Taj Exotica Hotel

, Salcete, India
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Taj Exotica Hotel

, Salcete
5 star

Rooms: 140

Calwaddo, Benaulim Salcete (Goa) - Salcete - 403 716 - India Hotel Website | | 0832 - 2771234
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10/10
Best Holiday Ever!
Submitted by: MARLENE in 23/04/06
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I have been back to the Taj now for the last 6 years and it just keeps getting better - personal service throughout the hotel is their standard be it the pool deck, the restaurants, the reception, the room service, the porters, security or garden boys, they cannot do enough for you. Booked for 2007 and am counting the months to going back. The food is excellent, especially the sea food and the Goan people are some of the nicest I have met anywhere in the world.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Taj Exotica Hotel

4 Weeks of Bliss

from Karpel
We stayed at the Taj Exotic for 4 weeks, the hotel and staff are excellent, food was great and plently of it, drinks are to expensive this is the only down side, there are plenty of place's to eat out, but our reccomendation would be the Sun and Moon shack, just off the beach to the left of the hotel, food and drink is just fantastic.even after 4 weeks. we have already booked to go back this November

avoidable jiva spa

from A TripAdvisor Member
goa after rajasthan trip was great.we stayed throughout at the vilas hotels of oberoi hotels in rajasthan and we decided to stay at taj exotica in goa as we had stayed earlier as well.must say was as great a place to stay as the previous year.but definitely not value for money any more.food and jiva spa were very expensive.spa was actually a disaster.spa exotica has now converted to jiva spa.i think a big blunder by the taj group.the energies of previous spa has vanished,and become more expensive.treatments are terrible compared to the previous spa exotica.avoid the male therapists.they have very bad energies.nelson,one of the therapist was so bad that i had to tell him to stop in the middle of the treatment.was simply rubbing the body and was stinking very badly.my wife had equally bad experience with female therapist.imagine,the treatments were supposed to be their signature treatments.
i think people used to taking treatments in international standard spas should avoid jiva spa.so,we tried the hyatt spa next door as we just wanted massages very badly.and was excellent.highly recommended.everything great.next holiday in goa will sure be hyatt for me.
apparently,the old management has vanished.i reckon to check facts before booking taj exotica in goa.

taj exotica

from lisa401
Taj exotica

Just arrived back from 2 weeks in Goa staying at the Taj Exotica.
Getting there

If you can afford the extra cost, its worth considering upgrading with monarch. The additional legroom and speedy check in was worth it alone.

Hotel

Really first class, The hotel is situated in beautifully landscaped gardens with spacious rooms, there is a choice of ordinary rooms with balconies, garden villas or rooms with plunge pools. There is never a feeling of over crowding at the hotel as I understand full occupancy is something in the region of 180 people.

There is a choice of 5 restaurants, we found on the odd occasion when we choose to stay in the hotel to eat, the upstairs restaurant had great food. The price for 2 x 2 courses and a couple of drinks was a little over 30 pounds which is rather expensive for Goa but netheless was great food. The hotel has a lovely beach that stretched for miles, part of which was flat and was ideal for cycling. The hotel charges 250 R for an hour, but if you go outside the gates and turn left up a slip road there is a place where you can hire for a fraction of the cost.

Location

Having read the boards, I was concerned with the location of the hotel as possibly being too quiet. If you want everything on your door step, I suggest South Goa is not for you the only exception perhaps Colva which is lively but nothing comparable to the North. That said and done, we found there was plenty to do, there were Many restaurants to choose from both on the beach and outside the hotel within walking distance.

Taxis

Try not to get one from the hotel they take a cut in the price which thus ups the cost. If you get a buggy to the main gate you can negotiate a price with one of the taxis for hire. We hired a taxi for the day costing around 15 pounds. I recommend a man called Jose who was very knowledgeable. The drivers do try and encourage you to visit certain shops because they receive coupons if you are taken. A firm no thank you does the trick if you are adamant that you don’t want to visit. Taxis wait for you and drive you back assuming that’s what you want to any destination.

Restaurants

There are plenty on the beach, if you turn left the is the sun and the moon, food was very good but got put off on seeing one of the cooks spoon out mash potatoe with his hand, so didn’t go there again. Meal for 2 with drinks a staggering 7 pounds. The best beach shack I found was Joecons again right of the hotel. The food was delicious and very cheap. I didn’t like a dish so they didn’t charge me for it despite my protests. Bobby one of the waiters, was really helpful and friendly. Further up on the beach there are numerous other shacks, Hawaii etc only went there for drinks but nice enough and a shack left of the hotel beginning with a Z. Outside the hotel went to Joecons garden restaurant service slow but good food, Angelos, good. A taxi ride away in convelessom was Bettes place great atmosphere and nice food. Martins Corner is a great place to eat just a little way up from Colva. Pantigans is olso a nice restaurant.

