The Maldives’ only over water observatory

Embrace an amazing aquatic wonderland


Surrounded by nothing but turquoise lagoon which melts into sapphire blue, the island of Kihavah and its pure white sands rise up out of the ocean like a mirage. For centuries, Arab traders en route to the Far East took shelter on the island, a lush paradise blessed by coconut, papaya and mango trees. Navigating archipelago to archipelago by the stars, the seafarers were also drawn by the riches of the ocean surrounding the island – where a prehistoric volcano sank back into the depths, leaving blooming corals and a wealth of lagoon fish.

Wishing to keep the pristine nature of the island intact, not one tree has been moved – as evidenced by the villas growing up around them. The design pays homage to the seafarers of old, fusing Indian Ocean, Arab and Portuguese motifs with indigenous materials.

Located on the Baa Atoll in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas invites you to imagine your own paradise. Snorkel with mantas and Hawksbill sea turtles. Stargaze into the night. Dine on a deserted sandbank or beneath the ocean’s surface at this luxury resort in the Maldives.

Accommodation

Hide away in your private slice of paradise, steps from the ocean on sandy shores or directly perched over azure waters. Swim in your pool. Laze on a swinging daybed. Take in the most magnificent of sunsets in the Maldives from your water villa.

All villas at Anantara Kihavah feature the latest in technology, including an iPad concierge, iPod dock and Bose sound system. Enjoy thoughtful touches such as pillow and soap menus, yoga mats, beach bags with sandals, and a stocked wine cellar. Your Villa Host is on call 24 hours a day.

 

Beach Pool Villa

Hidden away on the lush fringe of the island and opening onto soft white sands, your Beach Pool Villa is a private sanctuary of indulgence. Spend the day floating on your infinity pool with over water loungers. Wander into the nearby ocean. Dine in a shaded sala-style pavilion, choosing a vintage from your private wine cellar.

Your al fresco bathroom features both indoor and outdoor rain showers and can be reached through a his and hers dressing room. Walk over the reflection pool and sink into a luxurious soaking tub for two in your Maldives Beach Villa.

  • Size – 258 sqm
  • Occupancy – 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
  • Private infinity pool
  • Direct beach access

 

Deluxe Spa Pool Villa

With indulgent touches of island beauty, unwind in a private space that features all the luxuries of a Beach Pool Villa, yet with a larger swimming pool, expansive outdoor deck and gardens with your very own ensuite spa treatment room.

Enjoy unlimited spa treatments, including signature treatments, from our award-winning spa menu in the comfort of your Maldives pool villa escape. Be pampered by a dedicated spa therapist and unlimited spa treatments between 10.00 am and 10.00 pm every day of your stay

  • Size – 382 sqm
  • Occupancy – 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
  • Deluxe swimming pool (128 sqm)
  • Direct beach access and unlimited spa treatments

 

Sunset Beach Pool Villa

They say that Maldivian sunsets are among the world’s most mesmerising. Located near the equator, fiery hues paint the sky as herons still on the beach in acknowledgement of such beauty. Take a stroll on soft white sands as baby reef sharks swim nearby. Retreat to your luxurious Maldives pool villa sanctuary of creature and high-tech comforts. Curl up with a good book on your swinging daybed with a chilled glass of wine from your private cellar.

  • Size – 258 sqm
  • Occupancy – 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
  • Direct beach access
  • Prime position for sunset viewing

 

Over Water Pool Villa

Fanning out like a peacock’s plume over the brilliant lagoon, Over Water Pool Villas are a distinctly Maldivian luxury. Wake up to ocean views. Slide open floor-to-ceiling doors and jump into your infinity-edge pool. Sunbathe in over water hammocks.

Steps descend from your sundeck directly into the shallow lagoon below. Swim with brilliant tropical schools and the occasional sea turtle. Or soak in your glass-bottomed bathtub with views of both the marine life below and the infinite horizon from your over water villa in the Maldives.

  • Size – 267 sqm
  • Occupancy – 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
  • Private over water pool
  • Direct lagoon access

 

Sunset Over Water Pool Villa

West-facing over water villas offer the perfect stage for romance. Dine on your veranda with the open ocean before you, your meal served in the comfort of your villa in the Maldives. Toast the moment with a select vintage from your chilled wine collection.

Soak in a sunken tub for two as the stars come out overhead. Beneath you, pufferfish swim amongst swaying corals and darting fish. Then sink into your ocean view bed with your choice of pillows and soft Egyptian cotton.
  • Size – 267 sqm
  • Occupancy – 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
  • Direct lagoon access
  • Spectacular sunset views

 

Family Beach Pool Villa

Two interconnected villas with a shared sundeck and pool offer plenty of room for families of up to six. The master bedroom’s ensuite features an al fresco soaking tub, while the twin room’s ensuite features both indoor and outdoor rain showers, as well as thoughtful children’s amenities.

Enjoy breakfast out on the deck, to be followed by a splash in the pool. Play in the sands in front of the villa, armed with bucket and spade. Then retire to the cool shade of the veranda for some quiet time with board games. As spacious as Maldives’ private villas come, the Family Beach Pool Villa offers the perfect escape for your loved ones.

