“Intimate boho-chic hideaway with stylish suites and a villa, steeped in a lush jungle landscape”
It was an overgrown banana plantation until British chef and entrepreneur Mark Hill enlisted a crack team of architects, artisan builders and crafters to clear the land and blend traditional Indian materials and techniques with fluid lines, modern minimalism and imagination. The result is a sublime hideaway with a laid-back vibe and luxe finishes. Rooms are arranged over staggered levels, leading down to an expansive decked platform and the glittering infinity pool. There’s an open-air massage suite, yoga classes, even a badminton lawn. Book island hopping excursions, private beachside picnics and jungle foraging walks then return here for a sundowner and some of the best views on the island.
- The back-to-nature vibe with the spoiling benefits of a top hotel
- Cool and clean suites with dreamy bathrooms and bags of indoor and outside space
- Delicious food, with a seafood focus and tropical breakfasts
- The fun, sociable open-air bar and lounge; there’s even a film projector for movies under the stars
- A perfect place to relax and rejuvenate - surrounded by virgin rainforest and no phones or TVs to distract you
- We were the very first guests so we didn’t see some of the finishing touches, but we’re assured it’s firing on all cylinders now
- The alcohol licence is pending. At the moment guests can BYO and there’s a wine shop nearby
- The restaurant is closed on Wednesday evenings
- No WiFi, but that's half the point
- It's a remote island so getting here is an adventure, and things can be unreliable when you arrive - expect occasional power cuts or a shortage of produce from the mainland
Best time to go
Diving is best between November and April. Game fishing is best from mid-January to mid-March.”
Our top tips
Radhanagar (aka Number 7) is the island's most stunning beach. Head to the far left or far right for complete seclusion.
For a slice of authentic island life, head to Havelock's market, grab a streetside table and spend an hour people-watching.”
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar, closed Wednesday evenings
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 26 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Guest kitchen
- Board games
Rooms share a feeling of light, tranquility and space, with traditional South Indian polished plaster and clean, modernist lines softened by woven bamboo and wood furnishings. Beautiful block-printed fabrics add a pop of colour.
The Sunset Suites have double-height roofs clad with handmade clay tiles from Tamil Nadu that keep the rooms wonderfully cool and breezy. The Garden Suite has a private garden with open-air shower and alfresco tub, and a little pavillion with daybeds for extra guests. The romantic Skyroom is a stunning teak pavilion perched on top of the main villa with glass panelled walls. The ground-floor Tower Garden room has a private garden with a lily pond and hammocks whilst the first-floor Tower Room has a beautiful roof terrace with 360 degree panoramic views over the sea.
Honeymooners will love the loft-like Jalakara Villa, which has its own kitchen and living room. There’s a private yoga deck with a giant hammock and an Ayurvedic copper plunge pool, and a film projector so you can have private screenings under the stars.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee maker
- Coffee tea making
- Extra beds
- Ipod dock
- Mosquito net
- Pool towels
As you'd expect from a chef owner, the food at Jalakara is delicious. Breakfast includes house-baked bread, eggs any way, banana pancakes, tropical fruit salads and delicious smoothies.
Lunch is an informal affair served around the pool: Thalis, crisp seasonal salads, wraps, and sharing plates of Andaman prawns, fish goujons and fried momos. Dinner showcases locally caught seafood: poached lobster, crab, langoustine and fish fillets steamed in banana leaves.
There’s also a communal kitchen so you can make yourself a coffee or whip up snacks. If you want to dine out, friendly manager Shruti will tell you the best places to go (she's lived here for years and knows the island inside out). Note Jalakara's restaurant is closed on Wednesday evenings.
- Children meals
- Coffee maker
- Coffee tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Plantlife / flora
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
- Star gazing
Families are welcome but Jalakara has more of a couples' vibe and there are no specific kids facilities. Teens and adventurous older kids will enjoy the wildlife and watersports.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Sunset South has a mezzanine that can be made up with 2 additional single beds. Sunset North adjoins Sunset South with private garden access between the 2 rooms. Skyroom has 1 daybed. Jalakara Villa, Sunset South, Sunset North & Garden can all easily fit a baby cot.
High chairs in the restaurant
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking