The thought of Maldives comes attached with the picture of honeymooning couples and partners reveling under the spell of romance. Not so much group or family holidays, what with most hotels built with the idea of being perfect for couples. However, that’s about to change as Hard Rock Hotel Maldives enters the picture. The hotel group with music at its core is set to open doors on the island nation next month, and it doesn’t get better than Hard Rock Hotel Maldives when looking for a family holiday. With inclusivity and the spirit of music being their bedrock (the idea of the hotel took off 40 years ago when Eric Clapton donated a guitar to the original Hard Rock Cafe in London), the thriving and jiving Hard Rock Hotel is ready to bring the party to the Maldives.
To open on the Emboodhoo Lagoon in South Male Atoll, a 15-minute boat ride from the Male International Airport, it will be a part of CROSSROADS Maldives, a 800 m lifestyle area and beach walk. Focused on music and related activities, it’s ideal for a family vacation. From rooms, food special services, to extensive range of activities, they’ve got you covered.
The 178-key Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has a range of stay options, all of which are bound to excite the family. Their duplex-style Silver Family Suites, Gold Beach Villas, Platinum Overwater Villas and Pool Villas, with amenities like bunk beds, private terrace, direct beach access, private boat jetty, infinity pool etc. will thrill guests across age groups. When not reveling indoors, guests can dine at Sessions, the in-house restaurant serving contemporary global cuisine. If you prefer the view of the ocean, head to The Elephant & The Butterfly, where you can enjoy Mexican-inspired pan Latin cuisine with a side of splendid vistas (there is no charge on food for children aged under six, and 50 percent discount for those in the 6-12 age group).
Leisure time too has something for everyone – the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club and Teen Spirit Club are special hangouts for kids and teens, where they can be a part of daily jam sessions, activities like arts & crafts, a mini circus with aerial acrobatics, gymnastics, a climbing wall and introductory self-defense classes, water sports and musical stage shows with real instruments and professional musicians. If your child wishes to explore his or her musical talents further, they can opt for private music lessons. There is time for downtime too, with PS4 consoles, pool games, and selfie sticks for teenagers to save the day.
Not just that, you can travel even lighter as the hotel lets you borrow cribs, UV bottle sanitizers, baby monitors, safety stair gates, toilet training seats and bathtubs for toddlers. And a certified babysitting service means the adults can savour their quality time with spa treatments and romantic meals. At the Rock Spa try ‘Synchronicity’, a massage that uses soundtracks to reduce stress, ease muscle tension, and detoxify; and ‘Face the Music’ facial which uses sound vibrations to rejuvenate the face. You can also explore the Body Rock fitness centre with innovative training systems, and the Rock Shop which houses music memorabilia in the form of clothing, accessories, and assorted souvenirs.
Families can also savour Maldives’ untouched natural beauty at the Marine Discovery Centre. From getting to know about clownfish release initiatives, the Junior Coral Curator program, to the conservation activities at CROSSROADS Maldives, it’s a fest for nature lovers.
As you head towards the end of the vacation, carry memories back in a unique way – your own holiday soundtrack. Hard Rock’s signature the Sound of Your Stay music program allows you to download playlists without any extra charge. So, go ahead and enjoy that vacation with the family, and listen to those memories whenever in the mood to reminisce.
All images: Courtesy Hard Rock Hotel Maldives