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Barefoot at Havelock

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Located exclusively upon the famous Beach No. 7, the Barefoot at Havelock is the first and only ecologically friendly eco-resort in the Andaman Islands. Beginning in 1997 as a humble backpackers oasis on the now famous Ranhangar Beach, the then Jungle Resort underwent a transformation to become the flagship property of the Barefoot Group, as well as the number one rated resort in the Andaman Islands. As its name suggests, the resort favours the barefoot ethos and guests are in fact requested to remove their shoes in public spaces in order to feel more at one with the surrounding nature and feel the warm ground beneath their feet. Additionally, television or Wi-Fi is not provided within the rooms, and the remote location makes mobile signal hard to come by, so guests are encouraged to disconnect from the stresses of the technological age and return themselves to nature.

Not only does the name encompass the guests experience, it also represents the lodge’s desire to leave minimal footprints upon the environment. Noise and light levels are kept to a minimum, in order to avoid disturbing the natural inhabitants of the thick rainforest surrounding the lodge. So as not to disturb nocturnal creatures, such as the rare Scops owls which inhabit the grounds, pathway lighting has been omitted and guests are provided with flashlights to find their way back. Additionally, room service is unavailable and guests are asked not to leave food around in their rooms to prevent behaviour alteration of foraging animals, which have not yet become reliant upon tourism as a food source in this largely undisturbed area.

Accommodation is in the form of 31 thatched tents, cottage and villas situated in the grounds, all featuring spacious interiors, modern amenities and ensuite bathrooms. All rooms were constructed using sustainable indigenous materials offering a traditional and authentic feel, as well as reducing the environmental impact of the resort. Rooming options include Andaman villas, Nicobari Cottages, tented Cottages, one duplex cottage and the eye-catching Nicobari Villa inspired by traditional Nicobari hut architecture.

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Facilities

Rooms are either fan-cooled or air conditioned, and all have ensuite bathrooms and living spaces, as well as modern bathroom amenities. The resort has a PADI dive centre, kayaks, spa, bar and restaurant.

Local Wildlife

Marine life is prolific around the islands. Complete with copious tropical reef fish and healthy coral formations, these waters are home to turtles and sting rays. The lucky snorkeler can even spot the elusive dugong. Other regularly found species include Hump head Parrotfish, white-banded Shrimp, the Peacock Mantis, Giant Morays and Manta Rays. Walking around the resort grounds can also prove fruitful with many bird and mammal species found in the area.

Optional Activities

Most guests visit the island to enjoy the fabulous marine life found here. Diving and snorkelling are very popular pastimes, and the resort has its own five-star PADI dive centre offering equipment rental, dive courses and many excursions. There are also kayaks available for guests, and snorkelling equipment. On land there are many walking trails to be enjoyed within the resort’s grounds, or guests can indulge in a revitalising treatment at the spa.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

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This was a special holiday to celebrate our retirement and it lived up to our hopes and expectations. Given that we booked this holiday as we hadn’t seen Tigers in Ranthambore, having 5 Tiger sightings on this holiday was brilliant. Loved the Sloth Bears in Taduba and Satpura and a Leopard at Satpura at the eleventh hour. Also saw some unusual species like Giant Squirrels and the Wild Spotted cat. We saw a huge variety of birds but mammals are particularly special for us.

Mr RG - Wokingham