Come September, your perception about Maldives is going to change. A resort that hosts friends, family, and couples, all with equal ease is opening doors at the CROSSROADS Maldives, Emboodhoo Lagoon, the largest integrated resort overlooking the Indian Ocean. SAii Lagoon Maldives by S Hotels & Resorts seeks to be millennial in its approach, and you’ll find art, design, eco-friendliness, and comfort taking precedence here, alongside a focus on fun, frolic, and lots of activity.
None of that stiff service here. Expect a fun, casual vibe flowing through the property, that sits a 15-minute boat ride away from the Malé International Airport. Quirky architecture, splashes of colours, sea-themed décor, and eclectic designs follow you from the common areas to inside the rooms. “We put a lot of effort into making it stylish and daring. We want it to feel welcoming, so that everyone can walk into the resort and instantly feel indulged in style,” says Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Hospitality Officer, S Hotels & Resorts.
Beachy blues and whites, neon greens and pinks, and aqua blues and greens make up the themes across the three types of rooms and villas – take your pick from balconies overlooking the ocean, doors opening onto the beach, or villas and rooms atop water (it doesn’t hurt that the interiors have been done using organic materials and natural textiles). The resort does you one better – you can personalise your stay by creating your own bathroom amenities using natural ingredients from the resort’s Aroma Lab, alongside custom-made kids pyjamas in rooms that the little ones are sure to love.
The lively design element continues across the dining spaces too. There’s Miss Olive Oyl by the poolside with fresh seafood and grills, Mediterranean delicacies, and a bar that has tropical cocktails other than wines and spirits. And Mr Tomyam offering fusion Thai cuisine in an al fresco setting. Along with Thai classics, you can also try the pizzas, pastas, and salads at this beachfront restaurant. If it’s just a caffeine fix or a quick bite you are craving, bean/Co is perfect. Craft coffees, specialty teas, signature ice cream sticks, gourmet snacks, and an indulgent high tea menu is what you’ll find here.
But what’s not to be missed is the island nation’s first Café del Mar, the renowned Spanish chain. The 25-year-old international ‘Home of Chillout’ beach club has 300 daybeds for one to kick back. The bars include a lounge, swim-up, and woodfire pizza and gelato; there are private cabanas, and specialty cocktails as well. So, if you’re looking to unwind and party, Café Del Mar with its visiting international DJs at SAii Lagoon Maldives is the place to be at.
For those looking for some activity, there’s tons to do choose from. You can head to the Maldavian cultural center, the spa, cinema under the stars, and have a picnic, amongst other activities. For the more adventurous, venture out for diving tours to savour the view of pristine waters and white beaches below. Create memories with photo flights, wefies, and drones capturing your moments of fun. For that adrenaine rush, there is parasailing, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, and wakeboarding. However, if looking to enjoy the bounty of the water from within a comfort zone, the catamaran, shark watching, sunset safari, yacht marina, dolphin discovery, and fishing trips should be your go-to. The Marina at CROSSROADS isn’t far away either – its attractions include such as Junior Beach Club and Camp, Marine Discovery Centre, and event hall.
All this makes SAii Lagoon Maldives — a part of the Curio Collection by Hilton — not just a great place to stay, but also an ideal stop if you’re in transit on the island and have a few hours to kill. So if you’re looking to book your next vacation, this island getaway could be the perfect setting.
All images: Courtesy SAii Lagoon Maldives