Thailand's Singha Estate will shortly open Crossroads, the first multi-island integrated leisure and entertainment destination in the Maldives.
The development will encompass three islands fringing the Emboodhoo Lagoon in the South Malé Atoll.
Singha Estate said the project would transform the Maldives' tourism experience and expand the country's appeal as a multifaceted tourism destination "with its capability to cater to a wider range of visitors, including medium to upscale family market, lifestyle seekers, eco-tourists and MICE travellers".
This year will see the opening of The Marina @ Crossroads, offering a collection of restaurants and bars, boutique stores, and event hall, as well as Maldives's first luxury yacht marina.
Also opening, two resorts: SAii Lagoon Maldives (Curio Collection by Hilton) and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. This will raise Singha Estate's hospitality business portfolio to a total of 4,647 room keys by the end of 2019, with 39 hotels in global tourist destinations.
The project will also include The Maldives Discovery Centre and Marine Discovery Centre that will promote the way of life of local communities and the marine biodiversity. The centre will also educate tourists and all stakeholders on coral conservation and rehabilitation.
Housing the Maldives' first Café del Mar, the famous beach club brand, SAii Lagoon Maldives is also planning to host beach parties in the Maldives in partnership with international DJs.
"The really ingenious thing about this project is that it's only 15 minutes by air-conditioned speedboat from Malé and the international airport. So, even if guests have only two hours' transit, they can come to Crossroads, visit Café del Mar, do some shopping at The Marina or enjoy casual dining at a variety of restaurants," said Dirk De Cuyper, chief hospitality officer, S Hotels & Resorts.