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Indian Hotels Company Limited, South Asia's leading hospitality company, today announces the opening of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans and introduces India's newest beach destination. Set in relatively undiscovered Havelock Islands, the resort is located on the crescent shaped Radhanagar Beach, reputed to be one of the best beaches in Asia. Taj has taken great care to construct a 72 villa world-class resort in 46 acres of forest and mangroves while preserving the fragile eco-system of the island.

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Speaking about the new addition to the iconic Taj portfolio, Puneet Chhatwal, MD and CEO, Indian Hotels Company Limited said, “Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is a milestone launch for us. Taj has been instrumental in developing India’s tourism potential in Rajasthan, Kerala and Goa and putting them on the global map. The opening of this resort further strengthens IHCL’s position of pioneering destinations and offering the largest network of leisure hotels. Known for its virgin white sand beaches and tropical forests, the Andamans is poised to be one of the top travel destinations for 2018. The hotel blends seamlessly in the island habitat with a focus on sustainability to create minimal footprint within the natural ecosystem. We look forward to extending the legendary Taj hospitality to our guests in the Andamans.”

Accommodation and Sustainable Design
Not a single tree has been felled during the construction of the 72 beach villas that pay homage to the style of the indigenous Jarawa tribe’s pitch-roof stilted huts. The lobby built on stilts will greet guests to spectacular beach views and a 50-metre infinity swimming pool. Given its commitment to the region, Taj has set up an onsite bottling plant eliminating the use of plastic bottles, a waste disposal system- converting wet waste to gas and compost and a sanitation treatment plant to limit its carbon footprint.

Talking about the resorts unique offerings Abnash Kumar, General Manager, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans said “From elevating the local cuisine to empowering locals through employment – the new Taj Exotica Resort & Spa will offer guests a culturally and environmentally uplifting experience. I am looking forward to welcoming our guests to this spectacular new resort with its exclusive villas, secluded beaches and immersive culinary experiences.”

Regionally Inspired World Cuisine
The restaurants at the resort tell tales of the land.
The resort is home to three restaurants, which each tell the history of the island’s inhabitants – including the Indian freedom fighters incarcerated by the British in the 19th Century in the notorious Cellular Jail and the brief occupation of the Japanese during World War II. The Chefs at Taj Exotica have researched the culinary legacy of time-honoured recipes from each community to showcase a melting pot of cultures. While The Settlers offer dishes inspired by the settlers who’ve made the Andamans their home in a fine dining context, Shoreline presents coastal curries from The Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. The Turtle House will offer global grills including Indian, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisine and a selection of Taj signature dishes curated from the chefs at the leading Taj Hotels.

Island adventures
An in-house Naturalist will help navigate the exotic island with experiences ranging from snorkelling, scuba diving and night-time kayaking through the mangroves with its fascinating nocturnal world of bioluminescence-phytoplankton.

Getting there
Located 69 km from Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar International Airport, Radhanagar beach on Havelock Island is accessible by air and a 150-minute ferry ride followed by a 30 minute drive to the resort. The expanded network of flights from Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad make it easy to reach from key cities across India.

The inaugural offer on Deluxe Villas starts from INR 25000 a night. www.tajhotels.com


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