My husband and I stayed at Kihaad for 6 days for our honeymoon. I did quite a bit of research into all hotels in Maldives before booking anything and was specifically looking for an all inclusive resort. After doing a lot of research, I found that Kihaad worked the best for us as far as the all inclusive plan, and also the rooms. We got one of 2 Water Suites above the water and it was really big and had a nice deck and a little pool as well, it was pretty private, and being able to walk down into the amazing water of the Ocean and swim and relax there was unbelievable. The other resorts I had seen really didnt have much space outside on the decks and anything with a pool or jacuzzi was super small. We had no problems with service, no issues with the all inclusive and actually thought they offered quite a lot of food. Even when we did an all inclusive deal at the TOP hotel in Rome, which was SUPER expensive, the selection was really small and only offered wine for drinks, Kihaad offered a variety of food and drinks and the fact that the staff themselves (and even the owner and his assistants) were all eating from the same buffet that the guests were, definitely showed they serve pretty good food.
If you stay at Kihaad, I would definitely suggest doing some of their water activities, we had a great time swimming with Manta Rays (which was amazing). Watching dolphins (they were all over and around the boat) and Scuba diving... it was the first time I have snorkeled with Mantas and ever tried Scuba and I loved it. Roberto, who is the head of the diving center made me feel comfortable throughout the whole thing and the scenery, water, fishes, and coral were gorgeous! It is a must in Maldives!
Since it is a small island, you have to make sure you fill up your time with things to do, another thing we really enjoyed was having tea, or coffee while enjoying a sheesha on the beach by the bar (the best hookah/sheesha we have ever had, and we have had a lot)... We also went to the Spa twice and enjoyed great massages. They give vouchers for almost everything and one voucher was for the spa which I got to enjoy having the facility all to myself and sitting in jacuzzi, staring out into the stars and Ocean, it was so relaxing and lovely.
the only 2 items that were not ideal was 1. that you can't really leave the island, but I don't know if that is how it is on every resort in Maldives. We thought we would be able to go to another resort for dinner but that wasn't the case. Item number 2 was just the crowd of guests there, were a little hard to swallow. A lot of the guests were a bit rude and inconsiderate of others.. I actually feel bad for the staff who have to deal with people like that! So, in the end my two issues here really were not due to anyone at Kihaad or anything we did there, we have no complaints!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unwind, Relax and celebrate Life. Redefined, refurbished and recognized as KIHAA Maldives, nestled on its own 600 meters long, coconut-shaped island, complete with lush green vegetation, long white soft beaches and an adjacent house reef. Whilst the resort offers 124 spacious, private villas and whole range of classic and natural facilities, majority of the island has still been left in its pristine natural state and is a true barefoot Paradise! No News- No Shoes! KIHAA - named traditionally in local Dhivehi language as `young coconut island` with a beach length of some 1,200 meters around the Island, is a haven of peace, tranquility and serenity. Proudly nestled within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the entire Island and lagoon is the exclusive and private domain of our guests set just across the Hanifaru Bay which is a world renowned Marine Protected Area (MPA) announced by UNESCO, where whale sharks and manta rays meet seasonally and many turtles can be watched along with the delicate coral life. Just like UNESCO, the philosophy of KIHAA is to focus on the preservation of marine life and local lifestyle, traditional ways and customs of serving and living together. That is why we are the first 'Reserve' island in the Maldives. Guests may fly-in by a scenic Domestic 25-minute flight from the Domestic Airport at Male', the capital of the Maldives to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport, the closest airport in the area which only 5-minute speedboat to the island of KIHAA. Relax in our K Spa with Holistic Asian treatments or go for barefoot walks on the long soft beached that stretch out around the entire island. Join us for a lobster Beach BBQ or stargaze the clear night skies on the jetty. Paradise awaits you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gioia Resort Valtur Kihaad Hotel Baa Atoll
- Kihaa Maldives Baa Atoll