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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Goa
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Benaulim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We are extremely satisfied with all the products and services at Taj Exotica. We wanted a relaxing and soothing break and what we got was much more than that. Relaxing, Soothing, Beautiful and Serene.

We chose Taj Exotica to celebrate our fourth wedding Anniversary and we were extremely overwhelmed by their staff & services. We booked a Villa with a private Plunge Pool with Sunset view for two. We had a morning flight to Goa with a brief layover at Mumbai; however, due to technical snag our flight got delayed and by the time we reached Goa, we were extremely exhausted. At the Goa Airport, we were picked up by a Taj Taxi. As we sat in the car, the Driver welcomed us with Cold Water and Wet Tissue Wipes. It made us a little comfortable. He then informed us that the journey from Airport to Taj Exotica would be of 40 minutes. However, we did not feel that distance as we were very enchanted by the lush greenery and shockingly colorful houses and buildings. We reached Taj Exotica in 40 minutes. And all our tiredness and headaches just vanished as we entered Taj Exotica’s premises. Firstly, we were greeted by a live Goan Welcome song that had very happy impact on us. Then the staff took care of our luggage and we were taken to their beautiful Lobby where we were given very delicious welcome drinks. We then met their representative “Bhanu” from Guest Services. She was very nice to us. She made so many special arrangements for us to make our stay special and memorable. She greeted my wife with a beautiful bunch of Flowers and then clicked a picture of us. She later gifted us that picture.

By that time, we were in a different world. We had no stress, no headache, and no discomfort at all. We were taken to our room by a Buggi (Club Car). Our room was very comfortable. It was clean, spacious, had all modern amenities and our Pool was more than what we had expected. We enjoyed every bit of it. And there were lots of surprises for us. For an instance, as we entered our room, we found a beautiful cushion with mine and my wife’s name engraved on it. The idea was unique and very classy. And of course, we also got that cushion from Taj Exotica as a gift. Then we were also surprised by our favorite cake which was of course complimentary. And our room was decorated with exotic flowers. On the same day, in the evening, we had another surprise waiting for us. Our Bathtub was filled with rose petals and hot water with milk. That was very soothing and relaxing. And all this was organized by Subin K. Chacko (Guest Service Supervisor) and Bhanu. Subin & Bhanu took care of everything that made our stay very special and memorable. Our special thanks to them.

There are so many activities in this resort. Golf, Lawn Tennis, Archery, Cycling, Table Tennis, Social Dance Classes, Herb Garden Tour, Yoga Classes, Ayurveda, Fish Pond, DVD Library, Shopping Centre and of course swimming pool and the Spa.

We did everything. We also joined their Dance Classes. Kalpita and Vijay were our trainers. They give personal attention to all couples and try really hard to make them understand each and every step. Special thanks to Kalpita and Vijay for our Jive Session.

And now comes the Food part. They have three restaurants with different themes. We dined in Eugenia on all days. They have extensive menu with large variety for both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian. And their desert section is just mouth watering. And they have different themes for dinner, which makes the dining experience very interesting. The Staff at the restaurant is very polite and they really love to feed you with their heart. The whole staff was showering personal attention to each guest. Our special thanks to Alston and Sandeep at Eugenia. They were really nice.

We really feel that the Staff and their behavior really made the difference. They are truly an asset of Taj Exotica. We would definitely love to spend our holidays in Taj Exotica again. It’s a perfect 10 on 10 from us.

Room Tip: sea facing room with private plunge pool
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Went to the Taj Exotica for a couple days in September 2012. Got a room with the plunge pool which was well worth the splurge. Having our own little pool and backyard area was nice luxury. Service overall at the hotel was excellent. The servers at each of the restaurants provided great recommendations and often gifted us an appetizer and/or dessert.

We also visited the spa and had a great time there, but I wished the spa facilities didn't have segregated hot tubs and steam room areas, but I understand why it is that way for cultural reasons.

I thought the bathrooms could've used a bit of updating. The shower's grout had a bunch of mildew in it and overall the fixtures looked a bit dated. The phone in the bedroom was a bit gross - there were tiny little bugs crawling in and out of the phone, I made sure to only used the phone on speaker after I noticed that.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jlinc84
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

The Taj Exotica in Goa was recommended by my travel industry colleagues and also my boyfriend always had wanted to stay there form his childhood age. Our four days at Taj Exotica Goa were simply amazing, guest rooms we had were so spaciously well appointed with everything you would need for a week in beautiful Goa including teh standard 5 star normalities of hotels such as bathrobes, plush bath towels, slippers, fresh fruit and chocolates on arrival. We stayed in a Garden Villa, as did our parents, these are 4 to a block and our room overlooked the manicured beautiful gardens of the 56 acre resort.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Kris K
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

