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Emboodhoo Lagoon multi-island resort project breaks ground in the Maldives

A new multi-island resort project set to feature a Hard Rock hotel, overwater suites and a branch of Cafe del Mar has broken ground in the Maldives. The new Emboodhoo Lagoon project will develop up to nine islands with a central core island containing a harbour and a township where all facilities will be concentrated.

Emboodhoo Lagoon multi-island resort project breaks ground in the Maldives

A new resort project spread over several islands in the Maldives that will integrate extensive leisure and recreational facilities has broken ground this month. Plans for the multi-island Emboodhoo Lagoon project include constructing a township on a core island with luxury accommodation built on outlying islets.

Once completed the development will encompass nine islands and include 1,300 guest rooms, creating more than 5,000 local jobs. Hard Rock Hotels is slated to open a "new DNA" resort concept featuring Rock Star suites on one of the islands, while another exclusive lifestyle resort will offer travellers luxurious overwater suites.

An official groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction on phase one of the Emboodhoo development, estimated to cost around US$311.5 million. The first phase of the resort project will involve developing three islands with food and beverage outlets, retail, entertainment and recreational facilities all concentrated in a central island hub.

The central township and phase one of the project are set to be complete by the latter half of 2018, while the second phase is anticipated to be built within the next five years.

At the ceremony Maldives’ Minister of Tourism Moosa Zameer said:

“We are delighted to attend the official ceremony to mark the start of construction on this new world-class leisure development which is set to further enhance the Maldives' international reputation as one of the world's top tourist destinations.”

The project is being developed by Singha Estate Public Company Limited. Chair Chutinant Bhirombhakdi commented:

“Singha Estate sees a great opportunity in creating the company's biggest and most exciting project to date in the Maldives.”

Bhirombhakdi also said that the company is confident that the Emboodhoo Lagoon project will redefine the Maldives as a leisure and tourist destination and is set to reignite and stimulate the country's tourism economy.

The project developer has partnered with renowned UK-marina management specialists Camper and Nicholsons to build a luxurious international-standard 50-berth marina at the "township" on Emboodhoo’s central island.

Internationally-renowned beach club operator Cafe Del Mar is also on board to open a new outlet, alongside world-class travel retailers.

As part of the overall project, Singha Estate will establish a Maldives cultural and Indian Ocean marine learning centre. Working closely with the local community and a marine biologist, the cultural centre will promote the local life and crafts of the islands and introduce marine conservation schemes dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of the Maldives' precious marine ecosystem.  

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