Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Thanks to its splendid location within the northern Baa Atoll, there’s no shortage of marine wildlife adventures at this resort. When not snorkelling with manta rays, there is an overwater spa and a choice of six excellent restaurants and bars but, really, it is all about the talcum-white sands and turquoise waters.
The island of Kihavah, a mesmerising 35-minute seaplane ride north of Malé within the Baa Atoll, is truly a paradise, ringed by the whitest of powdery sands and beyond that crystal-clear turquoise waters that are a playground for a rainbow-like collection of tropical fish. Its remote location means endless horizon views and the starriest of night skies that are best experienced atop the resort's Sky Bar, which is also home to the Maldives' largest telescope.
Style and Character
The aerial view of Anantara Kihavah is proof abundant that the resort did not move any of the original trees on the island. On the ground, the result is a verdant canopy that shelters a series of villas that line the pristine beach, while the Overwater Villas can be found on one end of a jetty that stretches out into the crystal blue waters. Lots of timber and traditional thatched rooves establish a low-key barefoot luxury vibe, while the interiors are signature Anantara with high-end finishes and amusing touches like the glass-bottomed bath – found in some villas – that looks directly into the sea below.
Service and Facilities
While it is tempting to spend your days wallowing on your private deck, if you can tear yourself away from your villa, the water sports centre provides the equipment for an array of activities including snorkelling around the house reef with a marine biologist, kayaking and windsurfing. For the less active, there is a sunset cruise, underwater wine tasting, star-gazing sessions and a dreamy spa with treatment beds that look over a glass-bottomed floor. This being an Anantara property, the staff are engaging and helpful, while each villa has its own host.
- Room service
- Tennis court
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
The 80 villas and residences come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For seclusion, the Beach Pool villas are protected by the island's lush greenery, while the Overwater villas hover above the crystal-clear waters with views that look out onto an endless horizon. All of them, though, are kitted out to the highest of specs, each with their own private pools, sundecks with day swings, Wi-Fi access, coffee- and tea-making facilities, fully stocked minibar, a pillow menu and outdoor showers, while some come with outdoor hot tubs and hammocks. If you can, plump for a Sunset Overwater Pool villa with a glass-bottomed bath tub.
Food and Drink
Located in a hub towards one side of the island is a collection of drinking and dining options that take their inspiration from the resort's surrounding environment: Fire is the Teppanyaki restaurant, Salt serves up a mix of Asian fare, Sky is the best spot to sip on a cocktail while watching one the famous Maldivian sunsets, while Sea features the world’s first underwater wine cellar that leads to a fine-dining restaurant, where the underwater marine activity is so mesmerising, you might forget to eat.
For more casual poolside dining, Manzaru offers classic Italian crowd-pleasers from semolina-dusted calamari to pizzas and pastas, while breakfast at Plates is an international affair that serves up everything from Middle Eastern to Asian offerings such as noodle soup and dim sum, served with a side of champagne, of course.
Value for Money
One Bedroom Beach Pool villas from $1,500 (£1,189) in low season; and from $2,400 (£1,901) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. A 24-hour Villa Host is on call throughout the stay.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There is the Thiththi Boli Kids' Club with a programme of activities that includes Thai boxing and cooking classes, while the Family villas provide special amenities for children.