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S Hotels & Resorts opens SO/ Maldives, its third iconic resort at CROSSROADS Maldives

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S Hotels and Resorts PCL, the global hospitality company from Singha Estate PCL, has announced the opening of SO/ Maldives, which becomes the third iconic resort at CROSSROADS Maldives, on November 1.

This luxury lifestyle resort complements the two popular five-star retreats and world-class facilities at the Indian Ocean’s first and only multi-brand, fully integrated leisure destination, ushering in an exciting new era of hospitality to the Maldives.

SO/ Maldives is a USD 60 million joint venture project developed in partnership with Wai Eco World Developer (WEWD), the leading business and real estate conglomerate. The resort is operated by Ennismore, a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart.

SO/ Maldives joins two existing resorts at CROSSROADS Maldives: SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives.

Nestled in the Kaafu Atoll and Emboodhoo Lagoon, this diverse trio of retreats is seamlessly connected to a wealth of world-class facilities at The Marina @ CROSSROADS, an 800-metre lifestyle area and beach walk lined with restaurants, bars, retail boutiques, wellness centres, water sports, diving and snorkelling, kids’ clubs, and a 30-berth yacht marina, plus the Maldives Discovery Centre cultural hub and Marine Discovery Centre, which is dedicated to underwater conservation and education.

With three iconic branded resorts all connected with world-class facilities, this fully integrated luxury destination is truly unique in the Maldives, and the broader Indian Ocean region. CROSSROADS Maldives has already won multiple major awards and has achieved Green Globe Certification.

The development’s focus on environmental preservation and sustainability is also reflected at SO/ Maldives, where the roofs of the over-water villas and restaurants are topped with solar panels, allowing the resort to generate its own green energy. Recycled water, electric vehicles, eco-friendly bathroom amenities, and locally-sourced products are used throughout the property, and the resort has eliminated all single-use plastics.

“We are delighted to announce the opening of our third world-class lifestyle resort at CROSSROADS Maldives. With its focus on art, design and fashion, SO/ Maldives will perfectly complement our two internationally branded resorts and extensive facilities at The Marina @ CROSSROADS and enable us to attract a new generation of global explorers. We would like to thank our esteemed partners for their vision and skill in creating this stunning resort,” Dirk De Cuyper, CEO, S Hotels & Resorts, said.

“It is a wonderful moment to see this beautiful project come to life. SO/ Maldives is a trend-setting luxury resort that will attract a new generation of lifestyle-conscious guests, enhancing the Maldives’ tourism sector. We are delighted to collaborate with our esteemed partners at S Hotels & Resorts to create a lasting legacy for the entire country,” Zaw Win Maung, Managing Director, WEWD, commented.

“SO/ Hotels are located in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations, and we are thrilled to put down roots on this paradisiacal private island in the Maldives. In keeping with the SO/ DNA, we’re eager to welcome global travellers looking for a different island experience where art and fashion meet luxury hospitality,” Jesper Sorensen, General Manager, SO/ Maldives, said.

Part of the ultra-fashionable SO/ Hotels & Resorts brand, which is making its debut the Maldives, SO/ Maldives is set to become one of the world’s most sought-after places to stay, play and party. With opening rates starting from USD 950+++ per night, this opening is expected to drive more revenue to CROSSROADS Maldives during the upcoming high season.

Nestled on a pristine private island, surrounded by the turquoise Emboodhoo Lagoon, SO/ Maldives is a sartorially-rooted retreat “Where Castaway Meets Runway.” Discerning travellers are welcomed into a glistening glass pavilion with 360-degree views and will be invited to take a walk across the Runway, a conceptualised open-to-sky catwalk which immerses every visitor in their own fashion show. A collection of beachfront and over-water pool villas, ranging from 120 to 330 square metres, are crafted by renowned designers and envelop guests in style and sophistication. The Dream Family Beach Villas feature private capsules for kids and the stunning two-level, three-bedroom Ocean Water Pool Villa Atelier sets the stage for life’s most memorable moments.

To learn more about SO/ Maldives, please visit so-maldives.com and to discover how CROSSROADS Maldives is elevating hospitality in the Indian Ocean, please visit crossroadsmaldives.com.

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Empty nest? Reboot romance at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

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Discover the enchanting escape of Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, the perfect retreat for empty nesters, retirees, and couples eager to reconnect, relax and unwind. Located minutes away from the city, this Premium All-inclusive resort provides an idyllic backdrop surrounded by nature’s splendour.

At Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, the accommodations prioritise comfort and relaxation. Each overwater villa offers stunning views of the turquoise waters, with spacious interiors designed for a welcoming atmosphere. Whether you choose a Sunrise Villa or a Sunset Villa, each provides an immersive experience, complete with private decks ideal for sunbathing or enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Picture stepping out onto your deck with a book in hand, watching colourful fish swim beneath you, adding to the calm of your escape.

Dining at the resort is a culinary journey that caters to diverse palates. With three exquisite restaurants, couples can indulge in a variety of flavours throughout their stay. At Farivalhu Fine Dining Restaurant, savour delectable international cuisine prepared with fresh, local ingredients. The Kithmajima Japanese Restaurant offers an array of Japanese cuisine. Guest can experience the barefoot tranquility at the Kakuni Barefoot Restaurant. For a more casual atmosphere, Dhoni Bar and Kandolhi Bar offers light bites and refreshing drinks, perfect for enjoying between activities.

