World famed powdery sands, deserted pearl strung islands, and one of the greatest diving destinations on the planet, are charms which naturally catapult the Maldives to the top of most people’s holiday hot list.
For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means 'without end', symbolising this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience.
Anantara Resorts’ latest island hideaway in the greatest paradise on earth ushers in a new chapter of unique guest experiences in unsurpassed luxury surrounded by untouched natural beauty. Welcome to Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives.
Set on Kihavah Huravalhi, one of the most pristine Maldivian islands, the resort is just 35 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport. Following the scenic flight, guests arrive to a postcard-perfect setting surrounded by the jewel-coloured waters and uninhabited islands of the majestic Indian Ocean.
78 spacious private pool sanctuaries, ranging from 260 to 1,000 square meters, are either poised over the water with sweeping ocean views or nestled along a pristine stretch of private beach. Comprising 74 one-bedroom villas, 3 two-bedroom residences and a three-bedroom residence, each hideaway boasts large personal infinity-edge pools, dining pavilions, expansive wooden sundecks and ample lounging areas complete with swinging daybeds, hammocks and sun loungers. All villas feature his and hers walk-in wardrobes, rain showers, outdoor showers and over-sized bathtubs big enough for two. Sunken glass bottom bathtubs in the over water villas and residences offer a mesmerising view of the sparkling ocean, both below and beyond the adjacent infinity-edge pool.
All the comforts from home, and more, are provided by a Bose home theatre system and iPod docking station, 42-inch LED television, a custom stocked wine cabinet and in-suite bar, a Nespresso machine, tea facilities, complimentary high-speed internet access and a selection of books for leisure reading.
To further enhance the experience, all villas and residences are indulged by a discreet yet attentive personal Villa Host 24 hours a day.
Guests at Anantara Kihavah Villas are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, with six restaurants and bars each offering a distinctive setting, menu and ambience. Highlighting the resort’s idyllic location in the dazzling Indian Ocean is the exclusive ‘Sea. Fire. Salt. Sky.’ signature dining experience. This unique under and over water gastronomic concept features four remarkable venues, each offering a different type of cuisine that is as unique as the perspective.
View and savour the Indian Ocean’s abundance of marine life by descending into a connoisseur journey at one of the few underwater wine cellars and restaurants in the world, ‘Sea’. Situated at the edge of a reef, the primary view windows are poised next to a channel which provides spectacular displays of fish and sea life all around.
Oenophiles will delight in the impressive underwater wine cellar with view windows, featuring one of the most balanced and diverse wine collections in the Maldives with 250 labels from 14 countries.
The octagonal shaped ‘Sea’ was designed to optimise the underwater views from a diner’s perspective; the acrylic windows are set lower than the dining tables and extend past the guests’ peripheral vision, giving the illusion that they are part of the surrounding reef.
‘Fire’ has a subtle Japanese expression and a live cooking station to showcase its sizzling theatrics. Inspired by the surroundings and cuisine, the roof of ‘Fire’ has an iconic form, shaped to resemble the bone of a cuttlefish and an ancient Japanese Edo period helmet.
The Asian inspired ‘Salt’ offers unique depth and complexity of flavours. Here, a Salt Sommelier helps diners to pair their food with the perfect seasoning from an impressive selection of no less than 19 salt varieties. Guests are invited to learn the art of cooking traditional Thai dishes as well as Maldivian dishes.
‘Sky’ is a double storey lounge bar in Thai style with over scale rocking chairs, perfect for taking in the awe inspiring view of the Baa Atoll island archipelago or stargazing on the open rooftop deck.
In addition to this tantalising quartet, ‘Plates’ serves a lavish breakfast and features a Dilmah Tea Bar with 64 varieties, including a range of 16 ‘Dilmah Exceptional’ teas packaged exclusively for Anantara Kihavah Villas.
The restaurant comprises a main sand floored sala, an enclosed sala with an open theatre kitchen and an alfresco deck on the beach with the promise of spectacular sea views.
