Accor’s luxury lifestyle brand, SO/ Hotels & Resorts, is bound for the Maldives after signing a management deal for a new-build property with Thailand’s S Hotels & Resorts.
SO/ Maldives will showcase 80 villas, including beachfront and over-water options, all adorned with designer interiors and an audacious twist. Nestled on its own exclusive island overlooking the azure Emboodhoo Lagoon, just 15 minutes by speedboat from Malé’s Velana International Airport, this eclectic resort will bring a fresh sense of avant-garde style and sophistication to the Maldives, while also reflecting the local spirit of this captivating country.
The new resort will take centre stage on the third island of CROSSROADS Maldives, the first integrated leisure destination in the exotic South Malé Atoll.
One of the fastest-growing brands in Accor’s lifestyle portfolio, SO/ Hotels & Resorts are designed for savvy travellers who have a passion for fashion and like to keep their finger on the pulse. Every stay is underpinned by the brand’s signature ‘Just Say SO’ service, to craft truly unforgettable experiences.
Guests will be able to unwind on SO/ Maldives’ private island or take advantage of facilities at The Marina @ CROSSROADS, an 800-metre lifestyle area and beach walk where visitors can discover cool cafés, refined restaurants, a chic beach club, upmarket boutiques, a spa, the Marine Discovery Centre and a 30-berth yacht marina.
SO/ Maldives will become the third resort at CROSSROADS Maldives, joining SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, the iconic music-themed brand’s first Maldivian property.
“We are so excited to unveil SO/ Maldives as the latest jewel in CROSSROADS Maldives’ crown, as we continue to transform the tourism landscape in this highly-desirable destination. With its signature sense of style and commitment to creating unique guest journeys, SO/ is the ideal fit for our third island. It will stand out from the crowd, complement our two other industry-leading brands and complete our collection of luxury and lifestyle resorts, further raising the bar for hospitality in the Maldives,” said Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Executive Officer, S Hotels & Resorts.
“The resort’s location within CROSSROADS Maldives will allow guests to experience a truly vibrant lifestyle offering with plenty of options for both relaxation and adventure,” said Garth Simmons, Chief Executive Officer – Accor Southeast Asia, Japan & South Korea.
S Hotels & Resorts has a collection of 11 properties in its stable, including the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Castaway Island, Fiji.
SO/ Maldives is flagged to launch in 2023.
Lead image: Overwater Villa, SO/ Maldives