Pillow-soft beaches. Gin-clear waters. Dripping in desert island isolation. The Maldives is so idyllic it doesn’t need an Instagram filter, but why just visit one of its paradise islands? We’ll whisk you to a pair of its most dreamy on this escape of a lifetime: Milaidhoo and Anantara Kihavah.

Your first beachy bolthole on this Maldives luxury holiday delivers an unparalleled intimate island atmosphere: you can walk from one end of the island to the other in under ten minutes on a Milaidhoo holiday. Floating in the remote Baa Atoll, the pint-sized pearl of the Indian Ocean really does make you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, with just the tropical fish of the resort’s coruscating house reef for company. You’ll become well-acquainted with them on the many marine adventures you can do at Milaidhoo, whether it’s snorkelling the house reef, diving at either day or night in the wider Baa Atoll or spying fish on a zayak. You can even shadow a marine biologist for the day.

The second half of your twin-island Maldives getaway will be spent at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, an island hideaway where every sense seems amplified. The talcum-white beaches sparkle in the sunshine, the limpid-blue waters glimmer within rainbow-hued fish and after dark, the night sky erupts into a canvas of twinkling stars. Water sports are aplenty but Anantara Kihavah offers impressive choice when it comes to activities, from admiring the sunset from a gulet to sampling vintages at the resort’s underwater wine cellar and stargazing from the Maldives’ most powerful telescope.

As it tempting as it is, the Maldives isn’t just about the sun-bleached beaches. We’ll take you on a private boat trip to the Baa Atoll’s most magnificent marine gem for some Hanifaru Bay snorkelling alongside around two hundred plankton-hungry manta rays. Swimming alongside these gentle giants is one of the Maldives’ most unforgettable experiences. But because of their low-lying geography, the idyllic nature of these islands is under threat from climate change, a peril that has, in part, led the archipelago to making Maalhos its first zero-waste island. You’ll visit Maalhos on a half-day private tour, not only seeing its innovative eco-centre recycling facility but also snorkel its pristine coral reef and enjoy a traditional Maldivian lunch. Then, it’ll be time to return to resort to spend the rest of your holiday living on island time – something made even dreamier if you’re spending it in an Anantara Kihavah overwater pool villa.


Experience highlights

  • Enjoy a seaplane ride over the Maldives, getting a bird’s-eye view of its islands looking like emerald jewels set in the deep blue of the Indian Ocean.
  • Stay in your own Milaidhoo water pool villa, one of the Maldives’ most exclusive island escapes.
  • Dine at Ba’theli on Milaidhoo, which isn’t just the only Maldivian restaurant in the country but is also constructed in the shape of a traditional dhoni sailing boat. Try the kandu kukulhu (pandan-wrapped yellow fin tuna poached in spices) and thank us later.
  • Enjoy a rich range of experiences at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, whether it’s searching for stars through the lens of the country’s most powerful telescope or snorkelling among five species of sea turtles among the surrounding reefs.
  • You won’t go hungry at Anantara Kihavah, with its dining scene taking their cue from the island environment. The headline act is Sea, an underwater restaurant with an adjoining wine cellar. The tropical marine life here is so abundant you’ll have to remind yourself to eat.
  • Go snorkelling with manta rays in Hanifaru Bay. Every year, from May to September, these majestic beasts come to feast on the prolific plankton and it’s one of the Indian Ocean’s most mesmerising underwater phenomena.
  • Enjoy an enlightening visit to Maalhos, the Maldives’ first zero-waste island. Not only see its ingenious eco-centro recycling and ocean guardianship initiatives, but snorkel its pristine reef, learn how coconut oil is made and have lunch with the locals.
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Experience highlights

Get a completely different perspective of the Maldives on a seaplane flight
Stay at the tranquil island retreat of Milaidhoo
Relax in serene solitude at your beach villa in Milaidhoo
Relax in your private pool villa at Milaidhoo, soaking up the tropical scenery
Go snorkelling or diving in Milaidhoo's mesmerising coral reef
Dine at Ba'theli, whose design is modelled on a traditional dhoni
Enjoy VIP treatment in Milaidhoo's departure lounge before your seaplane flight
Hop over to Anantara Kihavah, a resort where you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere
please add something about the lovely sunset views/sundowners by the main pool
Hover over gin-clear waters in one of Anantara Kihavah's ocean villas
Anantara Kihavah's remoteness makes for mesmerising stargazing
Be steps from the silvery sands of Anantara Kihavah with a stay in one of its beach villas
Sample some of the world's finest wines six metres below the Indian Ocean's surface at Anantara Kihavah's underwater wine cellar
Snorkel alongside hundreds of majestic manta rays on a private guided experience
Visit Maalhos, the Maldives' first zero-waste island
Enjoy a delicious authentic lunch while you're on Maalhos
Discover pristine kaleidoscopic reef on a snorkel straight from the shores of Maalhos

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    Where you’ll stay


    Milaidhoo, Maldives

    A pristine pin-prick of an island floating in a giant Indian Ocean bath of blue, the all-pool villa resort of Milaidhoo is simply oozing island isolation. Built by the masterful skill of a Maldivian architect, Milaidhoo certainly benefits from its local touch. A rich sense of place permeates every corner of the island, from Ba’theli, a restaurant modelled on a traditional dhoni boat, to spa treatments using Maldivian coconut oil. Leave your shoes and stresses behind – this is where the mundane everyday blissfully melts away.


    Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Maldives

    If you were in any doubt about whether the Maldives you’ve seen on social media was Photoshopped, then visit Anantara Kihavah. Its whiter-than-white beaches, beryl-blue lagoons and lime-green interior don’t need an Instagram filter – this is an island paradise already in 4K. The sunsets here are at their most fiery, the stars so big it’s as if you can reach out and grab them and the coral-encrusted reefs so luminous they’ll bedazzle your eyes through your snorkel mask. We can hear you packing your bags already…

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