S Hotels & Resorts has appointed two general managers for its two new resorts at Crossroads Maldives â€“ an integrated development owned by Thailandâ€™s Singha Estate in Madives’ Emboodhoo Lagoon in the South MalĂ© Atoll.
Martin van der Reijden has been named as general manager of SAii Lagoon Maldives, and is currently also the vice president of operations for Crossroads Maldives.
The Swiss brings 23 years of experience to SAii Lagoon Maldives, much of which has been spent with Hilton Worldwide, managing hotels in Europe and Asia-Pacific. He has also spent time in the hotel design sector and has managed luxury resorts in the Maldives with Per Aquum and Lux. Most recently, van der Reijden was director and general manager of Lux North Male Atoll.
Meanwhile, Tolga Unan has been appointed general manager of Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, the first Maldivian outpost of the music-themed resort brand.
Unan has two decades of experience, including spells with Disney, Club Med and Hilton in the US and Asia-Pacific. He joins Hard Rock Hotel Maldives after two years as managing director of Naked Retreats.
SAii Lagoon Maldives will feature a series of rooms and villas, including overwater pool villas, while Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will feature 178 rooms, suites and villas, plus family-friendly experiences and Hard Rockâ€™s branded concepts, including a Hard Rock Cafe, Rock Spa and two Rock Shops.
Both resorts are scheduled to welcome their first guests in summer 2019, where they will open under Crossroads Maldives’ phase-one development.
Both properties will also have access to facilities at The Marina@Crossroads â€“ which will also open as part of the resorts’s first phase â€“ including a 30-berth marina, the Junior Beach Club and Camp, the Crossroads Event Hall, Maldives Discovery Centre and Marine Discovery Centre.