The Muhammad Ali of the hotel world, this Maldivian property is practically peerless and packs a mean punch. Settled on a remote atoll strung in the middle of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Anantara Kihavah is not only paradise incarnate – hello, white sand and Tiffany Blue seas – it also brims with every possible excess. There are villa hosts, personal wine fridges, pillow menus and even glass-bottomed bathtubs, acoustic guitars and painting easels in some rooms.
There are 80 suites altogether. Some are strung along a looping overwater boardwalk, while others are perched on the beach, although they each have a private pool if you’d prefer not to wrangle with the ocean.
Of course, you’re probably going to want to slip into the clear waters at some point. There are sea turtles to meet, as well as manta rays during their season (from May to September). Otherwise join a sunset cruise or head to the observatory after dinner for some stargazing.
The real scene-stealer, though, is Anantara’s aptly named Sea restaurant. It boasts the world’s first underwater wine cellar and is one of only a few underwater restaurants in the world. Dine on a seven-course set menu while staring straight out at tomorrow’s catch of the day.
Beach Pool Villas start at about US$890 a night.