Hotel Highlights

  • Perfect for enjoying complete peace and privacy
  • Excellent house reef, and spectacular diving
  • Fab water sports facilities and a lavish spa

Overview

Conjure up your most decadent deserted island fantasy – peaceful villas, private butlers, beaches dotted with swaying palms – and compare it to the shamelessly luxurious boutique resort Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives. This dreamy, dramatic hideaway hits all the expected notes (clear azure seas, sugary white sand) and adds a few new ones (a submerged wine cellar, an overwater spa and a record-setting swimming pool).

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

78 villas, including several Two-bedroom Residences.

Check–out

12pm, but flexible upon availability and a charge of 50 per cent of the day rate. Earliest check-in time, 2pm.

Also

Tempting minibars come with stocked wine coolers and useful extras such as sun cream, after-sun lotion and waterproof cameras. Smiling butlers assigned to each villa are on call 24 hours a day. A seamless check-in takes place in your villa, and foot massages are a standard welcome treat.

At the hotel

Private beaches, diving, water sports, book and DVD library, boutique, underwater wine cellar, six-villa overwater spa, hair salon, kids’ club, fitness centre, tennis courts, free WiFi, iPads and bicycles on request. In rooms: minibar, stocked wine cooler, iPod dock, flatscreen cable TV with DVD player, espresso machine, luxury toiletries, private pool.

Our favourite rooms

All of the ultra-luxe, spacious villas come with ocean-ogling beds, walk-in dressing rooms, expansive bathrooms and pearly mosaic-tiled pools. Water babes will adore the far-flung Overwater Pool Villas for their 24-hour sea TV – snorkel to the house reef from your hammock-strung terrace, bathe in blush-inducing glass-bottomed tubs or kick back in ocean-view swing seats. For land-lubbers, the Beach Pool Villas open onto their own stretch of silky sand. We love their sunken garden tubs-for-two that come with built-in wine coolers.

Poolside

Languishing before Manzaru restaurant, the resort’s giant 49-metre fibre-optic-lit pool sits inches from the surf. ‘Sunshine butlers’ proffer chilled towels and exotic fruit skewers to guests lolloping on retro-style loungers and cushioned overwater jhoola swing beds.

Packing tips

Bring the bare essentials – swimmers, sarongs, kaftans, linens, silks and other easygoing, breathable threads. Don’t bother with sun hats, beach bags or thongs as you’ll find these – and yoga mats – in your room. Snorkelling gear can be borrowed from the water sports centre, but if you to plan to head into the depths, be sure to pack your diving certification and log book.

Also

Smoking is allowed in public areas. There is a compulsory gala dinner on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Children

Welcome. Baby cots are free, there’s a kids’ club and babysitting starts at US$20 an hour.

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Eco‐friendly

The hotel holds a Green Globe Certification for its sustainable tourism practices.

Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Take your pick of six stunning dining spots. Dip your toes in the sand and savour a sumptuous breakfast at seaside Plates, or tuck into delicious Mediterranean and Italian fare from the palm-speared floor of poolside Manzaru. The overwater Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky signature dining cube offers a quartet of fine gourmet choices, each displaying individual decor and unique perspectives over (and under) the cellophane-clear sea. Conical Fire whips up teppanyaki nosh from a central cooking station; Salt’s zesty Asian dishes are delivered by ‘salt sommeliers’ beneath a ginormous ceiling fan; and signature Sea excels in seasonal five-course lunch and four-course dinner menus, served in glass-walled splendour three metres below the waves.

Hotel Bar

Manzaru, an all-day bar by the pool, is a sociable seductress lit by red tealight candles at night. Sky is a two-floor, Thai-styled overwater lounge bar with rocking chairs on a star-gazing deck. At both of these drinking dens, you can purse your lips around sommelier-selected wines, top-shelf spirits and zesty tropical cocktails. Try a Sea Siren Slush, a tongue-twisting blend of basil leaves, vanilla, lime, strawberries and vodka strained over crushed ice and then topped up with bubbly – it goes perfectly with an iconic Baa Atoll sunset but becomes trickier to say the more you sink…

Last orders

Breakfast at Plates is 7am–11am; lunch at Plates and Sea is 12pm–2pm; all eateries are open for dinner 7pm–10pm. Relaxed Manzaru opens 12pm–5pm and for dinner until 11pm. Reservations for dinner (and lunch at Sea) are essential.

Room service

Extensive in-villa dining menus are available around the clock. They include à la carte breakfasts with bubbly and a smattering of dishes from each of the resort’s restaurants. Unsurprisingly, a large number of guests choose to ‘stay in’.

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Dress code

Crisp linen for him; billowing silk for her.

Top table

Book a window seat in Sea for oceanic submersion without getting wet. Fish float past dreamily as you dine on lobster lunches and degustation dinners, paired with the sommelier’s choice of 6,500 bottles of wine.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

The resort's gourmet gamut of restaurants and bars offers plenty of variety, especially if you include the in-villa options, so there's little reason to stray.

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Blissful Baa Atoll

Anantara Kihavah Villas

P.O. Box 2014, Kihavah Huravalhi Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives

Anantara Kihavah Villas is perched on its own private isle in Baa Atoll, a clutch of palm-peppered islands to the north west of the Maldivian capital Malé.

Planes

Direct flights operate to Malé International Airport (www.airports.com.mv) from London, Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, as well as one-stop flights from many other countries. Carriers routing here include British Airways (www.britishairways.com), Emirates (www.emirates.com), Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com), Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com), Sri Lankan Airlines (www.srilankan.lk), Qatar Airways (www.qatar.com) and Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com). Seaplane transfers from Malé take 35 minutes and cost US$500 an adult or US$250 a child (2-11 years) return.

Other

Anantara Kihavah guests will be met at the airport by a resort rep who’ll whisk you off by private car to the seaplane terminal. Here, cold towels and drinks are proffered in the resort’s lounge, where you can sit back in air-conditioned comfort until your plane’s ready to depart.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique island stay and unpacked their snorkel kits, a full account of their Indian Ocean escape will be with you. In the meantime, here's a postcard from Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives…

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Anantara Kihavah Villas

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique island stay and unpacked their snorkel kits, a full account of their Indian Ocean escape will be with you. In the meantime, here's a postcard from Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives…

Part of the fun of getting to Anantara Kihavah Villas is the 30-minute seaplane journey from Malé that drops you onto a dazzling blue lagoon. The excitement is heightened by glimpses of the lush resort ringed by white sand and cellophane-clear water, where an elliptical pier of Overwater Pool Villas hovers above the sea, and rich greenery hides the Beach Pool Villas from view. As no trees were felled in the hotel’s build, slender palm trunks poke through restaurant ceilings and decked floors.

With a fab pool, oodles of space and a butler ready to arrange in-villa dining and massages, there’s little reason to leave your abode, which may explain why the resort’s beaches and pathways always feel pleasantly deserted. Delicious dining comes in the form of six very different restaurants and bars, including the star attraction – the world’s first underwater wine cellar, Sea. Other watery wonders are the house reef, which is brimming with underwater life, and the PADI dive centre, which can help you take your aquatic pursuits to the next level. 

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