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Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
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“Luxe Resort”
Reviewed April 14, 2011

Enjoyed our stay, new resort and very beauiful pool villa. the snorkeling is wonderful off the beach, saw a small turtle and also many dolphins close to the reefs.Staff are wonderful,looking after our every needs. Clarizza and Marea at breakfast very good service and foods in breakfast much selection and very fresh.Sky Bar good views of islands.We stayed always in the sun by the big pool and enjoyed Christopher the artist painting.relaxing stay and good seaplane flight over the Maldives, all part of an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

The new Anantara Kihavah resort is truly paradise. The villas are beautiful and private with huge swimming pools. Our villa host made sure that all our needs were met including bikes that were delivered to our door. The underwater restaurant was not open during our stay unfortunately but the breakfast buffet and dinner at Plates was great. The IPads provided in the morning for catching up on the news was a nice touch. The snorkeling and dolphin excursions were fantastic!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2011

Our 8th visit to the Maldives and we have stayed in probably the most luxurious 5 star resorts and without a doubt this is by far the best of all. When you think the ''bar'' cannot go higher think again.
We were already a big fan of the Anantara group, mostly because the staff makes every difference in your stay, but the new Kihavah concept is perfection.
we stayed on the beach villa and we would recommend villas 124 or 126 simply because it is the most private ones.
The water villas are amazing and if you can afford it go for it. But if you cant dont worry the beach villas with private pool are also amazing.
SEA restaurant, i will guarantee will be one of the best meals of your life.
The Staff also is great in every aspect and feels like they are truly happy for you ( if that makes sense?)
i big thank you to Peter who served us the best wine ever, to Salah who was always smiling and happy to assit us and the GM who was at all times helpful.
You must try a painting class with Chris the artist , he makes beautiful Maldivian inspired paintings...so you will love to spend some time with him.
i wish i could remember all the names but to cut the story short we were very happy with our stay, the best one in the Maldives so far.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2011

Well, having stayed at or visited about 40 Maldivian resorts, and knowing a bit about most of the others, I can safely say that Anantara’s new resort on Kihavah Huravali is the one that is closest to having it all. No where is perfect but this comes pretty close!!!

I was there three weeks after the resort opened and I was quite impressed to see it was running very smoothly, with great service and no trace of a feeling of an unfinished place or of teething problems of any importance (I found some construction materials forgotten in the lagoon while I was snorkeling in the wonderful natural swimming pool that is a deeper area of the lagoon in front of villas 130 to 134, and they were removed instantly after I pointed it out, and there was Ethernet in the rooms but not yet the wifi network, which should be up and running by now)

Of course the Sea, Fire, Salt , Sky restaurant was not yet open, but it was pretty much finished, and I was able to visit it (the complex will be amazing to dine in) . The only other thing that needed sorting was the fact that the outdoor showers in the water villas are meant to just be rain showers to rinse off, as the water falls directly into the lagoon, so you should not use soap or anything, but they had not yet placed the promised wooden signs in the shower that will warn of this, and consequently people WERE using soap in the showers.

The previous review on here, by Aurora24 is quite accurate at describing which villas to avoid etc, so I will not go into that.
The two great things about this resort are 1/ location and 2/ the fact that it manages to totally respect the island and help you experience it in the most natural and simple way. Many resorts, especially high end ones concentrate more on the design and the luxury , sometimes forgetting that you are there to have your feet in the sand and to hear the waves. None of that is lost here. The Hotel is beautiful, elegant, in an appropriate “colonial exotic” style but is always discreet.

You see the island first, the hotel second. And you also see the amazing surroundings. The location is perfect, just north of that incredible string of six perfect round islands in a row that sits in the middle of Baa Atoll, and the hotel has been structured so that you can fully enjoy the stunning view of those islands across the not very big , but certainly being enough shimmering pale turquoise lagoon. You have a very pretty and culturally interesting local island just next to you. You are a stones throw away from some of the greatest snorkeling and diving sites in the Maldives (mainly the celebrated Hanifaru bay where whale sharks and mantas congregate in huge numbers in summer, but be warned: there are basically no sharks in Baa atoll as they have been over fished by the locals.; so no baby sharks in the lagoon, and no sharks to be sighted when diving. - very weird when you are used to other Maldivian atolls). The hotel has reasonably priced excursions to get you to Hanifaru to snorkel or to the islands across the way, which have beautiful reefs. In fact most things are reasonably priced considering this is one of the most expensive hotels in the Maldives.. Some similarly priced places do not hesitate to suck all the money they can from their rich guests, but not here. Things have a logical price, and water is free, as they desalinate and provide water in your room in their proprietary re-useable glass bottles. The resort feels very ecologically minded in fact and has a coral regeneration program going (mainly to restore the damage done by the construction of the underwater restaurant,)

The house reef is interesting only on on about a ¼ of the periphery of the island (from the dive center to the spa) but it is a rather exciting vertical wall down to about 30 meters, in part covered in tons of yellow soft coral and being in a kandu (a channel between islands to the outside of the atoll) it is very, very fishy. If you go out at high tide with an incoming current the visibility can be amazing (50 meters or so) and it is then a very fun snorkel indeed.

