Hard Rock to make waves in Indian Ocean with Maldives resort, cafe opening October 2018
World-class entertainment and lifestyle brand Hard Rock International on Tuesday announced plans to expand its portfolio with Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and Hard Rock Cafe Maldives, slated to open October 1, 2018.
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and Hard Rock Cafe Maldives are part of the first phase of the highly anticipated Emboodhoo Lagoon project, which is undertaken by leading Thai developer Singha Estate as the first integrated tourism destination in the Maldives. The first phase consists of a USD 311.5 million investment that is expected to stimulate tourism, offering vacationers a rich combination of world-class offerings such as hotels, entertainment, retail and fine dining.
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will be one of three resorts included in the development, boasting 178 expansive guest rooms, family suites, beach villas, and one and two-bedroom overwater villas.
“Known for its vibrant culture, top-of-the-line luxury and some of the most breathtaking white-sand beaches in the world, Maldives is truly a slice of paradise and one of the world’s most desirable destinations,” Todd Hricko, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Hotel Development for Hard Rock International, was quoted in a statement, as saying.
“Traditionally regarded as being a popular honeymoon destination, we at Hard Rock are excited to work with the Singha Estate team to captivate multi-generational travellers, showcasing that the destination can cater to more than just newlyweds.”
“This is the perfect complement to our integrated leisure and recreation experiences with Hard Rock Hotels and Hard Rock Cafes as part of The Emboodhoo Lagoon project,” Thiti Thongbenjamas, Chief Investment Officer for the Maldives Project at Singha Estate, said.
Inspired by local Maldivian culture, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will infuse contemporary design features with tropical architecture throughout the property, alongside regionally-inspired, authentic music memorabilia.
The hotel will provide guests with exclusive brand offerings and amenities, including The Sound of Your Stay music programme, offering complimentary use of Fender guitars and Crosley record players for in-room jam sessions as well as a renowned full-service Rock Spa, a Rock Shop selling all brand merchandise, Roxity Kids Club and Teen Spirit Club.
Guests can also treat their taste buds to delectable on-site food and beverage options, ranging from a pool bar and all-day dining to a beach grill restaurant and in-villa dine experiences.
Just steps from the hotel, guests will enjoy authentic American cuisine amidst the ultimate rock atmosphere at Hard Rock Cafe Maldives. With direct boat transportation from the airport and situated within the Emboodhoo Lagoon development, Hard Rock Cafe Maldives will provide approximately 185 seats both indoors and outdoors while offering diners exclusive beach access, taking dining with a view to a whole new level.
As Singha Estate and Hard Rock prepare to launch the first phase of the integrated development, construction works at the Emboodhoo lagoon, which is accessible by a 20-minute speedboat ride from the main airport, is well underway. Nine islands have already been created on reclaimed land in the lagoon.
While the first phase includes three islands, the entire development will witness the development of more than seven different hotel brands and 20 food and beverage destinations. A yacht marina, shopping promenade, a world-class beach club by Cafe Del Mar, a centre devoted to both local culture and marine life, and meeting and wedding facilities will also be developed.