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Anantara Villas | Kihavah Huravalhi | Baa Atoll Maldives

Anantara Kihavah Villas
PO Box 2014 | Kihavah Huravalhi Island
Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives

Tel: +960 660 1020
Fax: +960 660 1040
Skype: Anantara Kihavah

Anantara Kihavah Villas has been named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ by the prestigious travel magazine HIDEAWAYS at an event that recently took place in Berlin. The award honors just three new, extraordinary and fascinating hotels and resorts around the world. The winners were chosen by the HIDEAWAYS editorial team who evaluated new properties in the following categories: service, location, architecture, design, comfort, cuisine, reception.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives opened its exclusive doors to welcome discerning guests on 1 March 2011 with its 78 stunning Pool Villas, the Anantara Spa, an underwater wine cellar with dining, and an enormous pool which is the largest in the archipelago. The resort is setting new standards for luxury holidays in the Maldives.

Lobby + Library

The Baa Atoll is a 35-minute flight by sea plane from Male, the capital of the Maldives. A remarkable experience in itself, the resort seaplane takes you on a smooth flight over crystal-clear waters above the fascinating island formations of the Greater Atoll. Look down through the waters to catch a glimpse of schools of fish playing among the reefs, and local fisherman trying their luck aboard Dhoni fishing boats. Touch down beside the welcome jetty, step out onto soft white sands, and let your Anantara Kihavah story begin.....

The Green Initiative

The Maldivian Islands are one of nature's most beautiful treasures and we hope they will stay that way. As the lowest-lying nation in the world, the Maldives is extremely vulnerable to the effects of global warming. The diverse and fragile flora and fauna of the area are sensitive to the habits of human residents and visitors. That is why Anantara Kihavah Villas is a green-thinking resort. The Green Initiative is our way of helping to protect the irreplaceable natural beauty of Baa Atoll and lessening the impact we have on the environment. You'll notice that we don't offer motorized water sports, which destroy the reefs and upset the rhythms of aquatic wildlife. Our dive centre encourages divers to interact passively with the underwater world, in a way that is safe for both the diver and the marine life. Kihavah also makes an effort to reduce unnecessary packaging and waste and to use recycled materials where possible. We support local industry and much of our produce is grown onsite at the organic vegetable farm.

For more information about the Green Initiative, or to learn how you can help protect the Baa Atoll, please contact us at:


A shadowbox is a framed box, usually square or rectangular in shape, with a glass front; it is used for displaying and protecting valued items. Often, a shadowbox looks similar to a framed picture or painting, but rather than simply displaying a picture behind glass, a shadowbox is a shallow box full of treasured or important items....



There are varying accounts of the history of the shadowbox. In the middle of the 19th century, many of the Victorian elite enjoyed viewing the world through their Sterio-Opticans. These were small boxes with a scope through which viewers looked at bright paintings and rare photographs of sights around the world. The Sterio-Opticans were so sought after that the women of that time period began putting together small boxes with pictures and other items, which did not require the viewer to look through the small scope. These new boxes became known as some of the first shadowboxes.

Of course there are other stories about the origins of the shadowbox. Naval tradition has handed down the ritual of making and giving a shadowbox to a sailor or officer who is retiring or leaving a ship. According to legend, it is bad luck for a sailor's shadow to touch land before his body does. The other sailors would create a shadowbox for the departing sailor, where they might put souvenirs, a flag, medals, travel memorabilia, and other items to remind the sailor of his beloved ship and shipmates. The shadowbox would contain the sailor's "shadow" until he was safely ashore. Today, the other military branches often give shadowboxes to departing soldiers or officers, as well.

Closer to home, a shadowbox can commemorate a vacation, a birth, a marriage, a graduation, a retirement, a collection, or any special occasion. Toys, trinkets, baby items, photos, ticket stubs, dried flowers, golf cards and balls, ceremonial programs, or any other desired items may be put into a shadowbox.

The flanges of timber on the Lobby + Library building facades, are collected from left-over scraps of timber from the resorts extensive plank decking. RECYCLED into a shadowbox frame – [NOT new timber], thus they become the container for our guests memories [metaphorical reminders of each villa]The shadow boxes contain travel memorabilia, souvenirs and other reminders of Anantara Kihava Villas.......   


The resorts signage was done by Corlette Design | Sydney


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