Maldives, Maldives

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Rates from (inc tax)$1,054.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Breezy seaside retreat

Setting

Blissful Baa Atoll

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 Maldives Villas. 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.

Rates

Double rooms from $1054.00, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $6.00 per person per night prior to arrival.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,298.53), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include international buffet breakfast at Plates. If you book a stay for 2015 by 31 March, half-board will also be included (includes offer rates). Extra beds for above 12s cost US$220 a night.

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 <i>jhoola</i> 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.

Overview

All ages are welcome here and as of 2013, kids aged under 15 who share their parents villa (maximum of two children per villa), stay and eat for free. Baby cots are free, there’s a kids’ club and babysitting starts at US$20 an hour.

Best for

Kids of all ages – particularly water babes – will love a stay at this beach-blessed property.

Recommended rooms

Beach Pool Villas are best for kids. Under 15s can share their parents’ digs for free. Since no villas interconnect, larger families might prefer the Two-bedroom Residences, which sleep six and offer king and queen beds, living/dining area and a big pool.

Activities

The Thiththi Boli Kids Club is open from 10am until 9pm daily and offers kids between three and 12 years of age an action-packed daily-changing programme.

Swimming pool

Private villa pools make keeping an eye on the smalls a breeze. There's also a stunning 49-metre infinity pool for those who really like to make a splash.

Rates

More details

Rates include international buffet breakfast at Plates. If you book a stay for 2015 by 31 March, half-board will also be included (includes offer rates). Extra beds for above 12s cost US$220 a night.

Meals

Kids are welcome in all restaurants except Sea, which is an adults-only zone during dinner. There are highchairs and children’s menus available throughout. As of 2013, children aged under 15 who are sharing their parents villa can eat for free from the kids' menu (during the Christmas and New Year's period, only breakfast is offered for free).

 

Babysitting

Babysitting’s free in the kids’ club, but in-villa child-minding costs from US$20 an hour. Be sure to make a request for a sitter at least 24 hours in advance.

No need to pack

Baby cots, highchairs, strollers, diapers and baby wipes.

Eco‐friendly

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

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

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.

At the 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’.

Location

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Address
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
P.O. Box 2014, Kihavah Huravalhi Island
Baa Atoll
Maldives
This booking requires a seaplane transfer

You need a transfer to reach this hotel. For approximate costs, see location information

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). Compulsory seaplane transfers from Malé take 35 minutes and cost US$620 an adult or US$310 a child (0-11 years) return.

Worth getting out of bed for

The dreamy, crystal-clear sea encircling the resort begs further exploration – try your hand at diving, snorkelling, waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kite-surfing, kneeboarding, kayaking and cat-sailing. Dolphins, turtles, manta rays and whale sharks are often spied close by, and speedboats can quickly whisk snorkellers off to seek them out. For a bird’s eye view of Baa Atoll, hook yourself up to a parasail. Under the waves, thrill-seekers can whoosh about clutching seabobs à la James Bond, or join the coral adoption programme by replanting precious polyps on your sponsored frame.

 

A pair of speedboats – the luxury 25-metre Ocean Whisperer yacht and Duet, a traditional fishing dhoni – are poised for private overwater adventures, including island-hopping cruises, sunset sails and cultural visits to other islands. You can even get dropped off on a private cay for the day – arrange a picnic and don’t forget the champagne. Sailfish, wahoo, dorado and trevally thrive in these waters and, as such, game fishing is a popular pursuit. Fish by night for an authentic Maldivian experience.

 

Back at the resort, smash a ball around the tennis or badminton courts, work out in the gym or sign up for a culinary class with the chef. Book yourself into the gorgeous Anantara Spa, where treatments are carried out in six seductive overwater double suites. Glimpse fish swimming below glass-panelled floors as your aches and pains are massaged away, and finish off your treatment in the sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi.

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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 Maldives Villas…

Part of the fun of getting to Anantara Kihavah Maldives 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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