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August 6, 2014updated Oct 23, 2015

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

By Neharika Padala

Island Aerial / Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

Just 15 minutes by private luxury speedboat from Malé International Airport, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives epitomizes boutique island paradise. Exclusive, private, and inimitably romantic, the award-winning resort spans the length of a pristine, powder-white beach that gives way to one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives.

The island itself is lush with tropical plants, its natural beauty blending seamlessly with the resort’s thoughtful design. A member of The Leading Hotels of theWorld, Taj Exotica offers its guests the finest in contemporary luxuries and services, including an authentic Indian spa, freshwater infinity pool, a choice of gourmet cuisine, endless recreational options, and space to just relax and take in a locale that is simply magical.

Top Suite: The Rehendi Suite 

Master Bedroom / The Rehendi Suite

Number of rooms in suite: Two bedrooms and a living room

Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of bathrooms: Three

Number of suites in hotel: 64 villas

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Suite style: Elegant, island-chic décor with beautiful, naturalcolored furnishings and tropical accent pieces

Key selling points: This sprawling overwater villa—with a living room, two bedrooms, spacious his-and-her master bathrooms, and a glass-walled guest bathroom with infinite views of the Indian Ocean—leaves nothing to be desired. Breezy interiors with vaulted ceilings open onto a private sundeck boasting a 40-foot freshwater pool, two salas for outdoor lounging, and a suspended deck with soft white sand. Completing the scene is an inviting hammock that sways over the beautiful turquoise lagoon.



  • Square footage: 5,382
  • Nightly rate: $7,000 to $15,000

General Manager Ranjit Phillipose 

Emboodhu Finolhu Island, South Malé Atoll, Maldives

 (960) 664-2200

Spa services

Ayurveda Pavilion / Jiva Grande Spa

Jiva Grande Spa: Located at the far end of the private island, this sanctuary provides complete rejuvenation for body, mind, and soul through holistic Indian therapies and treatments.

Among its many facilities are a yoga and meditation pavilion; a luxury hammam; two lavish overwater couple’s spa suites; a heat, hydro, and relaxation pavilion; and a unique royal Indian mud and bathing pavilion. A special Ayurveda pavilion offers age-old therapies in consultation with the resort’s resident Ayurveda physician, and complimentary sessions of yoga and meditation are led by the resident yogi. Tropical inspired interiors and spectacular ocean views round out this beautiful wellness oasis.

Signature treatment: Alepa

Spa Director Rohit Barotra,

(960) 664-2200;


Top Restaurant & Bar

The Deep End / Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, MaldivesThe Deep End: Progressive world cuisine with European roots will entice your taste buds at this à la carte eatery whose menu offers a broad selection of meats, seafood, vegetarian options, and fine wines.

The Equator Bar: A jovial mood pervades this cleverly named spot where traditional vintages, New World wines, cocktails, and cigars accompany a vibrant soundtrack. Special Services

Private island dining: Choose your favorite spot on the island, and the staff will make it the setting for an unforgettable dining experience.

Private Beach Dining / Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

Ocean pavilion dining: This private pavilion, awarded “One of the Three Unusual” dining spots in the Maldives, is situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with nothing but the silence of the lagoon intruding on your privacy.

Recreation: From sunset cruises to seaplane photo flights, the resort ensures that you make the most of this haven, in the way that suits your interests. For those seeking more than a gorgeous beach, there’s a PADI-recognized ocean sports and dive center, as well as soccer, beach volleyball, game fishing, snorkeling, and an array of indoor games including billiards. Culture and history buffs will enjoy guided trips to Malé and a Maldivian fishing village.

Awards & Ratings

  • Awarded “Top Hotels Maldives for Service” by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2014.
  • Listed in Luxury Travel Australia Gold List 2014 – Best Overseas Resort.
  • Ranked Joint #1 “The 35 Best Island Resorts for Food” in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award 2013.
  • Awarded the “Best Honeymoon Hotel” by Russian Eye Awards 2013.
  • Awarded “Top Hotels in Asia and Maldives, Top Luxury Hotels in Maldives, and Top Hotels for Romance in Asia and Maldives” by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2014.
  • Awarded the “Leading Food & Beverage Hotel” and “Leading Wellness & Spa Resort” by MATATO in December 2013 Maldives Travel Awards.
  • Awarded the “Best in Asia and Pacific” by the Leading Hotels of the World in November 2013 Annual Convention in New York, USA.
  • Jiva Grande Spa is awarded the “Favorite Hotel Spa Overseas” by Condé Nast Traveler India in the Readers’ Travel Award 2013.
  • The Deep End Specialty restaurant is awarded the “2013 Award of Excellence” by the Wine Spectator for the 4th Consecutive Year
  • Voted No. 1 Best Resort in Asia and No. 2 in the World by Condé Nast Traveler in 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.


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