Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- All rooms have private infinity pools
- Sea, the underwater restaurant and wine cellar
- The overwater spa, which uses natural ingredients
- The huge Over-Water Residences, with massage pavilions and unobstructed panoramic views of the adjacent ocean
- Five restaurants and two bars
- The resort is Green Globe–certified, the industry’s highest sustainability standards
What To Know
- The resort is reachable via a 35-minute seaplane ride; transfers are about $620 per person, round-trip, and are arranged by the property
- Smoking is allowed at the resort
- Sea restaurant is underwater, but getting to it only requires walking down a set of stairs
- Compulsory Christmas Eve ($340) and New Year's Eve ($550) gala dinners apply and will be charged at by the property at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
With a stay at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas in Kihavah (Baa Atoll), you’ll be within the region of Kihaadhuffaru Island Beach and Kihaadhuffaru Island Pier. This 5-star villa is within the region of Dharavandhoo Mosque.
Make yourself at home in one of the 79 air-conditioned rooms featuring private pools and LCD televisions. Your bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and cable programming provide entertainment. Partially open bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and an outdoor tennis court. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.
Enjoy a meal at one of the villa’s dining establishments, which include 6 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink at a beach bar, a poolside bar, or one of 2 bars/lounges.
Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge during limited hours.
How to Get There
We’re a family with 2 young children age 9 and 7 years and have just spent 7 nights there wishing we had stayed longer. Having previously stayed @ Soneva Gili now known as Gili Lankanfushi pre kids, this lovely gem of an island was just perfect in all aspects as a family. We stayed in an overwater villa and the living size was generous and spacious, with a separate bed set up for each of the kids. We really felt at home with the walk in robe, make up area in addition to the huge bathroom, showers indoor and outdoor and glass bottom in the indoor showers, toilet and bathtub. The decck was so big! There was a daybed swing, 3 oversized hammocks perched about the waters, sun baking beds and pool! The kids were never bored in fact they always ran off after breakfast to head to the kids club, which they were always kept busy with activities. The grounds are well maintained with beautiful lush vegetation. Did I mention that there aren’t any mosquitoes? Riding our bicycles from our villa to breakfast each morning was our highlight! We were on a full board package. We never felt bored with the restaurant inclusive options and variety of menu each of these restaurants had to offer being Salt and Manzuru. We ate at Fire one night and loved every bit of it! Didn’t get to try Sea the underwater restaurant or chill at the Skybar as it was closed for maintenance. Was a pity but it didn’t really phase us too much as the island had so much to offer. Sure the beverages were expensive but there was just so much to choose from the wine selection. We often opted for a bottle at dinner and if we didn’t finish it the restaurant was happy to keep it for us for our next nights dinner or when we were lazing by the beach chilling the next day! The service at all the restaurants was really good and staff very attentive -we never had to wait a dull moment to be attended to and if there was ... hey you’re on holidays so enjoy the island pace and embrace the moment! The massage and spa facilities was absolutely divine especially the relaxation area. It was just pure bliss! Now onto some staff who made our stay comfortable, Anantara Kihavah was really our home away from home. Our villa host Waheed was so calm and collected and was never in our way. Never did we feel that he was being instrusive. He was always available to make sure our kids were safe and collected them from the kids club and dropped them off to our villa. Sugar who was managing the few restaurants was really pleasant to talk to and always made sure we were being looked after whenever he saw us have our meals. My husband really loved having a chat and laugh with him. Our kids loved talking to Thor (Alex) each morning at breakfast and Alex always made sure I had a top up of Bellini as soon as I finished my glass before I even got to ask for a second glass! Basu at the bar was always smiling and polite. My son loved playing with him and having a chat whenever he found a window of opportunity. The girls in the kids club Amaal and Thoi were so caring and softly spoken and our kids loved hanging out with them. To be honest there are so many more faces that we cannot put a name to that made our stay memorable. We will definitely be back!
I've been to the Maldives ten times and most recently Ja Manafaru in 2017, but this was my first time to Anantara Kihavah.
Overall we had a very nice holiday - the island is very naturally beautiful with lots of wildlife (tons of hermit crabs!) and neither too big or too small. The service, particularly in the restaurants was very good, there are lots of things to do, very knowledgable and approachable staff in the dive centre, well equipped, modern gym. There has clearly been a lot of recent investment in the public areas; very modern, with a lovely atmosphere. I had some lovely treatments in the spa.
