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Maldives, South Male Atoll

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

5 stars, Boutique hotel, Contemporary, Romantic, Private villas, Luxury, Seaside, Island, Luxuriant nature, Sports activities, Business, Bar, Wellness, Wedding & Honeymoon, Gastronomy, Eco-friendly, Getaway, Swimming pool, Beach, Diving, Restaurant, Spa, Yacht

The 62 villas of the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa are spread over a small strip of land in the South Malé atoll. This luxury establishment with its delicately contemporary charm offers its guests the unique experience of an intimate retreat on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The elegant, sober and spacious rooms are minimalist in style and possess every possible modern comfort. The Rehendi Presidential suite opens onto the sea, facing the Maldives horizon and casting a veil of romance over this little earthly paradise. From the salons of the Jiva Grand Spa to the 24° restaurant, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa celebrates the curative and culinary virtues of traditional Indian culture, and adds a touch of exoticism to this hedonist address on the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean.

The archipelago of paradise

The southern Malé atoll is one of the most popular in the Maldives because of its proximity to the capital city of Malé. It’s the smallest capital city in the world but interesting nevertheless for those who want to know more about the history of the Maldives. Tourists can visit the city’s mosques especially the famous Huruku Miskiiy Mosque, or they can simply stroll through the town to see how the archipelago’s natives live. Maldivians are very hospitable. They’re accustomed to seeing tourists from all over the world and are only too willing to show you the way to the different sites like the fish market or Port Dhonis. Island-hotels in this atoll offer tourists a discovery circuit of the Indian Ocean’s underwater life. Considered to be one of the most beautiful diving sites in the world, the South Malé atoll possesses a fabulous aquatic seascape with a great deal of coral and schools of fish with hypnotic colors. Experienced deep-sea divers can also swim with the gray sharks or the leopard rays. It’s hard to be bored in the Maldives even though the primary tourist activity is still basking in the sun on the beach. Who can blame them after discovering the exceptional settings of hotels like the Taj Exotica?

In the heart of the largest lagoon in the Maldives

Once you’ve recovered your baggage and leave the airport, a speedboat ride of barely 15 minutes takes you the Taj Exotica, the exact sort of hotel tourists fantasize about. Here, dreams are surpassed by reality.

The hotel’s 62 villas have a magnificent view of the horizon and the Indian Ocean. Many of them are built on stilts with every possible modern comfort, a beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean and swimming pools whose blue water blends in with that of the lagoon. The most prestigious villa is the Rehendo presidential suite with its large living room opening onto a superb wooden terrace and a 12-meter swimming pool. On the beach side, the villas are just a few meters from the sea and are equipped with lovely bathrooms and an outdoor shower in the garden, hidden from curious eyes. The Bedroom Deluxe Beach villas have a private massage room where guests can take advantage of the treatments offered by the sumptuous, Indian inspired Jiva Grand Spa, in total privacy.

The hotel’s swimming pool is right near the beach, and those who wish to remain active, even on vacation, can use the very well equipped fitness center, or take deep-sea diving classes in order to explore the mysteries of the Indian Ocean.

Two restaurants are available to guests with a choice of enjoying refined Asian cuisine at the 24° on the beach or Mediterranean dishes at the Deep End, while admiring the superb landscape. Wine is also featured with an international selection of the finest quality wines, which can be discovered during a meal or during a wine tasting session organized by the Equator Bar. Guests can also ask their personal maître d’hôtel to organize a romantic private dinner on the beach or in the small pavilion on the ocean, a few meters from the hotel.

We tend to leave regimented lives when we’re on vacation. Our guests like to have nothing special to do on the island, thus enabling them to relax. Shopping is not on the program. There are no tours of a city, because we prefer that guests discover the small neighboring islands to get a precise idea of local life.” Girish Sehgal, general manager of the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

details about this hotel


Five stars / Member Taj Hotels / Luxury /Beach / Villas / Two gourmet restaurants / Private dining / Wine cellar / Jiva Grande Spa / Fitness center / Outdoor infinity swimming pool / Dolphin Base Dive & Water sports center / Speedboat cruises / Butler service / Games room

When open:

Open all year

Number of rooms and suites:

62 beach and water villas and suites


Double occupancy from 944 euros

Nearest airport:

Male Airport (MLE) - Male

Hotel details:


P.O. Box 2117

South Male Atoll


details about this country

Flight time from Paris:

Approximately 12 hours

Time difference from Paris:

+ 3 hours in summer / + 4 hours in winter


Equatorial climate with maritime influences

Two annual monsoon periods : in summer (May to November), with very heavy rain and in winter (November to March) with less rain but often accompanied by violent wind

Temperature between 26 and 34°C all year round

Average water temperature is 28°C

Necessary travel documents for French nationals:

Passport valid six months after return date

30 day visa delivered on site free of charge

No vaccinations required


The rufiyaa (MVR)

Languages spoken:

Divehin, English

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+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).