Excursions

Only went on the one excursion with the tour operator (only because I thought it would be easier) went on a train trip and ended up at Braganza house. Costing 18 pounds. Total waste of money, and could have done it for a fraction of the cost on my own. Train was disgusting. Everything else we did independently. Bettes restaurant does a a boat trip that enables you to see the dolphins and then travels up the river Sal to do some bird watching if that’s what you want to do. The trip lasts for 5 hours and includes a great 3 course meal with all drinks free. Total cost 700 R. There is an evening trip available for just a couple of hours.

Hired a taxi for the day and went to Ajuna market which is held every Wednesday. The total cost for the day was about 15 pounds. This is a vast market where you can buy everything you might want to bring back with you ie, white cotton shirts and sarongs. Olso went to Calangute which was just up the road from the market Spent an hour there and realised I made the right choice in staying in the South. For me it was far too busy and felt chaotic, that said and done, If people like that, then this is the place for them.

Shopping

Cavelossim, has a small department store called SAGA and sells up market items and a reasonable price. Lacoste t shirts etc can be found quite cheaply.

Margao, is a busy little town we went and bought armed with prescription reading/sunglasses for a staggering 43 pounds for the pair. There were 2 opticians that were quite good, Lawrence and Mayo which happened to be closed on the day that we went and another whose name escapes me but was down a side street next to where the taxis tend to park.

As for the whole trip, thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the Taj was a great hotel, and I thought situated in an ideal location. Goa is ideal for people of all budgets and the people are friendly and generally very helpful.

The Taj Exotica shop olso sold lacoste t shirts quite cheaply , what did catch my interest was the leather hide design briefcases that they sold. The price ranged from 50 pounds-75 pounds. Having bought mine from John Lewis for 130 pounds it was irritating to say the least.

s Romantic

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having stayed at The Taj at Bentota Beach Sri Lanka a few years ago,my wife and I knew that the standards of the hotel would be good. We were very impressed with the whole experience, and duly fell in love all over again, not bad after 28 years of marriage.
The architecture and layout of the resort are impressive as long as one is fit enough to walk,although the beach buggy service to take you from your room to the main gate is a must.
I must admit I spent a lot of money during our two week stay on bar and restaurants,only gonig outside of the resort on two occasions.My total bill for the two weeks ran to about £900, and being in the hospitality business, I would question the logic of hotel management when they see a lot of their guests going out in the evenings rather than staying at the resort:: to save money!!!
All of the restaurants are of very good standard,the Lobster Shack on the beach , lovely but very pricey even by west end London prices, my bill for 2 drinks 2 main course admittedly 1 lobster 1 large red snapper 1 bottle of Indian wine (Try the SULA Sauvignon)its not bad, was approx £80, needless to say we only paid that once. The a'la carte restaurant on the first floor off the reception has a magnificent menu and one must say I did not expect to eat fillet steak of that quality in India. Congratulations to Gary the executive chef and his staff,thanks to Elvis and all the boys at the cocktail bar.
The pool area is excellent with wonderful service from the "pool boys"
The beach and ocean are fabulous,so clean , no peddlers,and again great service on the beach.
YES ITS SECLUDED, NO THERE'S NOWHERE ELSE TO GO I BLOODY LOVED IT, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD AND LETS BE FAIR SOME PEOPLE WANT THAT ON A HOLIDAY
WOULD WE GO BACK ABSOLUTELY AS SOON AS I COULD AFFORD IT

Great hotel in Goa

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at both Taj Properties in Goa last week (Exotica and Fort Aguada), as well as a heritage inn (Siolim House) . Both Taj hotels are excellent in their own ways. The Exotica is the newer property. Rooms at the Exotica were outstanding, service also outstanding as is the case in most Taj hotels. Food was good but not outstanding, and the beach shack was closed, hence my 4 stars. Alcohol at the restaurants (eg a nice bottle of wine) was expensive relative to quality. Perhaps the food was off because it was the off season. One should also try eating out around the area. Try Martin's corner restaurant, not far from the Exotica. Phone calls were charged at ridiculous premiums, so if you need to make an international call go to on of the STD/ISD stands that are all over the villages. Bike rentals also were overpriced, but the car/taxi service was similar to other hotel rates.

If you're flying into Goa from a regional carrier (Jet, Sahara, or Indian Airlines), expect delays when planning your trip, especiallly if making connections. We were delayed over 3 hours in both directions, both because the airline cancelled flights in order to combine passengers with later flights.

Pros and Cons

from carlos501b
First, the good points. Excellent property, rooms, facilities. Superb service, allround.
Now, the drawbacks. Terrible location. Far from everything. And, absolutely disgusting food despite the high price. Avoid the Indian and Goan stuff altogether.

