ORLANDO — Hard Rock International is forging ahead with its international expansion plans, announcing that it plans to open the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives in October 2018.
The resort will be located within one of the Maldives’ largest lagoons, Emboodhoo Falhu, a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport. The project will also include a Hard Rock Cafe Maldives.
The Maldives are a convenient destination for flights from Asia, Europe and the Middle East and the integrated resort project will appeal to the rapidly growing niche of medium to upscale tourism, as well as the affluent travellers who typically frequent the nation, especially honeymooners, says the company.
The first phase of development consists of a US$311.5 million investment that includes hotels, entertainment, retail and dining. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will be one of three resorts included in the development, boasting 178 expansive guestrooms, family suites, beach villas and one and two-bedroom overwater villas.
“Known for its vibrant culture, top-of-the-line luxury and some of the most breathtaking white-sand beaches in the world, Maldives is truly a slice of paradise and one of the world’s most desirable destinations,” says Todd Hricko, Senior VP, Head of Global Hotel Development for Hard Rock International.
Inspired by local Maldivian culture, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will infuse contemporary design features with tropical architecture throughout the property, alongside music memorabilia. The hotel will provide guests with exclusive brand offerings and amenities, including The Sound of Your Stay music program, offering complimentary use of Fender guitars and Crosley record players for in-room jam sessions, as well as a renowned full-service Rock Spa, Roxity Kids Club and Teen Spirit Club. Dining and bar options range from a Pool Bar and all-day dining, to a Beach Grill restaurant and in-villa dine experience, to Hard Rock Cafe Maldives.