After two years of development, Crossroads, the first and largest integrated leisure and lifestyle destination in the Maldives by Thai developer Singha Estate, will be opening two of its nine islands.
The first island is home to the lifestyle district and heart of the megaproject, The Marina @ Crossroads, an 11,000m2 retail and entertainment space. The attraction, which is in close proximity to the city, houses luxury retail outlets, fine dining restaurants, a state-of-the-art event hall, as well as a PADI-certified water sports and dive centre.
A transit hotel, SAii Lagoon Maldives, which is under the Curio Collection by Hilton, targets short-term visitors who can utilise the facilities at the town centre during their stopover for connecting flights.
The project’s sustainable development aspect can be seen through the efforts made at Maldives Discovery Centre, an interactive educational-centre-cum-museum that promotes environmental conservation and Maldivian local arts and crafts.
Another is the Marine Discovery Centre, a marine life laboratory that hosts biologists who carry out research and longitudinal studies on sea-life and coral propagation through a Junior Coral Curator programme and a clownfish release initiative that span within the area of 64,000m2.
The second island is the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, which is developed and managed by S Hotels & Resorts. The hotel, which introduces music-inspired stays, is also considered to be the brand’s first Maldivian outpost.
Singha Estate’s CEO Naris Cheyklin said that while setting sights on promoting tourism and the local economy, Crossroads is also committed to its mission of “building big, protecting the small”, which entails promoting the livelihoods of its inhabitants while fashioning this mega project.