Create Unforgettable Memories with your Family At Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Snorkel some of the world’s most treasured reefs, explore uninhabited deserted islands or cruise in solitude at Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll. ‘Elements Kihavah’, the resort’s experience club, offers bespoke and exhilarating adventures taking guests under, on and alongside the turquoise Indian Ocean. The coral house reef is where you’ll find turtles and eagle rays thriving in their natural habitat.

Guests are encouraged to dive the dazzling depths of the house reef’s yellow wall.  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.

Qualified dive instructors are on hand to present beginner courses or advanced courses in the open water ranging from Dive Master and Adventure Diver to Digital Underwater Photography and PADI Enriched Air Diver. Guests can join the resident marine biologist on a turtle quest or manta snorkelling excursion or take part in coral transplanting and essential research snorkelling adventures.

The Ocean around Kihavah Huravalhi Island abounds with magnificent game fish such as sailfish, dorado and wahoo and the big game boat ‘Catcher’ offers hours of excellent sport fishing.  The 24 metre ‘Ocean Whisperer’ sail yacht affords a private journey beyond the horizon filled with luxury and adventure.  Guests can opt to explore deserted islands, hidden reefs and secret lagoons while diving or snorkelling, or simply sunbath on the sun-kissed deck.

Speedboats are available for skiing and wakeboarding, 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, jet bikes and water skiing.

Anantara Kihavah Villas also offers an array of land-based activities for fitness fanatics, foodies and lovers of all things cultural.  Recreation and leisure facilities include a tennis court, bicycles, a fitness centre with premium Technogym equipment, Muay Thai Boxing, trampoline park, table tennis, billiards, boutique, gift shop and art gallery. Movie buffs are transported back in time to enjoy classic movies under the stars on a big outdoor screen.

In-Villa entertainment includes Backgammon, Chess, a selection of easy reading and inspirational books, DVD player and a Bose home theatre system and iPod docking station.

The resort has a specially-designed ‘Thiththi Boli Kids Club’ for younger guests of 12 and under offering  complimentary daily supervised programmes, fun arts and crafts activities, indoor and outdoor sports and games and kids are even introduced to new activities inspired by local culture and the natural marine surroundings.  The Club also offers cooking classes and spa treatments.

Traditional Maldivian activities invite guests to delve beneath the surface of this fascinating culture, with an array of experiences and excursions that stir the senses and arouse the imagination.  Guests can tune into the authentic rhythm of Maldivian life by learning how to play the Bodu Beru drums or visit a nearby island where displays of Chinese pottery recovered from reef wrecks, shipbuilding tools, traditional dresses rarely seen in modern Maldivian society and weaving afford a glimpse into this island nation’s history.

Foodies will delight in Maldivian and Thai cooking classes, joining a resident mixologist and barista to mix exotic beverages, or take a journey through the vineyards of the world in the underwater wine cellar at ‘Sea’.

Other island journeys steeped in exotic rejuvenation and deep relaxation can be found at the Anantara Spa which offers a range of therapeutic treatments including traditional Asian therapies, modern medical spa treatments and ancient ayurvedic wellness. Those in need of mindful exercise can reconnect to their natural flow with Hatha Yoga, an Aerial Yoga class suspended over the ocean or SUP Yoga. 

Anantara Kihavah Villas is passionate about bringing story collecting travellers closer to the allures of this beautiful paradise island.

Reasons why you must visit Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

What’s the most ideal vacation on your mind? If the answer is, laying on a sunbed, letting your skin get sun kissed, sip cocktails by gazing at the Indian ocean, then the answer is right here!

Come to Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, which is also known as “secret water island”, a stunning paradise located in Shaviyani atoll. Discover the beauty of Maldives at Sirru Fen Fushi, a known natural sensation. Everything you could expect from a tropical heaven is here. With beautiful swaying coconut palms, pristine white beaches settled in the turquoise lagoon. Sounds heavenly doesn’t it?

Sirru Fen Fushi has 120 luxury villas, which is artistic and built using natural materials. Indigenous decorations and natural patterns creating a harmonious yet stimulating eclectic charm. You can choose your stay from hideaway Beach Villas which are situated near the palms and trees, fabulous Water Villas settled over the Indian Ocean or castaway Tented Jungle Villas. Each villa is designed for perfect comfort and relaxation with private pools with modern amenities.

