Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas: an unforgettable experience with manta rays
MALDIVES - Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has launched a new room package to commemorate its re-opening in Q3 2020.
The six-night Best of Kihavah Experiences Stay Package includes three distinct adventures: snorkelling with manta rays, stargazing at the only over water observatory in the Maldives, and fine dining underwater at SEA, one of the world's few oceanic restaurants.
The trip begins with a flight over the Baa Atoll island archipelago. Situated within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve teeming with rich marine life, the resort is well placed for the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime 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, incentive rewardees can bear witness to the annual migration of these mysterious gigantic oceanic creatures as they feed.
Once in the water, they will be treated to an underwater ballet, performed by giant mantas gliding and somersaulting in mesmerising patterns. Curious and friendly, they often swim within centimetres of snorkellers, always managing to avoid contact at the last second - making for an extraordinary memory.
Fine dining at SEA
The second aquatic experience is a culinary journey undersea. Nestled within Anantara Kihavah's famed house reef, guests descend into SEA, the resort's award-winning underwater restaurant and wine cellar which houses over 450 labels and vintages dating from 1795.
Guests will savour a gourmet three-course lunch carefully paired with handpicked fine wines, whilst luxuriating in panoramic views of marine life at play amongst vibrant corals.
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 sky. Custom-built for such stargazing encounters, SKY is a cocktail bar and home to the most powerful telescope in the region, in the only over water observatory in the Maldives.
Star gazing at the SKY water observatory
Perched over the aquamarine lagoon, the bar offers front-row seats to ocean views from every vantage point during the day, and as night falls, the open roof deck comes alive. Whilst sipping champagne and nibbling on Asian inspired tapas, guests will absorb knowledge imparted by the "sky guru" as he leads with his laser pointer on a cosmic journey as they gaze upon the stars.
The deal for two adults starts from US$8,800 (minimum stay of six nights, valid until 31 October 2021). It includes:
• A choice of beach pool villa or over-water villa
• Half board basis consisting of breakfast, and dinner at three restaurants
• One three-course set menu lunch at SEA
• One group stargazing session
• One manta ray snorkelling