A Maldivian overwater observatory.
The Maldives might be better known for its beaches and underwater wonders, but it also has all the right ingredients for exceptional stargazing: just 400,000 residents spread over great expanses of sea, minimal light pollution, and an equatorial setting that makes the stars of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres easily visible. Guests at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas will now get an even better view of the heavens at SKY, its new overwater observatory and lounge. Here, resident astronomer Ali Shameem leads both weekly and private stargazing sessions, allowing lucky sojourners to admire the rings of Saturn through a research-grade telescope. Another place to take in the night sky? The enormous circular daybed on the outdoor deck. And if a drink is in order, head downstairs to Sky Bar, where creative cocktails inspired by the celestial bodies are served beneath a blaze of tiny lights that mirror the constellations ( skykihavahmaldives.com). —James Louie