Vishal Singh is the General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives.
Vishal, what is the most unique feature of your resort?
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, is an exclusive, private and romantic island resort lush with tropical plants and encircled by clear turquoise water, situated in one of the largest lagoons of the Maldives. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa spreads idyllically along a pristine beach and serene lagoon. The award-winning resort seamlessly extends the magic of the island's blessed natural beauty in its design even as it offers the finest in contemporary luxuries and services. Taj Exotica has also retained much of the flora around the island; the main path which winds through the resort is shaded by a canopy formed by indigenous trees. The resort is only 15 minutes by a private luxury speedboat, available 24 hours, from Malé International Airport.
Jiva Grande Spa, an authentic Indian spa, offers a range of signature wellness experiences. The spa includes a unique Ayurveda Pavilion where ancient art is administered following an individual consultation with resident Ayurveda physician. It also offers Alepa, a sensual and engaging signature treatment that evokes an aura of the royalty where the couple themselves can apply the therapeutic mud on each other then rinsing off in 4 different shower experiences, surely a total bliss! The spa’s products are proudly organic, devoid of any chemicals.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is well known for its authentic culinary experience, with a large selection of carefully hand-picked menu items from all parts of the world. The menu consists of tastes from the rich culinary heritage of the Subcontinent of India to popular Western, Mediterranean, Italian, French and also Eastern cuisine such as Japanese, Korean and Chinese. We proudly presents over five hundred different exclusive menu choices for our guests.
Can you describe the style of the resort in two words?
Elegant & unparalleled quality service.
Can you tell us the most exceptional activity that the resort can organize for its guests?
- Romantic getaway in our unique Ocean Pavilion nestled in the heart of the lagoon and reached by a 3-min boat ride from the resort. It starts with a couple’s aromatherapy treatment over the water followed by a sunset cocktail or champagne. Dinner is served after sundown and will be an unforgettable treat of mouthwatering local and international specialties.
- Sand bank experience with local bodu beru performances and highlighting local cultures of Maldives, meal is served with wide selection of local and international specialties.
- Alepa treatment at Jiva Grande Spa, a signature treatment that evokes the aura of the fabled and privileged lifestyle of Indian royalty. 'Alepa' - literally the act of anointing the body - is a wellness experience drawn from sacred and ceremonial time-honoured Indian bathing rituals. Couples can indulge in romantic mud therapies at its Alepa room, perhaps the highlight of the spa, where they cover each other in mud and lounge on chairs by the sea, taking in the soothing surrounds, waiting for the mud to dry.
- Taj Exotica Maldives has various venue options for exceptional unique private dining experiences, be it a dug out dinner on the beach, private dinner under the star and moon at the Dhuntari, Wedding Pavilion, exclusive dinner at the smallest restaurant in the world-Ocean Pavilion and others.
What is your favourite food or drink at the resort?
Taj Exotica boast the award winning cuisine at the resort, as it is the best food in the Maldives. We are focusing on procuring the highest quality ingredients, presented freshly from “Farm to Plate”.
My favourite would be the food at our specialty restaurant – The Deep End, an “Upscale Grill and Seafood” restaurant serving European cuisine coupled with creative presentations. Some of the signature dishes in the restaurant are the Maldivian Lobster, Australian Wagyu beef , Australian Barramundi, Arabian Sea King Prawn & Lobster Ravioli, each food comes with a unique salt. Never to miss “The Opera” dessert. A divine dessert which is a live dessert served right in front of you on the top of your table. This signature dessert is named opera because it is orchestrated over the table.
Another exquisite fooda are “The 200 Dollar Pizza” - the base of this pizza is completely covered with Philadelphia cream cheese with one quarter topped only with Wagyu beef carpaccio and kalamata olives. Second quarter of the pizza is topped with roasted French duck and Foie Gras with Italian truffles. Another quarter is topped with Italian Porchinis, white Parma ham, completely covered with parmesan cheese. The last quarter of the pizza is topped with jumbo lobster medallions with Iranian caviar topped with a finishing touch of 24-karat edible gold leaves; and Lobster Burger - flavored with choicest of Italian sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives & fresh garden herbs, topped with cheese gratin & Iranian caviar, served with duo of exotic salads, stack of crispy onion rings, basket of assorted fries & accompanying sauces.
As for the drink, I love the Romantic Jumbo cocktails – this drinks are made for couple to enjoy, and Exotic Lagoona – cocktail inspired by the color of our lagoon. Another one to mention is the Black Ivory coffee - Black Ivory Coffee is the rarest and most unique coffee in the world. Naturally refined by elephants, the beans are broken down by the elephants’ digestive enzymes, resulting in a smooth tasting coffee without bitterness. Taj Exotica Maldives is one of the only hotels in the world who serve Black Ivory Coffee.
What is your life credo (motto/life quote)?
We are the architect of our life, we make our own destiny.