Travel BlogJanuary 9, 2024
SO/ Maldives – Where Castaway Meets Runway
SO/ Maldives revamps luxury island getaways with bespoke all-villa stays and sensory experiences. Rooted in fashion and art, this resort boasts diverse dining, a playful beach club, and a serene spa in a secluded lagoon enclave. It’s an escape for families, couples, and friends seeking inclusive luxury in a coveted hideaway. Only a 15-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, this island haven offers rare accessibility and exquisite privacy.
SO/ Maldives boasts a bold, structural design inspired by contemporary couture’s craftsmanship and theatrics. Upon arrival, guests will encounter a stunning over-water pavilion, setting the hotel’s aesthetic with clean lines, cool neutrals, natural wood, and vibrant accents. Distinctive walkways, draped with billowing fabrics or architectural timber canopies, contrast the island’s lush flora, akin to high fashion’s dramatic styling.
A Haute-Couture runway that offers varied experiences and serves as a setting for its show, where guests become part of a glamorous architectural catwalk linking the island’s public areas. The runway includes specially attired staff and guests as participants. Each area serves as a venue for guests to see and be seen, resembling a fashion show. The architecture, contemporary yet inspired by local context, exudes energised, playful, and bold fashion-inspired attitudes.
The resort’s 80 beachfront and over-water villas redefine modern luxury, featuring open-plan layouts and private pools, seamlessly integrating guests with the idyllic waters. The Beach Villa Collection offers stylish spaces with vibrant design touches, providing magnificent views and direct access to the pristine Maldivian sands. The Water Villa Collection blends rebellious interiors with panoramic ocean scenes through large windows and sustainability with hidden solar panels, offering a serene, eco-conscious retreat amid stunning scenery. Additionally, for families, the Family Beach Pool Villa with Capsule comes complete with fun adjoining sleep pods for younger guests. Private pools are standard, and an invaluable personalised concierge service is courtesy of the hotel’s guest experience hosts.
The dining experiences at SO/ Maldives showcase three distinct culinary concepts, each offering a unique dining encounter. Guests can kick start their day with casual all-day dining at The Citronelle Club, embracing vibrant Asian flavours through spice-infused dishes in a family-style setting. Enjoy the Mediterranean ambience and wholesome options at Lazuli Beach Club, a beach bar and lounge radiating Cote D’Azur’s charm. Finally, indulge in the enchanting atmosphere and aromatic Levantine cuisine of Arabian nights at Hadaba, the signature restaurant boasting endless ocean views, where slow-cooked delicacies and smoked treats are crafted using the finest Levantine ingredients and local produce.
Retreat to their iconic Wellness Camp for an active or relaxed experience, offering a bespoke spa with Vichy rainforest shower, steam, sauna, modern treatment rooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness sphere boasting ocean views. Inspired by nature’s gentle curves, the Spa’s design forms a serene and inviting environment around the drop-off area. Influenced by flowing water and landscapes, its sinuous layout mirrors relaxation’s natural rhythms and energy flow.
Families will discover The Nest Kids Club, abundant with toys, games, and engaging activities alongside The Zone, boasting a games room and an outdoor deck for enjoyment. For those seeking a connection with nature, the Water sports hub on the beach awaits your exploration.
For bookings and reservations, please visit: https://so-hotels.com/en/maldives/