Anantara Kihavah Maldives unveils stunning SKY bar
Luxury hospitality brand, Anantara, has unveiled the first and only observatory in the Maldives – Anantara Kihavah SKY bar.
On an island accessible only by private chartered flights, SKY bar offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a luxury overwater setting combined with a signature cocktail bar and stargazing experience through the most powerful telescope in the Indian Ocean.
SKY bar features the panorama lounge with oversized daybeds perched above a turquoise lagoon, and a circular bar – that serves as a centrepiece – complete with a resident mixologist and DJ.
The custom-built Ash-dome observatory sits on the roof deck and is surrounded by nothing but open skies and the ocean waves below.
The overwater observatory houses a research-grade 16” Meade LX200 telescope mounted on a super-giant field tripod. Remote controlled and custom-built for optimal viewing with 360-degree movement, the powerful telescope opens up to a whole new world of wonder.
Resident astronomer, Ali Shameem, oversaw the entire launch of Anantara Kihavah’s observatory and will lead each guest through their stargazing experience while they sip champagne and signature cocktails.
Mr Shameem grew up on an island without electricity and spent his childhood mapping the constellations until he became the protégé of Italian astronomer Dr. Massimo Tarenghi who headed the ALMA observatory in Chile.
At SKY bar, through the telescope, guests will see the pale yellow rings of Saturn, the counter-rotating zones and belts of Jupiter, the Milky Way shining Omega Centauri and over 300,000 stars in the constellation of Hercules.
The Maldives’ location just above the equator means the stars of both hemispheres are visible from Anantara Kihavah, which coupled with minimal light pollution and open skies, ensures an unforgettable astronomy experience.
For the ultimate honeymoon gift, guests can name a star after their loved one.
Anantara Kihavah can also enhance guests’ experience with other opportunities on offer like swimming with Manta Rays, dining underwater at SEA or enjoying a private cinema under the starts.
Watch the incredible Anantara Kihavah experience unfold in the video below: