Barefoot at Havelock Island
Andaman Islands, India
Barefoot at Havelock Island is an idyllic, rustic hideaway located in the Andaman Islands; India’s secret paradise. Offering the ‘best beach in Asia’ and some of the world’s best diving, Barefoot provides a beach escape with a dash of adventure.
At a Glance
The first and only eco-friendly resort in Andaman Islands, located in a rainforest
Sport activities like Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and forest walks can be arranged
Ayurvedic Wellness Center offers various treatments like massages, beauty and rejuvenation packages
Described as the beast beach in Asia in TIME Magazine in November 2004
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The Andaman Islands are located midway between India and Thailand in the Bay of Bengal, accessed by a flight from either Calcutta or Chennai. They offer superlative white sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs and are relatively untouched by tourism.
Barefoot is located on Havelock Island, a 1-hour 30-minute speedboat journey from the capital Port Blair. The island covers 100 sq km, and is well worth exploring. The hotel is set within 7 acres of grounds, and offers Robinson Crusoe style cottages, some with thatched roofs that blend into the surrounding foliage. The philosophy is very much eco-focused, and this is evident in much that the hotel does. It is by no means a resort where you head for Maldivian style luxury or service, but for those who want to be more down to earth.
The vegetables are organically grown on site, and it is worth sticking to the Indian fare on offer (although they do offer a European alternative). There is a lovely communal lounge where guests can sit back and relax in the evenings.
There are four room types, and we suggest the newer Andaman Villas or Nicobari Villa. The Andaman Villas are square in design with large windows making the rooms airy and light and offering about 300 sq ft of space with a comfortable sit-out. The Nicobari Villa is round and on stilts, replicating the traditional Nicobari tribal style. It has a four poster bed, and a small sit out.
The diving at Barefoot is second to none, and best from December to May. It has a fully certified PADI dive school, with excellent rates. Snorkelling is superb in and around Havelock Island. The hotel also has its own resident elephant, Rajan, who enjoys a quiet swim in the ocean. The hotel also offers yoga, Ayurvedic treatments, kayaking, fishing, nature walks, and bird watching.
Barefoot at Havelock Island offers 10 Nicobari Cottages, one Nicobari Duplex Cottage, eight Andaman Villas and 1 Nicobari Villa. Dwellings are constructed of bamboo, wood and palm leaves and feature beautiful teak furniture, comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms and balconies for relaxing. The Andaman Villas feature hardwood construction featuring woods carefully sourced to match endemic woods. The Duplex cottage features a second mezzanine floor with additional bathroom making it perfect for families or for four guests traveling together who would prefer to share one cottage. The newly constructed Nicobari Villa has been built in the style of a traditional Nicobar Hut complete with typical roof made using local leaves in a traditional method.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. Kids will enjoy the pristine beaches of Havelock Island, the many water sports on offer and the boat trips to neighboring islands.
Facilities at Barefoot include a restaurant serving a fusion of Continental and Indian cuisines using organically ingredients and fresh seafood, lounge and PADI dive school offering a full range of dive services.
There are a wealth of activities available on the Andaman Islands. Barefoot at Havelock offer complimentary snorkeling and activities at an additional charge include scuba diving (the coral reefs are full of tropical fish, turtles, barracuda, rays, Napoleon fish and the elusive dugong), nature walks, bird watching, yoga and massages.
Location & Directions
Andaman Islands, India
This small resort is set in rainforest and tropical fruit trees behind a pristine 2 kilometers of white sand, quirkily named Beach No. 7 at Havelock Island in the Bay of Bengal.
When to go
December to March is the best season - it's dry and warm during the day and cool in the evenings. April and May are sunny but humid both day and night. June to September sees long and heavy rains with short and unpredictable periods of sunshine. October and November can bring short rains, with a good chance of uninterrupted sunshine.
Diving is best between December and April. Game fishing is best from mid January to mid March, which is also when turtles nest and dugongs come to feed on the sea-grass.