Guests have varieties of choices to experience food at Sirru Fen Fushi. At Raha you can enjoy international tastes, while at Market; Kata, an over water Japanese restaurant, serves sushi and other cultural dishes. Azure, where mainly they serve fresh sea food dishes and displays daily catches which also compliments with a fantastic selection of Old and New World wines. The remarkable all-bamboo poolside bar, Onu Onu, offers a selection of cocktails and light bites. Enjoy the cocktails while being breath taken by the gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean.

Sirru Fen Fushi draws its energy and vitality from its natural environment at the Fairmont Maldives Willow Stream Spa. The Spa is an oasis of its own, from the quiet waters of the Indian Ocean to the fragrant herbs in the Maldivian gardens. Balancing the earth, air, fire, water and wood elements brings us into sync with the balance of nature. Willow Stream Spa redefines the spa experience, encompassing total well-being and offering a range of lifestyle options.

The Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi offers a range of unrivaled experiences. Sail away for a picnic “just for two” to a nearby deserted island, join a sunset dolphin cruise on the resort’s own private yacht, or go on a cultural visit to a nearby local community, and much more.

Sirru Fen Fushi  also offers, Thai boxing classes, yoga, tennis and soccer. Families who visit with kids can use the Kid’s Club and the Toddler’s play garden and Majaa, a dedicated Teen Town, which is also home to the resort, offering a wealth of engaging experiences and activities for young adults.

With all the unlimited fun and exceptional services, Sirru Fen Fushi can be the best place to visit on your next vacation. So travelers seeking the sun, sand and sea, this is your gateway to experience the sunny side!

Stargazing in Paradise at Anantara Kihavah’s Overwater Observatory

Baa Atoll in the Maldives, an astronomer’s paradise, and is one of the best places on earth to enjoy stargazing due to its proximity to the equator.

Time spent well at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is going to be one of greatest adventures and discovery. Sky invites you to play out a once in a lifetime journey, on a private island in the Indian Ocean, where the forces of nature dazzle the imagination.

Sky, an overwater observatory combined with a unique luxury cocktail bar, a resident story-telling Sky Guru and housing the most powerful telescope in the region, gives guests an opportunity to gaze on the stars as they sip champagne and revel in this window to the Universe.

Light pollution isn’t a problem. Moreover, due to its proximity to the equator, the Maldives provides spectacular views of both the southern and northern sky.

The panorama lounge perched over the lagoon maximises ocean views from every vantage point. Contemporary yet warm, with raw timber and soft lighting throughout, this is the place to take in Indian Ocean sunsets. A circular bar serves as the centrepiece, with bar tenders busy at work. Sip on island cocktails such as Kihavah Island Tea, a blend of white rum and arak with lychee, peach, lemon and a dash of Earl Grey tea. Laze on low oversized daybeds that wrap around the terrace, enjoy delicious tapas, fragrant shisha and mellow music.

Anantara Kihavah SKY Bar

The custom-built Ash-dome observatory sits on the roof deck of the Sky Bar surrounded by nothing but open skies and the ocean waves below. The observatory houses a research-grade Meade 16” LX200 telescope mounted on a super-giant field tripod. Digitally controlled with 360˚ movement, the powerful telescope opens up the night sky.

Sip champagne and savour Asian tapas whilst Sky Guru Ali Shameem points out Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, Arcturus, Capella, Spica and Omega Centauri, the brightest and largest known globular cluster in the Milky Way galaxy. If you’re lucky you’ll see the pale-yellow rings of Saturn or the belts of Jupiter. Take a look through the powerful telescope at the craters on the moon, Orion nebula and Pleiades, commonly known as seven sisters.

Shameem, a protégé of Italian Astronomer Dr. Massimo Tarenghi, former head of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) Observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile, shares his passion for the constellations with star gazing private sessions.

Looking for the ultimate gift of love? Guests also have an opportunity to name a star after their loved one.

At the end of your experience on the island, and when you return home and look up at the sky, you’ll forever remember your stargazing experience at Anantara Kihavah.

Soneva Fushi’s Latest Five-Bedroom Villa Comes with an 11 Metre Tall Viewing Tower

February 2019: Soneva, the world’s leading luxury resort operator, has just completed its latest villa on the island’s sunrise side at Soneva Fushi, the Villa 37 with five bedrooms (total area of 1,823 sqm). The main highlight of this villa is the viewing tower, 11 meters high, reached by a winding staircase with a dining table at the top called the Moonlight Table. This viewing tower is now the island’s highest point and the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views, sunrises, sunsets, dining experiences and star gazing. This villa has a maximum occupancy of 8 adults and 4 children or 10 adults. Architecturally, this villa is very different from the other villas and private residences of Soneva Fushi and is now the benchmark for all future villa buildings and renovations at Soneva Fushi.