However, there are a few negatives about our stay that detracted from an otherwise lovely holiday.
The rooms could do with some updating as they felt a bit tired. Small things such as stains on the walls/bath, cracking paint, old curtains etc. The layout was a bit strange and the room felt quite cramped; I found it weird sleeping opposite the minibar with a noisy fridge! We stayed in a beach pool villa for our first week. Unfortunately we were right next to the staff football pitch in room 111 and could hear them playing loudly until about 11pm every night. We complained but the noise didn't improve. Not really what you expect somewhere where you go for peace and quiet! We noticed that there was a water villa free for the duration of our stay and asked to move (and pay the difference if necessary) however we had a bit of a task getting management to agree to it as they said it was having maintenance work done, though I'm not sure why it was available online for someone else to book! I suspect the water villas are more saleable, who knows, anyway, we were eventually moved for the remaining six nights of our 14 night stay.
The Water Villa was better, could still do with freshening up, but it felt a lot more spacious, really nice bathroom, great outdoor shower and felt more private. We're very grateful for the manager agreeing to move us as it made a huge difference.
A lot of five star resorts have villa hosts now. I'm undecided as to how much value they really add; we felt a bit harassed as we were asked every day at breakfast where we wanted to have dinner and when, and the whole point of the Maldives for me is to just take it easy and decided as and when what you want to do. We had to tell our villa host to give us a bit of space! We weren't given much info about excursions - it also would have been nice to know that the upper deck of the Sky bar/observatory would be closed for scheduled maintenance for most of our stay. Had we been told, we would have gone first thing. This was one of the main reasons I booked this hotel and I couldn't do it because no-one informed us about the maintenance work. I thought this was a very poor and I'm really disappointed about this.
The island is on the smaller side and they've put a lot of water villas on it, which meant breakfast felt very crowded and stressful. Nothing to do with the hotel of course, but the Maldives gets a lot of Chinese tourists now, and in my personal experience, they can be very loud and there were a lot of larger groups. They shouted a lot at meal times. We had one guy spit out a load of phlegm onto the beach right in front of us at breakfast, right after he'd smoked a cigarette and used the beach as an ashtray (in fact I found several cigarette butts on the beach, which I've never had in the Maldives before, I can't understand why people want to travel to somewhere so naturally beautiful and spoil it, but there we go) I would suggest no smoking in the restaurants?
This isn't the place to come if you're not keen on kids; this was very much family oriented. Be particularly wary if you're staying in a beach villa as we had screaming children next to us all day before we moved. What with that and the football in the evenings, our first week wasn't the peaceful and romantic couples retreat we had envisaged!
The other thing that really detracted from our enjoyment was the fact we felt like we were being constantly ripped off. The Maldives is expensive, but it isn't necessarily the cost itself that's an issue. I've been to more expensive hotels (such as MAIA in the Seychelles which was incredible, and in fact Ja Manafaru was more expensive as well) but you still felt you were getting value for money. I paid for full board here and wished I hadn't. No soft drinks included, not even water, not even with food. In fact, a 70cl bottle of water will set you back about $17. The 'cost of importing' argument doesn't really stand either as beer was actually cheaper than water... Clearly the hotel knows water is what you'll be drinking the most, so it just felt like blatant profiteering. Soft drinks should really be included in a full board package.
'Sea' and 'Fire' restaurants were almost prohibitively expensive. We went to each of them once during the two weeks because our bill for two people was c$1000 each time. The food at Sea with the exception of the wagyu beef was not worth the money in my opinion. At Sea we were offered a glass of champagne as an aperitif (which was all we drank) but not shown the menu or given a choice. Naturally we were served the most expensive champagne by the glass at $55 a glass (Moet Rose). It makes my eyes water just thinking about it; particularly as we weren't given the chance to choose something more reasonable, or even gotten a full bottle which would have made far more economical sense.
On that note, you only get $50 per head on the full board package towards food at 'Sea' and 'Fire' - which apparently doesn't even get you a glass of champagne so I think it was a very mean allowance. Only Salt and Manzaru are included in the half/full board deal.
We ordered food to the room for lunch on some occasions. My fiancé ordered a hot dog from the children's menu. On another occasion he was offered an 'adult' version for twice the price. The portion size was the same. Again, blatant profiteering. At restaurants when you order a coke, you get a small glass, not the full can, but it's the same price as a whole can from the mini bar in the room... why? These are such small things but they don't go unnoticed and collectively they just leave you feeling like you're always being ripped off.
