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5.0 out of 5

"My wife and I spent a week in Goa, with the first several nights at a friend's holiday flat in Calangute and then the final 3 nights at Taj Exotica. A ... " More

By InquisitiveChicken562, from San Francisco, CA on Sun 18 Sep 2011

Hotel Description

5-star beach resort near Varca Beach

Seaside stay

You'll find Benaulim Beach and Varca Beach within 3 miles (5 km) of this Benaulim resort. Also, Vaddi Beach is within half a mile (1 km) and Maria Hall is within 2 miles (3 km).

Poolside dining

A full-service spa, 3 restaurants, and 2 outdoor tennis courts are all featured at this luxury resort. Bring the family and enjoy the free kid's club, mini golf, and children's pool. Enjoy the outdoor pool and perks like free self parking and free WiFi.

Free Internet, soaking tubs

Boasting deep soaking bathtubs, the 140 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and balconies or patios. LED TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include free wired Internet and 24-hour room service.

Villa, 1 King Bed, Garden View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$214* Per night/room Jan 23 - Jan 24

Villa, 1 King Bed, Private Pool, Garden View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Exotica Room With Sitting Area

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Villa, 2 Twin Beds, Private Pool, Garden View

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Twin Beds, Sea View

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Villa, 1 King Bed, Private Pool (Indulgence)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa ratings based on 1 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Guest reviews for Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

5 out of 5

Welcome to Goa

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, friendly, professional
Cons: grout in shower due for replacement
My wife and I spent a week in Goa, with the first several nights at a friend's holiday flat in Calangute and then the final 3 nights at Taj Exotica. After soaking in the frenetic pace of the Calangute/Baga area for 4 days and then travelling to the Ponda area for a spice plantation tour and then further east an exhilarating and harrowing trek to Dudshagar Falls, the Taj Exotica was a welcome end to our holiday. The grounds are beautiful and every single member of the staff, from Pravin at the front desk, to Sandeep at the one of the several restaurants, to the activity staff, to the grounds crew--- EVERYone there seemed genuinely eager to help make our stay a great one. Since we were staying at the end of Monsoon Season (September), we were able to book a pretty reasonable rate for a villa-type room with it's own private plunge pool. The staff kept apologizing for the monsoon rains, but it usually only rained once a day during our stay-- and usually only for 30 minutes... really cooled things down and made things pleasant. Also having fewer tourists like us around AND the cheaper rate didn't hurt our experience either.. By India standards, the beach at Benaulim and particular in front of the hotel is pristine. The sand is fine, golden in color and nice and firm and flat... which is great for walking, which is what my wife and I like to do. We didn't have to walk very far to be completely alone, either... maybe a fishing boat or stray dog (or cow!) or two. We ate at the Goan restaurant in the hotel and it was excellent. Breakfast in the morning (included in rate) at the Eugenia Cafe was buffet-style and had every conceivable Indian/British/US -style option you could think of. The staff REALLY seemed excited if you showed interest in trying the Indian or Goan specialties... This was also the case in the evening at Eugenia for lunch and dinner. They offered a buffet, but we found the regular menu so full of good Indian and Goan options, that we ordered ala carte. Again, Sandeep, Pave and all of the staff went out of their way to make certain we enjoyed ourselves and even brought us some small Indian dishes we HADN'T ordered for us to try. The main pool is pretty massive and the staff there very attentive. The activity staff is helpful with booking golf (they have a small par 3 course), tennis, cycling (complimentary), spa treatments and several other activities if you require distraction from the beach or pool. I even got to play cricket for the first time one evening at a pick-up cricket match set up by the Taj crew. Oh, Pravin at the front desk, besides answering all our travel questions, helped recover my camera that I'd suddenly remembered I'd left in our room as we were getting in the taxi to the airport. Thumbs way up to the Taj.

Posted by , from San Francisco, CA on Sep 18, 2011

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About the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa

Location Calwaddo Benaulim, Benaulim, Goa 403716

Property Features

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa offers its guests a full-service spa, outdoor tennis courts, and a waterslide. There are 3 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite business center. An outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a fitness center are also featured at the luxury Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa. A train station pick-up service and a train station drop-off service are available for a fee. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 5-star Benaulim resort.

  • 140 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 3 dining venues
  • Built in 1999
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Supervised kid's activities (free)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Library
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking

Transport

  • Airport: Goa (GOI-Dabolim) (25.8 km / 16 mi)
  • Train station: Madgaon Junction Station (7.3 km / 4.5 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Train station pick-up
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa offers 140 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature DVD players and minibars. Rooms open to balconies or patios. A pillow menu is available. 40-inch LED televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers with deep soaking bathtubs, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary newspapers, and phones. Additionally, rooms include safes and complimentary bottled water. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily. Amenities available on request include irons/ironing boards.

  • Private balcony or patio
  • Deep soaking tub
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • LED television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • DVD player
  • Coffee maker
  • Pillow options
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Eugenia - This poolside restaurant serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open 24 hours.

Miguel Arcanjo - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant serves dinner only. Reservations are required. Open daily.

Sala Da Pranzo - Overlooking the garden, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Reservations are required. Open daily.

Libai - Overlooking the garden, this restaurant serves dinner only. Reservations are required. Open daily.

Lobster Village - This beachfront restaurant serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Reservations are required. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a children's pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include outdoor tennis courts, a waterslide, a steam room, and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golf driving range on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Golf lessons on site
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

Jiva has 9 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, facials, body wraps, and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic. The spa is equipped with a steam room.

The spa is open daily. Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Number of treatment rooms 9
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Steam room in spa
  • Minimum age to access spa is 18
  • Massages

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

To register at this property, guests who are Indian citizens must provide a valid photo identity card issued by the Government of India; Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards will not be accepted due to national regulations. Guests who are foreign nationals must present a valid passport and visa.

Indian citizens must show a PAN card at check-out for cash transactions exceeding INR 25000.

Taxes are subject to change based on Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for INR 2500.0 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for INR 2000.0 per night.

Pets

  • Pets: INR 5000 per pet, per night
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 30 lbs)
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Please note: A maximum of 1 extra bed is permitted in guestrooms . For more details, please contact the property using the number provided on the booking confirmation email.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old.

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per adult: INR 4000
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per child: INR 2000 (from 5 to 11 years old)
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: INR 19000.00
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per child: INR 9500.00 (from 5 to 11 years old)

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: INR 950 per person (approximately)
  • Pet fee: INR 5000 per pet, per night
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: INR 2000.0 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: INR 2500.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Exotica Taj
  • Taj Exotica Resort Spa Goa
  • Taj Exotica Benaulim
  • Taj Exotica Hotel
  • Taj Exotica Hotel Benaulim
  • Taj Exotica Goa Benaulim
  • Taj Exotica Goa Hotel Benaulim
  • Taj Exotica Hotel Goa
  • Taj Exotica Resort Goa Benaulim
  • Taj Exotica & Spa, Goa
  • Taj Exotica Goa
  • Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa Resort
  • Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa Benaulim
  • Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa Resort Benaulim

You should know

  • Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa offers transfers from the train station (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 24 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Free in-room WiFi has a 4-device limit.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in EarthCheck, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

  • Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa is listed in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Top 100 List.
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