The rooms on the beach and on water are similar, those on the beach having amazing outdoor bathrooms with the tub set inside a shallow pool, and those on the water having a beautiful indoor bathroom, set on one side of the huge private pools (7 meters by 3) that the bedroom borders on the other side. But both the inside shower and the tub are basically as good as being outside when you fully open the windows and there is the already mentioned outdoor shower too. The direct access to the lagoon and the possibility of swimming from your bedroom to your bathroom make the water villas a bit more spectacular to my taste, but the beach villas offer a more natural experience of the island.

The only real problem with this resort , other than its high price making it only a impossible dream for most people, is that for such a high price the water villas should be way more far apart (in fact there should be a quarter of the number of water villas). Like in the one bedroom villas at Cocoa Island, you should see the ocean nearly all around you, instead of a wooden partition next to you, but that said, it is not really annoying and the privacy is as good as it gets considering that someone can always swing by in front of you. The beach villas offer a tad more isolation, being very discretely placed within the vegetation (but not so much that you do not sense the sea from them). Also, you have to go to the Sky restaurant or to the main pool area to see the sunset because of the villas only the two double “over water pool residences” actually face the sunset.

The main pool is apparently 50 meters long, but it does not feel that way, and is very nice and simple and a pleasure to be around (or on on the comfy swings attached above it) and it has niches with jaccuzzi bubbles you can switch on, so no need to splash out in the spa! Then again, the private pools in each room also offer that comfort. .
The main restaurant “Plates” is a fantastic open, organic structure with a slightly Arabic feel and you can sit right on the beach , just centimeters from the water’s edge wile the beautiful metallic curtains gently chime in the wind.

The only “designer” part of the resort is the bar, and even the two levesl of that manage to not loose touch with nature, though it is a slightly more urban design (beautiful too) than the rest of the resort and there is music (at very low volume).

The island is magnificent. About 500 meters long and 200 wide, with incredible, dense and rich vegetation left rather intact. You really have the sense of a desert island to walk around in, not to too manicured and no part of the beach is controlled or cut off so you can walk all around even in the dark. It is not the fines or whitest sand in the Maldives (Dhoni Island is the place to go for that) , but it is top notch.

There is a very well equipped gym in eth rather ugly (but not immediately visible” recreation center, with free yoga every day, and snooker and mini football tables. And there is also a Tennis court, beautifully hidden in the centre of the island.

The underwater restaurant is not, like advertised, unique in the Maldives, but what is unique is that it sits right on the reef drop off, and not on the lagoon floor, like others. SO once the coral has been regenerated on the sides, it will be incredible to be in, and as it is right on the kandu, mantas and dolphins and all sorts of fish do swim by…. But for me the real star is the terrace of the “sky” restaurant which offers an incredible elevated view of the island of across to the string of six islands, with none of eth other structures of the resort visible and with the sunset right in front. It does overlook the second of the two double “beach pool residences), must be a bummer for those in it, especially at over 6000 dollars per night.

The double residences, both water and beach, are basically two of the normal villas joined together by an extra living/dining room, and with huge 12 meter pools – They are truly very nice, especially since , like the water villas, you can fully open the windows on three sides , giving you a home that has basically no walls form which to enjoy the sea, the pools and the absolute peace of the island.

Cute details: your personal villa host /butler gives you a blissful foot massage on arrival, they lend you iPads at breakfast so that you can read the paper you want online , when you are sunbathing by the pool they keep bringing you nibbles of fruit and fruit juices to sip, and you can hire their private desert island Baathala, which has its own sand spit and only one small refuge built on it, as well as a variety of boats from small sailing dhoni to a large yacht.

Food: it is very good, though not the most incredible to be had (Cocoa Island wins that contest) . The dinner buffet at “Plates” is over priced, considering that there was no where else to eat other than the pool restaurant which had a very small selection. Once the Sea etc restaurants open , the choice will be huge , especially for such a small island and I believe they will close the buffet at plates at dinner. No great loss.

The spa is spectacular. It is worth getting a treatment, just to be able to use the incredible outdoor lounge terrace with its red overwater pools contrasting with the turquoise lagoon. Bliss

So , to cut a long story short, if you can afford a 6 star luxury hotel, and can only go to one Maldivian island, this is the one to go to. A big enough lagoon combined with a house reef, easy access to first rate snorkel and dive sites, to a great local island, with perfect views, huge selection of food outlets, and set on one of the prettiest and most untouched and unaltered islands, make it the best all ‘rounder I have seen, and very steep competition for its neighbor Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru which feels much more like a luxury resort anywhere in the world while Kihavah manages to make the island itself the star.

