What we love
We love being so close to nature that even if you don't like getting your feet wet, you can make faces at it through the glass of one of the world's only underwater restaurants.
Setting the scene
Anatara Kihavah has established itself as one of the leading luxury resorts in the Maldives, and the entire Indian Ocean. The team on the island have built a well-earned reputation for excellence, which perfectly compliments the natural beauty of their location in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Reserve.
78 spacious villas and suites are located both on land and over water, each one providing spectacular views. Dining at the award-winning SEA underwater restaurant is an experience to remember and in 2017, the first over-water observatory was built, to allow guests to enjoy the amazing stargazing opportunities. Add to all this a house reef teeming with life, just off-shore, and it's easy to see why many consider Anantara Kihavah the perfect luxury escape.
Whether you prefer to have your feet firmly on land, or floating just above the crystal clear water with the only obstruction to your view being a diving sea bird or a whale surfacing for air, there is plenty of choice. All of the villas boast a private pool and a view that doesn't remotely resemble anywhere you have been before. Relax in the sunken bath for two over a shallow pond at the end of the bathroom and count the stars, then slide between Egyptian cotton sheets on an oversized bed. Awake to the sound of the water lapping on the white sands and the promise of another day of yet more indulgence.
Themed restaurants make dining at Anantara Kihavah an experience in itself, so not only are you deciding on what you want to eat you are also choosing a view. For an unparalleled underwater eating adventure there is Sea restaurant, the world's first underwater wine cellar and one of the only underwater restaurants. Be amazed by an array of tropical fish putting on a display of elegance as you feast on a gourmet menu.
In Fire restaurant with its domed ceiling and far reaching views is the Teppanyaki lounge where guests are invited to flip an egg and catch it in mid-air, sure to be a hit with the children.
Salt is an Asian inspired restaurant where resides a salt sommelier who will pair your dish of red snapper or tender lamb with perfect seasoning, opening your eyes to the surprising world of salt. Unwind at the chilled rooftop bar, Sky, where you can enjoy a whole range of drinks from cocktails to fine wines whilst watching the sun go down.
Surrounded by some of the warmest and clearest waters in the world is a tempting invitation to try one of the many watersports on offer. Aside from the usual like windsurfing and kayaking there is also big game fishing where you can try your hand at catching one that was 'this big!' and then have it prepared especially for you by the island's chefs. There is the dive centre and marine lab where a whole new underwater world is opened up to you, whether you are experienced or not, and whale sharks can be spotted all year round. Prefer to keep your feet on dry (but very soft and sandy) land? Enjoy cooking classes, beach sports, swimming, tennis and yoga. There is of course a spa, languishing across the water in a tempting manner just waiting to lure to its 6 treatment suites to be pampered to within and inch of your life.
Children are very welcome and there is the Kihavah Kids Club where they can make new friends and enjoy a range of activities under the watchful eye of the Kids' Coordinator.
Anantara is a 35 minute seaplane transfer from Malé's Velana International Airport.
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