The master bedroom is located on the ground floor and includes a king size bed, a dressing room with a daybed, indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a bathtub in the outdoor bathroom. From the master bedroom, guests can step straight down into the pool. This villa has an additional outdoor bathroom attached to the guest suite on the ground floor. Three more guest rooms are located on the first floor, all with ensuite bathrooms. On the first floor there is also a guest bathroom, a TV lounge and a gym.

Soneva fushi dining

There are high ceilings and many windows in the open plan dining, kitchen and living area to let in an abundance of natural light. With the roots branching across the ceiling, the support pillars in this large open space, perfect for family gatherings, were fashioned from upside down tree trunks. The ceiling is also covered in tree branch cross sections. From the open kitchen to the 10-seater dining table, the breakfast bar. The kitchen comes with a fridge for your own wine, as well as a minibar and a fully stocked cupboard. The lights above the bar on gnarled vines are suspended from the ceiling. The living room has a deep, curved daybed where the legs and backrest are made up of wooden fish.

A library, sauna, shower, steam room and a guest toilet are also on the ground floor. Guests can take their pick from the pool table or the football table for fun and games. The villa comes with a pool of 344 square meters wrapping around the whole front of the villa, which includes a children’s pool of 25 square meters and a water slide. The pool has two sunken seating areas, one covered and one uncovered, as well as a bridge that allows guests to cross from the villa to the sand without having to walk around it. Being on the island’s sunrise side, Villa 37 means guests will have virtually unimpeded horizontal views, with Maalhos’s neighboring island just visible.

This villa is one of the private residences of Soneva Fushi under the program of Soneva Villa Ownership. Soneva made history by being the first developer, and still only, to offer foreigners’ luxury homes in the Maldives. At Soneva Kiri in Thailand, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives, private residences are currently available. Ownership of Soneva Villa is particularly attractive to guests who regularly return to the Maldives. When rented while owners are away from the resort, the villas achieve a strong cash yield. Capital prices, particularly in the Maldives, rose by around 8% to 10% annually. During their holidays, owners also enjoy the use of their villa, which can add up to a significant amount of savings over several years.

Other benefits of ownership include 20% savings on food and drink, motorised water sports, and 20% savings on all flight transfers from/to Malé. The villa is fully maintained by the resort, which includes furniture, fixtures, lighting, gardening, cleaning and pest control repair and replacement.

Each residence is the ultimate expression of the signature experience and style that Soneva has become world-renowned for; understated design and luxuriously spacious accommodation, uncompromising quality, service and sensitivity to the environment. All Private Residences are designed to meet the specific requirements of their owner, while remaining true to Intelligent Luxury’s brand mission.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island a Remote Luxury Hideaway

The newly opened Kudadoo Maldives Private island by Hurawalhi has become a highlight as the best luxury hotel. The private island is designed by renowned architect Yuji Yamazaki. Located just 40-minute seaplane ride away from Velana International Airport, Kudadoo is isolated from other islands and gives that remote island feeling to the travelers.

This is the best escape for Travelers who seek privacy and luxury. An interesting fact about Kudadoo is that, the private island is 100% solar powered. Solar power generates sufficient energy at any given time to serve 50 guests and 100 staff. What’s there not to love about the island? Its environment friendly and naturally picturesque and not to mention, the resort relies on minimal single-use plastics.

Kudadoo private islands accommodation can be selected from various available options. The private island has 13 one – bedroom ocean residences spanning 3,200 square feet and 2 two-bedroom ocean residences with whopping 9,000 square feet, and 15 over water residences. The spacious and elegant villas are furnished with well selected furniture and featuring with super king-sized beds.

Each villa has private decks giving you the breathtaking views of the ocean. The decks have enough space for you to relax and sip cocktail on a sun-bed or do morning yoga by the sunrise. Besides, it doesn’t end there, the villas have large infinity pools that are long enough to swim laps.

Another interesting fact of Kudadoo is that the restaurant serves “Unscriptive Dining,” meaning you can choose anything to eat, whenever and wherever you want. The restaurant relies heavily on locally caught seafood.

