A slice of paradise in the Maldives, the ultra-luxurious and completely eco-friendly Taj Exotica Resort & Spa spreads across Emboodhu Finolhu Island in one of the area’s largest lagoons. A holiday here is a dream come true
Emboodhu Finolhu Island is located just 15 minutes by speedboat from Male Airport. It’s home to the superlative Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, a picture-perfect luxury resort that is set delicately over the waters of the lagoon. The resort features 64 sumptuous villas, all offering spectacular sea views and lavish facilities. The famous award-winning Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite has been called the most beautiful place to stay in the world. There are also the beautiful Ocean Suites with their sand-filled suspended sun decks and the Deluxe Lagoon Villas each offer a plunge pool. The Premium Villas offer over-sized plunge pools and private gardens, making them a popular choice. The resort also offers one and two-bedroom Ocean Suites and Beach Villa Suites.
Wherever you stay on this tropical island paradise, you’re in for a treat. Every villa has either a private sun deck or a balcony and luxe amenities include Nespresso coffee machines and iPod docks. And then there are the services of a personalised butler who assists guests with everything imaginable, from unpacking their luggage to customising the Mini Bar, and organising trips and private experiences on the island. These include going on fishing trips, enjoying a sunset cruise, learning about the history of the magical Maldives or embarking on a sea plane to take photographs.
When you stay on this exquisite slice of paradise, you’re on ‘Taj Time’, where doing as little as possible for as long as possible is expected. But there’s no time to get bored: there’s never a dull moment at Taj Exotica. This oasis of calm offers the opportunity to lounge at the exquisite fresh-water infinity swimming pool or on the stunning private white sand beach. You can also laze in a hammock over the sea, or under the stars at night.
Dining at this exemplary resort is always an adventure. Chefs carefully select ingredients and transform them into gourmet dishes that pander to every palate. There’s fresh seafood and all-day dining at the 24 Degrees Restaurant, which is also home to a dramatic Teppanyaki kitchen. The fine dining restaurant, The Deep End, offers stunning seafood and grilled dishes as well as delicious desserts.
Guests enjoy exotic cocktails at the Pool Bar and Restaurant, a popular choice at sunset to wash down oven-fresh pizzas and healthy snacks. It also serves refreshing coolers all day long. If they prefer, guests can dine in their villas, or indulge in private dining experiences overlooking the sea – your personal butler will arrange all this for you!
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa has been voted Best Hotel in the Maldives numerous times. If offers the ultimate island experience with numerous water sports including snorkelling in the reefs around the island, wind surfing, scuba dining, fishing and para sailing. There’s an excellent spa on the premises that provides rejuvenation therapies, aromathery massages and yoga. The resort also features a fully stocked library and indoor games.