Setting a new precedent in naturally inspired design and luxurious living, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has launched its collection of the largest private pool residences in the world with the renovation completion of the resort’s two-bedroom overwater pool residences.
A multi-million-dollar project which started in 2020 with the redesign of its four-, three- and two-bedroom beach pool residences, this exclusive collection of Maldivian accommodation experiences, comprising of seven, is the pinnacle of palatial seclusion, ideally suited for multi-generational vacations and larger group travel.
The renovation of the residences saw careful preservation of the element of space while marrying a light and airy interior refit with smart technology home comforts.
Two-Bedroom Over-Water Pool Residences
Perched over a crystal-calm lagoon and offering commanding views of the Indian Ocean, both units of Anantara Kihavah’s Two-Bedroom Over-Water Pool Residence were completed in early 2021.
These over-water retreats generously spaced, feature floor-to-ceiling windows across their entirety, guaranteeing vast views of shades of blue. Outfitted with a professional working kitchen in the living and dining room, each ensuite bedroom at either end features ample individual outdoor living space, whilst the infinity pool and shaded outdoor dining sala is the ideal hangout for shared leisure activities with family or friends.
The redesign of these residences saw the addition of a gym fully equipped with the latest in TechnoGym machinery, and a couple’s spa treatment room. Both rooms are fitted with retractable blinds, allowing for ample sunlight by day and unfiltered stargazing at night. Whilst relaxing with a signature Anantara Spa massage, a peek into the marine life in abundance just beneath the residence, is made possible with the strategic placement of glass panels underneath plush spa treatment beds. Glass-bottomed whirlpool bathtubs have also been fitted in each bathroom, providing therapeutic massages and astounding underwater views even during bath time.
Staying true to the heritage of the Maldives, each residence features Kajan thatched palm roofs and Balau hardwood flooring spanning the entire length of its expansive outdoor deck, accompanied by netted hammocks suspended over water. Tiled in natural Sukabumi stone, the infinity pool presents an ever-shifting overtone of green and blue with each movement of the sun, mirroring the hues of its turquoise-coloured surroundings.
Rates start at AU$8,973 per night.
Four-, Three- and Two-Bedroom Beach Pool Residences
The crown jewel in this collection is the Four-Bedroom Beach Pool Residence. A connecting door set at the end of a lush garden pathway, adjoins a standalone villa fitted with its own ensuite, infinity pool and dining pavilion, with the main wing of the residence.
This four-bedroom sanctuary comfortably accommodates up to eight adults and four children, or 12 adults.
Cradled by lush foliage and bright bougainvillea accents, occasional sights of coconut trees jutting through floors or ceilings is testament to the resort’s commitment toward preserving the natural beauty of the island, whilst optimising each residence’s space.
Like the over-water pool residences, each beachfront residence’s architecture reflects Kajan palm roofs and Balau decks. The newly extended swimming pools, measuring 20 metres x 6 metres for the four-bedroom retreat and 16 metres x 6 metres for the two- and three-bedroom residences, are now fitted with massage jets, whilst an outdoor Sala Thai provides shaded relief for lounging and dining.
A light neutral palette uplifts a previously dark wood scheme, presenting an atmosphere that is at once comfortable and relaxed, yet modern and luxurious. Rattan details, woven straw carpets, Maldivian motifs and teak wood furniture further accents the distinctively tropical vibe of each room.
Floor-to-ceiling doors of the main living and dining area open for sweeping views of the tropics. Further embodying island living at its most luxurious, a water feature wall designed to mimic that of a real waterfall, is the highlight in each revamped bathroom newly fitted with intelligent toilet technology. Wellbeing and fitness are also not forgotten – with each residence outfitted with its own private double-bed spa treatment room and gym featuring a complete range of fitness equipment.
With a dedicated Villa Host to attend to every need, and a Wine Sommelier, Personal Chef and Baby-Sitting service on request, a stay in one of these residences is a promise of a truly private escape.
Rates for the Two-Bedroom Beach Pool Residence start at AU$9,376 per night.
Rates for the Three-Bedroom Beach Pool Residence start at AU$13,012 per night.
Rates for the Four-Bedroom Beach Pool Residence start at AU$15,720 per night.
Lead image: Anantara Kihavah Two-Bedroom Over Water Pool Residence, Entrance