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A serious contender for one our favourite Maldivian hotspots, Anantara Kihavah leaves no stone unturned, with effortless style and a mega dollop of attention to detail.
All of the 78 villas and residences, both over water and on the beach, have private pools - all of a decent size. Water babies love the over water pool villas, which have the ocean at their fingertips - not only can guests roll off their hammock and into the sea, but also bathe in glass bottom tubs and watch ocean life swim by. For those who prefer to be on dry land, the beach villas flow directly onto the sand, and their garden baths have built in wine coolers. Each villa is also assigned a friendly personal butler, and useful in room extras such as sun hats, beach bags and yoga mats are extremely welcome.
There are six dining options at Anantara Kihavah Villas, including the relaxed beachside Plates and poolside Manzaru serving Mediterranean fare. The four remaining make up Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky, a quartet of restaurants both over and under the water - Sea is housed in a glass house three metres below the water, Fire serves Japanese delights from a central cooking station, Salt produces delicious fish baked on a salt block, and Sky is a rooftop bar overlooking the Baa Atoll.
The spa is just a short amble across a jetty, and the six overwater treatment suites have excellent views all around, the menu is extensive and the staff really know their stuff. Other facilities include a main swimming pool with sun loungers dotted around, tennis and volleyball courts, a gym and a kid's club. There are also numerous activities on offer such as scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing and kayaking.
Left that all important aftersun at home? Just look in the bag of goodies in your room - the hotel have thought of everything.
Miranda, Original Traveller