From the very beginning my wife and I were made very welcome and were given an upgrade in our room. The food was one of the very best I have had and due to my work I am in a hotel every week. The grounds arounfd this hotel are really nice as it has a golf course and even if you do not play like myself you can walk around it. I would really reccomend this hotel as a holiday resort.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a sea view
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank stevecave
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Stayed with my family at the Taj Exotica July 2012. Very impressive. Beautiful property. Main bldg has rooms but you really want to stay in the villas. Each villa has 4 roomsover two floors. Some have their own pool. Rooms are spacious. Welcome drink on check-in. Golf carts take you to and from your room througout the stay but the walk is not too long and more fun. Property is very clean. Right on the beach so just a short walk from your room. Main bldg has pool tables, archery, library and all the restaurants. Small golf course is not very impressive, not that I golf. Large swimming pool. Kids play room with trained staff. Breakfast area can get crowded but excellent breakfast with both western and Indian food incl a chef cooking omelets, dosa, etc. Ate at a few of the restaurants. Indian food was excellent, italian and chinese was ok, Prices at the restaurants and room service are steep (meal for 4 around Rs 4000-5000 or approx $80-100) but this is a five star hotel. Staff all over the resort are super friendly and helpful. Hotel has uniformed local taxis with a set rate which is more expensive than outside the resort but you know you are getting taxis that are screened. Not a lot within walking distance as the resort is in a secluded area, you have to walk 15 mins to the main Benaulim beach area or take a taxi. I wanted a quiet break in a luxury hotel and this was certainly it. Would love to go back.

Room Tip: Stay in the villas. Quieter and more fun.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Canadarocks463
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Taj Exotica celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary and it was amazing!! We were greeted by a beautiful bunch of roses and the most friendly people! Our room was amazing, we had a garden view room and it was very spacious! The staff couldn't do enough for you! As we went in Sept the weather was hit and miss but we still had an amazing time! The breakfast buffet was brilliant as was the Italian restaurant! The Chinese restaurant was also ok! We saw a fire eater show whilst we were there which was excellent! On our first evening the turn down service was amazing! We had a bath ran with rose petals in it, we also had our picture taken on arrival which was presented to us as a chocolate picture!!! Finally - the mini bar in the room was excellent and only INR100 for a Kingfisher!! Brilliant holiday, brilliant hotel, brilliant staff and definitely planning in returning to paradise again! Thanks!!

Room Tip: Garden view room!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Dave P
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

What sets the Taj Exotica apart from its counterparts in Goa is the Service level. Be it pre arrival confirmations and speedy check in or the fantastic housekeeping staff or the activity staff, we were completely spoilt at the end of our 3 days here.
Our young kids were well taken care of at the kids centre and enjoyed the various daily events at the kidszone and the evening shows. Vijay from the activity center made special efforts to keep us updated about the activities scheduled during our stay there. The fact that the kids eagerly awaited the pottery making, bamboo art, painting and going to the kids area at all times just proves that they have a great team to look after the kids and keep them entertained. We stayed at the villa rooms (group of three families) overlooking a pond and lush gardens. The rooms didnt seem luxurious to us, but defenitely were more than comfortable, with all standard 5 * room amenities. We loved the 'Forest Essentials' products and lovely lemon scented fresh towels. We made use of the cycles to get to and fro from the villa which was a great experience.
We stuffed ourselves with lots of good food over the days. The weekend rush on Saturday and early Sunday posed a few seating issues at their all day dining cafe where most of the buffet meals were served. The restaurant manager, Krishna, was very attentive and was there at every meal to greet us and to check if we were being served well. When we thanked him at the end of our stay and said we had many great meals here, he told us that "good and great is not enough for us, we aim for excellent".
So Krishna, and the rest of the staff at the Taj Exotica who made our stay here a wonderful holiday thank you for your EXCELLENT service. We highly recommend the Taj Exotica, Goa for its fantastic staff, which in the service industry...makes all the difference.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Calwaddo, Benaulim 403 716, India (Formerly Taj Exotica Goa)
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Region: India > Goa > South Goa District > Salcette > Benaulim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Benaulim
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Benaulim
#1 Spa Hotel in Benaulim
Price Range: £185 - £841 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Goa 5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the south coast of Goa on the Benaulim beach, a mere 27 km from the airport, this 56 acre 140 room resort has a 700 meter beach frontage and a lovely view of the sea. With 3 specialty restaurants, a beach front seasonal seafood shack, a 24 hour all day diner, 2 bars, 2 spas and a seasonal outdoor spa pavilion, this resort is a popular haunt for the international as well as domestic travelers. ... more   less 
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