Ten years ago when we all used to forward emails around, Tim and I received a forward of a bungalow over some of the bluest, clearest water we had ever seen. It had glass portals in the floor to watch the fish below and it looked absolutely magical. It turned out to be in the Maldives, and at the time, out of our reach. One day…we said. Ten years later, we found ourselves on what still feels like the dream trip of a lifetime. We spent a glorious four days as guests of Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives and the resort island definitely has a whole lot of WOW-factor!
Anantara Kihavah Villas is located on the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, 125 kilometers from the Madlives’ captial Malé. Guests of the island resort arrive via a seaplane transfer, which feels like a luxurious treat in and of itself. As if on cue, dolphins jumped out of the water and greeted us, chasing in our boat’s wake as we made the final transfer from the seaplane’s floating platform a few hundred yards offshore to the island paradise. Our villa host, Mausool, was waiting to whisk us away to our over water villas.
Mausool pulled our buggy to a stop and pushed open the doors to an airy villa filled with light and endless views of the Indian Ocean. After a quick tour – here are your his and hers walk-in wardrobes, outdoor rinse shower, indoor rain shower, wine refrigerator, iPod docking station and sound system – he invited us to have a seat on our deck. Handing over a special welcome cocktail he had prepared, we each dipped our feet into ginger foot baths. Ah, this was life…
Mausool left us to relax and that is absolutely what we did for the rest of the afternoon. We alternated swimming in the Indian Ocean right off our amazing deck with dips in our private infinity pool. A call to Mausool and lunch was served right on our deck; there was no reason to leave. We ate and watched as more dolphins played in the water just in front of our villa. A curious stingray swam right up to our steps.
The day’s toughest decision was where to nap. On the over water hammocks at the deck’s edge? Or maybe on the sun loungers? The full-sized daybed swing won out in the end as we rocked and listened to the waves lapping at the villa.
Nighttime is romantic; the privacy of the over water villas perfect for skinny dips in the infinity pool and romantic soaks in the glass bottom bath. Cradled in Egyptian cotton, we slept like babies each night as the tide brought in waves that would crash up under our villa.
The beach villas we saw on our tour were no less spectacular, with private pools and amazing open air bathrooms hidden from view with coconut palms. When asked which was my favorite though, I didn’t hesitate to pick the over water villas. There was just something magical about feeling like we had our very own slice of the Indian Ocean. We had found paradise at Anantara Kihavah Villas!
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Our trip to the Maldives was hosted by Anantara Kihavah Villas in order to bring you this story. However, Luxe Adventure Traveler maintains full editorial control of the content published on this site. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and enthusiasm for travel are entirely our own.