The Andaman Odyssey - Havelock Island Beach Resort - A Review
Known for its clear blue seas and astonishing beaches, Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) is a haven for everyone visiting Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. If sun, sand and sea are your idea of perfect vacation, then Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) is the place for you. You look around and it is natural beauty everywhere. We published ‘A complete travel guide to Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)’ in one of our last blog posts where we detailed everything about Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) with recommendations on how to reach, places to visit, where to eat and activities to experience. We mentioned Havelock Island Beach Resort as one of our recommended option of stay at Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). Opting to stay in Havelock Island Beach Resort turned out to be a wise decision and in this review of the beach side property will make you believe the same.
The series of travel blogs - The Andaman Odyssey will serve as a one stop travel guide to you and give you all details along with recommendations to ensure you can plan your own trip.
Our other blogs of the series - The Andaman Odyssey will help you understand and plan your trip to Andaman Islands and give you a good idea of Havelock (Swaraj Dweep) and Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) with recommendation on places to stay and activities to do.
7. Review: Havelock Island Beach Resort at Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) - Current blog
Havelock Island Beach Resort:
If you are looking for a perfect balance between a relaxing beach holiday and wild party nights, then Havelock Island Beach resort is the place to be. The Resort is located quite close to Havelock Island jetty right at the banks of Govind nagar beach, on the eastern side of the Island. We reached the property on our rented two-wheeler. Once there, we were ushered to the parking space by the security guard and were quickly helped with the luggage. As we entered the resort premises, we realized that every nook and corner of the resort had an essence that spelled beach party. Even the staff uniforms were as if they are just going to host a beach side party – full of color, energy and vibe. That itself was a warm welcome.
Types of rooms - Havelock Island Beach Resort:
Havelock Island beach resort offers beautifully designed cottages with high end furnishings and modern amenities. A few rooms also have a beach view and furnished porch overlooking the resort grounds filled with palm and coconut trees. There are 4 different accommodations on offer to suit the needs of different types of guests – 36 Deluxe cottages, 12 Suite cottages, 4 Premium Cottages and 2 Family Cottages. The Suite cottages facing the private beach are the popular choice for the honeymooners and couples whereas Family cottages offer comfortable accommodation to four guests with two double beds. All the rooms are contemporarily designed with wood and bamboo in line with the theme of the resort and ensures comfort for its guests.
Family Cottage - Havelock Island Beach Resort:
As the resort was fully booked when we were to stay there, the management offered us a Family Cottage. Our room was huge with two double beds, a big sofa and a gigantic bathroom. We fell in love with the place just by looking at the vast expanse of the room. In-room amenities included a flat screen TV, tea/ coffee maker, room slippers, small refrigerator, and ample charging points. Hair dryer and magnified makeup mirror in the bathroom were the extra additions over and above the toiletries and clean and fluffy linen. A mirror serving as dressing room could be an easy addition which would be helpful. Since all other rooms were occupied, we could not see interiors of any other types of rooms but they seemed spacious enough from the outset.
Amenities - Havelock Island Beach Resort:
The grounds of Havelock Island Beach Resort are clean and well maintained despite numerous coconut trees growing in the garden. The passageways through the gardens are also surrounded by flowerpot plants overflowing with greenery. And we were delighted to see some blooming lotus' floating on small water ponds built for them. Havelock Island Beach Resort also has a small swimming pool offering privacy though being located in the heart of the resort. The pool is framed by tall wooden logs obstructing the view of the outsiders. The blue lights in the pool during the evening time provide a perfect ambiance and acts like an antidote for the tired limbs after a hectic day of leisure. The relaxing chairs surrounding the pool work as a cozy sit-out.
The private beach of the Havelock Island Beach Resort (a stretch of Govind nagar beach) was accessible for all the guests and was complete with lounge chairs to sunbathe and relax. The beach view is good but one couldn’t get deep in the water or swim as it is rocky. Just dipping feet in the water was quite refreshing. We enjoyed the privacy the curved beach offered partially fencing off other adjoining resorts. It felt great absorbing the peace listening to the sound of the waves and swishing of the trees.
Restaurants - Havelock Island Beach Resort:
Havelock Island Beach Resort offers various dining options. The resort is a food lover’s paradise. The most popular is their restaurant named ‘Sea Dragon’ which specializes in seafood but also offers multi-cuisine spread throughout the day. The restaurant again has wooden décor and it was good to find many small plants were growing inside the restaurant. The vegetarian sizzler that we ordered was one of the best we had ever had. The chef seemed to have magic in his fingers.
The bar at Havelock Island beach resort named ‘Nemo Café’ offers a sip of refreshing cocktails and mocktails along with light snacks to delve into Havelock’s buzzy vibe. The beach side bar is also popular for the varieties of alcoholic drinks that they serve whenever they have a party. The dance floor in the middle of the café is decorated with studio-primed neon lights and flowing silk cloth material. A garden restaurant alongside the cafe is for walk-in guests as well as in-house guests who want to enjoy the beach side dining while tapping their feet to lively songs. During night exclusive beach barbecues are offered in this garden restaurant which could be enjoyed right at beach side with sandy feet and starry sky. While they seemed to have plenty of sea food options, we wish they offered more vegetarian options in barbecue. The resort hosts the best beach parties on the Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) in its garden restaurant and even if you are not staying with them, we would recommend visiting Havelock Island Beach Resort if they are hosting a party.
Havelock Island Beach Resort also specializes in offering a private romantic beach side candle light dinner. The candle light tables are decorated with candle lanterns and innovative napkin folding arts in the shape of swans with unique presentation. They can set up as many as 15-20 beach side candle light dinner tables in one evening. The ambiance is very romantic and they make you feel extremely pampered and special with delicious meals and drinks.
The resort had Wi-fi in the reception area though it was extremely slow like rest of the island. Apart from this, the entire staff of Havelock Island Beach Resort is welcoming and friendly. We could see Ms. Priyanka, General manager of the resort giving personal attention to each of her guests especially during the party. Mr. Anupam, the manager, spent some time with us asking how our stay was and if he could arrange anything for us to make our stay better. The staff never failed to greet us whenever we crossed paths. Because of such friendly atmosphere, they made our stay extremely comfortable and special.
All in all, we had a lovely time staying with Havelock Island Beach Resort. The resort adds a different flavour to what Andamans offer. We chose to spend our day time relaxing on the beach and then enjoy the night time at the happening club that hosted parties every evening. It is a must go to place for party lovers. However, we would also recommend people who are ‘peace lovers’ to call the resort beforehand and ask for a room away from the dance floor as the loud music might bother them during the evenings. The resort management would surely take care of such requests. We would recommend everyone visiting Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) to consider booking with Havelock Island Beach Resort.
Hope you liked Havelock Island Beach Resort as much as we did and plan to stay here during your trip to Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). You can book them through their official website here. You can also book Havelock Island Beach Resort through online travel portals.
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