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Taj Exotica

Star Rating: 5 star

in Benaulim, Goa, India

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Taj Exotica details

Palm-filled gardens, a sweep of pale sand and traditional Goan décor - the Taj Exotica has tropical escape written all over it.

If there’s a secret formula to getting away from it all, this place is it. Think 56 acres of tropical gardens, a sandy beach alongside and nothing nearby to break the idyll. In fact, the only thing that might disturb the peace here comes in the evening, when the local fishermen break into song while they land their catches on the beach.

As for the hotel itself, it really plays on its surroundings. Take the lobby. Drenched with natural light, this cavernous vaulted space is furnished with potted palms, ceiling fans and cushioned sofas. In the gardens, meanwhile, lush palms and flower-lined patios give way to the pool. Lay on a sunlounger here and you’ve got great views of the sea out between the trees and over the Taj’s pitch-and-putt course. A stroll past the greens and you’re on the beach – a sweep of cushiony sands stretching to the horizon. One of the hotel’s restaurants has bagged a prime spot here. With its thatched roof and canoe-shape bar, the Lobster Shack lets you dig into fresh local seafood while drinking in the Indian Ocean panoramas.

There’s more to look forward to on the food front, too. Along with gourmet Chinese and Mediterranean numbers, the Taj has a buffet restaurant, plus a wood-panelled bar hung with old photographs for you to inspect over ice-cold G&Ts. Top prize for décor, though, goes to the Alegria. All blue patterned tiles and rich, heavy wood, its Portuguese looks are the perfect complement to its traditional Goan cooking. Authenticity is the keynote in the rooms, too. Features include dark wooden beds and louvred window shutters teamed with rich creams and splashes of rustic blue. There are plenty of thoughtful extras, too, including DVD players and tea and coffee kits. The pool villas, meanwhile, offer extra indulgence in the form of private pools.

The final touch comes from the facilities. Guests have an excellent choice, ranging from a luxurious spa with Ayurvedic suites and hot tubs through to a gym and tennis – all ready and waiting when you want a break from doing nothing.

Location

• On a 700m stretch of beach overlooking Arabian Sea

Transfer time


1 hour 15 minutes

Swimming pool


• Swimming pool • Sun terrace • Sunbeds • Pool and beach bars • Well tended gardens

Meals


• Eugenia coffee shop serving buffet breakfast and international and local à la carte dishes for lunch and dinner • Miguel Arcanjo Mediterranean restaurant • Li Bai Chinese restaurant • Alegria Goan restaurant • Snack bar • Barbecue serving seasonal seafood • Lobster Shack • Christmas and New Year gala dinners

Activities


• Fitness centre • Gym • Taj Spa and Ayurveda • Beauty salon • Whirlpool bath • Tennis • 3 and 9-hole pitch and putt • Bicycle hire • Beach volleyball • Giant chess • Archery range • Jogging track • Yoga • Pool tables • Table tennis

Entertainment


• Lobby bar

For families


• Children’s section of main pool with waterslide • Children's activity centre • Play area

Other facilities


• 24hr room service • Laundry service

Room facilities


All rooms have twin beds or double bed, air-conditioning, satellite TV, DVD player, telephone, fridge, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer.

Garden Villas are set in the gardens and sleep up to 3 adults.

Deluxe sea-view rooms are located in the main building and sleep up to 3 adults. All rooms have a shower and separate bath.

Pool Villas are set in the gardens, sleeping up to 2 adults and have a private pool.

Rooms:


140

Lifts:


1

Official rating:


5 Star

Special Offers


Guests staying for 10 nights or more will receive one special Goan dinner complimentary per room per stay, excluding alcoholic beverages, a 15% discount on à la carte meals, excluding alcoholic beverages and a 15% discount on spa treatments.

Honeymooners will receive complimentary local wine, fruit and flowers on arrival.

Extra Local Charges


Some facilities may incur extra local charges, please see the A-Z Guide

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