The upper-crust tourist multitudes have spoken. And they've selected Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas as the Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World. A poll started earlier this year by posh vacation site Luxury Travel Advisor revealed in May that the resort, situated in the Baa Atoll archipelago right by Hanifaru Bay in the Maldives, took top spot with more than 45,000 participants picking the site.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas swept its biggest competitor, Mandapa, an Indonesian Ritz-Carlton Reserve, which received more than 30,000 votes. Other luxury spots in the running included Hotel Matilda and Viceroy Los Cabos, both located in Mexico.
It's not difficult to see why visitors selected the hotel, which is accessible only by seaplane, enabling tourists to get a bird's-eye glimpse of the Indian Ocean's turquoise waters that border the resort. That same aquatic draw also houses a UNESCO World Biosphere reserve, which invites snorkel enthusiasts to explore the reefs and sea life beneath the surface. For those who prefer a fresh-water dip, the spot offers up to 80 private pool villas, including some as large as 30,000 square feet.
On evenings when the sky as crystal-clear as the waters that surround them, guests can check out the stars courtesy of an over-water observatory, or head below sea level to sample world-class cuisine in the underwater restaurant. More terra-firma folks can also opt for noshing at six other dining areas on the premises.
Other activities include yoga classes, cooking schools and meditation sessions, while the array of facilities for other interests are just as varied with a gym; courts for badminton tennis and volleyball; a boxing ring and rooms dedicated to chess and billiards.
All of this costs a pretty penny, with the resort charging roughly $1,300 a night, which might be chump change for those into luxury travel. But with a plethora of images scattered across Instagram's visual wasteland, there's no doubt why Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is a draw for social media followers.
That said, while the Luxury Travel Advisor were poll-based, Lonely Planet actually did the heavy lifting to determine which hotel physically had more Instagram images and posts in 2017. Once the tabulations were complete, coming out on top was Marina Bay Sands Singapore.