The heart of Kudadoo is The escape, home to a restaurant, a bar, a wine and cheese cellar, an infinity pool, a gym and a spa, and an upper deck with conference facilities for corporate retreats or meetings with clients. As many people spend the day out at sea and dine in their villas, it never feels crowded. And if you fully rent the island, The Hideaway is where everyone gathers for events.

Kudadoo’s Sulha Spa is a real treat, and is conveniently situated above the ocean. While a therapist soaks your foot, you can enjoy the stunning views of the ocean as you relax in your chair. The spa uses products by healing earth, an African brand, which produces coral-friendly skin care that contains natural and organic ingredients. The menu ranges from traditional facials and massages of deep tissue, Reiki, Zen Shiatsu, as well as a gong sound shower and Tibetan singing bowls.

Kudadoo is an escape for adults who are seeking tranquility. Excitement, peace and extraordinary services awaits your visit.

Soneva Jani Opens its Newest Restaurant: The Crab Shack

January 2019: Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has been busy with the creation of Soneva Jani’s latest addition to its culinary offerings, the Crab Shack. The 32 cover restaurant and 14 seat bar is located on Soneva Jani’s southwest beach, on the opposite side of the island to Cinema Paradiso, and is comprised of two levels. The ground floor is taken up by the restaurant, kitchen and bar area, with the first floor deck designed especially for guests to relax on tiered daybeds and enjoy the Maldivian sunsets while sipping on rosé wine or other beverages.

The Crab Shack is open for lunch and dinner with an á la carte menu. Upstairs serves only drinks and light snacks. While no local crabs will be on the menu (watch The Mangrove Network video from the Change-Maker Series), Sri Lankan mud crabs, Alaskan crabs and Kamchatka crabs (all Marine Stewardship Council certified) are the highlights. Each day the Crab Shack will only serve one type of crab on a rotating basis. The dishes that can be ordered include chili crab, crab curry (both Thai and Sri Lankan varieties of curry), garlic crab, black pepper crab, Szechuan spicy wok-fried crab, Vietnamese wok-fried crab with tamarind, ginger and black pepper.

The menu is also supplemented with Mediterranean dishes, including marinated sardines, mussels meunière, crab and seafood bouillabaisse (subject to availability), spicy seafood salad, and a ceviche of the day. There will also be a seafood platter that includes soft shell crabs, calamari, scallops and more. This platter can be ordered cold or warm (steamed, wok-fried or barbecued). A number of vegetable based side dishes will also be available, using organic greens from the resort’s gardens. Dishes include broccoli with caramelised garlic and marinated artichokes. When it comes to drinks there will be a focus on rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, while there will also be a selection of red wine.

Guests will get to dine barefoot, with toes in the sand, in line with Soneva’s ‘No News, No Shoes’ ethos. The Crab Shack is open-air, allowing for the cool sea breeze to flow through and uninterrupted views out across the lagoon, towards the sunset.

The design of the restaurant and bar uses reclaimed wood and driftwood timber to offer guests a rustic shack experience, while also giving a nod to how Maldivian’s traditionally built their homes before they had conventional building materials. Diners will be sitting around repurposed trunk logs with recycled glass plate supports and reclaimed barrels. There is a central common table, while there are tables of four around it, all of which can be rearranged depending on the number of parties. The main pillars of support are made of whole trunks of the tree.

Vaadhoo Island Maldives Glow in the night beach

On certain areas around the world, the beaches glow with magical blue like tiny neon dots and makes it look like stars are washing up on shore. The reason for the shore and waves having these neon blue spots is due to a chemical reaction called “bioluminescence”, it is what happens when a microorganism in the water is disturbed by the oxygen.

Vaadhoo Island Maldives is a wonder of nature attracting travelers throughout the world to see this beautiful blue light on the shore. Vaadhoo island Maldives is a small island of south male’ atoll and one of the inhabited island of RAA Atoll. Vaadhoo island is located on the equator to the south west of Sri Lanka in Indian Ocean.

Visitors have had the most luck seeing the blue glow during July to February, especially during a new moon since the darkness of the sky helps intensify the light. As waves break on the sandy shore or if you step bare foot into wet sand a bright green-blue glow appears like an aura.

This Bioluminescence can occur throughout the Maldives 26 atolls. However, some of the most stunning photos have been captured on the grouping’s eastern islands, including Mudhdhoo, Vaadhoo Island Maldives, and Rangali.

