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A Bed in The Maldives – Kihaa Maldives Review

The Maldives; it ranks as one of the most dreamy destinations on earth. In early May 2018 we were lucky enough to tick the Maldives off of our bucket list. Read on for our Kihaa Maldives Review…

The Maldives

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Honeymoons, luxury resorts, beaches and sunshine; The Maldives evokes the most perfect images of an island paradise. Mental images of a magical Jackson Pollock, of tropical islands splashed across the turquoise canvas of the Indian Ocean. We were incredibly excited, and probably a tiny bit dubious, to see if it really lived up to the hype. Let me start this whole thing by assuring you that it really is the most stunning place.

“But what about the hotel” I hear you cry, here is our Kihaa Maldives Review.

The Kihaa Maldives Review

Location

When we first booked our flight, we had no clue where to stay or what to see. The Maldives is the most disparate country on earth so there a huge area to pick from. After a little research we found Kihaa Maldives, located on Kihaadhuffaru Island in the Baa Atoll.

The Baa Atoll lies to the West of Male, the capital of the Maldives and location of the main airport. To reach the island, we took a very short domestic flight to an island called Dharavadhoo and then a five minute speedboat to Kihaa. You can also come by seaplane if you are feeling fancy.

If you come to the Baa Atoll at the right time of year you are staying as close as possible to Hanifaru Bay. This is the spot which attracts hundreds of manta rays every year. They come to feed on the up-swell of plankton, and it can also attract friendly whale sharks. If only we had been there two months later!

Arrival

The boat pulled up to a pier and we stepped up in an excited rush onto Kihaa’s jetty. Ahead of us stretched a swathe of white sandy beach backed by lush greenery.

Note: At this point we had to reset our watches. Kihaa is on “Kihaa Time”, one hour ahead of the rest of the country. (This is to preserve the daylight, a bit like British Summer Time)

Welcome to Kihaa

We were shown into the reception and main lobby which was sand-floored and timber-lined. It was the perfect beach-side cabana. We were treated to a fresh, young coconut each as we checked in, and had the features and facilities of the resort explained to us. Due to the time change we had to run off and grab our first spot of lunch, before checking in to our room.

Note: Kihaa means young coconut

Colonial styling

A Look Around the Property

Rooms

Our Room

We were staying in one of Kihaa’s reserve beach villas. Approaching it from the one of the tracks that leads around the island, it was hard to tell what was inside. What a pleasant surprise, it was huge! The king size bed was incredibly tempting after our overnight flight, but we resisted and pulled down the mosquito nets ready for the evening.

Looking around the room, each new little touch made me squeal a teeny tiny bit. I loved that there was a can of Raid in the cupboard just in case you need to defeat an insect foe. The tea selection was really very good for in room facilities and if you like cold drinks, there’s Coke, Sprite and beer in the fridge, and drinking water to put in there too. Even better than that, was the bottle of bubbly on the table. That got quite a big squeal!

We had several places to lounge other than the bed. On the side was a reading nook covered in cushions, a table with two chairs and a garden furniture suite outside. A few steps through the foliage and we had our very own sunbeds on a fabulous beach.

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The Bathroom

Oh the bathroom! It was definitely the fanciest bathroom we have ever had. It was partly outside which was super cool.  We had not one, or two, but three showers! There was one outside, one under the cover of the roof and one in our roll top bath. In the shower we got shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. I always love when someone gives us conditioner; Mr Fluskey doesn’t care so much.

Using the toilet almost outside took a little getting used to, but showering with the sun shining through the water was incredible. Mr Fluskey even took a shower in the rain. That’s one for a bucket list.

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Note: The Maldives sits in the Arabian Sea, although many people describe it as in the Indian Ocean. Now, on with our Kihaa Maldives Review.

Other Rooms

We also got the chance to look around the utterly divine, and totally sought after water villas. There are ten water villas at Kihaa, and two water suites. When most people think of the Maldives, this is what they are picturing, so we just couldn’t leave without nosing around.

These villas are in the best place to enjoy sunset as the pier is pointing West. Every single one has its own little pool and stairs leading directly into the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea. You can relax on your deck and watch the fish below you. The water villas all have HUGE showers and roll top baths. The suites give you a whole extra room and bathroom. You could fit a whole family in there, or just enjoy having all that space to yourselves.

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Activities Around the Resort

Pools

There are two public pools at Kihaa. I say public because there are four kinds of room with their own private pools!

