The Maldives is famed as one of the most luxurious beach holiday destinations in the world and is often overlooked by those who prefer to be entertained, but a new that has just opened is set to change everyone's view of the Indian Ocean islands.
Enter SAii Lagoon Maldives, the hottest new member of the Curio Collection by Hilton, which sits on its own private island but is just steps away from a whole host of entertainment spots. So wether you choose to spend a week getting away from it all (and not seeing a soul) or dipping into a more social scene, we're pretty sure this new address is about to feature on the 'best resorts in Maldives' list.
One of a handful of Maldives resorts in the South Male Atoll, SAii Lagoon in particular benefits from a wonderful location, an array of things to do in the Maldives and a variety of luxurious spaces. If you're already feeling inspired to make your trip to the Maldives one that offers more than days of lying on the beach, you'll want to read on for our four things you'll love about SAii Lagoon. And don't forget to check out Red's .
A Maldives resort with an amazing location
Its South Male Atoll setting within the idyllic Emboodhoo Lagoon gives SAii Lagoon a more remote feel compared to the resorts in the busier North Male Atoll.
It's also just a 15-minute boat ride from Velana International Airport and the capital city of Male, and gives you a private island escape while just a short walk away along a footbridge to a whole host of entertainment at The Marina @ CROSSROADS - which the hotel forms part of.
There's so much to experience
As the Maldives' first and only integrated resort, CROSSROADS is a real game-changer and features various islands and hotels. The Marina, close to where SAii Lagoon is based, is a beautiful beach walk with cafes, restaurants, shops, spas and entertainment for all ages.
The Marine Discovery Centre invites you on diving or snorkelling tours to see the Maldives' beautiful creatures, including turtles, dolphins and reef sharks, and you'll want to check out the yacht marina - the first in the country. For those travelling with kids, the Marina is also home to Koimala & Maalimi's Junior Beach Club and Camp, with an inflatable waterpark and play zones in shaded glamping tents.
It's a sustainable Maldives resort
As one of the most endangered places in the world, sustainable practices are essential for preserving the Maldives. Both SAii Lagoon and CROSSROADS focus on being environmentally-friendly by minimising food waste, reducing use of plastic and contributing to the livelihood and wellbeing of local communities.
CROSSROADS' Koimala & Maalimi's Junior Beach Club and Camp also has an onsite educational centre that makes sustainability and environmental awareness part of its experiences. Here, children learn to respect the surroundings through stories with characters like black marlin Maalimi and green turtle Koimala.
It's stylish and scenic
From the moment you check into SAii Lagoon Maldives, you'll be able to experience the heavenly Indian Ocean views from the rooms, villas and dining spaces. The decor is natural yet serene with quirky touches and you'll find an infinity pool, a fitness centre and a number of beaches from where to take in the surroundings.
When it comes to dining, poolside Mediterranean seafood grill and bar Miss Olive Oyl offers the likes of tuna tapas and a variety of olive oils. Mr Tomyam is a Thai fusion eatery with an open kitchen and alfresco dining areas, and Cafe del Mar serves up gourmet breakfasts.
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