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Hard Rock opens first Maldives property

Talk about getting away. This destination won’t disappoint.

Hard Rock International recently opened its first property in the Maldives – a chain of 26 atolls that make up the Republic of Maldives in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is part of the brand’s “Crossroads Maldives” and is the 30th hotel property in the company’s portfolio.

The Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed sovereign states. Malé is the capital and most populated city (about 143,000 people), known for its central location.

Crossroads Maldives is the name for the multi-island project that features a wide variety of leisure and entertainment options for visitors.

It is accessible in 15 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport and spans a seven kilometer long lagoon and nine islands.

Hard Rock Maldives, located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean, recently opened. (Photo Hard Rock)

Crossroads has a 30-berth yacht marina, 11,000 square meters of retail space, the Café del Mar beach club, and a discovery center and event hall.

Hard Rock Maldives is also the country’s first integrated resort – meaning lodging, dining, entertainment and more all in one property.

The hotel features 178 guestrooms, including beach villas, family suites and one and two bedroom villas positioned over the water.

Dining options include the familiar Hard Rock brand Sessions, as well as Latin American-inspired cuisine at the Elephant and the Butterfly.

Of course there is also a Hard Rock Café, Rock Shop and Rock Spa.

Officials describe the design of the property as a blend of contemporary touches with local Maldivian culture and tropical architecture.

“Hard Rock Hotel Maldives offers the beauty and serenity of the destination perfectly paired with the lifestyle and energy that only the Hard Rock brand can deliver,” Dale Hipsh, senior vice president of Hard Rock Hotels said in a news release. “We’re excited to showcase the property’s unique experience and signature brand amenities to locals and visitors from around the world.”

One of the unique accommodations is the two bedroom “Silver Family Suite” which allows parents and kids to stay together in bunk beds and with direct beach access.

There is also the almost 5,000 square foot “Rock Star Villa” that features outdoor living areas, an infinity pool, terrace tuk-tuk bar, panoramic ocean views and a private boat jetty.

Hard Rock International has venues in 75 countries, including 188 Hard Rock Cafes, 241 Rock Shops, 30 hotels and 11 casinos. The Seminole Tribe of Florida is the parent company of HRI.

More information is at hardrockhotels.

Damon Scott
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