The family pool is a quirky series of circles set back from the beach and surrounded by plenty of seating. The bar is near enough to keep your thirst quenched.

The other option is the infinity pool. This is set right on the beach and looks out over the sea. We spent a lot more time here. I adored the cool seating options around it (sun beds, day beds, cabanas) and thought the tiles were gorgeous!

Blue from sea to sky…to pool!?
The pool bar

Beaches

So if you are coming all the way to the Maldives, then you must like a nice beach. Luckily, Kihaa is set on the stunning island of Kihaadhuffaru which has almost a kilometre of beautiful white sand. We loved exploring along the coast. There were deserted stretches that we had all to ourselves, loads of funky seating options and the water that lapped the shore was just perfectly clear. Below is quite a big collection of beach photos throughout the day.

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Gym

We made the mistake of ignoring the gym until the last day. Usually the gym or sports centre at hotels are small and sad. How different this was! We were blown away by the size of the room, the variety of machines, and how clean and cool it was. They have free weights, tennis courts and even two squash courts!

The Dive Centre

We popped in to discuss our option and the staff were very friendly. We ended up booking a short snorkelling trip to Turtle Reef. It was just an hour and a half but they gave us water on the boat on the way out. Then, on the way home we got coffee and cookies.

Underwater our guide found four turtles, a baby shark and loads of fish. It was a lovely way to spend an hour. The equipment was great quality with not a single mask leak…that’s pretty rare for us.

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Water sports

Had we been at the resort longer, we would definitely have made use of the water sports. Included is paddle boarding and small catamarans. There was also a very tempting jet ski. I am always so worried that I’ll crash though (and am far too excited to let Mr Fluskey steer it). I think we will wait until there is a whole lot of open ocean to try it.

The K Spa

The large water villa near the main restaurant is the resort’s spa. We popped in to have a look around and peruse the menu. The whole place smelled delicious, the perfect mingling of lemongrass and tea tree that always whets my spa appetite. Sitting and looking at the different massage options, we could feel the sea breeze. We chose not to have any treatments but the staff were all very nice.

Who wouldn’t want a foot treatment with this view!?
K Spa

The Food

Our meal plan was the “all meals” plan. That meant three meals a day at the main buffet, with soft drinks during the service. They also offer an all-inclusive plan which covers lot more.

Malaafaiy – The Buffet

This is the buffet restaurant, which was surprisingly good. We didn’t see any recycled food, which is always a very good sign. The variety of hot dishes was interesting and everything was tasty. We enjoyed the pasta station which had good al dente pasta shapes cooked in a choice yummy sauces. We have been victim to soggy pasta stations in the past so this was a nice surprise.

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Breakfast was pretty good. There was cereal, a buffet and an omelette station. I was quite impressed with quality of the croissants and other pastries. They were crispy and light, not usually the case on hotel buffets outside of France.

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Sangu – A La Carte

We didn’t try the a la carte but considering the quality of the buffet, I bet it is delicious. There is something special about dining on the beach, with the sand between your toes and the sound of the waves as a backdrop.

Drinks

Undhoali – The Main Bar

The infinity pool bar was by far our favourite. Not only was it by the gorgeous pool, but it has SWINGS!!! Such a happy Rosie. We had two cocktails here, both mixed beautifully. They were not the terrible watered-down kind that is often the curse of the all-inclusive hotel. It is worth noting that the all-inclusive package doesn’t cover every drink, about 20% of the menu is still chargeable. When we ordered a drink in late afternoon, it came with a couple of little snacks too, a welcome addition.

Raaveriya – By The Other Pool

The next bar is tucked behind the family pool. It is fully stocked with alcohol from all over the world. The Cava, the cheapest bubbles on the menu, was surprisingly tasty. They also have mocktails and little snacks.

Something Special

Evening Fun

If you don’t just fancy hanging out on your veranda, sitting in your pool or getting an early night, there are daily evening activities. The first night we were there was movie night. Working our way through our bottle of bubbly, we knew we would fall asleep if we tried to watch a film, so we just relaxed on the other beach, which we had all to ourselves.

The screen was right on the beach

On our second evening, we got to take part in a cocktail party. This is a chance to mingle with the staff and enjoy some brightly coloured drinks. We had such wonderful conversations with the people we had seen around the resort.

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Later that evening, we also joined in with the karaoke by the pool. Unfortunately we don’t have any video evidence of this. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to see it. It was a very jovial atmosphere and staff joined in as well as guests. It was so great to hear some proper Maldivian songs, as well as our butchering of musical theatre classics.

