Whenever we plan to visit any destination, our first concern is invariably in terms of ‘Where to stay?’. Even for seasoned travellers, the answer to this question is difficult. With so many accommodation options coming up each year, keeping a track of what’s good for you within your budget might be challenging.
We end up counting on suggestions given by friends and family members, we go check the reviews from various sites before deciding whether to select the specific accommodation or not.
Having said that it’s always a doubt even after we arrive, until we have seen the accommodation.
This article will talk about all the major places to stay in Port Blair, Havelock and Neil Island. I will differentiate among why you may consider not to select a hotel because of its location, aminities, location, beach etc and many more factors.
This will be an ongoing article where I keep updating what’s new in the islands in terms of accommodation and what you can select during your Andaman Island trip. A stay is Andaman Nicobar Islands is perfectly suited based on the location. Many people want to stay at a beach side place when they visit Andaman, however, in some islands staying in the main city is more beneficial than staying by the beach. Keeping these factors in mind, we have built a list of where to stay and why.
The major 3 islands of Andaman namely Port Blair, Havelock (Swaraj Dweep) and Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) will be covered in this article of where to stay in Andaman Nicobar Islands.
Let’s first cover Port Blair and where to stay in Port Blair.
Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands with tons of hotels around the area. Many travelers come to Port Blair with an dream of staying at a place with a sea view. However, only a handful of properties in Port Blair have sea view rooms. Most of the properties are located in the main city and only 2 property have a beach associated with it.
Considering Port Blair is a small town it’s better to stay at a prime location in Port Blair. The major location in Port Blair is Foreshore Road, Aberdeen Bazaar, Junglighat, Goal Ghar, Middle Point, and Phoenix Bay.
These are the main locations in Port Blair where the property prices are on the higher end. At these localities, you have many options to leave the hotel premise and go for a walk and explore locally. Most of the travelers who come visit Andaman prefer to stay around these locations. Hotels that are not present at these prime locations do not give you the option to explore things by yourself.
These are some important factors when you are shortlisting places where you can stay in the Andaman Islands.
Major Locations in Port Blair has been marked on this Map
So when it comes to selecting a place in Port Blair, try to close down on the above-mentioned localities. You can add Dollygunj, this place has slowly started booming as well provides a wholesome experience while you are in the Andaman.
The hotels that can be selected in Port Blair are:
Grand Paradise at Phoenix Bay is a proper 3 star property located right at the heart of the city Phoenix Bay. Phoenix bay is one of the posh locality in Andaman islands and various options to dine out are available around this property. Conveyance to various sightseeing places are also available from this location. If you are looking into a good option for your family with good comfortable rooms at the heart of the city then this property can be your pick and you will enjoy your stay. The property was launched in 2018 and has gathered a good following since then.
Andaman Castle in Port Blair is a bed and breakfast which is a decent property and offers sea view experience. Not very hefty on your pocket this property provides you with an experience of a life time. Managed by the owner Mr. Aamir at this property you can get to experience one of the best seaviews in the islands. In addition, you can walk through the shoreline as well. Andaman castle is one good place that we recommend for travellers to stay in the Andaman Islands within their budget.
Zam is another decent property which is a bed and breakfast, and is located at the heart of the city at Goal Ghar. The advantage of staying at such place is that your day to day conveyance from one place to another is quite easy. Currently, in 2019 the car rentals in Andaman is not in app based model so still the traditional way of booking cabs is currently present. Your stay at a prime location will help you easily get cabs and auto for your conveyance within the islands. The rooms at Zam is very spacious within this budget. So if room space is a concern to you and if you are travelling on a strict budget then Zam may be the perfect fit for you.
I will keep updating this section and building on the list of hotels located in the prime location of Port Blair.
Let’s move to Havelock Island now,
Havelock Island is where everyone wants to be when coming to the islands. Now, though Havelock Island is famous, there are very limited places in Havelock Island that can be considered as a proper beach to have a worthy stay.
Properties that are lined around Beach N0. 1, 2 and 3 does not really have a great beach in comparison to properties that are lined up in Beach No. 4 and 5. Beach Number 5, namely Vijaynagar beach is the best place for a wholesome experience. The beach experience around Beach Number 5 is something that you will really want to experience when in Havelock Island.
Only when beach resorts are sold out go for the non-beach resorts in Havelock Island. Though some of the non-beach resorts also provide varied kind of experience.
The other location which would make a luxurious stay is Beach number 7 that is very close to Radhanagar Beach. Radhanagar at Havelock island is one of India’s best beach, however, you are not allowed to venture into the water post sunset. The waves at Radhangar are quite strong so if you are planning to get into the water post-sunset then the chances are pretty less. Though you can walk on the long stretch of the beach hearing the sound of the waves giving you an atmosphere that is as serene as possible.
Opting for any budget properties around Radhanagar beach is not a wise decision, as you will not have anything much to do post sunset. Instead of staying at a budgeted property around Radhanagar, my advise will be to book a property that is from Beach No. 2 to Beach No. 5. These are some of the best places to stay in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
As a traveler who is new to the local ground, needs to be aware of the practicality of a location when you reach the islands.
Major properties that are present at Beach No. 5 are :
Blue island beach resort at Havelock Island is situated right on top of Vijaynagar Beach. Now, Vijaynagar beach at Havelock island offers a beach experience like no where else in Andaman. This is a perfect beach for swimming and to spend time lazying around. The property is a 3 star property and provides you ample open space. For those on a strict budget can select this beach property.
Note : In Havelock Island, its recommended to go with beach resorts to get the best experience of your stay. There are many non beach resorts in Havelock Island as well, however, the most preferred ones by travellers are the resorts with a private beach.
The above properties provide an exquisite beach experience in Andamans.
Not all the luxurious properties in Andamans are located at the prime locations, however, staying at a prime location has its own charm.
If the budget and the availability of rooms fall in place, for Port Blair and Havelock Island, it’s better to stay at locations as suggested above.
For those visiting Neil Island in Andaman, you can stay at any of the good beach resorts. Here the main location is near Laxmanpur Beach. Pearl Park Beach resort is one good property in Neil Island. Summer Sand is also a luxurious property in Neil Island.
Well in Andamans, managing to get a good place to stay means the rest of your holiday is going to be a cake walk. When you know where to stay in Andaman and Nicobar Islands then it gets easier for you to decide which hotels or resorts to pick based upon your budget. The hospitality of these islands adds to the charm of the place. Andaman has various things to do that you will love for sure, right from the beaches to underwater activities. Make sure your tour to Andaman islands is very well planned and executed in the best possible way.
Once the place to stay is shortlisted then comes the itineary which needs to be planned carefully as well. You can refer to some of our packages listed. You also have an option to connect with our holiday expert to build your own customized package as your your budget and travel dates. We look forward to hearing from you!