Better in Baa: Finolhu & Anantara Kihavah

10 days£2100

You’ll find an abundance of marine life in the Baa Atoll. It’s a Unesco-designated Biosphere Reserve. Hanifaru Bay is the place to be if you want to go diving and see manta rays and sharks swimming around the atoll. You can take boat trips around the lagoon and visit remote, uninhabited islands. Supposing you’d like to explore this part of the Maldives, we’ve chosen two of our favourite hotels in the area.

Both are premium luxury. Finolhu is a very modern resort with with more experimental design features. Anantara Kihavah has an underwater restaurant and even an in-house astronomer.

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Finolhu is a luxury resort in the Maldives with an edge. The design is modern and playful. The Cove Club (the spa) has treatment rooms named after famous pop icons, so you can have a massage in the Aretha Franklin, should the mood take you. There are even phones you can order champagne from, which is always handy.

Anther bonus at Finolhu is the overwater villas: even entry level rooms give you the full overwater experience. This is a great choice if you’d like to stay in a resort that’s a little bit more funky. The sprawling bathrooms are also a major standout.

The Maldives is the native home of the underwater restaurant. Having emerged from relative obscurity to become a major tourist hub in the 1970s, Maldives has filled with luxury resorts.  Back in the day, the best hotels in the Maldives were not known for being culinary havens. They may have offered the best overwater bungalows in the Indian Ocean, but the food on offer often took the form of a buffet (*shudder*). With more and more luxury travellers flooding into the Maldives, the culinary scene is now world-class. You’ll find Michelin star chefs working in the Maldives. A vast array of international cuisine is available for you to choose from. The ingredients tend to be seasonal and sourced locally, including the stunning seafood.  Since 2005, Maldives has been the home of the world’s first underwater restaurant. It was so successful that others soon followed. Here’s our guide to the best underwater restaurants in the Maldives.  Ithaa Undersea Restaurant @ Conrad Maldives Rangali Island  This is the Maldives’ flagship underwater restaurant. It was hailed as “the most beautiful restaurant in the world” by the New York Daily News. Located five meters below the surface of the ocean, this is one of the most romantic and atmospheric restaurants you’ll ever dine in.  Surrounded by sweeping coral garden views, you’ll be dining on fusion cuisine paired with fines wines as sharks, dolphins and manta rays swim past. The Maldives is home to some of the world’s most vibrant marine life. You’ll have plenty of time to get acquainted with it at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant.     5.8 Undersea @ Hurawalhi  Located 5.8 metres under the sea – hence the name, obvs – you’ll find the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant. Despite being the largest, 5.8 Undersea has just 10 tables. Only couples can book. This is very much geared towards romantic trips.  You can book one of two lunch sittings and one dinner sitting. You can even book the restaurant for a private champagne breakfast. The menus always vary and can change based on season and the chef’s current culinary inspiration.  M6m @ OZEN  OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo is one of the best hotels in the Maldives. Naturally, it has an underwater restaurant. The big difference with M6m is that you can dine here as part of OZEN’s all-inclusive plan. One night per week, to be precise. Most resorts in the Maldives with underwater restaurants charge separately. This could potentially make M6m trickier to book.  Inspired by the colours of the surrounding ocean, this underwater restaurant has mirrored ceilings and a silver colour scheme. Wine and dine in style as tropical fish and sharks swim by.  SEA @ Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas  Anantara Kihavah is a charming boutique hotel with stunning overwater villas. The hotel has an underwater restaurant, and even the world’s first underwater wine cellar. Try the Maldivian lobster or pan-seared Japanese wagyu. The in house Wine Guru will pair your food with a selection from over 6,500 bottles.  SUBSIX @ Niyama Private Islands  Not content with mere underwater dining, Niyama Private Islands has opened SUBSIX, a subaquatic entertainment venue. A speedboat will transport you over the lagoon to the three-story SUBSIX venue. Keep an eye out for the resident Hawksbill turtle. SUBSIX has a club as well as a restaurant.  Chandeliers shaped like coral glisten overhead. Enjoy a subaquatic lunch or a champagne breakfast. In the evening, experience one of the most exotic club nights known to man.  H2O by Chef Andrea Berton @ You & Me  You & Me by Cocoon is one of the more recent luxury hotels to emerge in the Maldives. It’s located in the north in the Raa atoll. It’s an adults-only resort geared towards romantic trips. There’s a fully submerged underwater restaurant, and even a Moet & Chandon branded restaurant. H20 by chef Andrea Berton is a fully submerged underwater restaurant. It offers 360 Degrees views. This is the first underwater restaurant run by a Michelin starred chef.  FAQs  Can you drink in the Maldives?  All of the booze is imported. Alcohol is technically illegal in the Maldives, then again, so are many things. The reality on the ground is quite different. Booze flows freely at the Maldives many resorts, each of which takes the form of its own private fiefdom. The resorts and privately owned and managed.  The Maldives is heavily reliant on tourism, so western decadence is warmly embraced at the resorts. It’s a different matter for locals. Hypocrisy you might say, but you gotta pay the bills. So, the answer is yes, you can certainly drink in the Maldives.  Food and drink is more pricey in the Maldives, especially if you’re dining in an underwater restaurant.

Anantara Kihavah

Located in a prime position in the Baa Atoll, Anantara Kihavah boasts an overwater spa and an extraordinary house reef. Comprised of 80 private pool villas in the Baa Atoll archipelago, this is one of the most beautiful places to stay in The Maldives. With crystal clear waters and stunning reefs, you can’t pick a better place for snorkelling.

What’s more, the SKY bar offers you stunning views of the cosmos through their very own telescope and the wisdom of their in-house astronomer. Oh, and did we mention that it’s got an underwater restaurant too?


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