Stargazing travellers to the Maldives are invited to observe the cosmos at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas‘ newest feature, SKY. As part of the SEA.FIRE.SALT.SKY dining complex, SKY combines an experimental cocktail and shisha rooftop bar with a private observatory. Through the Indian Ocean’s most powerful telescope, guests can gaze at the galaxies of both the northern and southern hemispheres. The resident Sky Guru, astronomer Ali Shameem, will illuminate the Milky Way’s shining Omega Centauri or Messier 13, a globular cluster of over 300,000 stars in the constellation of Hercules.
To celebrate the new bar concept, Karl Webster, communications cluster director, Anantara Maldives, hosted an Australian launch at the Signal Master’s Cottage at the Sydney Observatory, overlooking the harbour. The cocktail event included a tour of the sandstone observatory, where media guests viewed the moon through the historic 150-year-old telescope, and Jupiter through the modern instrument, feeling connected to those enjoying the southern skies in the Maldives.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is located in the Baa Atoll, a 30-minute seaplane flight from Malé. Eighty beach and overwater pool villas are spread across the resort, inviting guests to snorkel the reefs of this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and explore the underwater world, whether in the ocean or dining below the surface at SEA. As well as SEA. FIRE.SALT.SKY, guests can choose to dine on international and Maldivian fare at Plates, Italian specialties at Manzaru, or a tailored menu wherever they choose with Dining by Design.