  • Size – 412 sqm
  • Occupancy – 3 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 4 children
  • Two ensuite bedrooms
  • Special kids amenities

Restaurants

Dine beneath the ocean’s surface or perched over water. Toast blazing sunsets and starry skies. Explore a world of flavour with our signature four-in-one dining concept SEA.FIRE.SALT.SKY. At Anantara Kihavah your culinary experiences are only as limited as your imagination.

SEA

Gourmet meals under the ocean’s waves in an underwater restaurant.

Journey beneath the water for an unforgettable Maldivian dining experience. Explore the world’s first underwater wine cellar before you reach a dining room totally surrounded by the sea. Watch sharks, turtles and tropical fish swim by as you savour gourmet dining at its finest. Impeccably plated Maldivian lobster makes for a special lunch, while pan-seared Japanese wagyu completes a romantic dinner.

FIRE

Teppanyaki treats with a dazzling twist.

Get in on the excitement at Anantara Kihavah’s buzzing Japanese restaurant. Select your lobster fresh from the sea. Pick your seat surrounding the centre of the action. Chefs put on a show for every guest each night, as the ocean breeze blows beneath the thatched roof. Feast your eyes on fresh sashimi and flame-kissed Angus tenderloin. Then top off an unforgettable evening with sweet sake or Japanese tea.

SALT

Dining with ocean views, Asian flavours, all seasoned to perfection

Slow down and feel the sea’s salt breeze press against your cheeks. Relish a range of Asian flavours at this thatched-roof retreat. Select dishes from across the continent are prepared with the perfect seasoning, paired for you by the resident Salt Guru. Enjoy tender lamb cooked atop a Himalayan salt block. Warm up with the taste of galangal and lemongrass in a traditional Thai tom yum. All the while relax to the rhythm of the ocean’s lapping waves.

SKY

Swing by for sunset at the rooftop bar, stay for stargazing sessions.

On a breathtaking private island where the forces of nature dazzle the imagination, SKY invites you to play out once in a lifetime journeys, immersed in Time and Wonder.  Ascend for lounge cocktails as a sunset tapestry unfolds. Expand your view of the galaxy at the Maldives’ first over water observatory. Stargaze through the Maldives’ most powerful telescope. Learn about the constellations and planets with our storytelling SKY Guru. Discover extraordinary experiences that enlighten couple’s romance and family adventure. 

Experiences

Let Anantara introduce you to the wonders of land, sea and sky through first-hand encounters. Whet your appetite for adventure or simply enjoy the finer moments in life.

House Reef Diving

Our house reef is a destination dive in itself, affectionately known by the locals as the Golden Wall. Alive with soft swaying corals in brilliant gold hues, each overhang and drop hosts a variety of creatures.

Dive at your own pace, or borrow fins and a snorkel to peer below the surface. Get up close with colourful schools of fish and majestic hawksbill turtles. Watch a surreal drama of Indian Ocean life unfold all around you.

Underwater Wine Tasting

At Anantara, we believe in one-of-a-kind experiences. And at SEA, perhaps one of the only underwater restaurants in the world with an award-winning wine cellar, your tasting journey takes place in the most surreal of settings. Angelfish dart around the hexagonal space surfaced with mirrors, through swaying soft corals that dapple with sunlight.

Allow our Wine Guru to design you a flight from around the world, or pair rare vintages with a meal prepared by the Executive Chef. Our cellar boasts over 450 bottles from two dozen countries and counting, presenting you with a choice as bountiful as our surroundings.

To the stars

On a breathtaking private island where the forces of nature dazzle the imagination, SKY invites you to play out once in a lifetime journeys, immersed in Time and Wonder.

Ascend for lounge cocktails as a sunset tapestry unfolds. Expand your view of the galaxy at the Maldives’ first over water observatory. Stargaze through the Maldives’ most powerful telescope. Learn about the constellations and planets with our storytelling SKY Guru. Discover extraordinary experiences that enlighten couple’s romance and family adventure.

Luxury Yacht Charter

Sailing takes on a romantic hue with our private cruises. Board the 24-metre Ocean Whisperer for a sunset cruise or elegant celebration. Secret lagoons and deserted islands offer secluded spots for sunbathing, or you simply stretch out on the deck as you sail the atoll.

Embrace the calm of ocean life as you drift across the Indian Ocean. The luxurious yacht offers an exquisite location for celebrations. Exclusive packages are available including personalised dining and entertainment. Spend the night onboard and be rocked to sleep by the gentle lull of the waves.

Snorkel with Manta Rays

Get up-close to stunning manta rays in the protected environment of Hanifaru Bay. With a wingspan of several metres, these fascinating creatures can number over 100 at the time of the full moon. They enter the world’s largest manta feeding destination to feed on small fish, plankton and crustaceans.

Plan in advance for the optimum time to witness these magnificent creatures in all their glory. This offers a tremendous opportunity to swim alongside manta rays and imitate their graceful course through the ocean.