Now if only the GM and other Anantara executives would be a bit less Anantara centric and self satisfied (they have done a great job, but other places have too) and would go on a little trip to Cocoa Island, or to Alila Villas Hadahaa and a few other places that have also managed to find the balance between ecology, true Maldivian feel and luxury, rather than compare themselves to the Conrad, The Waldorf or the W (all of which have managed to forget they are in the Maldives) , they could get a few ideas and perfect the last few little things that are perfectible and it would take them to the Nirvana of tasteful, simple luxury they are nearly at, with no fear to be had of the resorts opening soon in the same categories (like Jumeirah Devhanafushi or the new Six senses in Laamu Atoll)

Cannot think of a better place……. Though some places have some better things individually (Cocoa Island has the isolated water villas and food and service that define quality and elegance , Alila Villas has the design and its amazing reef and incomparable diving (with sharks), Rihiveli and Kanuhura have huge spectacular lagoons and desert islands freely accessible, Dhoni Island has the finest sand, the exclusivity of just 6 rooms, and the freedom of the private Dhonis, etc etc), but none have it all as much as this place has..

Highly recommended, really!

I will post photos soon

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

This is our first time to the Maldives and we did extensive research on the resorts (so many that it's mind-boggling). It was tough deciding among so many stunning resorts, and eventually we took a bet on a new resort with an established brand. One of the key factors was that the built-in area of each villa is huge.

We booked the resort with Atoll Paradise, and would highly recommend their services. Their responses were quick, and they are very knowledgeable and friendly. Rates are competitive too. We felt really taken care of from the point they met us at the airport, handing us over to a representative of Anantara, to meeting us when we returned to Male and sending us off. They also arranged for a city tour of Male on our last day as well as access to the airport lounge while waiting for our flight out.

The resort is 35min from Male by seaplane. We stayed at an overwater pool villa for 4 nights. Villas 201-220 face the open ocean, giving incredible views and privacy (but slightly stronger currents), while villas 223-242 face the jetty and the side where seaplanes land (the deck area of 241/242 can be seen from the dining area and beach). The overwater pool residences (221/222) have incredible sunset views. The villas are huge, each with its own infinity pool (not just plunge pool), glass bottom bathtub (big enough for two) opening out to great ocean views, indoor&outdoor shower, his&her sinks and dressing rooms, large swinging daybed and hammocks. truly luxurious! Bottled drinking water is provided and replenished daily, an important thing to note as our friend who stayed at another resort told us only one bottle was provided for his entire stay, and additional bottles cost USD10 each! We spent hours just relaxing and reading in the room and soaking in the tub/pool. We also saw fishes, squid and stingray from the overwater villas.

The service was personalized, attentive and impeccable - almost all the staff greeted us warmly by name, and our villa host Ihsaan took care of our every need very promptly. The management team goes around and chats with all the guests, making sure our feedback are heard. There are about 250 staff presently, and the best thing about going to a new resort (other than having everything brand new) is that it is incredibly quiet and private. Every staff that we spoke with seemed truly happy to be working at Anantara - not sure if this directly affects the experience, but we believe that a company can only be great if they take care of their employees first.

There are two theme night buffets a week on the beach (Tues & Fri). We dined at both Plates (all-day dining) and Manzaru (poolside Italian restaurant). The portions were generous and the food delicious. We were offered iPads at breakfast so that we can catch up with the news or simply surf the net. We were slightly disappointed that the specialty restaurant Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky was not open yet, but they made some of the menu items available in Manzaru first. They also brought us on a tour of the specialty restaurant including the underwater part, which was kind of surprising to me - it felt more like a friend proudly bringing you around his house that was still under construction. very warm and unpretentious.

We were treated to spa for two as part of the honeymoon package. The spa villas are equally gorgeous, and had a slightly more rustic feel with their whitewashed wooden structures.

Overall, a wonderfully relaxing and pampering holiday. although the resort is very luxurious, the atmosphere is casual and warm. no glitz, no pumping nightclub music. the perfect romantic honeymoon.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Address: Kihavah Huravalhi Island, Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives, 2098
Location: Maldives > Baa Atoll > Kihavah Huravalhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kihavah Huravalhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 79
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A haven of pool villas, Anantara Kihavah Villas is a Maldives luxury resort that offers the ultimate in privacy and tranquillity, your own sanctuary within a sanctuary. Expansive space that opens on to brilliant tropical nature, with private pools, high ceilings and timber interiors. Flavours of culinary art and wine served amidst a panorama of aquatic life in one of the few underwater restaurants and wine cellars in the world. ... more   less 
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