What’s more? The resort offers a collection of over 40 fine spirit and a selection of over 100 local and international cocktails along with selection of over 20 flavours of tea. At Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, each meal becomes a celebration, creating unforgettable moments shared over exquisite dishes. Picture you and yours sipping on handcrafted drinks while watching the sun dip below the horizon, creating a breathtaking backdrop for intimate conversations.

Indulging in the resort’s relaxing spa is a must for those seeking rejuvenation. The Mandara Spa offers a range of exquisite treatments designed to soothe the body and soul. From traditional Balinese massages to revitalising facials, each treatment is a journey of tranquility that allows couples to unwind and reconnect. Imagine sharing a calming couple’s massage, enveloped in serenity as skilled therapists melt away the stresses of everyday life, leaving you both refreshed and revitalised.

At Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, couples can immerse themselves in unforgettable experiences that deepen their connection. Picture yourselves exploring vibrant coral reefs during a guided snorkelling adventure, hand in hand as you discover the wonders of the underwater world. After a day of excitement, unwind with a private candlelit dinner on the beach, where the sound of gentle waves sets the perfect backdrop for intimate conversation.

As night falls, don’t miss the magical stargazing experience; lying side by side on soft sand, you can marvel at the shimmering constellations above, sharing dreams and stories under a blanket of stars. Whether enjoying a serene spa treatment or embarking on a sunset dolphin cruise, each moment invites you and yours to create lasting memories together in this idyllic paradise.

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is more than just a resort; it is a sanctuary where love and connection flourish. Every aspect, from comfortable accommodations to culinary delights and rejuvenating spa treatments, is crafted to enhance your experience together. Here, in this idyllic paradise, couples can embrace the joy of togetherness and the beauty of the golden eve and create timeless memories that will last a lifetime.

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Romantic retreats: Couple spa bliss at Kandolhu Maldives

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Kandolhu Varu Spa invites couples to indulge in ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation with their exclusive romantic couple treatments, designed to create unforgettable moments of love and pampering. Experience pure bliss with the “A Moment in Love” couples’ treatment.

This session begins with a refreshing sea salt foot soak and gentle massage, followed by a soothing aromatherapy session to enhance relaxation. Couples will enjoy a relaxing massage with coconut oil accompanied by romantic music, designed to unwind and reduce stress.

The experience includes an express facial with lymphatic drainage face massage to leave skin feeling hydrated and rejuvenated. As a special touch, couples will engage in a Thread Bracelet Exchanges ritual, symbolising their bond. The ambiance is further enhanced with flower bed decorations and candlelight, creating a serene and romantic atmosphere.

Elevate your spa experience with the “Forever in Love” treatment, a journey of relaxation and pampering. Begin with a sea salt foot soak and gentle massage, followed by calming aromatherapy to set the mood. Couples can choose their preferred aromatherapy oil for a personalised massage experience, complemented by Thai herbs applied to the back. The treatment includes a face mask and Indian Head Massage using warm coconut oil, ensuring a complete sense of rejuvenation and tranquillity.

Like the “A Moment in Love” treatment, this experience also features a Thread Bracelet Exchanges ritual, enhancing the romantic connection between partners. Enjoy the ambiance of flower bed decorations, candlelight, and English romantic music, accompanied by healthy snacks and beverages.

Varu Spa at Kandolhu is dedicated to providing couples with unforgettable spa experiences that foster relaxation, rejuvenation, and romance. ‘A Moment in Love’ and ‘Forever in Love’ treatments are designed to create lasting memories of tranquility and connection.

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Celebrating shark conservation efforts, ocean education at Kuramathi Maldives

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Shark Awareness Day at Kuramathi Maldives was a resounding success, engaging guests in educational activities and immersive experiences to foster appreciation and understanding of sharks and marine conservation

The day commenced with a captivating Marine Biology Presentation on Sharks held at the Eco Centre from 10am to 10:40am. Attendees gained insights into the vital role sharks play in ocean ecosystems, highlighting the importance of their conservation. Following the presentation, guests eagerly participated in the complimentary Shark Awareness Snorkel session on the Kuramathi House Reef, where they had the opportunity to observe marine life up close in their natural habitat.

Meanwhile, at Bageecha Kids Club, throughout the day, children enjoyed a variety of interactive activities, starting with the creation of an Ocean Sharks Mural followed by Shark Craft session at 10am. The fun continued with Shark Games and Activities at the pool area offering entertainment while learning about shark behaviour and conservation.

Kuramathi’s commitment to marine conservation was further highlighted with the next event, where they held an event for Shark Awareness Day in collaboration with Rasdhu Blue Tide Swimming School. On July 19th, 2024, young children aged 8 to 13 years benefited from a presentation on sharks, followed by a snorkelling session at Madivaru with Tom, the Sustainability Manager and Aleem, the Senior Eco Centre Coordinator.

Looking ahead, Kuramathi Maldives remains steadfast in their commitment to sustainability and they extend their sincere appreciation to all participants, speakers, and partners who contributed to the success of these meaningful initiatives during the Shark Awareness Day.

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