A short speedboat ride from Male International Airport, Crossroads Maldives is the first integrated resort in the archipelago; a multi-faceted destination complete with 30-berth yacht marina, a Bill Bensley-designed shopping, spa and dining district called The Marina @ Crossroads, a Marine Discovery Centre and two gleaming upscale hotels: Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, both of which are now open.
True to its namesake, Hard Rock Hotel promises a musically infused Maldivian experience, with Crosley turntables or Fender guitars available in the 178 rooms and villas, and a Rock Spa offering music-inspired treatments incorporating amplified vibrations. The pick of the guestrooms is the Rock Star Villa, a spacious 445-sqm overwater abode with private jetty and an enormous outdoor living space complete with tuk tuk bar and infinity pool.
SAii Lagoon is home to 198 vibrant rooms and villas that evoke the colours of Indian Ocean’s bright coral reefs, with décor made from natural materials and driftwood. Dining options include Mediterranean seafood grill Miss Olive Oyl, Thai fusion at Mr. Tomyam and light bites and fresh brews at bean/Co.
A branch of Europe’s renowned Café del Mar beach club promises to make this a popular spot for younger visitors, with regular international DJ visits and weekly beach parties giving its hard rocking neighbour some friendly competition.