The acquisition isn’t the first time for Outrigger making a play at the Maldives market. The brand previously operated the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort between 1 August 2015 and 15 December 2020.
The Hawaii headquartered hotel group will rename its latest buy Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort. The resort is located on a private island in the South Ari Atoll region, a 25-minute seaplane from Malé. It consists of 81 luxury villa styles including beach, pool and duplex accommodations, as well as coveted overwater bungalows and more.
“There are few destinations that evoke higher levels of relaxation, elegance and seclusion than the Maldives. This resort is the perfect addition to our array of global beachfront properties,” said Jeff Wagoner, President and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group. “With travel on the rise, we look forward to welcoming our global guests to the Maldives and curating unforgettable Outrigger Signature Experiences that allow visitors to appreciate Maldivian culture in an iconic beachfront setting.”
The Maafushivaru Resort has recently undergone an extensive modernisation and is poised to be among the Maldives’ most sought-after vacation destinations. Outrigger will leverage the knowledge of General Manager, John Allanson, who has served the brand previously and has three decades of hospitality leadership experience.
“Respecting local host culture and fostering a deep appreciation for the communities in which we operate is key to the Outrigger experience,” added Wagoner.
The private island resort has seven restaurants, bars and cafes, serving dishes ranging from Asian to Mediterranean.
Signature Experiences include underwater dive adventures with the resident marine biologist to view manta rays at the nearby coral reefs and boat excursions around the South Ari Atoll. The brand’s environmental stewardship platform, Outrigger’s ZONE (OZONE) further links enriching guest experiences with coral reef restoration to protect our oceans and help them thrive for generations to come.
Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort is now open and will soon be integrated into Outrigger DISCOVERY – a newly enhanced loyalty program connected with Global Hotel Alliance (GHA).