Havelock Island, India
Unwind at the tranquil boutique hotel of Jalakara in the Andaman Islands. This tropical paradise on Havelock Island combines modern luxury in a natural setting. Enjoy morning yoga classes, a range of therapies at the peaceful spa or lazing by the pool.
At a Glance
Tropical paradise set in the rainforest allowing a total rejuvenation
Jalakara boasts a modern design mixed with colorful textiles in keeping with the island's feel
Expect delicious cuisine and fresh, local ingredients
Take a dip in the infinity pool that enjoys incredible sunset views
Havelock Island is a perfect location for diving and exploring its amazing coast
To start planning your vacation to Jalakara
Originally an overgrown banana and betel nut plantation, Jalakara is a boutique hotel in the balmy tropical rainforest of Havelock Island in the Andaman archipelago. With an abundance of natural light and vast views, it offers something truly unique and idyllic.
The hotel is tucked away and has just six secluded suites to give guests privacy and the ultimate tranquil experience. Each room is individually designed incorporating colorful textiles, glass screen doors and impressive views. Enjoy your own private roof terrace with the Tower Room with 360 degree views, the veranda looking out onto the untouched rainforest with the contemporary Sunset Suite or opt for the Garden suite where you can while away the afternoon in this lush oasis of calm.
Owned by British chef Mark Hill, guests can expect excellent cuisine at the Jalakara with fresh ingredients and flavors. Light lunches are served at the pool by day, and exceptional locally sourced seafood by night. Served in the dining pavilion, end the day indulging your taste buds looking out over the rainforest beyond.
The Andaman islands are renowned for diving and as one of the most popular activities on Havelock Island, you can see some extraordinary marine life. Boat trips, jungle walks and bird watching trails are just some of the other activities available. A stay at Jalakara adds some downtime to any cultural itinerary, combining particularly well with India.
Individually designed, each room and suite at Jalakara offers a unique and contemporary space. The main rooms are centerd on a picturesque courtyard but guests can also enjoy more privacy in secluded suites. The private villa also offers a escape from it all with a large living area, perfect for couples.
|The Sky Room||
Feel up in the skies in this dreamlike haven. With its glass panelled walls and emerald blues it offers guests privacy overlooking the main villa lily pond. Complimentary tea, coffee and water is available in the main villa courtyard.
|The Tower Room||
With stairs leading to a private roof garden boasting 360 degree panoramic view across the forest, the Tower Room is ideal for couples. The room includes a modern en-suite bathroom with shower and optional air conditioning. Complimentary tea, coffee and water is available in the main villa courtyard.
|The Garden Room||
Located on the ground floor of the Jalakara tower, this beautifully designed room opens out to a private veranda and garden. Relax in this secluded garden in your deck chair by the lily pond. The room accommodates two people and includes a modern en-suite shower room. Optional air conditioning complimentary tea, coffee and water are also available in the main villa courtyard.
|The Garden Suite||
With antique colonial furniture combined with modern touches and a open-to-sky shower and alfresco bath tub, feel at one with nature in this contemporary and romantic suite with private garden. Complimentary tea, coffee and water is available in the main villa courtyard.
High ceilings, extra space to accommodate more guests and a veranda complete with hammock and armchairs overlooking the rainforest make this an ideal suite for families. Concrete exposed walls mixed with vibrant interiors make this a great place to relax. Complimentary tea, coffee and water is available in the main villa courtyard.
The Jalakara Villa is a exclusive loft style space with private deck ideal for some yoga. This space boasts a large living area, its own copper infinity plunge pool and a large hammock to while away the afternoon. The villa is wrapped in woven teak with the ability to be opened up to the surrounding forest, sitting cantilevered into the hillside.
Jalakara has a 16 meter infinity pool with its own bar and dining area for relaxing. Yoga classes take place in the courtyard, there is also small spa which offers thai massage treatments. Evening dining takes place in the pavilion which is stocked with your favorite after dinner games for some light evening entertainment.
Location & Directions
Havelock Island, India
This small resort on Havelock Island in the Bay of Bengal is set in rainforest and tropical fruit trees, a short 10-minute drive inland from the quirkily named Beach No. 7. Havelock Island sits just north west of Port Blair, the Andaman's main arrival point.
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.