Located in Baa Atoll’s archipelago, Anantara Kihavah, the luxury five star resort unveils their sky overwater observatory bar, housing the most powerful telescope in the Indian Ocean region.
Observatory is fitted with a research-grade 16” Meade LX200 telescope mounted on a super-giant field tripod.
Anantara Kihavah’s recently unveiled sky observatory is equipped with a luxury cocktail bar and a resident story-telling Sky Guru, in addition to the resort’s very own telescope.
Guests staying at the resort are now able to explore the skies. The Milky Way’s shining Omega Centauri or Messier 13 is visible through the telescope at the observatory, along with a globular cluster of over 300,000 stars in the constellation of Hercules.
Resident astronomer, Ali Shameem, the protégé of Italian astronomer Dr. Massimo Tarenghi who headed the ALMA observatory in Chilewill, will be the in-house Sky Guru at the property. Shameem had learnt astronomy with greats such as Dr Giovanni Benjamin of the University of Padua’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, Buzz Aldrin – a Maldives regular.
With minimum light pollution, guests are welcome to lay back on the circular day-bed and observe the magnificent view.
The luxury five star resort is offering special Time and Wonder packages. Couples can name a star after their loved one as an infinite gift or gather as an intimate group to marvel at the galaxy.