S Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary Thailandâ€™s Singha Estate, will launch the first phase of its Crossroads Maldives integrated resort this June, adding two hotels, an events hall for up to 460 guests and a slew of lifestyle, retail and dining hardware to the destination.
The project covers three independent islands fringing the Emboodhoo Lagoon in the South MalĂ© Atoll, just 15 minutes by speedboat from MalĂ© International Airport.
“The facilities that make up phase one of Crossroads Maldives will encourage guests to delve deep into the diversity of the destination, while also embracing the countryâ€™s exquisite natural beauty,â€ť commented Dirk de Cuyper, chief hospitality officer of S Hotels & Resorts, who added that the development was designed to showcase the cultural charm and diversity of the Maldives, and will sport an architecture that reflects the countryâ€™s historical influences.
Central to this concept will be the Maldives Discovery Centre, an attraction that will showcase Maldivian customs and cultures through interactive displays, video and hands on experiential adventures. The centre will also display and sell handcrafted products created by local people, women in particular. The aim is to create mutual and sustainable benefits for long-term prosperity of the entire area.
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will be one of the two hotels to open in the integrated resort. It will feature 178 rooms, suites and villas, plus family-friendly experiences and Hard Rockâ€™s branded concepts.
SAii Lagoon Maldives, part of the eclectic Curio Collection by Hilton, will be the other accommodation provider. It will feature a range of distinctive rooms, beach villas and overwater villas, as well as extensive water sports, cultural activities, wellness and world-class dining.
The MarinaÂ @Crossroads, an 11,000m2 area, will house the cluster of lifestyle, retail and dining facilities.