At 49 metres, ‘Manzaru’ pool bar and restaurant boasts the longest swimming pool in the Maldives and Jhoola swing beds that hover over the water, facing a relaxing view to the Indian Ocean. Sunshine Butlers are always on hand with fruit skewers and cold face towels to cool sunbathers down. Casual lunches of Mediterranean classics are served poolside.
In the evening the upstairs restaurant, ‘Manzaru’, transforms into a leisurely Italian delight offering regional specialties.
As the day slowly drifts away with the setting sun, guests can indulge in the ultimate romantic dining with personalised ‘Dining by Design’ experiences, where a specially devised menu is prepared by a personal chef, and served at a table for two in dreamy locations, from an isolated sandbank in the Indian Ocean to the deck of a private yacht - anywhere of the guests’ choosing.
Recreation and leisure facilities include a tennis court, bicycles, fitness centre, boutique, gift shop and a library with a range of books and films as well as iPads.
Movie buffs can transport back in time and enjoy classic movies under the stars on a big screen on the beach.
Anantara Kihavah Villas also has a specially designed ‘Thiththi Boli Kids Club’ for younger guests of 12 and under, which offers daily complimentary supervised activities including full and half-day programmes, as well as a Kids menu, cooking classes and ‘Little People’s’ Spa menu.
‘Elements Kihavah’, the resort’s experience club, is a bespoke and exhilarating journey of adventures taking guests under, on and alongside the turquoise Indian Ocean. Here dolphins, turtles and mantas can be seen thriving in their natural habitat. Hanifaru Bay lies within the Baa Atoll and is one of the few places on earth where whale sharks gather to mate. In June 2011 UNESCO declared the Baa Atoll a Biosphere Reserve.
Guests are encouraged to descend into the ocean’s dazzling depths and discover the magical underwater world that lies below. Whether scuba diving or snorkelling, experienced instructors, first class rental equipment, comfortable dhonis (traditional Maldivian boat) and reef dive sites cater for both beginner and experienced explorers.
Guests can experience an element of adventure on board an array of luxury boats, including the ‘Catcher’ big game fishing boat and ‘Freebird’ parasailing boat. ‘Ocean Whisperer’ is a luxurious 25 metres, two mast wooden Turkish gullet ideal for deserted island exploration or a romantic dinner on the ocean.
Speedboats are available for skiing and wake boarding, whilst ‘Duet’, a wooden Maldivian sailing dhoni, offers a traditional alternative. Ostensibly designed for romance, it is perfect for intimate sunset sailing with a significant other.
Other exhilarating options include cutting edge windsurfing rigs, catamarans, parasailing, kite surfing and ‘Seabob’, the world’s fastest water sled.
Other island journeys steeped in exotic rejuvenation and deep relaxation is the Anantara Spa. Offering a therapeutic range that combines traditional Asian therapies and luxuriously pampering Elemis treatments, all spa treatments are delivered by highly skilled and comforting hands. The spa comprises of six over-water treatment suites, a beauty salon, hair and nail salon and two single facial suites accompanied by a relaxation area with large sweeping decks and a Jacuzzi in between two oversized plunge pools that are suspended over the ocean. Each treatment room features a private soak tub or Thai massage area, shower and changing facilities, while the signature characteristic of each is a small glass panel under the treatment bed, inviting guests to watch a surreal underwater world of colourful marine life swimming peacefully below.
The spa also offers treatments in the comfort of guests’ villas.
The resort’s Yoga instructor offers tailor-made programmes for personal sessions in the comfort and tranquillity of guests’ villas, whilst group classes are presented twice daily and stretching classes every morning.
Anantara Kihavah Villas is passionate about bringing story collecting travellers closer to the natural, cultural and historic allures of this fascinating island nation, and nowhere is it more perfectly articulated than in the greatest paradise on earth.
From lush jungles to pristine beaches and legendary deserts to cosmopolitan cities, Anantara currently boasts 15 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali and the United Arab Emirates and will see new openings in Vietnam, China, Bali, Thailand and Abu Dhabi in 2011.
For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit www.anantara.com