most island hotels boast about their seclusion, but the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, set on Havelock Island in India’s far-flung Andaman Islands, doesn’t need to bother. The journey to this 54-suite hotel on a remote archipelago usually includes an international flight, a domestic flight and a ferry ride, but the trek pays off when you arrive. Concealed in the rainforest on the edge of Rhadanagar Beach, Taj Exotica was built to accommodate its surroundings, with endemic plants and 13 hectares of untouched mangrove forest punctuating the 18-hectare site, as well as an organic garden that supplies the property’s three restaurants. The eco-friendly villas are constructed from palmilla and coconut wood and raised on stilts—a nod to the traditional homes of the Andamans’ indigenous people. The ocean is mere steps away for easy access to kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling, and though you can’t see the beach from your suite, you can hear the rolling of the waves from almost every corner of the resort. tajhotels.com; doubles from $461.—MARY HOLLAND

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