Arriving at the Maldives is a unique experience by itself. The shades of blue and green are all around you, above and below, and you suddenly understand why this part of the world is “the paradise” for so many people. “Never ending beauty,” was the first impression of Connoisseur’s team once we’ve landed on Male airport. The feeling which goes perfectly with our destination: The four  Anantara Maldives Resort and Spa whose name in Sanskrit means “without end.”

Our Maldivian journey starts in the most exciting way; by flying in the seaplane to our first location, the Baa Atoll where magnificent Anantara Kihavah Villas hide and preserve unique beauty of nature. In 2011, UNESCO declared the Baa Atoll a Biosphere Reserve and Anantara Kihavah as an eco-oriented resort which lives in tune with nature. As we are getting close to the shore, we hear the sound of Maldivian traditional bodu beri drums, welcoming us.

The first glimpse on the island reveals the luxurious, boutique haven hidden among lush and beautiful vegetation, surrounded by powdery white sand and astonishing blue lagoon. It’s early in the morning, and the island looks like it’s glowing, just like the big smile of our butler who is leading the way to our mesmerizing overwater villa. Everything seems so peaceful and natural that you instantly get the feeling that the whole island emerged by some magic, and it’s now showing you what are the essentials of the finest things in life.

As you enter the villa, you are overwhelmed with the beautiful design, comfort, and intimacy. Private pool and sundeck in combination with expansive bathroom with outdoor shower, bath and rain shower give a unique feeling of floating on water. We immediately fell in love with the bathtub with a glass bottom and private swing beds. Next to king size bed there is a special welcoming note with a bottle of champagne to celebrate our arrival in this piece of paradise.

We’ve decided to indulge even more, so we’ve booked Anantara signature massage at the Anantara Spa. The unique blend of oils combined with purpose-designed movements stimulates circulation and promotes deep relaxation, and it is just what we needed after a long flight. Before your trip to next dimension of peace, you can choose which part of your body you want your therapist to concentrate on or the pressure of the movements.

This is the time to think about yourself and what you enjoy the most. Choose the music you like that can get you in the relaxation mood and let the surroundings and the view wash away all your worries about everyday life. The signature massage starts with Floral Foot Ritual after which you let yourself relax and enjoy the massage. Once the massage is finished rest on a spa deck with a cup of tea and soak up the sun and ambience of this alluring place. We promise you will feel reborn.

Refreshed and rejuvenated we continue to explore the beautiful island of Anantara Kihavah and we are preparing for the dinner under the SEA. We mean this literally as the SEA restaurant is located underwater. Stay tuned for Connoisseur’s next Maldivian underwater gourmet experience.

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