Jalakara In Andaman Is A Paradisiacal Hideaway

If the Andaman is on your radar this summer, bookmark this gorgeous boutique stay that is hidden within a tropical forest and perfectly captures what it means to live in a paradise

Jalakara stands on an abandoned banana and betel nut plantation Photo: Ed Reeve

Imagine waking up to swaying palm trees, the sound of the ocean waves crashing, and a faint birdsong in the distance. Now, that sounds like an ideal summer vacation. But in Jalakara, located on Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it is a regular day. 

Years ago, when Mark Hill and Atalanta Weller came across an abandoned banana and betel nut plantation while discovering the quiet bylanes of the island, the couple instantly knew that they found just the right place for their “off-grid paradisiacal hideaway,” as Hill likes to put it.