Anantara Kihavah has bagged the most Instagrammable hotel in the world title.
The 80-villa resort, located in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll archipelago and on the doorstep of Hanifaru Bay, topped the Luxury Travel Advisor magazine's poll, beating Insta-friendly hotels like Mandapa Ritz-Carlton in Bali, Indonesia as well as Mexico’s Hotel Matilda and Viceroy Los Cabos.
The hotel’s villas, ranging between 260 and 2,730 square metres, have the wow factor. We're talking private infinity pools overlooking the ocean and breath-taking views that would run down phone memory.
One of its main attractions is an underwater restaurant, SEA, where schools of tropical fish dart in and out of the surrounding corals and are reflected in the mosaic mirrored ceiling.
There is also the newly opened Sky Bar. Perched over the lagoon, this is the place to take in Indian Ocean sunsets.
Sitting on the Sky Bar roof deck is a custom-built Ash-dome observatory that is surrounded by nothing but open skies and ocean waves below. The hotel also provides stargazing sessions with the resident astronomer, and native Maldivian, Ali Shameem.
Across the lagoon, over the boardwalk, is the award-winning overwater spa, which is a haven of tranquillity and sweeping ocean views.
The hotel prides itself as an experience-led destination where guests can surf, dive, swim with mantarays and spot dolphins in the sea, that's set within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Last year, the most Instagrammed hotels in terms of picture volume were Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and Las Vegas’ Bellagio and The Venetian.