Soneva Jani: A luxury gem in Maldives

Soneva Jani is a luxury gem located on the uninhabited island of Medhufaru, that sits in a large private lagoon in Noonu atoll. Soneva Jani is also known, one of the most expensive resorts in the Maldives. Featuring with 24 over water villas and one four-bedroom villa. Most of this property’s villas are built over water.

You can reach Soneva Jani by a 40-minute seaplane ride from the capital, male’. Their hospitality is beyond the top expected. After you check into Trans Maldivian Airways flight, you will be transferred over to Soneva Janis private lounge and will be offered snacks, beverages and massages, you name it! After this warm welcome you will be asked to make some decisions via an iPad based questionnaire. You will be asked to choose from what kind of pillows you want on your bed (provided various options), to what kind of fragrance you would like to be sprayed onto the pillows. Also, you can choose what type of alcoholic beverage, Favorite food, preferred snack of choice. And last but not least what type of music you prefer to be played in your villa on your arrival. Interesting, isn’t it? After the guests exit the floating seaplane at Soneva’s jetty, everyone will be welcomed with fresh coconut water.

The spectacular 24 water villas of Soneva Jani range from one bedroom, 416 square meter villas up to the four bedroom 1,226-square meter option. Every villa has its own lagoon facing private pool that dazzlingly reflects the colors of the sea. A few villas come with exciting private water slides. Besides, if you wish to stay on land, you will have to book into the 1,752 square meter four-bedroom beach villa, the only one that’s not on stilts, well away from the other accommodations. Including the most original options inside the villas, each master bedroom has its own telescopic roof that slides back for stargazing.

Another fun fact of this property is that you will be asked to kick off your shoes and put them in a bag as soon as you land, as it is a part of the resort’s “no news, no shoes” motto. In this property, privacy is fully guaranteed. Due to a little number of villas, the property feels blessed that it’s empty and quiet.

Varieties of water excursions are available and you will mostly be tempted and deciding to weather, relax and read a book or jump to the water. Anyhow, you can enjoy the peace and calm and the loud and fun too. Soneva Jani is indeed filled with remarkable hospitality.

Fun-filled Easter Break at Bageecha, Kuramathi Maldives Kids Club!

An island measuring 1.8km in length, Kuramathi Maldives offers “something for everyone”. With this mantra, we certainly do not overlook our younger guests – we have something for them too. Bageecha, the kids club at Kuramathi is open from 8.30 in the morning till 7.30 in the evening, and offers fun filled adventures throughout the year for our guests of 3-12 years on complimentary basis.

Kuramathi Maldives bageecha

Come this Easter, we have put together a complete plan to ensure that the children have the best time with us. Over a period of 5 days, children will have a chance to show off their artistic skills during the crafting of Easter decorations, painting their own Easter eggs, take part in lots of fun indoor/outdoor games, enjoy wet and wild times in the pool, go on an exhilarating ride on our semi-sub and of course collect as many eggs as they can on the big egg hunt, for how can an Easter party be complete without one! Join Kuramathi on this fun egg-citing adventure!

Kandolhu Maldives – One of the Top Romantic Resorts in the World

Kandolhu Maldives has once again received the highest honor from the travel review giant TripAdvisor. The TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice is given to the top 1% of the hotels around the globe, and Kandolhu Maldives has achieved this in various categories based on numerous excellent reviews by our guests from all corners of the world.

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels, Kandolhu is authentic hospitality paired with raw luxury and intuitive service. Fringed by a house reef offering endless underwater adventures and a plethora of dining options, this tiny island provides for that perfect holiday haven. Guests at Kandolhu are spoilt for choice with five lavish villa types inspired by contemporary Maldivian architecture that come with world class fittings to provide that perfect home away from home. For the ultimate Kandolhu experience, opt for an Ocean Pool Villa with its expansive living space and “glass box” bathroom.

According to the thousands of reviews submitted to TripAdvisor, Kandolhu Maldives is:

  • Top 25 Hotels for Romance — World
  • Top 25 Hotels — Asia
  • Top 25 Hotels for Romance — Asia
  • Top 10 Hotels — Maldives
  • Top 10 Hotels for Romance — Maldives
  • Top 10 Luxury Hotels — Maldives
  • Top 10 Hotels for Service — Maldives

“It is an honor and compliments for the Kandolhu team to be placed in several of the Traveler’s Choice lists. We would like to thank all our guests for the tremendous support to our small intimate island. These accolades could not have been achieved without the commitment to exceptional guest service provided by our fantastic and genuine team”, says Marc LeBlanc, Resort Manager.