S Hotels and Resorts, the flagship hospitality arm of Thailand’s Singha Estate, has marked the official launch of SO/ Maldives with a ground-breaking ceremony for the beachfront resort on the third island of Crossroads Maldives, the country’s first fully-integrated leisure and resort destination.
Set to be opened in 2023, the 80-villa project is being created by S Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with Myanmar-based Wai Eco World Developer and Accor. The property will represent the debut of the SO/ Hotels & Resorts brand in the Maldives.
Nestled on its own island overlooking the Emboodhoo Lagoon, SO/ Maldives will offer a collection of beachfront and over-water villas, as well as an array of dining and entertainment offerings.
SO/ Maldives’ speciality restaurant will serve up Levantine cuisine, with panoramic views across the ocean from its location above the arrival pavilion. Over at the poolside, guests will discover an art deco-inspired beach club with Miami South Beach vibes and a plant-based menu.
The resort has ousted the traditional all-day buffet concept and will introduce a central cooking suite with various culinary theatre concepts. A chef’s table will be discreetly tucked away for those seeking an exclusive dining experience. Meanwhile, events can be brought to life at the oceanfront wedding venue and meeting spaces.
Guests at SO/ Maldives will also be able to take advantage of the facilities at Crossroads Maldives. The Marina @ Crossroads is an 800m beach walk lined with cafés, restaurants, a beach club, boutiques, spa, the Marine Discovery Centre and a 30-berth yacht marina. The integrated resort is located just 15 minutes by speedboat from the international airport.
SO/ Maldives will become the third accommodation option at Crossroads Maldives, joining SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives.