General Managers appointed for SAii Lagoon, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

S Hotels & Resorts has appointed two highly-skilled and experienced general managers for its two upcoming resorts at CROSSROADS Maldives, the largest integrated tourism destination in the Maldives.

Swiss hospitality expert Martin van der Reijden, who also serves as Vice President of Operations for CROSSROADS Maldives, has been named as General Manager of SAii Lagoon Maldives, a lifestyle resort created for couples, families and friends in search of a playful destination getaway.

Martin brings 23 years of experience to SAii Lagoon Maldives, much of which has been spent with Hilton Worldwide, managing hotels in Europe and Asia Pacific. He has also spent time in the hotel design sector and has managed luxury resorts in the Maldives with Per Aquum and LUX* Resorts. Most recently, Martin was Director and General Manager of LUX* North Male Atoll.

Meanwhile, 22-year hotel industry veteran Tolga Unan has been appointed as General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, the first Maldivian outpost of the world-famous music-themed resort brand.

With two decades of experience, including spells with Disney, Club Med and Hilton in the US and Asia Pacific, Tolga has comprehensive knowledge of the hospitality industry. He joins Hard Rock Hotel Maldives after serving two years as Managing Director of Naked Retreats, an expanding eco-resort company based in Shanghai.

“CROSSROADS Maldives is not just another integrated resort; it is an extraordinary new development that will redefine hospitality in the Maldives and the entire Indian Ocean region. As such, we need general managers who can think outside the box and create unsurpassed guest experiences. Martin van der Reijden and Tolga Unan have that ability,” Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Hospitality Officer at S Hotels & Resorts, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives later this year. While each resort will deliver very different and distinct experiences, they do have certain elements in common; both feature warm and inviting spaces where guests can unwind with outstanding dining, entertainment and activities. I look forward to working with Martin and Tolga as we embark on an exciting new era of hospitality in the Maldives.”

CROSSROADS, a deeply sustainable development owned by Thailand’s Singha Estate, will encompass nine idyllic islands fringing the Emboodhoo Lagoon in the South Male Atoll, three of which will be used as the first phase of the project encompassing two resorts and The Marina @CROSSROADS, an 800-metre lifestyle area and beach walk featuring retail, entertainment and dining outlets.

Phase one of the integrated resort will feature the two lifestyle hotels, SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, both of which have direct access to extensive facilities at The Marina @CROSSROADS. These include a 30-berth marina, the Junior Beach Club and Camp, the CROSSROADS Event Hall, Maldives Discovery Centre and Marine Discovery Centre – the project’s environmental and educational hub.

A Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, SAii Lagoon Maldives is an original and inspiring resort that will feature a series of rooms and villas, including overwater pool villas, plus world-class dining as well as access to extensive water sports, cultural activities and wellness at The Marina.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, meanwhile, will feature 178 rooms, suites and villas, plus family-friendly experiences and Hard Rock’s branded concepts, including a Hard Rock Cafe, Rock Spa, and two Rock Shops showcasing merchandise and music memorabilia.

Both world-class resorts are scheduled to welcome their first guests in summer 2019.

Photo: Tolga Unan (R) and Martin van der Reijden (L).

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