“Only fifteen minutes by boat from Malé International Airport, the lifestyle island combines world-renowned restaurants and retail outlets with cultural activities, an iconic beach club and leading-edge events hall — all centred around the eponymous luxury yacht marina,” says Martin van der Reijden, Vice President of Operations, CROSSROADS Maldives.
Many of the retail outlets and restaurants at The Marina @ CROSSROADS are located along the expansive, breezy boardwalk, including the culinary delights of Sri Lankan chef Dharshan Munidasa’s Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi, both of which are listed in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2018. The island really comes to life as the sun plunges into the Indian Ocean. From the live sounds of Hard Rock Cafe to the laid-back beats at the iconic Café del Mar beach club – both firsts for the Maldives – a day at The Marina @ CROSSROADS caters to all tastes.
From international cuisine to local culture, a considerable onus is placed on promoting the Maldives’ heritage. At the Maldives Discovery Centre, visitors are given a window into the world of their host nation and its inhabitants that aims to enlightening guests on the history, handicrafts time-honoured traditions that have shaped the islands over the centuries.
Local culture also plays a key role in the design and style throughout the CROSSROADS Maldives development. Designed with an eye towards days gone by, and mindful of the natural environment, CROSSROADS Maldives, much like the archipelago’s history, showcases a rich tapestry of colourful and cultural influences.
“The references of the far-flung cultures that for centuries traded in Maldives have been tastefully mixed with local identity and seafaring flair to shape the playful design philosophy at CROSSROADS Maldives,” says Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Hospitality Officer, S Hotels & Resorts. “We’ve looked at the past to present our vision of the future of tourism in the Maldives; a future that will focus on inclusivity, accessibility and sustainability.”
The sustainable practices however go beyond action to incorporate education, which is where Marine Discovery Centre plays such a vital role. Located within The Marina @ CROSSROADS, the Marine Discovery Centre aims to educate and inspire both the local community and resort guests on how they can make a difference. Experts will educate visitors on the diversity of local marine flora, fauna and wildlife, and the latest coral propagation programmes, including coral transplantation activities and the ‘3R concept’: Recruit, Rehabilitation, Release.
“To truly understand the Maldives is to understand the sheer significance of the sea; how it has shaped the archipelago and will continue to do so long after we have gone,” adds Dirk De Cuyper. “To underestimate our impact would be to jeopardise the future of the marine life and local communities.”
To discover more about CROSSROADS Maldives, please visit www.crossroadsmaldives.com