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Oct 28, 2021

At CROSSROADS Maldives, a trio of exotic private islands showcase a one-of-a-kind luxury lifestyle destination beyond compare


The surprises keep on coming at CROSSROADS Maldives where a trio of lush tropical islands connect a duo of luxury resorts, making it the first — and largest — integrated lifestyle destination in the archipelago. For travellers eager to dip their toes into azure blue Indian Ocean waters, it’s just a short 15-minute speedboat journey from Velana International Airport; a bonus for travel-weary families.

Sansation Beach Club

Nestled between the jaw-droppingly spectacular Kaafu Atoll and Emboodhoo Lagoon, the hardest choice guests have to make is whether to stay at SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton or Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. Both resorts are bursting with amazing entertainment, superb facilities, and a choice of couple-friendly or family-minded accommodation options.

Colourful, high-spirited and playful is an apt description of the SAii Lagoon Maldives vibe, with the resort’s contemporary feel incorporating a touch of design whimsy that extends across all its facilities. Also occupying its own island, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives holds unique appeal for every generation with its musical roots delivering young-at-heart nostalgia, from the overwater villas to multiple themed restaurants.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton

Connecting the two resorts via overwater footbridges is The Marina @CROSSROADS, the enigmatic, activity-focused heart of this one-of-a-kind island community. Overlooking the 30-berth yacht marina with its state-of-the-art facilities, this is the starting point for a wealth of exciting Maldivian adventures, retail opportunities and culinary experiences. Younger guests will love the immersive fun at The Koimala & Maalimi’s Junior Beach Club and Camp, with a jam-packed schedule of engaging activities that also showcase local Maldivian culture. Explore undersea and natural wonders with both feet on dry land at the Marine Discovery Centre and Maldives Discovery Centre. Five-star PADI certified underwater fun is the name of the game at Best Dives, or stay above the water and discover a new favourite activity, from wakeboarding and seabobs to the thrill of big game fishing. If that’s a smidge too much exertion, the chilled-out allure of Sansation Beach Club, which transforms from a laidback ocean-view hotspot to a lively after-dark venue, is hard to beat.

Nibble away to your heart’s content but do cherry-pick your dining itinerary, with a global collection of acclaimed venues all vying for your appetite. A seafood must-do is Ministry of Crab — the Maldivian outpost of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants-ranked chain — housed in a stunning colonial-inspired setting. Nihonbashi Blue is another award-winning name to grace The Marina, serving up traditional Japanese cuisine, while newly opened Jiao Wu, with its theatrical show kitchen, is inspired by the best of Cantonese cuisine. Kebab & Kurry is the place for a hit of gourmet Indian spice (do try the sensational Keralan prawn moilee curry) with Kinkao Thai Bistro taking its umami credentials to new, creative heights. Come back down to earth and tuck into a classic tomahawk at Carne Diem steakhouse, but don’t leave the islands before you’ve tasted retro fame with a rock ‘n’ roll dining experience and some late-night live music courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe — grab an iconic t-shirt from the shop on your way out!

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives