Curio Collection by Hilton Adds Exotic Escape to Asia Resort Portfolio with Maldives Signing

Stylish, boutique resort set to be first Curio in the Maldives

MALDIVES and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has entered into a franchise agreement with Singha Estate Public Company Limited (Singha Estate PCL) to open a new boutique resort in the Maldives, which will join the Curio Collection by Hiltonportfolio of nearly 50 upper upscale independent hotels around the world. The new Curio Collection property forms part of CROSSROADS project, the first-ever integrated leisure and entertainment resort destination that is currently under development in Emboodhoo Lagoon, Maldives. The new resort will be managed by S Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Singha Estate PCL, and is scheduled to open in end-2018.

“Opening the first Curio Collection hotel in the Maldives is a very exciting milestone for us,” said Mark Nogal, global brand head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “The Maldives is renowned for being a one-of-a-kind tropical paradise and we are confident that the resort will offer curious travelers seeking an authentic experience truly memorable accommodations.” 

The new resort will have 198 spacious guest rooms, beach villas and overwater villas as well as facilities such as a fitness center and swimming pool. In addition to duty-free shops and multiple restaurants, guests of the resort will also enjoy convenient access to a beach club, watersports, a dive center, a cultural center and a kids club – all located within CROSSROADS. 

“As we continue to grow our portfolio across Asia, we are proud to introduce the Curio Collection by Hilton brand in one of the world’s most celebrated resort destinations. The Maldives remain a top choice for global travelers today and we are thrilled to be partnering with Singha Estate on this very exciting CROSSROADS project,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia & Australasia, Hilton. “With this brand, our owners can benefit from the proven track record and quality of the Hilton engine, also known as the Hilton performance advantage, while staying true to their hotel’s individuality.”

CROSSROADS spans nine islands in the Emboodhoo Lagoon and will have a plethora of dining, retail, entertainment, recreational and leisure-lifestyle offerings including a 50-berth marina. Set exclusively on one of the islands within the integrated destination, the resort is about 15 minutes away by speedboat to the Velana International Airport in the capital city of Male. 

“CROSSROADS project, the first integrated leisure and entertainment resort in the Maldives, is a reflection to Singha Estate’s vision to be the premier lifestyle developer while delivering sustainable growth and creating value for all stakeholders,” said Naris Cheyklin, chief executive officer, Singha Estate Public Company Limited. “We are delighted to partner with Hilton on this unique, integrated resort and look forward to seeing our exciting collaboration lift Singha Estate’s rapidly-growing hospitality portfolio to a new level.”

One of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, Curio Collection by Hilton is a global, upper upscale collection of distinctive hotels and resorts that offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences, each unique to the destination they call home. The new Curio Collection by Hilton resort will have its own unique character, appealing to the curious traveler seeking a fun and authentic Maldives vacation experience. 

“S Hotels & Resorts aims to craft quality settings in a sustainable environment where guests can relax, play, work, enjoy and share instant stories, and to meet the travelers’ demands at maximum,” said Dirk De Cuyper, chief hospitality officer of S Hotels & Resorts. “We are very pleased to manage the new lifestyle resort that will be a part of Curio Collection by Hilton.”

The Curio Collection Maldives resort joins close to 80 Hilton hotels open and under development across gateway cities and popular destinations across the South East Asia. 

About Singha Estate Public Company Limited
Singha Estate PLC. is a leading Thai real estate developer focusing on business expansion and investment via land purchases in high-potential locations and quality project development under the “Best in Class” concept – in tandem with investment, joint investment, and M&As of businesses or assets with high growth potential. The goal is to achieve its vision of becoming a premier lifestyle developer by crafting quality settings for people to live, play, work, and shop. Recent investments and business expansions have resulted in Singha Estate today commanding assets under the operation of the company itself, subsidiaries, and joint-venture companies in and outside of Thailand in three core businesses including Commercial, Residential and Hotel. Visit singhaestate.co.th for more information and connect with Singha Estate on Facebook.

