Ennismore is delighted to announce that work has officially begun on the development of SO/ Maldives, an 80-villa luxury resort set to debut in 2023.
Executives from CROSSROADS Maldives and S Hotels & Resorts gathered for the ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the new destination located on the private third island of CROSSROADS Maldives, just 15 minutes by speedboat from Malé’s Velana International Airport.
SO/ Maldives brings together a statement collection of bespoke beachfront and over-water villas imagined by renowned designers, alongside a vibrant array of dining and entertainment experiences. Nestled on its own exclusive island overlooking the azure Emboodhoo Lagoon, SO/ Maldives is set to become a covetable destination for adventurous and sartorial socialisers, easily whisking them away for a few relaxed days in paradise, thanks to the resort’s convenient location near to the country’s international airport.
Pictured (from left): Tolga Unan, Managing Director of Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and The Marina @ CROSSROADS Maldives, Patrick de Staercke, General Manager of SAii Lagoon Maldives, Dirk De Cuyper, CEO of S Hotels & Resorts, Stefano A. Ruzza, Senior Vice President -Operations of S Hotels & Resorts, and Rhona Reupta, Manager of Design & Construction celebrate the ground-breaking of SO/ Maldives on the pristine third island at CROSSROADS Maldives
The luxury island of SO/ Maldives is designed to be explored. The resort’s speciality restaurant will serve up colourful Levantine cuisine, celebrating the atmosphere and aromatic flavours of an Arabian night, to be savoured against panoramic ocean views. Poolside, guests can lounge by the Art-Deco inspired beach club and indulge in seasonal plant-based dishes. The vivid colour scheme and secret lawn is set to make it one of the most stylish places to be seen in the archipelagic state.
The traditional all-day-buffet concept has been replaced to give guests more bespoke culinary concepts. A chef’s table offers a more interactive dining experience, whilst perfectly framed open-air spaces with neutral terracotta palettes and rattan furniture allow guests to enjoy unforgettable evenings under the Maldivan skies. The resort also boasts an oceanfront wedding venue and well-dressed meeting spaces.
Chadi Farhat, Brand Chief Operating Officer at Ennismore said: “We are delighted to see development kick-off for the audacious SO/ Maldives, a resort which will be the place to see and be seen for travellers that live vibrant lives and are seeking something truly avant-garde on their journeys around the world. We look forward to seeing this high-energy resort come to life and working alongside S Hotels & Resorts and WEWD.”
“This is a momentous day as we officially launch SO/ Maldives, the latest jewel in the Maldivian tourism crown. With SO/ Hotels & Resorts, Accor has created one of the hotel industry’s most expressive and individual luxury brands, catering to style-conscious travellers in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. This makes it a great fit for CROSSROADS Maldives, our game-changing multi-island leisure complex. SO/ Maldives will complement our two other five-star resorts and further raise the standard of hospitality in this idyllic archipelago,” said Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Executive Officer, S Hotels & Resorts.
“It gives us great pleasure to join hands with S Hotels & Resorts and Accor as we break ground on such a prestigious project. CROSSROADS Maldives is one of the most significant developments in the history of the country – and the entire Indian Ocean region – so we are honoured to have been tasked with the wonderful transformation of its third island. SO/ Maldives will attract trend-setters from all around the world and I look forward to bringing this remarkable resort to life in the coming months,” added Zaw Win Maung, Managing Director, WEWD.
SO/ Maldives comes as the brand’s 5th address in Asia, with other locations in vibrant destinations such as Bangkok and Singapore. SO/ is part of Ennismore, a creative hospitality company rooted in culture and community, with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart Ennismore has 87 operating properties globally, with a further 141 hotels in the pipeline.