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Press Release | 25 April 2018

Discover the Sky at Night With Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

 DISCOVER THE SKY AT NIGHT WITH ANANTARA KIHAVAH MALDIVES VILLAS

Time spent at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is one of great adventure and discovery. On a breathtaking private island where the forces of nature dazzle the imagination, SKY invites you to play out once in a lifetime journeys, immersed in Time and Wonder.

Anantara Kihavah redefines luxury, giving guests the time and opportunity to experience what they’ve always wondered. In a world of many firsts, take the time to swim with Manta Rays, dine underwater at SEA, and experience your own private cinema under the stars. Now, unveiling the new SKY, the Maldives’ only overwater observatory combined with a unique luxury cocktail bar, a resident story-telling Sky Guru and housing the most powerful telescope in the region, gaze on the stars as you sip Champagne and revel in the majesty of life. Discover extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime experiences that enlighten couple’s romance and family adventure.

At the end of your time on the island, when you return to your homes and the routine of life, you will never forget your time and journey with Anantara Kihavah.

The Sky Bar

The panorama lounge perched over the lagoon maximises ocean views from every vantage point. Contemporary yet warm, with raw timber and soft lighting throughout, this is the place to take in Indian Ocean sunsets. A circular bar serves as the centrepiece, with the resident mixologist busy at work. Sip on island signatures such as Kihavah Island Tea, an Indian Ocean white rum and arak with lychee, peach, lemon and a dash of Earl Grey Tea. Laze on low oversized daybeds that wrap around the terrace, enjoying innovative tapas and fragrant shisha. Resident DJ Kristina spins mellow vibes that shapeshift with the fading light.

The Observatory

The custom-built Ash-dome observatory sits on the roof deck of the Sky Bar surrounded by nothing but open skies and the ocean waves below. The first and only observatory in the Maldives houses a research-grade 16” Meade LX200 telescope mounted on a super-giant field tripod. Remote controlled with 360˚ movement, the powerful telescope opens up a whole new world of wonder.

Stargazing with Sky Guru Shameem

Sip Champagne or lay back on a circular daybed with the sky above as resident astronomer Shameem points out the pale yellow rings of Saturn or the counter-rotating zones and belts of Jupiter that vary in width, colour and intensity from year to year. Take a peek through the telescope at the Milky Way’s shining Omega Centauri or Messier 13, a globular cluster of over 300,000 stars in the constellation of Hercules.

The Maldives’s location just above the equator means both hemisphere’s stars are visible from Anantara Kihavah. Coupled with minimal light pollution and open skies, this is astronomy par excellence. Sky Guru Shameem (protégé of Italian astronomer Dr. Massimo Tarenghi who headed the ALMA observatory in Chile) shares his passion and expertise of the constellations in weekly star gazing experiences and private couples’ sessions. Name a star after your loved one as the ultimate honeymoon gift.

Resident Sky Guru - Ali Shameem

Native Maldivian Ali Shameem shares his love of astronomy with guests at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. Trained in Pune at Milky Way Citizen by Dr. Parag Mahajani, Shameem has spent the last decade observing the stars as a professional astronomer.
Growing up on an island without electricity, Shameem spent his childhood mapping the constellations. The Maldives lies just above the equator, and with such minimal light pollution, over 15,000 stars can be observed by the naked eye. While today he has the region’s most powerful telescope at hand, that boyish wonder remains.

Shameem has been taken under the wings of astronomy greats such as Dr. Giovanni Benjamin of the University of Padua’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, Buzz Aldrin – a Maldives regular, and Dr. Massimo Tarenghi who headed the ALMA Observatory in Chile from its inception. Last year, Shameem made the trek to ALMA himself to observe the world’s largest dark sky reserve. 
Shameem has overseen the entire launch of Anantara Kihavah’s observatory, from ordering the custom 3.8 m Ash-dome, to installing the remote-controlled, research-grade 16” Meade LX200 telescope mounted on a super-giant field tripod. On stargazing evenings he leads guests on a magical journey across both hemisphere’s constellations, pointing out the pale yellow rings of Saturn, the counter-rotating zones and belts of Jupiter that vary in width, colour and intensity from year to year, and the 300,000 stars that make up the Messier 13. His personal favourite is the Omega Centauri, a globular cluster in the Milky Way that according to him is “the most beautiful thing you will ever see”.

For more information on SKY visit www.skykihavahmaldives.com


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Karl Webster                                                                                  
Director of PR & Communications                                                   
Email: kwebster@anantara.com
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Mark Thomson
Director of Public Relations and Communications
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