Paradise found: Exploring the picture-perfect Maldives with Anantara
The Anantara Veli Resort & Spa and Anantara Kihavah Villas
Anantara has the Maldives wrapped up with two exquisite retreats, both reachable just 30 minutes via sea plane from Malé International Airport, a scenic final hop to your journey that reveals the expanse of coral and azure beauty that these islands offer.
Experiencing these pristine pockets of breath-taking natural beauty, through the serene know how of Anantara is a sure-fire way to get the best of this unique Indian Ocean archipelago. Step inside...
Our first stop is Anantara Veli Resort & Spa, offering a refined selection of over-water bungalows, which range from beautifully designed signature bungalows elevated on stilts above the visibly vibrant marine life, to ocean pool bungalows and deluxe ocean pool bungalows where guests can hop from pool to ocean in a single step.
Discover the sanctuary of the Sundari Ayurvedic Spa and indulge in the soothing treatments on offer, whilst immersing yourself in the sanctuary of the stunning natural views of the serene azure ocean. If you'd like to kick it into-gear then the resorts extensive water sports, and diving facilities, tennis and volleyball courts and yoga pavilions are all at your disposal. Don't worry if you incur any minor injuries during these adventures as the resident doctor is on hand to patch up any scratches and scrapes...
Dining is another adventure in itself with choices including; Thai restaurant, Baan Huraa and a Japanese restaurant. Or you can learn to create your own local dishes at Anantara's Maldivian Spice Spoons Cooking Class. You could also take the hotel's inter-island transport and venture to the award winning 'Sea. Fire. Salt. Sky' restaurants over at the Anantara Kihavah Villas.
If you wish to explore the Maldives' Baa Atoll island archipelago, where Anantara has its equally stunning and possibly even more romantic – Anantara Kihavah Villas. Set on Kihavah Huravalhi, one of the most pristine Maldivian islands, you can move between the two different islands and resorts with ease. Here there are 79 private pool villas, perched above the ocean or along the pristine white sand beach.
Taking nature as its lead design cue, scenic panoramas are presented at every opportunity and the luxury of simplicity is the ethos for both the interiors and exteriors.
Similarly to Anantara Veli Resort & Spa, this is a fantastic spot to explore the abundant marine life, snorkel some of the world's most treasured reefs within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and even explore uninhabited near by islands, or stay dry in a private boat trip to the backdrop of one of the best sun sets you are likely to witness.
Did you know...
1. The Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral reef islands (including 885 that are still uninhabited) that stretch across 35,000 miles of crystal-clear water. Only 2.23 metres above sea level at its highest point, the Maldives is the lowest country in the world — and 99 percent of its territory is (bright, blue) water.
2. Raalhu kihineh? That’s Dhivehi (the most widely spoken language in the Maldives) for “How’s the surf?” The main surf season runs from May to November and guests can ride the wave with Tropicsurf at Anantara Dhigu.
3. Boduberu is the traditional drum music of the Maldives. Performances involve about 20 people and are so powerful, they’re often referred to as 'vibrating the island.' Be sure to go to the Maldivian buffet nights at the resorts and catch a live performance.
4. The islands’ average temperature? A totally perfect 30 degrees year-round.
5. The first Maldivian chef in the country’s history to receive the President’s Award for services to tourism is Chef Ishaaq from Sea. Fire. Salt. Sky restaurants at Anantara Kihavah Villas.
6. When a new baby is named after seven days, the island community gathers in a communal feast of a deliciously sweet coconut crème brûlée. (You can learn how to make this communal dish with Anantara’s Maldivian Spice Spoons Cooking Class.)
7. Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll is a UNESCO marine protected site, located 5o1044.43N 73o0843.07 E, covering an area of 303 hectors. From June to November, huge amounts of krill and plankton in Hanifaru Bay attract all kinds of marine life to make it the world’s largest natural manta ray feeding destination. Snorkel with these giants of the underwater world with Anantara Kihavah Villas.
8. Kihavah means 'sweet tender coconut' and as with each Anantara resort, the Kihavah Villas resort draws its strength from the natural beauty of its destination, local cultural traditions and historic heritage. Coconuts are an integral element of the interiors, Spa treatments and culinary creations.