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Barefoot at Havelock
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Havelock Island
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

we went to Jungle resort back in 2008. The place was nice, romantic and sevice was good.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

The main thing about Barefoot is its location, within touching distance of the absurdly gorgeous Radhanagar Beach. We were not really concerned about much beyond the proximity to the beach so were pleasantly surprised to see that Barefoot really exceeded our expectations during our four night stay. The huts were well appointed and tastefully styled with a European sensibility and the food at the restaurant was excellent (by any standards, not just island standards) and reasonably priced (most islands tend to have much higher food/drink prices): the finger chips and chicken 65 were particularly good. In addition, they appear to genuinely have eco-concerns, as opposed to pretend playing the green card to impress Western tourists.
The only thing that stopped Barefoot getting five stars was the service, which could be a little brusque. The people who were less customer facing, such as those in the restaurant, were actually very friendly and helpful. It was the people at the front desk and the information hut (who you might presume would have the best customer skills) who were a bit brusque; not rude but just not any more helpful than they absolutely needed to be and not pro active at all. The pleasant exception is the young girl Jyoti, at front desk who was lovely.
All in all however we would definitely recommend Barefoot, and indeed Havelock Island (although try and avoid flying Air India if at all possible; Jet, Kingfisher and Go Air all fly to the Andaman Islands now and are infinitely better). It's not cheap but, as with so much in life, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Amazing stay, not cheap for Indian standards but it worth every ruppie!! We did some excursions like diving, kayaking and renting a motorbike to discover the island. Note that your cellphone is is useless because there is no reception out there. My opinion is that 1 week of relaxing there is more then enough though.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Saagarika_Banerjee
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

The only thing that Barefoot has going for it is the proximity to the famous Beach No.7. Had it been otherwise, this place would not have the business it has now. The feeling we got from the overall staff treatment towards Indian customers is that they would prefer foreigners rather than Indians to stay at this resort. The people who run the place have created this concept of a green eco-friendly resort and using this as an excuse, they offer rudimentary accomodations at a 5 star price. This may deceive foreign clientele and they may take for granted but not Indian clientele. There so many other resorts on Havelock that offer better facilities and at a lower price.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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7  Thank vinod_hyd
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

We really had a good time in such a lovely and tranquil place. The vast expanse of the property was truly remarkable and well maintained.
Access to the beach and other facilities were good.

Food is worth a mention – Initially before arrival we did not have much expectations on the food front as I have travelled to many islands and the food arrangements were always average due to many reasons like availability of supplies, freshness of food etc..etc.. But to my surprise the food arrangements, variety, taste exceeded all my expectations. The deserts were YUMM…

The staff is ever smiling, friendly and courteous.

The arrangements for adventure sports is also good.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank leomah
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We were booked for 9 nights but could do only 7. The resort is tucked away in a jungle and is as close to a beach as it could get. The whole idea here is to be in a wild environment but in semi-luxury. The beach is simply brilliant and very clean. The rooms are quite nice - not luxurious but not basic either. Quite tastefully done with attention to small details. You can open up all the windows and doors to literally let the jungle come into your room (dont try in the evening - insects and reptiles may enter your room!!). It is incredibly quiet and one can hear only the birds and the insects. The food is delicious and cooked fresh. Nevertheless, it is a tad expensive. Since it is very difficult to eat out of the resort they have you 'captive' and can charge the earth and the moon. I remember paying Rs 200 for fresh juice of papaya. I understand that anything in Havelock will be expensive as it is moved typically from the mainlaind to Port Blair and then to Havelock. However, Rs 200 is a bit too much. The Indian food is not too spicy or oily. The Italian is very well done. Despite spending a week we did not get tired of the same menu. And neither did our 4 year old daughter. The service at the reception desk is chaotic at times and it seems that they're not enough hands to manage the load when guests bunch up at the same time. A husband (John) and wife team manage the front desk. The wife is typically clueless about most things (except the most basic like handing out beach towels). John has some crazy attitude problems and and is unhelpful most of the times with a smiling scowl on ihs face......... Correction here..............he can swing from being reluctantly helpful to very unhelpful, depending on his mood, and as i had noticed, he tends to be better with non-indians and has a clear bias towards foreigners. In the evenings the front desk is staffed by a very sweet girl who knows little and is generally quite useless. on the other hand, the Italian GM (Guilio) is extremely helpful and caring, going out of his way to make everyone comfortable. The bar area and the lounge are a great place to hang out and do nothing. Do be prepared to pay usurious rates for a visit to the local market. thier rates for a visit to the local market (5 kms away) and back are Rs 800, an absolutely crazy charge. In short, this is a fantastic location, a great resort, very good food, generally good service but comes at a fairly steep price. I would love to go back, but more as an indulgence. Is it value for money..............the jury is still out on that

