Stephen Bailey
For epic marine life, this is the premier Maldives resort
For epic marine life, this is the premier Maldives resort
Stephen Bailey

Marine encounters come as standard on most Maldives holidays. This is an Indian Ocean archipelago of private islands, so to swim and snorkel is part of the experience for almost everyone. 

But there’s a big difference between snorkeling past a few fish and swimming with manta rays. And guests at Anantara Kihavah don’t even need to get wet. The five-star resort is home to the country’s only overwater observatory. Here, the marine life really is all around.

Anantara Kihavah

Private marine encounters continue in the overwater villas. These feature glass-bottomed bathtubs – just imagine, a manta may swim past when you’re reclining in the bath!

These bathtubs are just one feature in what are undoubtedly the best bathrooms in the Maldives. Villas are contemporary in design, with clean lines and open spaces, so the sounds and sights of nature very much come to the fore. 

A bath with an underwater view

Underwater experiences even continue with the signature underwater wine tasting. Of course there is an underwater restaurant as well. And unlike some, this one really is surrounded by marine life. There’s no need for alcoholic indulgence to see tropical fish. Just step out from the villa and the house reef is outstanding, enabling guests to easily have private marine encounters from their suites.

Snorkeling at the house reef

Manta rays are the obvious main attraction and they swim in nearby Hanifaru Bay from June to November. While this experience is available to guests at many resorts, the proximity to Anantara Kihavah is a big plus point. 

The resort is located on the legendary Baa Atoll, a 35-minute seaplane flight from Male. With 80 villas it is moderately sized, with the premium sunset overwater pool villas complemented by beach pool villas and other villas hidden in the surrounding trees. It’s become the best choice for underwater world lovers in the Maldives. 

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