Emboodhoo lagoon’s first phase, a three-island Hard Rock resort, to open next year
First phase of the largest integrated resort in Indian Ocean, being developed in Maldives, is set to open in July 2018 under the management of world-renowned Hard Rock Hotels.
Thailand-based Singha Estate, a subsidiary of well-known Asian brewery Boon Rawd Brewery, has recently leased Emboodhoo Falhu, which is one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, and has announced plans to develop the entire area into the largest integrated resort in the Indian Ocean.
Singha Estate chief executive officer Naris Cheyklin says his firm has recently signed a deal with Hard Rock International Hotel Group to open the first, massive and one-of-a-kind Hard Rock Resort in the Maldives. This one’s for folks looking for a “complete vacation experience” – all the natural beauty plus other entertainment options, covering no fewer than nine separate islands.
Phase one will be developed on three islands, and open in July 2018. It will comprise a yacht marina, shopping promenade, more than 20 food and beverage destinations, a world-class beach club, a centre devoted to both local culture and marine life, meeting and wedding facilities and more than seven different hotel brands to choose from.
“We’re glad and very proud to work along with Hard Rock in developing the first hotel in this mega-project,” says Naris. “We believe Hard Rock’s experience and unique DNA will deliver a memorable experience to every age group.”
“This partnership is an important step forward,” adds Leong Wy Joon of Hard Rock Hotel Group. “Under the collaboration agreement, the company will develop a hotel that showcases its uniqueness and offer vibrant and festive experiences in the islands.”
As Singha Estate and Hard Rock International Hotel Group prepares to launch the first phase of the integrated resort project, reclamation of Emboodhoo lagoon, located very close to capital Male and the main Velana International Airport, is well underway. The work is being carried out by Belgium-based Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME).
Hard Rock Hotels, part of the company that owns the globe-spanning Hard Rock Cafes, runs 23 hotels and resorts across the Americas, Middle East and Asia Pacific. The brand’s hotels are rooted in a rock ‘n’ roll spirit, and offer a suite of services for guests that value the VIP treatment in an all-inclusive way.