Room Tip: all the huts are tucked away from each other and are all very private. There is little distinction a...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank Sameer2011
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

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My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights. Due to our last minute booking, we could only get the Nicobari Villa for 3 nights and then had to change to the Andaman Villa for 1 night. The Nicobari Villa is lovely. Beautiful, spacious and all details thought through. It was almost on par with the 5 star resorts in French Polynesia. We were expecting something similar when we changed to the Andaman Villa as it is considered to be one of the nicer huts. I was disappointed upon seeing the place. The room was small, details were overlooked, the bathroom seemed haphazardly thrown together with mismatched tiles and a cheap shower curtain. The website boasts a skylight/glass ceiling above the shower but because the glass is never cleaned, it made the bathroom feel dirty. Fine for one night but it made me wonder what the standard huts were like especially given that the prices here are far higher than any other resort on Havelock.

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Because our sole focus of visiting the Andaman's was diving and not so much exploring the island, we ate all of our meals at the restaurant. Most of the Indian cuisine was prepared quite well and overall we were happy. When we chose anything other than Indian, the quality dropped to mediocre at best. On a few occasions, the food was inedible even. It was okay as we were not expecting fine dining but they could definitely take the cuisine up a notch.

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The service was relatively good. All the staff were friendly and helpful but at least once a day they forgot one part of our order (whether it be at the bar or restaurant). Sadly, we ended up getting used to it. We had to depart at 6am daily for diving and the restaurant would open extra early to make sure any divers and snorklers were able to have some food before heading off for the morning. Laundry services were good, fast and relatively inexpensive.

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I had a lot of trouble with the spa initially while trying to make an appointment for a treatment. I would try to make an appointment daily and every day there was some issue - the desk was unmanned, the person that knew the schedule was eating dinner, etc. etc. What was most frustrating is I asked several times at reception and the spa for someone to contact me as soon as someone was available to help me make an appointment and this never happened. Finally, on my last day, they were able to take me for a 90 minute treatment which included a massage by two masseuses, a relaxing oil treatment (they pour warm oil on your forehead for 20 minutes straight), and a full body steaming. The massage was awful and very far from a relaxing experience. I tend to like firm pressure when getting a massage but these women were extremely rough and it made it impossible to relax. My muscles felt slightly tense afterwards. The hot oil treatment made up for the bad massage as it was extremely relaxing and almost felt meditative. I would highly recommend this. The body steaming was also quite nice.

Overall, the hotel is the nice and though they are trying they're not quite up to international standards. With a bit of patience and many trips to the breathtaking beach, Barefoot can cater to a lovely holiday on Havelock.

Room Tip: If it's in your budget, the Nicobari Villa is a must.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Radhanagar Village, Havelock Island 744101, India
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Region: India > Andaman and Nicobar Islands > Havelock Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Havelock Island
#1 Spa Hotel in Havelock Island
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Havelock Island
Price Range: £130 - £232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barefoot at Havelock 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover India's best kept secret - the Andaman Islands - at the Barefoot Group's first eco-retreat called 'Barefoot at Havelock.' Located exclusively on what TIME Magazine in November 2004 rated as the best beach in Asia, our small resort is set in rain forest and tropical fruit trees behind a pristine 2 km white-sand stretch of the quirkly named Beach No. 7 at Havelock Island. ... more   less 
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