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Surrounded by a translucent lagoon on the private island of Emboodhu Finolhu, the award-winning Taj Exotica Resort & Spa can be reached via a stunning speedboat ride in 15-20 minutes.
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Luxtripper Travel Editor

The Resort

Immaculate stretches of sand extend beyond the cerulean blue waters that encircle the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa. Surrounded by delicate plants, and luscious bursts of greenery, the resort boasts both romance, and exclusivity. Exquisitely strewn with 64 villas and suites, all accommodation reflects the sublimity of its natural setting.

The Taj also places a huge amount of pride into its five restaurants and bars, as well its unparalleled private dining experiences, including tree top, sand bank, and ocean pavilion dining. Menus across all venues represent cuisine from around the world, and combine the best flavours and textures to create classic dishes, with contemporary and innovative edge.

In addition to exceptional accommodation and dining, the Taj Exotica offers a number of sublime signature wellness treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa, world-class water sports, island exploration excursions, and awe-inspiring seaplane flights.

The Rooms

Elegantly floating above the crystal-clear lagoon, wooden ladders connect the charming Maldivian accommodation directly to the lagoon. With sweeping panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, the resort’s villas and suites are the epitome of authentic island luxury. Finished with palm thatching, accommodation comes furnished with rich dark wood finishes which are contrasted with bursts of vibrant colours to represent the island. Inclusive of private sundecks, many of the rooms also possess private plunge pools, outdoor showers, verandas, and individual spa rooms.

With so many different room types on offer,  there is something suitable available for all traveller types. For couples seeking privacy, deluxe lagoon villas are located at the far end of the island, and stand alone to deliver immersive intimacy.

Families, or larger groups may prefer to opt for beach villas, or ocean suites, as they are more spacious, and accessible.

Any travellers desiring the ultimate extravagant escape should consider the Rehendi Presidential Suite. This award-winning villa has a lavish master bedroom, a guest bedroom, a private sun deck, 18-m fresh water pool, and two ‘salas’ for dining, and relaxing.

Dining

Unwind under the protective shade of the Dhigga trees, and let your feet sink into the sand, as you try local specialties, as well as the catch of the day at the resort’s elegant restaurant, 24 Degrees. Both indoor and al fresco seating is available, and guests can enjoy nightly themed menus for a diverse, and lively experience.

Radiating romantic allure, Deep End is the resort’s prime spot for fine dining. Partially al fresco, and perched over the turquoise water, diners can enjoy candlelit meals inspired by grill and seafood specialities. Desserts are created at the table by the resort’s pastry chef, and Deep End’s signature dessert ‘the opera’ is not to be missed.

As well as fine dining, the Taj Exotica has excellent live music and entertainment at Equator Bar. Sip on refreshing cocktails, and vintage wines, whilst watching the golden hues of the sunset sink into the shimmering ocean.

Spa

Combining ancient therapies with contemporary treatment designs, the Jiva Grande Spa offers Indian aromatherapy massages, yoga, and meditation. Using natural products, the Jiva Grande Spa endorses an organic and holistic approach. The spa’s signature treatment, ‘Alepa’, evokes the spirituality of the island, and focuses on the time-honoured tradition of anointing the body.

Activities

Due to its sublime location in South Male Atoll, diving and snorkelling excursions can be organised through the resort, so guests can see the spectacular underwater world, abundant with tropical marine life, and colourful corals. Overwater activities can also be enjoyed, including boat trips, jet skiing, wake-boarding, water skiing, and kayaking. Onsite guests can also partake in traditional cooking lessons, wine tastings led by experts, as well as a games attic, and a library.

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