Situated on the best beach on the island - ‘beach no.7’, in fact, which Time magazine voted the best beach in Asia! - this rustic property is a true eco resort without any pretentiousness. A selection of eclectic accommodation options, from tented cottages to villas, all built from local materials, are set beyond the tree line among seven acres of natural grounds. Understated and laid-back, certainly, but transcending expectations, this resort resonates with everything we hope for from true luxury. Cosy, friendly and making a big eco statement, this is the perfect place to ditch the gadgets and detox from your devices for a few days (or weeks!)
Evenings are spent gorging on local seafood and relaxing at candlelit tables in the bar. It might not have all the stereotypical polish of more branded resorts, but its individual character is one of its virtues. Life revolves around the ambience of the pristine beach, the cool forest and a general slowness of pace, but there’s a good range of activities and experiences to be had when adventure beckons.
A 90-minute fast catamaran ride from Port Blair brings you to Swaraj Island (formerly Havelock) - a little slice of paradise in the Andaman archipelago. This welcoming resort is sheltered by lush, wild gardens, just moments from the beach.
Water sports & trekking
Beachside, but no pool
Total bliss. I cannot tell you how much we loved Havelock Island and the resort was top notch. So friendly, beautiful and, more than anything, welcoming. We really felt appreciated.
Discover what to expect from staying at Barefoot at Havelock
When Selective Asia’s founder, Nick was asked recently (in the throes of the Covid pandemic) where he’d most like to be, Barefoot at Havelock came straight to mind.
“I loved it. The beach was amazing, and the food was nuts; so, so good. Really friendly and casual. The setting is epic and so peaceful. A place for everyone, but those looking for an escape from busy lives are well catered for”.
Its remote location means that reflection, reading and swimming in the ocean are gentle ways to fill your days. Snorkelling is possible just offshore, but there’s a nearby walkable location that offers even better opportunities. Diving is on offer for those who wish, as are cycling and trekking in the nearby forests. Children are welcomed with treasure hunts.
It’s immediately obvious that this eco resort is sensitively designed to meet the strict regulations that exist in the Andamans. Its simplicity is a statement of its sustainability. Where possible, everything is recycled, rainwater is collected and stored, and staff are recruited locally.
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.