Anantara Kihavah Observatory
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Resort
Baa Atoll, Maldives
based on 7 nights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes subject to availability
per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing a Beach Pool Villa, on a bed and breakfast basis, including seaplane transfers.
At a Glance
Your journey to the island starts with a 35 minute sea plane, make sure you have your camera ready as you will see some stunning views.
For your very best chance of seeing some of the most magical creatures namely the Manta Rays, choose to visit between May – November when hundreds of manta rays congregate in Hanifaru Bay to feed on the tiny plankton.
Walk around the island with the sand between your toes or if you don’t want to be late to breakfast, hop on your bike and pedal between the palm-lined pathways.
Enjoy the ultimate dining experience by stepping downstairs and sitting underwater watching the sea life go by, whilst sampling some mouth watering dishes.
Grab your mask and fins and be sure to take yourself to the house reef a few strokes from the shoreline - you will not leave feeling disappointed.
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Call us on 020 3993 7307 to start planning your holiday to Anantara Kihavah Maldives Resort
Surrounded by pristine blue seas and powdery white sand, Anantara Kihavah is nestled in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, home to abundant marine life where ocean lovers can enjoy snorkelling and diving amongst the vibrant coral reefs.
Comprising just 80 villas set both on-island and over the water, Anantara Kihavah blends detailed style with plenty of space and seclusion. Each residence features its own private pool, high ceilings, timber interiors and marble floors. For the gadget lovers, Bose sound systems and wine chillers, iPhone docks and espresso machines keep impatient fingers occupied while discreetly placed sun loungers, hammocks and sumptuous baths indulge those looking for nothing other than ultimate relaxation.
Dining options take on a variety of possibilities with your feet in the sand, under the water, over the water or below the shade of a coconut palm. Every possible taste bud is catered for and for the wannabe sommelier, the wine list is both reasonable and extensive.
If you need a little more than just lying in the sun with a good book and the odd dip in the ocean, badminton, volleyball and pétanque are all available on the beach. Cooking classes tailor made to your tastes and requirements are on offer for budding chefs and for those who cannot do without, a gym is available with treadmills, free weights, bicycles and other strength-training and cardio equipment in order to keep up your fitness routine, even on holiday. Tennis and yoga are also options to keep in shape while away.
Over and under the water, all myriad of water sports are on offer in addition to excursions to deserted and local islands to be alone or discover the local culture. Big game fishing and fantastic diving complete the aquatic experience in the clearest, crystal, turquoise waters in the world.
The spectacular spa features six over-water treatment suites in a peaceful sanctuary, created to renew and rejuvenate your inner sense of well-being. Treatments are drawn from the wisdom of the earth, using the healing properties of natural ingredients to enrich, detoxify, polish and restore.
Discover new meanings of paradise and luxurious seclusion at this unforgettable Maldives resort.
On the island stands 80 private villas which exude space with their high ceilings, timber interiors and marble floors. On your very own stretch of stunning white beach or set out over the water, each of the villas have a private pool, luxurious touches of island beauty, and luxurious bathtubs with glass floors or set under the stars.
|Beach Pool Villa||
The 258m² Beach Pool Villas are nestled directly on the sand and are complemented with Thai silks, rich earthy colours and elegant wooded accents. Indulge in a sunken bath for two over a shallow pond at the end of a bathroom open to the stars. Soak in the sun on a lounger that hovers over a private infinity pool. From Bose sound system and wine chiller, to iPod docking and espresso machine, the Beach Pool Villa offers every luxury of design and comfort.
|Over Water Pool Villa||
Built over the water out of groove-lined timber, with high ceilings and hardwood floors, these 259m² Over Water Pool Villas make you feel at one with the ocean. With features including a private infinity pool with over water hammock, sundeck with swing, loungers and dining area, outdoor rain shower and a sunken glass bottom bathtub, these villas offer the ultimate overwater luxury experience.
|Family Beach Pool Villa||
Spacious Family Beach Pool Villas are ideal for a luxury family getaway, with 412m² of comfortable accommodation for two adults and up to four children. The master bedroom with a sumptuous king size bed features a bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, alongside an open air bathtub that is sunken into a shallow pond. The second bedroom features twin single beds and a daybed, and adjoins a second bathroom with both a semi-indoor and outdoor shower. Both bedrooms open onto the generous sun deck, where families can relax on loungers, share a meal in the open sided dining pavilion, and play in the infinity edge pool that extends out to a white powdery beach.
