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Overwater Villas and Underwater Dining in the Maldives

Travel and Hotel News

May 18, 2011

Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives

This spring the Anantara resort brand brings a new level of luxury to the Maldives with the opening of Anantara Kihavah Villas. Located in the Baa Atoll just a 35-minute seaplane ride from Malé, this paradisiacal property features 78 beachfront and overwater villas, the latter with glass-bottom soaking tubs. While the accommodations (all with private infinity pools) are stunning, it's the four-level Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky restaurant that stands out. Boasting an underwater dining room and 6,500-bottle wine cellar, it offers a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. The natural environment plays a great role at this island getaway, from the indigenous ingredients used at Anantara Spa to the resident marine biologist hired to help guests learn about reef rescue. In addition, the resort has the longest swimming pool in the Maldives (at more than 160 feet), a vast selection of water sports and unique cultural immersion opportunities, including traditional cooking, weaving and fishing using age-old stargazing methods.

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