In the Maldives, the dreaminess of the paradise setting is only eclipsed by the stupendous facilities at luxury island resorts. Case in point: A new offering called “SKY” at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. The first overwater observatory in the Maldives, SKY houses the most powerful telescope in the region, while also serving as a cocktail bar.
Recently named Luxury Travel Advisor's Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World, Anantara Kihavah is situated on an island in the Baa Atoll island archipelago that’s a 30-minute seaplane ride from the international airport. Talked-about amenities include the al fresco cinema, underwater dining at SEA and the over-water Anantara Spa. Now the resort has added SKY to the mix.
Here are the details: At the Sky Bar, Resident DJ Kristina spins the soundtrack while the bartenders shake up signature drinks like the Kihavah Island Tea, made with Indian Ocean white rum and arak with lychee, peach, lemon and a dash of Earl Grey Tea. Built above the lagoon, the Sky Bar has terraces with daybeds to admire the panoramic views. The Ash-dome observatory is situated on the roof deck of the Sky Bar. It was custom designed to house a research-grade 16-inch Meade LX200 telescope mounted on a super-giant field tripod; this powerful tool is remote controlled with 360-degree movement.
The best part of all? The resident astronomer was the protégé of Italian astronomer Dr. Massimo Tarenghi, who oversaw the ALMA observatory in Chile. Sky Guru Shameem helps illuminate the mysteries of the night sky in weekly star gazing experiences or private sessions. Because of the Maldives location just above the equator—and thanks to the minimal light pollution above the Indian Ocean—the stars of both hemispheres are clearly visible. Honeymooners can even name a star after a loved one.