Taj Exotica Resort & Spa – Maldives

Taj Exotica Maldives

Featuring only 64 luxury villas, 55 of which are over the huge lagoon, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is one of the smaller and more exclusive private-island resorts in the Maldives. Its location just south of the main Maldives Airport makes it one of the easiest and fastest to reach, yet the island still feels intimate and unspoiled by its environment.

Taj Exotica is the luxury resort wing of the famous Indian Taj hotel brand, and its Maldives resort keeps with its incredibly high standards. In addition to a stunning location, the service, rooms, amenities, and food are all of 5-star standard. Prices are actually rather reasonable for this quality of accommodation and service by Maldives standards, so this is a fine choice for any honeymoon or tropical getaway, even for those without an unlimited budget.


The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is located on Emboodhu Finolhu Island, only 8 kilometers south of Malé International Airport.


22 Lagoon Villas
Area: 764 sq ft (71 m²)

31 Deluxe Lagoon Villas with Pool
Area: 980 sq ft (91 m²)

1 Lagoon Suite with Plunge Pool
Area: 2,099 sq ft (195 m²)

1 Presidential Villa Suite
Area: 5,382 sq ft (500 m²)
(Living room; a master bedroom with attached his and hers bathrooms, a guest bedroom; a glassed bathroom with an infinite view of the Indian Ocean; a 15 ft fresh water pool with a private sundeck, two `salas’ for relaxing and dining; and a beautiful suspended deck.)

9 Island villas

Special room features

  • Beds: One kingsize plus one sofabed (in some units)
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: Satellite TV
  • Room service: 24 hours
  • Air Conditioning
  • Separate Shower and Bathtub
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower Cap
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Clothes Press
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Mini Bar
  • Slippers
  • Safe
  • IDD telephone


  • Low season online specials from US$986 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,125 per night

*Speedboat return transfer from Malé Airport: US$197.12 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • 24 Degrees – Pan-Asian and European comfort food
  • The Deep End – Progressive world cuisine
  • The Equator Bar
  • Private Island dining

Resort features

  • Fresh water Infinity pool
  • PADI recognized Dolphin Base Dive
  • Snorkeling
  • Water Sports Centre
  • Football
  • Beach volleyball
  • Library
  • Billiards and a selection of indoor games
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport trasfer
  • BBQ facilities
  • Concierge
  • Gift shop
  • Postal service
  • Room service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting facilities
  • Laundry service
  • Library


The Jiva Grande Spa is located on its own private spa island sanctuary.

Nearby activities

  • Sunset cruises
  • Fishing
  • Island exploration
  • Historical trip to Malé
  • Maldivian fishing village experience
  • Big game fishing and casting

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa are generally excellent. Nearly every past guest raves about every aspect of their trip, from the rooms to the setting to the service to the food. The staff also gets quite a lot of attention, with nearly everyone agreeing on their professionalism, great service and helpful attitude. Few other 5-star private-island resorts in the Maldives can match the praise, making this one of the best and most reliable choices for a honeymoon or any other tropical getaway.

Considering the price range, which is actually quite reasonable for this level of service and these facilities, the Taj Exotic Resort does amazingly well with reviews, so it appears to be a solid value, among all its other qualities.

Getting there

To reach the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa you'll need to fly to Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you'll be met by hotel staff and helped aboard a private speedboat for the 15 minute ride to the island itself.

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Video tour of a water villa at the Taj Exotica Resort

Photo Gallery of the Taj Exotica Resort