Rest of the WorldThe US$680-million project, stretching across nine islands and seven kilometres, will be the destination’s largest.

Singha Estate’s mega resort aims to make Maldives ‘affordable luxury’

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Crossroads Maldives’ chief operating officer Thiti Thongbenjamas, Chaiyapat Chaturongkul, project consultant, and Chris Humphrey of A+E Networks Asia at a press briefing.
Crossroads Maldives’ chief operating officer Thiti Thongbenjamas, Chaiyapat Chaturongkul, project consultant, and Chris Humphrey of A+E Networks Asia at a press briefing.
Phase one of Crossroads Maldives
Phase one of Crossroads Maldives

The US$680-million mega project, Crossroads Maldives, is being built on a group of nine islands seven kilometres in length, and will offer nine fully-integrated destinations when it soft opens this December. 

Currently under construction, Maldives’ largest integrated resort development hopes to make a splash as a more affordable and sustainable option within the famously expensive destination known for its high-end luxury resorts and private islands. 

The US$680-million mega project, Crossroads Maldives, is being built on a group of nine islands seven kilometres in length, and will offer nine fully-integrated destinations when it soft opens this December. 

International hotel and leisure brands that have jumped on board include Hard Rock, which adds 170 keys and will be adapted with family-friendly features and ‘fun components’ like water slides. Beach club Cafe Del Mar and Curio by Hilton, which offer 200 keys, will also join the resort. 

The resort’s leisure and lifestyle components expect to fill in a key missing component in the Maldives, said Thiti Thongbenjamas, chief operating officer of Crossroads, Maldives, at a press briefing. 

Facilities will include yacht piers, beach clubs, lifestyle stores, duty-free shops, restaurants, a Cultural Centre, and a learning centre to educate visitors around conservation of marine biodiversity and ecotourism. The resort will also offer 600 sqm of events spaces for corporate and MICE groups. 

Bangkok-based architect and designer Bill Bensley will be designing the massive resort development. 

The main travel segments that the project’s developer Singha Estate PLC hopes will populate the resort’s rooms and leisure facilities are families and the burgeoning middle income ‘lifestyle seekers’ who travel in small groups of four to five.

The resort’s strategic location beside the Maldives’ main airport in Male also hopes to entice transit passengers, said Chaiyapat Chaturongkul, the project’s consultant.

With most international flights landing at Male past 6pm in the evening, when seaplane transfers stop for the day, Chaturongkul hopes that the resort will be a convenient stop for passengers transiting to other island destinations in the Maldives. 

Sustainability is a key focus as the resort is being constructed. Singha Estate has announced that it has partnered with A+E Networks Asia to charter a new History Asia original documentary series on the project’s development. Titled Making Mega in Paradise, the series will feature the massive construction effort, paying a main focus on the Emboodhoo Lagoon. 

The project will also incorporate long-term sustainable initiatives. Renewable energy sources such as floating solar panels installed over the water and gasification of waste aim to reduce the resort’s carbon footprint by 30% compared to traditional resorts.


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