Lovely property, bad food

from ajmita
Just returned from a long weekend at the Taj Exotica in Goa and had mixed feelings about the place. Although the property is lovely -- lush, well land scaped, it is huge and that means lots of walking unless you have a room near the pool. It was a little tough with the kids and all their stuff.

The activities they offered were fun and plentiful. the kids loved the bike riding but I felt the bike rental was completely overpriced. We could have bought bikes for just a little more than the rental price. The golf was also pricey.

What was BAD was the food. We went on their monsoon package that includes all meals but all meals were buffet style at the same restaurant. The food was unimaginative and catered to the lowest common denominator in taste. The desserts were limited and not very nice looking or tasting.

The service was spotty too. maybe because it's off season, their regular staff was on break and these were just trainees but they were slow and it was hard to explain them even basic things.

Having been to Goa a few different times, I would prefer to stay at the Park Hyatt rather than the Taj Exotica. The Exotica properties are supposed to be the Taj's top of the line luxury resorts but I wasn't very impressed with this place.

A truly wonderful place

from bridget48
Stayed at the Taj Exotica and cannot reccommend it highly enough. Our villa room was perfect with a wonderful balcany furnished with comfortable chairs. We found the location beautiful, a walk along the beach took you to the next village, and the tok tok ride back was an experience. Both the staff at the hotel and the local people were really friendly and we felt very safe. Eating out around the hotel, in the shacks and the few local restaurants was extremely cheap and very good. Especially if you like seafood. We had been on the golden triangle tour, so were grateful for this tranquil place to chill out. Will definately return one day as there is still a lot of Goa to see. This has got to be one of the best, value for money, top class hotels. The only downside of the whole holiday was the terrible flight with Monarch.

s Pride.

from A TripAdvisor Member
To everyone, if there is heaven in Goa it is the Taj Exotica.

The management makes sure you never complain.

The spa is a excellent.
Food is very good and you have a good choice of Mediterranain,Goanese,Beach Shack(serving sea food), Coffee Shop serving Indian and Continental cuisene!!!!!, what else do you need?
The beach is very clean.Hotel is huge and the maintanance is truly 5 Star.
Swimming pool is wonderful.
One advise make sure you stay in the rooms that face the golf course.
The luxury rooms are not all that great, they only have a jacuzzi.
Go only during the winter in India, that is October to March.It is very hot otherwise.

A truly wonderful experience, cant wait to get back!!!!!

Taamra-if you are finding a meaning to your life,Go to Taj exotica,Goa

from hiddenmaster
after touring india for 3 weeks,we decided to spend the last week at Taj Exotica,Goa.it was destined that we meet the hidden master from the himalayas.a spiritualist who once was a marketing director.now is handling the Spa at Taj Exotica,Goa.his purpose in life is to heal people emotionally and put them on right track to handle lifel.Taamra,the spa where we took ayurvedic treatments was too good to be true.the way it is handlede by the Hidden Master(he is the Spa manager there as well)is amazing.you need to experience the energies there to believe me.i tell you ,all we troubled western souls who are constantly finding meaning to our lives,need to go to Taj Exotica,Goa and take a whole holistic package conducted by the hidden master.i changed my life.the way i think and the way i see life.you also will.i spent 1000$ at taamra and i got more than the worth.one genuine spa that i have been.apparently taamra also won the conde nast traveller award this year.i can tell you that the ancient wisdom of india is re lived by the hidden master.enlightening you at every stage.if anyone is going to goa or india,taj exotica,goa,hidden master & taamra is a must.speak to the hidden master before you do your bookings.he personally advises you on treatments which will be best suited for you.and he is a genuine yogi.rest assured,you will get the right advise.as i did.if anyone wants more details,you are free to email me.

Top Local Tips for Salcete

Taxis If you know which shop you want to go to, get the taxi driver to drop you some way off and make your way there on foot. If you buy something from a shop which a taxi driver takes you to directly, they then expect the shop owner to pay them a commission, which of course will be factored into the price.

North / South Divide If you're looking for a relaxing break with a more local feel then South Goa is a much better bet than the busier, livlier North. General impressions are that the North offers a similar break to those of the Costa del Sol, etc. while if you're looking for relaxation and luxury head to the South.

flea market near Bagga Beach If you do the trip to the flea market and Bagga - dont give to the beggars at the flea market - my husband thought he was being kind but our day was ruined as we could not get rid of a man with a baby who constantly pulled at us during our whole stay there. It became unbearable and we left - so if you want to be left alone please dont give too much money as a gesture no matter how lovely the child - the parents are just around the corner!!

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  • Address: Calwaddo, Benaulim Salcete (Goa) - Salcete - 403 716 - India
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