About CROSSROADS
The development of the CROSSROADS project is set to redefine the Maldives’ vacation experience as the first integrated leisure and recreation destination that will attract and captivate the international family-leisure markets to the Maldives.

Inspired by cultures from the East and the West at the crossing of Maritime Silk Road, the project is situated within the 7 km-long reclaimed islands just 15 minutes from Male International Airport by speed boat presenting an easy access and unique offerings for travelers as well as the residents of the capital city. Featuring a luxurious 30-berth yacht marina and a rich combination of hotels, entertainment, one-of-a-kind lifestyle beach club, retail and fine dining, the project also houses a Maldives Cultural Centre that will promote the life and crafts of the islands nation and introduce global practice sustainable tourism schemes dedicated to preserving the bio-diversity of the Maldives’ prestigious marine ecosystem and enhancing the well-being of the local community.

About Curio Collection by Hilton
Curio Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) is an upper upscale, global portfolio of nearly 50 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking unexpected and authentic experiences, and the benefits of Hilton’s award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and property stories at news.curiocollection.com; discover Curio Collection destinations through the eyes of locals with 48-hour itineraries at citiesbycurio.com; and connect with Curio Collection on facebook.com/curiocollectioninstagram.com/curiocollection and twitter.com/curiocollection.

About Corporate
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi.  Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram, and YouTube.

Hard Rock International to make waves in Indian Ocean with Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

First-of-Its-Kind Integrated Resort Destination to Debut October 2018

Globally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock International announces plans to expand its portfolio with Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and Hard Rock Cafe Maldives, slated to open October 1, 2018. As part of the Emboodhoo Lagoon project, the first integrated resort destination in the Maldives, the brand will work in collaboration with Singha Estate Public Company Limited, a leading Thailand-based development company, to provide travelers with the ultimate, family-friendly Maldivian experience.

The highly anticipated property will be located within one of the Maldives’ largest lagoons, Emboodhoo Falhu, a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport. A convenient destination for flights from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the integrated resort project will appeal to the rapidly growing niche of medium to upscale tourism, as well as the affluent travelers who typically frequent the nation. The first phase of development consists of a $311.5 million investment that is expected to stimulate tourism, offering vacationers a rich combination of world-class offerings such as hotels, entertainment, retail and fine dining. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will be one of three resorts included in the development, boasting 178 expansive guestrooms, family suites, beach villas and one and two-bedroom overwater villas.

“Known for its vibrant culture, top-of-the-line luxury and some of the most breathtaking white-sand beaches in the world, Maldives is truly a slice of paradise and one of the world’s most desirable destinations,” states Todd Hricko, senior vice president, head of global hotel development for Hard Rock International. “Traditionally regarded as being a popular honeymoon destination, we at Hard Rock are excited to work with the Singha Estate team to captivate multi-generational travelers, showcasing that the destination can cater to more than just newlyweds.”

“This is the perfect complement to our integrated leisure and recreation experiences with Hard Rock Hotels and Hard Rock Cafes as part of The Emboodhoo Lagoon project,” says Thiti Thongbenjamas, chief investment officer Maldivesproject, Singha Estate Public Company Limited.

Inspired by local Maldivian culture, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will infuse contemporary design features with tropical architecture throughout the property, alongside regionally-inspired, authentic music memorabilia. The hotel will provide guests with exclusive brand offerings and amenities, including The Sound of Your Stay® music program, offering complimentary use of Fender guitars and Crosley record players for in-room jam sessions, as well as a renowned full-service Rock Spa®, a Rock Shop® selling all brand merchandise, Roxity Kids Club® and Teen Spirit® Club. Guests can also treat their taste buds to delectable on-site food and beverage options, ranging from a Pool Bar and all-day dining, to a Beach Grill restaurant and in-villa dine experience.  

Just steps from the hotel, guests will enjoy authentic American cuisine amidst the ultimate rock atmosphere at Hard Rock Cafe Maldives. With direct boat transportation from the airport and situated within the Emboodhoo Lagoon development, Hard Rock Cafe Maldives will provide approximately 185 seats both indoors and outdoors while offering diners exclusive beach access, taking dining with a view to a whole new level.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives will create more than 350 jobs and the entire integrated resort will create an additional 1,250, further stimulating the Maldives community.

