The Maldives Is Getting It's FIRST EVER Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel
The new resorts will also boast the country's first ever luxury yacht marina, as well as a huge shopping district, a snorkeling school and Junior Beach club...
By Emily Mertens
Mar 22, 2019
Often reffered to as a holiday of a lifetime, the Maldives is a destination unlike many others. Offering an ultra-deluxe escape surrounded by picturesque waterfront villas, soft-to-the-touch white sands and decadent services - the country is a holiday haven for couples and families alike.
With this in mind, announcements of new resorts often result in an array of excitement and anticipation - with this new addition in particular sending waves across fans of the Maldives.
Planning to open in early September 2019, Crossroads Maldives aims to redefine the perception of the Maldives introducing the country's first "one-stop, non-stop" lifestyle destination, mixing oceanfront resorts with shopping outlets, entertainment districts and the first ever Maldivian Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel.
Watch the official video below to uncover the depths of the new resorts with full descriptions of what will be offered throughout the new additions.
This truly original experience will offer guests entertainment as well as luxury on the tropical archipelago. The Hard Rock Hotel brand debut will include family suites, beach villas and one and two-bedroom overwater villas - iconic to the Maldives' style.
SAii Lagoon Maldives, a Curio Collection by Hilton, is another resort on the island that will offer couples, families and friends a playful destination totalling 198 guestrooms and villas. The project is being managed by S Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality arm of Singha Estate Public Company Limited.
Martin van der Reijden, Vice President of Operations, CROSSROADS Maldives said: “Only fifteen minutes by boat from Malé International Airport, the lifestyle island combines world-renowned restaurants and retail outlets with cultural activities, an iconic beach club and leading-edge events hall — all centred around the eponymous luxury yacht marina.”
Guests can wonder along the breezy broadwalk and uncover a range of retail outlets and restaurants at The Marina. This will include culinary delights from Sri Lankan chef Dharshan Munidasa’s Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi, both part of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2018.
The Hard Rock Cafe will predominately come to life in the evenings with live music, visitors can also enjoy laid-back tunes at Café del Mar beach club, another debut in the Maldives.
Maldives Over-Water Villa.
Other attractions will include the country's first ever luxury yacht marina, over 50 retail outlets including world-class dining options, a marine discovery centre, diving centre and snorkeling school.
In addition to this, a Junior Beach Club at Camp will be set up for family holiday-makers. Other entertainment facilities will include an events hall hosting 500 guests, and the Hard Rock Cafe will fit a total of 190 guests. The Cafe del Mar will boast 300 daybeds, 400 seats and International DJs.
SAii Lagoon Maldives Beach Room.
Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Hospitality Officer, S Hotels & Resorts said: “The references of the far-flung cultures that for centuries traded in Maldives have been tastefully mixed with local identity and seafaring flair to shape the playful design philosophy at CROSSROADS Maldives. We’ve looked at the past to present our vision of the future of tourism in the Maldives; a future that will focus on inclusivity, accessibility and sustainability.
“To truly understand the Maldives is to understand the sheer significance of the sea; how it has shaped the archipelago and will continue to do so long after we have gone. To underestimate our impact would be to jeopardise the future of the marine life and local communities.”
The sustainable practices will be incorporated in the Marine Discovery Centre, educating and inspiring locals and resort guests on how they can help and make a difference to the environment. This will include lessons on local marine flora, fauna and wildlife with coral programmes and coral transplantation activities, including a ‘3R concept’: Recruit, Rehabilitation, Release.