Salt was the best restaurant and mercifully included in the full board package; the food at Manzaru wasn't great. We had dinner on the beach for our last night, and while the set up was lovely and the waiter was really nice, the food was dry and I couldn't eat much of it at all. A shame really as it cost us $900.
Every bill you get has 10% added on as 'gratuity' but this doesn't go to the staff. You'll be expected to tip staff individually as well.
Our first cleaner was quite aggressive when trying to elicit a tip. He made it very clear that when we moved rooms we would have a different cleaner and we wouldn't see him again. In fact, he told us this separately several times. I don't appreciate this at all; in Manafaru the housekeeping staff made a huge effort, we had a lovely welcome message on the bed, towel animals, rose petals in the bath etc. but none of that here, except in the second room when we specifically asked (in exchange for a tip), and we got a heart and rose petals on the bed one night...
We booked a sunset cruise one night but it being the rainy season, the weather was temperamental. Just before we were due to leave there was a storm and it was very cloudy. We were expecting the cruise to be cancelled but it wasn't, so, a sunset cruise with no sunset, and as expected, it started raining during the trip. Had we cancelled ourselves we would have had to pay the full price. We would rather have gone on another night but clearly the hotel didn't want to give up the chance of making their $400 per couple. I don't think this was very generous and came across quite mean spirited.
All these things just add up and leave you with a slightly sour taste. We have no problem paying a lot of money for holidays. But here we just didn't feel like there was value for money.
Overall we had a very good holiday, but in all honesty, I probably wouldn't make a special effort to come back to this island because I think there are other resorts out there that are better. I much preferred Ja Manafaru, which just felt more homely and welcoming, and although it was actually more expensive, our holiday didn't solely feel like a chance to have more money made off us.
The resort was nice and modern. The rooms were big, the bathroom and pool were very beautiful. There were so many activities to do. But it didn't feel very homey. Service could have been better. Thank you.
We loved every minute at Anantara Kihavah. The most beautiful kept island, lush, and luxurious beach villa. My son loved the kids club, we loved cycling around the island on our Electra bicycles. The food at Manzaru was so good, as was breakfast and the setting on the beach. We will be back!
1st trip to the Maldives is in the books. Spent 7 nights at Anantara Kihavah and enjoyed every minute.
Couples massage at the spa. Once again very nice treatment rooms with glass cutouts on the floor so you can see the sea while your facedown being massaged. So relaxing I fell asleep.
Spent a half day out on the Ocean Whisperer Sail boat.
Spent a few hours one night at the Sky Bar, star gazing with Shameem. He taught us about astrology and saw different areas of the universe using what was probably the most powerful telescope in the Maldives.
Had an awesome photo shoot all over the island with Sifah. They also photographed our Muay Thai sessions. . Pictures came out amazing.
Spent a day on a private island / sandbank with catered food, drinks and snacks prepared by Kihavah’s finest Chefs. The island was set with tents for shade bean bag chairs coolers and towels. Enough food to feed us for 2 days and drinks. The Executive Chef Tim was phenomenal. He ensured we had many vegan 🌱 and vegetarian options to choose from and modified dishes to accommodate our requests throughout our entire stay.
Jaymon the Exec Pasty Chef was great as well. He spoke with us and made very tasty desserts to suit our tastes.
Sugar, over at Salt restaurant always made sure our dinner went as planned. Sugar also ensured we had an amazing dinner at Sea Underwater Restaurant. Great experience eating while under the sea and watching the marine life in their natural habitat. The waitstaff in all of the restaurants were all very attentive and provided great service.
Did a 3 day training course in Muay Thai boxing training with Sun which was awesome. Sun taught us about the history and culture surrounding the Thai sport of Muay Thai. By the end of he third day we felt we had learned a lot. It’s a great workout as well. He modified his teaching style to accommodate for different physical abilities. So glad we did it.
Waheed our amazing villa host, was the best ever. He took care of all of our requests and at times anticipated what we were going to ask. He ensured our stay was entirely pleasant and carefree.
In between all of our activities we made sure to relax in our water villa #204. Big swimming pool, sun lounge chairs, a large bed swing, deck and walk out access to the ocean.
7 great nights spent at an awesome resort.