Through music appreciation and an imaginative environment, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos delivers products for the varied aspects of life – work, play and personal sanctuary. For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 179 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Managua, Cairo, Wroclaw and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Singha Estate to create a World Destination in Maldives’ mega-project

World’s number one beach club from Ibiza island “Cafe Del Mar” approached Singha Estate Plc and they have agreed to jointly create a one-stop world destination in Maldives. The latest partnership further underlines Singha’s attempt to provide all-round facilities for tourists after it has formed commercial relationships with renowned entertainment brand Hard Rock Hotel Group. The mega project’s first phase will be officially launched next year. Once opened, it is expected to gain attentions from tourists around the world as a top destination in the Indian Ocean.

         Singha Estate Plc, has revealed the latest progress of its mega project in Maldives which will consist of a yacht marina, retail outlets, a hotel and stunning white sand beach in the first phase. The company has earned trust from leading international firms including Hard Rock which will open a one-of-its-kind theme hotel in the project.

         In the latest progress, Singha Estate has teamed up with Cafe Del Mar, the world’s popular beach club operator whose iconic facilities are located at famous beach destinations around the world. The arrival of Cafe Del Mar underscores the project’s goal to become a world-class destination with all-round facilities that all groups of tourists ever want.

         Commenting on the deal, Mr. Thitti Thongbenchamas, chief investment officer of Singha Estate Plc said the contract signing with Cafe De Mar was another significant progress of the company’s mega project in Maldives. Cafe Del Mar will be the largest beach club ever on any islands which will make it a must-visit destination for every traveler.

         “Founded in 1980 in Ibiza in Spain, Cafe del Mar pioneers unique style of colourful and fun-filled beach clubs around the world located at famous tourist destinations in Australia, Spain and Hawaii. In Maldives, the beach club by Cafe Del Mar will be a flagship outlet in the Indian Ocean with space of over 5,000 sqm. The club is popular among its fans thanks to its high creativity. They have created their own music which is tailored made for each event or activity. Many of the music creations by celebrity DJs like Roger Sanchez, Dimitri, Boy George and Paul Oakenfold have been familiar among fans. This partnership is a very exciting as it could open a chance for Thai music fans to meet them and enjoy their works in the future,” he added.

Singha Estate, Maldives

         Director of Cafe del Mar group, Domenic Zappia said that the company is pleased that Singha decided to partner with us. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with such a credible group in Thailand as Singha Estate.

         “The Maldives location has a range of qualities that are attractive to Cafe del Mar. It has an amazing climate, a relaxed vacation atmosphere, and a stunning Indian Ocean aspect. It’s the perfect place for us to expand the Cafe del Mar experience to a new market of inspired travelers.

         “We will stay true to our premium, relaxed style of architecture and design, quality food and beverage offering, whilst delivering impeccable service – thus keeping the essence of Cafe del Mar true to its core,” said Mr. Zappia. “However, new elements such as Wood Fired cooking in our state of the art kitchen enhanced by ingredient by Singha Group is a very exciting new addition”.

         The Beach Club in Maldives connected with the yacht marina can accommodate a large number of guests. The pool by the beach will be designed by a world-class designer with unique style. The beach club will offer guests the ability to experience all aspects of a vacation based on their personal tastes especially partying along with leading international DJs. The club will surely be yet another magnet in the mega-project where party-goers who are into music will spend most of their time. The club is expected to open in the first phase by next year.

         Singha Estate’s Thitti said that the partnerships with world-renowned companies in various aspects including the accommodations, shopping and entertainment are boosting the project’s profile. This is an unprecedented cooperation in Maldives. With the presence of the famous brands like Hard Rock and Cafe Del Mar, every tourist will certainly look forward to visiting the project. The company will reveal the first glimpse of this mega-project to the public very soon.