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Kihavah island in the Maldives’ Northern Baa Atoll is the picturesque home of the luxurious all-villa Anantara Kihavah resort. From Malé, a scenic 35-minute seaplane flight north is all it takes to reach the orchid gardens, palm tree plantations and unbroken horizons of the idyllic resort.
Anantara Kihavah’s land-based villas are nestled among the lush greenery, deliciously secluded from each other and the outside world. Further away from the tree canopy, a jetty extends out to the Overwater Villas which are enveloped by jewel-toned waters and have breathtaking views of the horizon. Thatched roofs and an emphasis on natural materials blend with Thai influences and traditional island decor to create striking spaces that feel simultaneously fresh and timeless.
All have private decks with day swings, generously sized pools, accoutrements for coffee and outdoor showers. Each of the villas has its own 24-hour host and some have hot tubs and hammocks. If you’re opting for a stay on the water, choose a Sunset Overwater Pool Villa; these have glass-bottomed bathtubs and the very best views.
The island’s remote status makes it an excellent location for stargazing. You’ll be able to do plenty of it in the resort’s Sky Bar which boasts the largest telescope in the Maldives. While there, you’ll be assisted by the resident “sky guru” who will guide your eye – you won’t even have to put down your cocktail.
Go for the opposite experience with a wine tasting in an underwater wine cellar (one of the world’s first) at Sea, which also boasts an underwater fine-dining restaurant. The menu here, unsurprisingly, highlights seafood. Other dining options are Fire for Teppanyaki, Manzuru for laid back Italian poolside and Salt for Asian meals seasoned to perfection by the restaurant’s salt guru.
Complimentary bikes are a prime way to explore the island and overwater boardwalk which you’ll want to do plenty of. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the island, take advantage of the resort’s water sports offerings, go for a dive with the resident marine biologist or take part in conservation efforts by planting coral in the lagoon nursery.
The Cocoon Medical Spa, which opened at the end of 2018, is another unforgettable aspect of the resort. In addition to cutting-edge offerings like micro-needling and Vitamin IV infusions, the six overwater treatment rooms have glass-bottomed floors which allow you to gaze at the underwater paradise while being pampered.
How to get here
35 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport
80 villas and residences