Hotel Barefoot at Havelock Havelock
The resort consists of 18 beautifully designed and environmentally sensitive cottages hidden in the tropical foliage. The resort and cottages are spread over 8 acres, thus giving you an uninterrupted feeling of nature and privacy. The barefoot philosophy propagates the use of only natural indigenous materials in the living and recreational spaces.
Living & comfort
‘Barefoot at havelock’ defines rustic luxury. The ten spacious Nicobari cottages and eight Andaman Villas are constructed mainly out of fast regenerable materials. The walls are made from bamboo or wood, the roofs from thatch, and the floors from local hardwoods. The rooms are 40 sqmt in size with large ensuite
bathrooms fitted with modern amenities. Interiors are simple but beautiful. The air-conditioned Andaman Villas additionally have large picture windows and a sky lit shower area which makes one feels closer to nature. All cottages and villas are raised off the ground in keeping with the low impact footprint. We will be adding 8 luxury Nicobari Villas in December 2008.
Dining & leisure:
Savour the delicious vegetarian and seafood dishes created by our chef at the main resort restaurant. Continental and Indian food are our forte and you can chose from the set menu or dine a la carte. We also have a choice of spirits and a small selection of Indian wines, to enhance your meal. Whatever you eat, you can take comfort in the knowledge that our vegetables are organically grown and fertilizer free. Sea food is fresh from the sea.
Next to the main restaurant is the Lounge. Furnished in the Indian and Oriental style, with divans and bolsters, low-level tables and aromatic candles, it is a place to sit back and relax, swap stories with other guests. Or alternatively, have a drink, breathe in the sea air and listen to one of the finest collections of jazz and lounge music to be found anywhere in the Andaman Islands. The Andaman Islands. India's best-kept secret. Stunning beaches, aquamarine coral lagoons, lush green rainforest, active volcanoes, swimming elephants, and giant fish. Experience the unexplored beauty of these islands at the Barefoot Group's first luxury eco-retreat, 'barefoot at havelock'. Located exclusively on what TIME Magazine rated as the best beach in Asia, the resort is set in tropical rainforest and fruit trees behind a pristine 2 km stretch of white sand at the quirkily named Beach No. 7 on Havelock Island. Conde Nast Traveler USA edition in September 2007 stated that the beach is one of the 30 best beaches in the world. Savour the delicious vegetarian and seafood dishes created by our chef at the main resort restaurant. Continental and Indian food are our forte and you can chose from the set menu or dine a la carte.
Barefoot scuba diving:
The Andaman Islands are considered the final undiscovered frontier for scuba diving and the waters around Havelock Island are pristine and unexplored. The diving is exciting - easy dives filled with colourful reef fish, sea turtles, the occasional dugong and plenty of coral.
Barefoot Scuba, our own full-service dive centre, is located at Beach No. 3 and offers PADI dive courses and recreational dive trips in and around Havelock. Dive trips further a field can be organized with a little advance planning. Barefoot Diving has acquired brand new Mares dive equipment and uses state-of-art Bauer compressors. The dive centre is operated by European dive instructors.
BKS Iyengar Yoga:
Yoga in unspoilt nature, snorkelling, diving in turquoise waters, sunbathing on beautiful white beaches, hiking in rain forests, bird watching, boat trips to neighbouring islands, fishing, magnificent sunsets, far away from modern civilization, no TV or phone, no traffic noise – and all this in one place: ‘barefoot at havelock’, a tropical retreat on a small island paradise called Havelock. Havelock belongs to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. The archipelago lies about 1200 km off the coast of Madras and Calcutta and is a part of India.
B.K.S. Iyengar sees body and spirit as one unit and does not differentiate between physical and spiritual Yoga. He shows that the path of Yoga is not in any way a retreat from the problems and challenges of daily life. The aims of Yoga are aims that humanity strives for: good health, the ability to love, to trust, to endure and to develop compassion for others. Iyengar-Yoga is an intense physical and spiritual challenge. It demands extreme precision and concentration in the practise of postures and breathing techniques (Asana/Pranayama).
Yoga classes will be taken by a series of certified Iyengar yoga instructors among whom one has been practising Yoga since 1976 and teaching since 1991. They have been teaching yoga across the world and we are fortunate to have them with us and sharing their expertise as guests of the resort.
Yoga lessons take place in a specially built pavilion on the border of the rainforest. Classes are taught in English. Translation is also possible (German, French, Italian). The daily courses are structured for beginners as well as for yoga practitioners. Yoga lessons are held from 0600–0830 hrs. On request or for one-week & two-week courses, classes will also be taught in the afternoon between 1500-1700 hrs.