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“Basic but spacious rooms at a superb location” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dolphin Resort
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Havelock Island
Certificate of Excellence
Gurgaon
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Basic but spacious rooms at a superb location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

You may blink twice before you believe the colours the sea water right in front of Dolphin resort throws up. Absolute Paradise. Having said that, most of the resorts are on the same beach (No 5) but just that Dolphin is much closer to the sea. The resort is definitely one of the best located on the island. Me and my wife stayed in an AC cottage for 3 days. The room is big but pretty basic. Room service and house keeping is minimal. At a place like Havelock you are likely to spend most of the time at beaches or engaging in activities to bother too much about the room.

If you are looking for a lazy holiday on a resort avoid Dolphin. You may definitely get better (though smaller) rooms at some of the other resorts if you are willing to shell out three times as much !

The restaurant serves good basic Indian food which I did not mind at all for the couple of times we ate there. There are several options close by to choose from to eat out. The Full Moon Cafe at Dive India is highly recommended.

Go...Enjoy Havelock.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bengaluru, India
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2011

This property is a typical govt run hotel. Best to call it a govt guest house.Would score pretty low on maintanance.We had stayed in deluxe AC accn (mid range). The furniture is old and broken, mattresses are bumpy, linen is not very clean (will be changed only on request), the bathrooms have leaking taps, stained wash basins and WC. No freebies like toileteries and slippers etc. The walls and doors of the rooms depserately deserve a fresh paint.The restaurant is more like a hostel mess with fixed menu buffet. However the meals are wholesome, good value for money ,good in taste and more like home cooked with additional limited options of sea food on extra payment.So if you are looking for fancy stuff visit the nearby restaurants (we tried Red Snapper restaurant of the adjacent resort).No room service at dolphin except for bed tea (dont expect tea pots or flasks),The staff was pretty helpful with a positive attitude to help within their limited resources. Our room was promptly changed as the AC was not working and in the new room telephone was promptly repaired. The only thing is guests have to point out the deficiences, these services are not automatically checked before check in. The major advantage of the dolphin resort is its locatiion. It is located right on the beach with good sitouts both at the beach front and room balconies. The beach is rocky in this region but just 30-40 metres to the left a good sandy patch is present for early morning strolls or swim.The cool breeze from the sea is very refreshing throughout the day.It would be hard to find another place in havelock with such a wonderul location and spacious air conditioned rooms at the amount of room rent charged.In fact we felt so satisfied with the location that by the third day all the maintanence issues did not actually matter to us. Overall a wonderful trip to havelock island.

Room Tip: 1. VIP cottages no. 1-4 have the best view 2. In the AC deluxe category rooms no 11 and 12 are best...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank RohitA318
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2011

Visit this place to feel relaxed in the arms of nature... Amazing location.. Sea facing Cottages are build around the rich blue island water.. Dont expected any great service from staff, but value for money. Rooms nice n spacious. except service, i strongly recommend this place for its amazing location and nicely build cottages.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank elfswa
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Delhi
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2011

I went to Havelock Island for a 4-days vacation and stayed at this resort. The best part about this hotel is the location. about 50 yards from the rooms... there lies one of the cleanest & longest beaches. that is simply the best aspect of this resort.

the other good part is the size of the rooms/ cottages. the rooms are very very big, with sufficient space for a separate dining area along with a double bed. i stayed in deluxe rooms. standard rooms, although a bit smaller were still decent enough.

the third good aspect of this property is its price. when i went there, i cost me ~Rs. 1500 per night... seems dirt cheap for this location.

however, there are some major negatives of this resort, most of them exist as it is a govt property -
it starts with the booking itself. u HAVE to have an advance booking before coming here. the booking can be done ONLY through physical payment at Port Blair. i managed it via a contact in port blair

the staff is virtually absent. forget bell boys, even daily cleaning of the rooms was absent. despite indifferent staff, the lawns of the resort are quite well manicured!

resort restaurant serves food for very very specific & limited hrs during the day. for food, we went to a nearby restaurant in the hotel Wild Orchid... the food and the staff there were simply awesome!

closing statement - will i go there again? YES... for its brilliant location

Room Tip: they have three categories of rooms. go for the middle category as cheapest rooms are located far aw...
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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank SB1102
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Port Blair, India
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2011

Its very good resort.In front of it is the view of a beautiful sea.The rooms are individually spread ed in all directions.It has a beautiful garden and there is silence every where.You can go walking for long distances.

Room Tip: Every rooms are good
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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Ballu2904
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Additional Information about Dolphin Resort

Property: Dolphin Resort
Address: Vijay Nagar Beach, Havelock Island, India
Region: India > Andaman and Nicobar Islands > Havelock Island
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Havelock Island
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Havelock Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Also Known As:
Dolphin Hotel Havelock Island
Dolphin Resort Havelock Island

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