The idea of ​​a tropical paradise couldn’t be more synonymous with that of the Maldives, and in a country with dozens of resorts to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the perfect option. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas offers everything from overwater accommodations straight from a postcard to eclectic restaurants and recreational activities galore. When it comes to vacation bliss, there’s a lot to love about Anantara Kihavah Villas. Here are five of the best reasons to take the trip of a lifetime to this luxurious Indian Ocean resort.

The overwater villas

VillaLet’s face it. These accommodations really steal the show. When you turn the corner from the sandy jungle path onto the beachfront bridge that connects you to the overwater villas, it’s a breathtaking moment. Arranged in an oval shape, these massive villas offer privacy and turquoise views from literally every vantage point.

bathroomPolished hardwood floors in the lobby lead guests into its walk-in closets and out to sliding doors that open to reveal glamorous bathrooms. In the center is a lounge chair facing the private infinity pool. To one side is a tub with a glass bottom floor showcasing the marine life swimming under the villa. With both an indoor and outdoor shower, the refreshment options come with a choice of views. Even in the washrooms, the sea views continue through a floor-level glass panel at the washroom.

bedroomA large bedroom offers direct access to the pool through a door while another leads to the terrace. You can relax on a daybed, face the turquoise water from padded lounge chairs, swing over the water in mesh hammocks, or dive straight into the sea for a swim or snorkel with snorkel. Plush duvets, large desks with international outlets, and impeccable housekeeping and nightly turndown service complete a hotel room like no other.

beach villa with poolThere are also villas with swimming pools on the beach. These have a similar luxury, except that they are surrounded by palm and frangipani trees among other plants. Private plunge pools and outdoor patios lead guests directly to the beach. Equally exceptional are the new multi-bedroom residences. They have even larger pools (right on the beach or on the water) and common living areas with dining areas and full kitchens. Private spa treatment rooms and a fitness center are also included. There’s even a guitar to test your musical skills. Multigenerational travel is more and more fashionable. These residences are some of the best in the Maldives for maximizing time together. The residences with private swimming pools on stilts are the most recent of the complex.

The kitchen

restaurantThe resort outdoes itself in places to dine. Plates is the international breakfast option with Arabic, European, Maldivian and Continental dishes. Fresh smoothies, wellness bowls, and a variety of egg dishes (the lobster benefit is a favorite) abound. Breakfast is included in the rates here. Of course, this is a meal not to be missed especially with the view of the water in the foreground. An alternative is to order a floating breakfast with the dishes of your choice as well as coffee, juice and champagne. It arrives in a sturdy basket that floats in your pool. It’s a decadent way to start the day. What a treat to experience at least once during your stay despite the additional cost.

pool restaurantMazaru serves Mediterranean dishes like fresh pizza, pasta, and salads (try the Kihavah salad with avocado, sunflower seeds, and Goji berries). Spice enjoys a position on the water and offers Pan-Asian dishes ranging from India to Thailand and beyond. A teppanyaki restaurant serves delicious Japanese cuisine nearby.

underwater restaurantOpen three meals a day, it would be a shame to miss a meal at the Sea, which is a restaurant submerged in the water with beautiful views of marine life through the thick windows. The view changes by the second, and the Maldivian marine life books on each table explain what you’ll see, including sharks, sea turtles, and more varieties of fish than you ever thought existed.

salonYou can order drinks and snacks by the pool or through room service, and as the sun goes down, don’t miss drinks and tapas at Sky where the stars unfurl above you. Like most Anantara properties, Dining by Design is a tailor-made experience that allows you to savor delicious meals at a location of your choice, from the beach to the island’s lush gardens. There’s also Spice Spoons, the Anantara Cooking School and their culinary experience are a great way to learn how to cook popular dishes like Thai curries and salads among others.

Underwater (and terrestrial) experiences

coral reefMost people at least spend some time snorkeling or scuba diving to explore the vast marine life that lives in and around coral reefs. The resort is very protective of the environment and never ceases to protect and promote the

There are turtle and dolphin adventures, diving experiences, and yacht or boat adventures. The reefs and underwater life around the Baa Atoll resort are so fascinating that guests from other resorts often come here to snorkel or choose the property for their next stay.

Thai BoxingAnd if spending all your time in the water is not a priority, there are many other leisure activities on offer. They include Muay Thai boxing, pétanque and tennis courts (a tennis professional is on staff), a full fitness center, volleyball, table tennis, and a kids’ club with plenty of supervised activities to keep young guests busy while their parents explore the island.

Wellness and resort gurus

yogaAnantara Kihavah Villas has many gurus on staff that set it apart from other resorts. There is a sleep guru who can guide you on the path to better sleep (even with jet lag). Spa recommendations are designed around your routine so that you sleep better both on vacation and at home.

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A yoga and meditation guru can bring about your inner zen. There is no better place to practice than on the terrace of your overwater villa at sunrise. Ayurvedic therapy is another specialty of the complex. There is even a wine guru!

spaThe spa offers a long list of massage and beauty services in panoramic treatment rooms in overwater villas. Well-being is at the center of the resort and more popular than ever. Cocoon Medi Spa in Bali focuses on new therapies including weight loss and skin care. There are even intravenous infusions of multivitamin concoctions. The resort also has a resident naturopathic doctor who consults with clients on their general health. This allows clients to go on vacation with a plan to help them live healthier lives at home. If there is one thing we have learned from the pandemic, it is that taking care of our mind, body and soul is extremely important.

sky guruThe sky guru guides guests through stargazing experiences highlighting planets, stars, constellations, and other phenomena using a powerful research telescope in the resort’s bespoke observatory, the only one on stilts of its kind in the Maldives. With minimal light pollution in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this is a must see experience for all ages.

Serenity

beach villasStay in the privacy of your own villa or soak up the sun by the pool. There reigns a total and total serenity. The entire island is reserved for the resort. Guests can walk or use private bikes through the jungle trails to explore. Individual villa guests are just a text message away. They can help you set up any activity or request so that the focus is completely on vacation mode.

appealWith one of the longest swimming pools in the Maldives, guests can lounge in front of the turquoise water. The swivel daybeds are particularly relaxing. The villas have their own private swimming pools. Don’t forget the crystal-clear sea where you feel alone wading for miles around.

outdoor cinemaYou can read a book in one of the many gardens. At night, watch a movie under the stars on the big screen with popcorn in hand. Whichever you choose, this resort in the Maldives will impress you from the moment your seaplane lands.