A breathtaking resort quite beyond expectation, which blends contemporary luxury with natural splendour.
Elegant and understated, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is known for its exceptional service and setting. As well as being a long narrow island – from the middle of the island you can often see the water on both sides – encircled by a glorious lagoon, it’s also just 15 minutes by speedboat from Malé.
The food here is some of the best in the Maldives. Even the main beachside restaurant, 24 Degrees, is à la carte, with an extensive and diverse menu. The second fine-dining restaurant, The Deep End, is built on stilts overwater with seating around the edge of a viewing hole open to the water. A third restaurant by the poolside offers light lunches and fresh oven-baked pizzas. There are also two stylish bars and a walk-in wine cellar with vintages hand-picked by the island’s sommelier. 700m offshore, in the middle of the lagoon, the Ocean Pavilion offers complete privacy. It can be used on request for private dining, as well as couples’ spa treatments and private snorkelling trips. The extensive Jiva Grande Spa has one of the finest settings in the Maldives, and there’s a free yoga session each morning.
All of the palm-thatched villas have a dedicated butler. Lagoon Villas are in pairs on stilts, with a bath overlooking the lagoon. The signature Deluxe Lagoon Villas with Pool are set further into the lagoon. The different types of beach villa are spacious and have private pools, including the Deluxe Beach Villa with Pool and the One Bedroom Beach Suite with Pool. The impressive Rehendi Presidential Villa has an overwater suspended deck filled with sand.
In the South Malé Atoll
Good to know
Minimum stay: 5 nights 24 Dec-05 Jan.
64 beach and ocean villas and suites
• Visit an authentic local fishing island* • Arrange a private sunset cruise* • Book a spa and dining experience in the Ocean Pavilion*.
3 restaurants, wine room, 2 bars
Breakfast at 24 Degrees.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £86 • Breakfast at 24 Degrees • Dinner at 24 Degrees or a credit towards Deep End
Full Board from £151 • Breakfast at 24 Degrees • Lunch at 24 Degrees or Poolside • Dinner at 24 Degrees or a credit towards the Deep End.
*Denotes local charge