SO/ Hotels & Resorts to debut in the Maldives

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Accor signs SO/ Maldives

CGI of SO/ Maldives

Maldives: Accor has signed an agreement with S Hotels and Resorts and Wai Eco World Developer to introduce SO/ Hotels & Resorts to the Maldives.

Scheduled to open in 2023, the new resort will feature 80 luxury villas on the third island of CROSSROADS Maldives, an integrated leisure destination in the South Malé Atoll. 

The SO/ brand currently has properties in Berlin, Bangkok, St Petersburg and Singapore. Upcoming locations include Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Paris and Jakarta.

Garth Simmons, Accor’s CEO for southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce the arrival of SO/ Hotels & Resorts in the Maldives. This playful and distinctive lifestyle brand can only be found in the world’s most iconic destinations so it is the perfect fit for this renowned island paradise. The resort’s location within CROSSROADS Maldives will allow guests to experience a truly vibrant luxury lifestyle offering with plenty of options for both relaxation and adventure. SO/ Maldives will be a place to see and be seen for bold and stylish socialisers and we look forward to working with S Hotels & Resorts and WEWD to bring this project to life.”

Dirk De Cuyper, CEO at S Hotels and Resorts, said: “We are so excited to unveil SO/ Maldives as the latest jewel in CROSSROADS Maldives’ crown, as we continue to transform the tourism landscape in this highly-desirable destination. With its signature sense of style and commitment to creating unique guest journeys, SO/ is the ideal fit for our third island. It will stand out from the crowd, complement our two other industry-leading brands and complete our collection of luxury and lifestyle resorts, further raising the bar for hospitality in the Maldives.”

Wai Eco World Developer (WEWD) is an investment and development group in Myanmar. SO/ Maldives is the company’s first major oversea investment. The group plans to develop a number of hotels and resorts in major cities and tourist destinations in Myanmar.

Saw Win Maung, managing director at WEWD, said: “The Maldives is a truly special place and we are delighted to enter the market with such a prestigious project. S Hotels & Resorts has a proven track record of developing exceptional lifestyle resorts, including CROSSROADS Maldives, and the edgy style of SO/ always strikes a chord with its trend-setting guests. With such strong partners, we are confident of creating a one-of-a-kind resort experience at SO/ Maldives.”

SO/ Maldives will join Accor’s collection of five resorts in the Maldives. These include the midscale Mercure brand, premium Pullman and Mövenpick brands, and the luxury Raffles and Fairmont brands. 

Accor has 13 dedicated brands within its lifestyle division, including Mondrian, Mama Shelter and 25hours.

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