Situated in the Baa Atoll archipelago on the doorstep of Hanifaru Bay — a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve famed for its manta rays and whale sharks — Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas stretches out across the luxurious Kihavah Huravalhi island. Guests can bask in the tropical idyll, strolling on soft white-sand beaches and exploring the underwater world of the crystal-clear Indian Ocean.
The resort is a 30-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport over a string of stunning coral islands. A wonderful mix of spacious villas, large private pools and breezy, open spaces make Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas a tranquil sanctuary and an ideal escape.
The properties contain elegantly understated teak-wood furniture and come with ocean-view beds, expansive bathrooms and mosaic-tiled private pools that accentuate the 360-degree views out over the pristine white beach. Choose from 79 villas and residences, either floating over the turquoise water or along a quiet sandy stretch of the beach.
At the end of the wooden jetty is the blissed-out haven of Anantara Spa. Guests can unwind with six overwater treatment rooms and a menu of exotic treatments — using luxurious natural ingredients — to soothe and heal the body.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas offers an unforgettable dining experience by integrating itself with the surrounding beauty of the house reef. A one-of-a-kind underwater dining experience awaits at signature restaurant SEA. An extensive international gourmet menu includes over 350 bottles of wines spanning nine decades, paired by the resident wine guru.
For a more informal, land-based option, guests can explore the island’s gastronomy on the beach or in the privacy of their villa. Inspired by the vibrant underwater life all around, visitors will be dazzled by sea-urchin lamps hanging over the pool restaurant and arresting metal sculptures of gliding mantas in the overwater restaurants. Guests can also indulge in a lazy afternoon in a hammock, followed by a private beach barbecue.
Dine amidst angelfish darting through the ocean at underwater restaurant SEA, with its award-winning wine cellar
Need to know
• 79 beach and overwater pool villas
• 6 restaurants and bars
• Underwater restaurant and wine cellar
• Anantara Spa
• Fitness centre, tennis court, resort bicycles and swimming pool
• Elements watersports, dive centre and coral adoption
• Childrens’ club
• Spice Spoons cooking school