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Picture this: a tropical luxury scene of the Maldives embracing pure white shores lined with swaying palms


Picture this: a tropical luxury scene of the Maldives embracing pure white shores lined with swaying palms

Category: Asia Pacific - Maldives - Exclusive experiences - Ultimate Luxury Experiences - - What's new?
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This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2021-04-19

If you have been dreaming of it, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has presented yet even more reasons why a Maldives escape is balm for the soul with its ‘Best of Maldives’ stay package. A promise of great adventures awaits with a trio of experiences designed to awaken wanderlust; snorkelling with majestic manta rays, stargazing at the only over water observatory in the Maldives, and fine dining underwater at SEA, the world’s first oceanic restaurant and wine cellar.

The pinnacle of all dining chronicles lies in a sublime culinary journey undersea. Perched at the edges of Anantara Kihavah’s famed house reef, descend six metres into SEA, the resort’s awardwinning underwater restaurant and wine cellar, home to over 450 labels and vintages dating from the 17th century. An exceptional feast for the senses, savour a gourmet four-course lunch, whilst luxuriating in panoramic views of marine life at play amongst vibrant corals.

The second aquatic experience in the ‘Best of Maldives’ stay package is a once-in-a-lifetime exploration – snorkelling with manta rays. Owing to the abundance of krill and plankton that accumulates in Hanifaru Bay during the season, bear witness to the annual migration of these mysterious gigantic oceanic creatures as they feed. Once in the water, be mesmerised by their graceful movements of glides and somersaults. Curious and friendly, they often swim within centimetres of snorkellers, managing to avoid contact at the last second, making for the most extraordinary of memories.

From the ocean to the sky, the grand finale in the package revolves around the universe. With its proximity to the equator, the Maldives is truly an astronomer’s paradise and Anantara Kihavah is the perfect place for spectacular views of both the southern and northern skies. Custom-built for such stargazing encounters, SKY is a unique cocktail bar and home to the most powerful telescope in the Indian Ocean, in the only over water observatory in the Maldives. Perched over the aquamarine lagoon, the bar proffers front-row seats on low oversized daybeds to ocean views from every vantage point during the day, and as night falls, the open roof deck comes alive. Sip Champagne and nibble on Asian inspired tapas, whilst absorbing knowledge imparted by the resort’s Sky Guru on this cosmic journey as you gaze upon the stars.

A choice of accommodation options awaits in the ‘Best of Maldives’ stay package. Take your pick of either a beach pool villa nestled along a pristine stretch of private beach, or an over water pool villa poised over the crystal-calm lagoon with sweeping ocean views. Each hideaway boasts a large infinity-edge pool, dining pavilion, spacious wooden sundeck and ample lounging areas complete with swinging daybed, hammock and sun loungers. All villas feature his and hers walkin wardrobes, rain showers, outdoor showers and over-sized bathtubs big enough for two, while a sunken glass-bottom bathtub in the over water pool villas offers a mesmerising view of the sparkling ocean. Seamless style is achieved with light, airy, contemporary interiors featuring local accents in every room with all the comforts of a-home-away-from-home provided for. To further enhance the experience, all villas are serviced by a personal Villa Host 24 hours a day.

Whether you choose to stay in a beach pool villa or to indulge in the quintessential Maldivian living experience in an over water pool villa, make up for lost time in creating memories of life-affirming moments with loved ones at our island sanctuary, recently voted ‘Best Hotel In Indian Ocean, 2021’ by World Traveller Middle East.


Packaged for two adults sharing a villa with rates starting from USD 980+++ per night:

For stays of between four to six nights:
- Choice of beach pool villa or over water pool villa
- Half board basis consisting of breakfast, and dinner at three restaurants
- One experience of a four-course lunch at SEA

Additional inclusions for stays of seven nights or more:
- One experience of a group stargazing session
- One experience of manta ray snorkelling*

Valid for stays until 23rd December 2021. Terms and Conditions and Black-Out Dates applies.

*Seasonal activity during the months of June to November. An alternative activity will be provided for stays falling outside of this period.

For more information or to book, call +960 664 4111, visit us at or email

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 35 stunning hotel and properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Portugal, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East, Africa and South America. The brand’s premier vacation ownership programme, Anantara Vacation Club, extends the opportunity to own a share in the Anantara experience with a portfolio of 8 luxurious Club Resorts as well as travel privileges at partner resorts and hotels worldwide.

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