Home to many islands bow-tied by luxury above par, CROSSROADS Maldives is an integrated resort with all the ingredients required for a dreamy vacation. By Bayar Jain
The ideal Maldivian holiday is one that includes island-hopping, all without skimping out on luxurious offerings signature to the nation. At CROSSROADS Maldives, this affair becomes a breeze.
Located an easy 15-minute speedboat ride away from Malé International Airport, CROSSROADS Maldives is designed to offer experiential vacationing amid serene locales. Set within the picturesque Emboodhoo Lagoon of South Malé Atoll, this multi-island development has two premium resorts, many gourmet dining options, a bouquet of shopping spaces, and a wealth of leisure activities cosied in its kitty—each connected via walkable footbridges (bicycles and hotel buggies can also be arranged). When here, a 360-degree itinerary unravels itself effortlessly.
Begin your holiday by choosing from either of the two resorts here. While SAii Lagoon Maldives is done up in a boho-chic aesthetic, complete with sky rooms, premium two-bedroom villas, beach rooms and villas, and overwater villas; Hard Rock Hotel Maldives celebrates the essence of tropical life with authentic music memorabilia. Think 178 striking guest rooms, suites and villas—ranging from bright white studios on the beach to family duplexes and overwater villas on stilts–and three Rock Royalty Overwater Villas, which come paired with a private infinity pool, dedicated butler services, and space big enough to sleep six.
At SAii Lagoon Maldives, adventure enthusiasts can check out the dive centre or channel their inner mermaids by indulging in snorkelling excursions or semi-submarine trips. The more laidback folks can trust the double-storied spa complex, Lèn Be Well Spa, to refuel their senses. This free-standing spa complex—a first of its kind in the Maldives—even houses four restaurants and meal plans on its premises. On the other hand, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has a Teen Spirit Club, which boasts aerial-arts and self-defence classes for those willing at The Studio; and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) classes at The Red Mat. Juniors can head to the Roxity Kids Club here where a plethora of activities await. This includes music-based fun, daily excursions, and the chance to learn about saving the ocean with the Junior Coral Propagators Programme. Irrespective of the resort chosen, younger guests can head to Koimala & Maalimi’s Junior Beach Club and Camp for a day of indoor and outdoor activities, conservation programmes, camping, and cultural fun
This range of possibilities extends beyond the stay options at CROSSROADS Maldives. The Marina @ CROSSROADS houses a range of shops and restaurants to choose from, all of which are styled on the chic elegance of a European Riviera. While you can savour authentic American dishes at the Hard Rock Cafe, carefully-crafted local specialities await at the Ministry of Crab. Here, a true culinary journey can be expected, courtesy–a collision of cultures and exotic international cuisines. The food voyage is further enhanced by a 30-berth yacht marina and a gorgeous beach club to pair.
Dining aside, The Marina is also packed with luxe shopping outlets, stellar events, and world-class entertainment options to choose from. Plus, it is also home to the country’s first Marine Discovery Centre, as well as the Maldives Discovery Centre—both of which are guaranteed to enthral cultural travellers.