By Stacey Leasca
March 30, 2018
Courtesy of Anantara Kihavah

Visiting the Maldives is always a good idea, especially if you’re a nature lover looking to get up close and personal with sea life and soak up the tropical sun. But, if you’re planning a visit, don’t forget to experience the magic of the atolls at night.

The perfect spot to experience the Maldives when the sun goes down may just be the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. Not only will the luxury resort win you over with its gorgeous overwater bungalows, underwater restaurants, and plush rooms, but now it’s also home to SKY.

SKY, the Maldives’ only overwater observatory combined with a stylish cocktail bar, will allow guests to experience the splendor of the sparkling night sky. Don’t worry, you won’t have to navigate it alone as there will also be a resident storytelling Sky Guru, Shameem — protégé of Italian astronomer Dr. Massimo Tarenghi who headed the ALMA observatory in Chile — on hand.

The bar also houses the most powerful telescope in the region, a research-grade, 16-inch Meade LX200 telescope mounted on a super-giant field tripod, so guests can see it all.

What makes this experience so unique is the fact that the Maldives is in the perfect stargazing location. You see, the Maldives is situated just above the equator, meaning both the northern and southern hemisphere’s stars are visible.

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Beyond the stars, the SKY bar itself has plenty to win you over: It sits just above the resort's lagoon, giving guests a view of the sea below, too. There, the resident mixologist is happy to concoct the perfect island drink including signature cocktails like the Kihavah Island Tea, an Indian Ocean white rum and arak with lychee, peach, lemon, and a dash of Earl Grey tea.