Check-in: Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

- Bradley Cocks, our SVP of Business Development for the Asia and Pacific region, has been part of the Kiwi Collection team for over seven years. Originally from Canada, he relocated to Sydney, Australia in 2004 and still resides there today.

Continuing his envy-inducing tour of the Maldives, Bradley Cocks checks in at the Anatara Kihavah Villas and gives us the inside story, with personals snaps, of the property.

This property in the Baa Atoll is a true gem. It’s now protected under UNESCO after years of overfishing. From the hotel you can access the world-famous Hanifaru Bay. Twenty-minutes by speedboat and you’re snorkeling with Whale Sharks and Manta Rays (the season for this is between May to October).

Instantly impressed by the aesthetics of the property I quickly learned the natural look was courtesy of treated Malaysian wood. Its process starts up to two years before construction to ensure the wood is ready for the harsh elements.

There is a lot to do on this medium-sized island. To give you an idea of its size, it only takes 35 minutes to walk around at a slow pace. There is great beach access everywhere on the island, an outdoor tennis court and dive center. Children are most welcome here, and there’s a kids club and paid babysitting services available so parents can relax too. If you have a green thumb you can help grow orchids in their outdoor nursery and even take some with you (if your home country allows it).

The bars and restaurants are outstanding at Kihavah. SKY, a very well designed bar, is a perfect place for sunsets on rocking chairs.

FIRE is their Japanese-Teppanyaki restaurant found under a thatched roof resembling a Japanese warrior helmet.

Then there’s SALT, which has the largest fan in the Maldives (the brand that makes them is quite literally named Big Ass Fans) and offers salt compliments sourced from the Himalayas, France, Italy, India, Hawaii and the Mediterranean with every plate. They actually have a salt sommelier. Their underwater restaurant, SEA, is best understood by viewing images (so go view their property page).

Most impressed by the well-thought-out rooms you enter through a white arched hallway with dark wooden floorboards. A large change room, a bathroom with an outdoor shower, English-style basins and a sunken bathtub overlook an over-sized plunge pool with ocean views. My room offered a cozy Colonial-style bed with a balcony and swing-bed.

The most popular guests at present are Germans, Russians, Chinese and Koreans who have obviously found this fine resort before the English, Europeans and Australians; all of which would be equally impressed.

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