Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has launched a new package with a trio of once-in-a-lifetime experiences unique to the destination. The offer includes snorkelling with manta rays, stargazing at the only over water observatory in the Maldives, and fine dining underwater at SEA, the world’s first oceanic restaurant and wine cellar.
Anantara Kihavah is in the Baa Atoll island archipelago, within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve teeming with rich marine life, which is well placed for the ultimate experience – snorkelling with manta rays. Owning to the abundance of krill and plankton that accumulates in Hanifaru Bay during the months of May to November, bear witness to the annual migration of these mysterious gigantic oceanic creatures as they feed. Curious and friendly, they often swim within centimetres of snorkellers, always managing to avoid contact at the last second – making for an extraordinary memory.
The second aquatic experience is a culinary journey undersea. Located within Anantara Kihavah’s house reef, descend six metres to SEA, the resort’s award-winning underwater restaurant and wine cellar which houses over 450 labels and vintages dating from 17th century. Enjoy a gourmet four-course lunch carefully paired with fine wines handpicked by the resident Wine Guru, whilst taking in panoramic views of marine life at play amongst the brightly coloured corals.
From the ocean to the sky, the grand finale in the package revolves around the universe. With its proximity to the equator, the Maldives is an astronomer’s paradise and Anantara Kihavah is the perfect place for spectacular views of both the southern and northern skies. Custom-built for such stargazing encounters, SKY is a unique cocktail bar and home to the most powerful telescope in the Indian Ocean, in the only over water observatory in the Maldives. Perched over the lagoon, the bar proffers front-row seats on low oversized daybeds. Sip Champagne and nibble on Asian inspired tapas, whilst absorbing knowledge imparted by the resort’s Sky Guru as he points out the constellations and planets with his laser pointer.
Guests can stay in either a beach pool villa on a stretch of private beach, or an over water pool villa. Each villa has a large infinity-edge pool, dining pavilion, spacious wooden sundeck and ample lounging areas complete with swinging daybed, hammock and sun loungers. All villas feature his and hers walk-in wardrobes, rain showers, outdoor showers and over-sized bathtubs big enough for two, while a sunken glass-bottom bathtub in the over water pool villas offers a view of the ocean below. To further enhance the experience, all villas are serviced by a personal Villa Host 24 hours a day.
BEST OF MALDIVES STAY PACKAGE
The Best of Maldives stay package with all inclusions is based on a 7 night minimum stay. Prices start from USD 980+++ (£712) per night for two adults sharing a villa.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a seven-night stay at Anantara Kihavah from £3,899pp based on two people sharing. Includes flights, transfers and accommodation on a half board basis and comes under A&K’s flexible booking policy.
The Best of Maldives stay package includes:
Choice of beach pool villa or over water pool villa
Half board basis consisting of breakfast, and dinner at three restaurants
One experience of a four-course lunch at SEA
One experience of a group stargazing session
One experience of manta ray snorkelling*
Valid for stays until 23rd December 2021. Terms and Conditions and Black-Out Dates applies.
*Seasonal activity during the months of June to November. An alternative activity will be provided for stays falling outside of this period.
13 April 2021