|Two Bedroom Beach Pool Residence||
Walk barefoot over cool marble floors out to the palm shaded swinging daybed by the side of your private infinity pool. Cool off under your indoor or outdoor rain shower, or soak in the sunken tub of the partially open air bathroom. With 785m² of space, an oversized king master bedroom, a double queen guest bedroom as well as a separate living room, Two Bedroom Beach Pool Residences are an ideal choice among Maldives beach hotels for families and small groups. A stay in a Kihavah residence also includes the service of a 24 hour butler.
|Two Bedroom Over Water Pool Residence||
Decorated in tranquil blues and greens with polished timber interiors, these Two Bedroom Over Water Pool Residences boast 861m² of space including an expansive living space, master and second twin bedrooms and a large bathroom with outdoor shower and deep soaking bathtub. Enjoy a private sunset dinner in your over water dining pavilion, take a dip in your private pool with a bottle from the wine chiller, and revel in the stunning beauty of your own island paradise.
|Three Bedroom Beach Pool Residence||
This one of a kind palatial sanctuary takes the ultimate island lifestyle to a whole new level. Edging 76 metres of powdery sands, 2,736 m² of decadent space is imaginatively divided. In the master residence a central villa with lounge, dining and kitchen areas, opens onto an expansive veranda, a large pool and Jacuzzi, as well as dining pavilions and a BBQ station. Separate to the central villa, two master bedroom villas each have a sunken tub surrounded by a pond, waterfall and outdoor rain shower in semi-open air bathrooms. The second residence, containing the third master bedroom, features its own pool and dining pavilion, the same opulent bathroom and also a private entrance. Guests of each beach residence share a spacious tropical garden complete with a massage pavilion, a beach cabana with a shisha hookah lounge, and a personal butler on hand 24 hours a day.
Open for children from the ages of 3 to 12 years, the Kihavah Kids Club has a full range of fun and enriching activities to keep young guests occupied during their stay on the island. With their very own Kid's Club House, even the youngest guests will make new friends and enjoy their holiday just as much as their parents. Under the supervision of the Kids' Coordinator, children can take part in beach games, arts and crafts and an array of other activities to ensure they're always having fun.
Anantara Kihavah has five restaurants on offer, two bars, tennis court, swimming pool and fitness centre, six over-water treatment suites at the Spa, dive centre and a watersports centre offering non motorised activities namely Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing and Windsurfing.
Start every perfect day with a lavish breakfast selection at the all day dining restaurant. Return in the evening for a romantic candlelit dinner. For connoisseurs desiring local gourmet flair, Plates also offers a selection of Maldivian dishes - a diverse and tantalising cuisine full of fresh seafood and bold aromas.
The signature restaurant - Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky. dining complex is a one-of-a-kind over and under water dining concept.
Sea. Descend to the ocean's dazzling depths as you wine and dine at the unique underwater wine cellar and restaurant. With service to match a superb culinary repertoire and an atmosphere of relaxed refinement, dining in this unforgettable aquatic setting promises a definite island highlight.
Fire. Prepare yourself for sizzling theatrics in the teppanyaki lounge, as the talented chefs dazzle you with their acrobatic cooking skills. Admire the show as the freshest local rock lobster, best grain fed Japanese beef or catch of the day are grilled to your personal preference.
Salt. An experience beyond compare. Picture a tender and juicy Red Snapper infused with lemongrass, ginger and coursed black pepper, baking to perfection before your eyes on a Himalayan salt block, to deliver a unique depth and complexity of flavour.
Sky. Climb to the centre of conviviality and discover a rooftop bar with breathtaking island views over the Baa Atoll. Then as a romantic evening unfolds, soak up an inviting ambience of mellow music as you unwind with exquisite cocktail in your hand.
|Manzaru Pool Bar and Restaurant||
By day you can swim-up to the pool bar serving exotic juices and tropical cocktails, or enjoy a casual lunch with fresh salads and traditional pastas on offer. By night Manzaru transforms into a leisurely Italian delice, where the island's Italian Chef unravels voyages of culinary discovery, from regional specialties skilfully crafted from traditional ingredients, to connoisseur olive oil tasting sessions.
|Dining by Design||
This signature Anantara experience is not to be missed. Simply select your dream location, whether a barbecue for two on the beach, an eclectic feast on the boardwalk, or a picnic in a palm grove and the chefs and butlers will take care of everything else.
