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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

South Male Atoll, Maldives

The Taj Exotica is a stylish property situated just 15 minutes from Malé in the South Male Atoll. The hotel has a laid back feel with excellent food and service. It is a small island and has a lovely avenue of trees along the middle of the island.

At a Glance

  • The fine dining restaurant, Deep End, is one of the best restaurants in the Maldives

  • The proximity of Taj Exotica to the airport means that it lacks that desert island feeling the Maldives is renowned for

  • Taj Exotica doesn't have a house reef although it does arrange trips for snorkellers, which involve a ten-minute boat ride

  • Taj Exotica's Indian heritage really makes it stand out with Indian chefs and an ayurvedic spa

  • All of the menus at Taj Exotica are a la carte, with no buffets

Beach, Honeymoon, Spa & health, Diving

Insider's View

Request a Deluxe Lagoon Villa facing away from Male for a clear turquoise sea view.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

The water sports center here is fantastically equipped for adrenaline junkies, with jetskis, banana boats and wake boards.

Clare Monro

Insider's View

Deep End restaurant is proud to have been awarded best in the Maldives by Conde Naste, and deservedly so! The berry soufflé is a must try!

Alice Moseley

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives


The Taj Exotica is situated on one of the only clear sand lagoons in the Maldives, Emboodhu Finolhu. Surrounded by soft white sand beaches and aquamarine water, the Taj Exotica’s luxurious yet rustic style complements the natural vegetation of the island.

The 62 air-conditioned villas are all palm thatched and finished in natural wood. 55 of the villas are over-water, whilst the remaining seven are on the beach. All the villas are fully equipped with a mini-bar, satellite television, DVD player, IDD telephone and bathtubs overlooking the water.

The resort has two restaurants ’24 Degrees’ serves a multi-cuisine for dinner, whilst ’The Deep End’ serves Mediterranean fare all day. ’The Equator Bar’ offers classic cocktails, margaritas, music and a fantastic view. There is a PADI dive school, fitness center, billiards table, beach volleyball court, library and boutique. The Jiva Grand Spa offers a full range of treatments.


Most of the resort's luxuriously designed villas are perched over the lagoon with nothing but blue ocean waters and glorious sunsets to block the view. All the villas are palm-thatched, built of finest natural wood finishes on the exteriors and the interiors are delightfully appointed in classic Maldivian style. The villas offer sundecks, and some offer private plunge pools, outdoor showers, verandahs with day beds and private spa rooms. All feature air-conditioning, bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries, twin vanities, bathtubs with ocean view, and separate rain showers, hairdryer, safe, wifi, satellite TV, media center with DVD/CD player and MP3 dock, tea and coffee facilities and private butler service.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Taj Exotica. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.


The resort has a Spa, a gym, two restaurants, bar, two swimming pools, PADI center, canoeing, water-skiing, sailing.

In terms of dining, you are spoiled for choice. Algeria is a restaurant that serves delicious Goan food with a particular focus on fish dishes and Portuguese wines. Eugenia serves authentic Indian cuisine, exotic specialties from South East Asia and classic continental dishes. Li Bai focuses on the succulent flavors of the Orient with Sichuan, Canton, and Hunan specialties. Miguel Arcanjo offers a delicious Mediterranean menu and views of the Arabian sea.


Free Activities : Sailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking, volleyball, indoor games

Paid Activities : Water-skiing, diving, spa, deep sea fishing, sunset cruises

Location & Directions

South Male Atoll, Maldives

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa spreads idyllically along a pristine beach and serene lagoon in the South Male Atoll, Maldives.

When to go

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.

Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.

Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.

The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.

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