Final Thoughts

  • Dharavandhoo Airport (DRV) has very regular flights to Male International (MLE), your gateway to The Maldives from all over the world.
  • They sometimes have great deals like “kids stay for free”. To check out the website or to book directly with them, visit their website at http://www.kihaamaldives.com/

Kihaa was taken over by new management a year or two ago. The original managements were Italian, the new owners are Maldivian and are making real strives to recapture the Maldivian essence of the resort. We thought that it was obvious that everyone really cares about your experience. If you want to find a place in the Maldives that will welcome you with open hearts then come and discover Kihaa.

Wondering where to stay in the Maldives? Kihaa Maldives is the perfect place to stay in the Maldives, the most dreamy country on earth! Join us as we share the best things abut this resort, so close to Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll. #kihaamaldives #themaldives #maldiveshotel #maldivesresort #hanifarubay #baaatoll
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Wondering where to stay in the Maldives? Kihaa Maldives is the perfect place to stay in the Maldives, the most dreamy country on earth! Join us as we share the best things abut this resort, so close to Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll. #kihaamaldives #themaldives #maldiveshotel #maldivesresort #hanifarubay #baaatoll
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Rosie xx

We were hosted by Kihaa Maldives but we had a genuinely wonderful time and as always, all opinions are my own.

33 thoughts on “A Bed in The Maldives – Kihaa Maldives Review

  1. Wow Kihaa is really heavenly! I love their rooms and the different types of pool. A perfect place to relax and also amazing fun activities to do! I would like to see turtles as well 🙂

  2. Maldives always evokes images of dreamy Utopian kind of landscapes. A paradise on earth. Kihaa looks to be the perfect place to stay in this paradise. The water villas look amazing and having your own piece of the Arabian Sea is so exhilarating. This indeed must be the pinnacle of luxury and indulgence. Hope we get to tick of Maldives from our list too, soon enough.

  3. This post taking me back to the Maldives. Every island and beaches are too beautiful and pristine. Good to know all about Kihaa Maldives on Kihaadhuffaru Island.

  4. I have been wanting to visit the Maldives for ages now! This location looks amazing and that bathroom is huge! Having a gorgeous bathroom hotel really makes a big difference. And having two sinks is the BEST 🙂

  5. You look so adorable on that swing and I am dying to stay in one of those water villas…thats the pictures you always see of the Maldives..I WANNA GO! Great post!

  6. The Maldives look insanely beautiful! And Kihaa sounds like an incredible resort! The water villas are beautiful and all the activities sound amazing, especially the snorkelling. I can’t wait to visit the Maldives someday!

  7. Bahhh you’re sooo lucky!! One day I will stay on those water villas. That bathroom though— wow wow wow. Hope you made some memories to last a lifetime.

  8. Like most travelers, the Maldives are at the top of our list! It is so dreamy, and this looks like the perfect place to stay. I would love to try one of their over the water villas and could definitely picture myself on that beach, in the infinity pool or at the K Spa!

  9. This is so beautiful it makes me want to cry! Seriously! That bathroom alone is enough to sell me on this resort (the pastries don’t hurt either)

  10. First off, your photos are amazing! You have great composition! This is a place I’m dying to go (read: really getting urgency pains!) and I wouldn’t know where to start with accommodations, until now! 3 showers??? Yes, please! The most I have experienced traveling is two! I also find the meal packages interesting. An “all meal” plan vs “all inclusive”. Thank you for pointing out that the all-inclusive still isn’t all-inclusive. That is good to know from the start. The water villas would be my ultimate dream or at least the photos like you go! Definitely a trip I want to take soon!!

  11. The Maldives are on my list and this resort looks heavenly! I think I’d spend a lot of time in the infinity pool and at the beach staring at the sand and sea. Good to know the buffet food was good, and that they had an a la carte option.

  12. The Kihaa does sound like a fabulous hotel, though I must admit, resort hotels are not typically our cup of tea. Still, if one desires pampering, it does look like this place is the ticket.

  13. This looks like exactly the kind of property we have been looking for. We love diving, so Maldives has been high on our list since our first bubble. The all inclusive meal plan on such an amazing property is enticing too but the infinity pool seals the deal.

  14. What a dreamy resort, I bet it was hard to leave! The gym and all the pools look great. Also can I join you for a cocktail on the beach please :)?

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