Anantara has many activities on offer. The setting is tranquil, but recreation and fun are always close by. Every day, Anantara features a range of organised and do-it-yourself activities in the gorgeous surrounds of our resort whether that be a game of Volleyball, tennis, badminton, pétanque or table tennis. Whether your eager to learn the secrets of the Maldivian dishes, the professionals will be pleased to take you under their wings and reveal a few kitchen tips and secrets during a cooking class. For those who want to unwind you can do so with a session of yoga, either as a group or on your own. You can explore the underwater world and swim in the crystal clear waters or take a dip in the islands infinity outdoor pool. You can even go game fishing, canoeing, kayaking and diving, sailing, snorkelling and windsurfing, the options are endless.
Juliet Morris (Staff)
I wasn't sure what to expect from Anantara Kihavah before my stay here, but I was really impressed with this resort. There were some real 'wow' moments during my stay! Firstly, 'Sea' - the underwater restaurant. This is a must for any guest who stays here. The fish life swimming past the window was fabulous and added something very special to our dining experience. Secondly, I would highly recommend a visit to the Observatory. Their resident Sky Guru (aka The Legend) has worked along side Buzz Aldrin and will fascinate you with his knowledge while showing you the moon craters and Jupiter through the very powerful telescope. The experience was out of this world! As a keen scuba diver I was glad to have had the chance to dive along the house reef which displayed some splendid soft yellow coral, turtles, rays and a huge variety of colourful reef fish. This is also a great spot for snorkelling - so easy, just off the beach. Aside from some amazing experiences, the facilities at Kihavah are excellent (great kids club with a trampoline park, outdoor cinema, Thai boxing ring, beautiful overwater spa, bikes to use) and impeccable service levels. There are 5 dining options to choose from, which is lot for quite a small island - all of them offering amazing cuisine. This resort delivered on every level.
Hannah Fullagar (Staff)
It's hard to find a fault in Anantara Kihavah - they really have thought of everything. The service, the accommodation, the food - everything surpassed my expectations. It's a great approach to an island holiday, with the accommodation looking rustic and natural on the outside, but grand and luxurious on the inside. The beach here wraps around the whole island too, making it ideal for an early morning or evening stroll.
Natalie Memery (Staff)
I'd never taken a seaplane before so I was quite excited with the whole concept and it did not disappoint; if it was possible this is how I would fly all the time! After an incredibly scenic 35-minute flight from Male, you soon notice the turquoise colours of the Maldivian water, as you take the short speedboat journey from the seaplane to the island. From the moment we first glimpsed the island we suspected we were in for a treat and once we actually set foot on the jetty, we knew we were in our own version of paradise. After a warm Maldivian welcome from the staff, our villa host whisked us away in a golf buggy to our Beach Pool Villa and treated us to a foot massage before leaving us to settle in. It was a great start to our stay and for the whole time we were there, the service was fantastic, especially considering it had only been open for 6 weeks at the time.
One of the best things about Kihavah is that the island has been kept very natural and nothing feels manicured, there was even a palm tree growing in the middle of our bathroom! The Beach Pool Villas are quite private, with a great size bedroom, huge indoor/outdoor bathrooms and one of the best plunge pools I have seen. A discreet path leads directly to the beach and on a walk around the island we realised that it is very difficult to spot most of the paths to the other villas from the beach, a great plus if you are after privacy. In fact, the only thing we spotted on our walk was a migration of hermit crabs on the beach!
The SEA/FIRE/SALT/SKY bar and restaurant area was not yet complete but we were allowed to take a peek and it was obvious that the best view to be had whilst eating was going to be in the SEA restaurant. It is situated right on the edge of the reef and although it will take some time for the reef to regenerate, there is still an abundance of sea-life to be seen and it can only get better. The SKY bar will be a perfect viewing point to watch the sunset, cocktail in hand of course!
Of the three properties I visited during my stay in the Maldives, Kihavah certainly had the edge with the level of accommodation and I loved the barefoot chic feel the resort has about it. In all honesty, we did experience better service from one of the other more established resorts, but this is usual with any new resorts, and I would certainly be happy to return to Kihavah anytime.
In my view, Kihavah is a brilliant destination for honeymooners or couples looking for an incredibly luxurious, barefoot hideaway.
Location & directions
Baa Atoll, Maldives
Anantara Kihavah is perched on its own private isle in Baa Atoll, a clutch of islands to the north west of the Maldivian capital Malé. The Republic of Maldives consists of 1,190 coral islands, only 200 of which are inhabited.
How to get there
10-hour 30-minute direct flight to Male International Airport. The Baa Atoll is a short 35-minute flight by sea plane from Male.
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