Imagine to enjoy the heavenly island life in the Maldives but having the freedom of hopping between multiple resorts, visiting different restaurants each night or meet new people. Sounds like it’s not possible? Well, it actually is at the SAii Lagoon which is part of the Crossroads – the first multi-island concept in the Maldives. Find out in this Hotel Review what makes the SAii Lagoon so different from all other resorts in the Maldives!
The SAii Lagoon, Curio Collection by Hilton
LOCATION & TRANSFER
The SAii Lagoon is nestled in the South Male Atoll so after arriving at the international Velana Airport in Male you just have to jump on a boat for a quick 15-minutes transfer to the Crossroads Marina Island. This is extremely convenient cause other than waiting for another one or two hours at the airport for a seaplane transfer you can directly check in to your villa and jump into the blue lagoon just a few moments after arriving to the Maldives!
The Rooms & Villas
During our stay we stayed in an Overwater Villa which we absolutely loved and checked out different room categories to have a better overview of which room categories the SAii Lagoon has to offer:
The Overwater Villas are located at a jetty over the lagoon. They all have a view over the endless blue ocean without anything blocking your view! Bicycles make it easy to get around the island or to ride to the Marina Island. They are based on a share system so everyone is free to grab any bicycle.
The interior of the villas is bright with playful color decorations and many art pieces which lets stepping into your villa feeling like arriving at home. I loved the great view over the lagoon right from the bed which is the best feeling when you wake up in the morning. Through a sliding door you enter the bathroom with a wardrobe, separate toilet and a rain shower with ocean view.
The best part is definitely the terrace with sun beds, private ocean access via a staircase, a hammock to relax right over the blue water and even a free standing bathtub – how cool is that!? In the morning I loved to make myself a cup of tea, sit in the hammock and simply enjoy the peaceful morning atmosphere. 🙂
other room categories:
For everyone who loves to have the beach just one step away from your bedroom the Beach Villas are the best choice. My favorite part was the bathroom which is partly inside but also outdoors in a private patio where you can enjoy a bubble bath in the open air. From there a wooden door leads to your private beach area with sun beds and a hammock hanging between palm trees which are swinging in the sunshine, for the the ultimate “lonely island” vibes. Some of the Beach Villas also come with a private pool!
Sky & Beach Rooms
Beside the Villas, the SAii Lagoon also has two-storey beach houses with rooms. These are the most affordable categories of the SAii and also a great choice for families or friends which like to stay close together but having their private spaces.
Both room categories are basically the same but the Sky Rooms are located upstairs with a balcony and the Beach rooms are – as the name already implies – downstairs with a terrace and direct beach access.
2-Bedroom Overwater Villa
The biggest room category of the SAii Lagoon is the huge 2-Bedroom Overwater Villa with two separate bedrooms and bathrooms with a living room in between. Outdoors is a big terrace with a lot of space to chill in the sunshine with friends or the whole family and a private pool right over the lagoon.
Specials of the SAii Lagoon Maldives
The SAii Lagoon is part of the first multi-island concept with two resorts and a “Marina Island” with different restaurants, shops, spa, water sport activities and much more! The three islands are connected and all guests can move around freely to use all facilities. It’s a super unique concept in the Maldives. Find out more about the concept in my Crossroads Maldives blog post!
The Pool, Beach & Water Sports
A lovely sandy beach is located all around the resort. One side of the island is facing the open sea which is where the beach villas are located and on the other side you overlook the beautiful turquoise lagoon with the second resort behind it. Here you find several sun beds and many hidden hammocks which are the best spots to relax and enjoy a good book while listening to the waves.
Many activities can be done at the water sports center such as riding jet skis or booking a snorkeling tour. All non-motorized activities like kayaks or paddle boards can be rented for free. You can use these to reach a little snorkeling spot in the lagoon – just five minutes away from the beach. It’s a rock with corals & anemones surrounded by some tuna statues. Unfortunately this is the only snorkeling spot which is directly accessible from the resort since the island has no house reef but you can book a snorkeling trip to explore the nearby reefs.
In the center of the island is a little garden where vegetables, herbs and chili is grown to use them in the restaurants. During our second stay at the SAii Lagoon it has been great to see that the garden even has been extended.
Breakfast & Restaurants
Miss Olive Oyl
Beside the Pool Bar and a small café there are two restaurants on the island of the SAii. The first one is a Mediterranean beachfront restaurant with specialities from the grill called Miss Olive Oyl.
The breakfast buffet is served in the Beach Club on the Marina Island which is connected with the SAii Lagoon via small bridge. Beside the buffet which contains warm and cold items, as well as Maldivian and International choices, it is also possible to order additional hot dishes such as Eggs Benedict. I also loved the little Mimosa Station with wich you can start your day with some bubbles.
My favorite dining option on the SAii Lagoon property is the Mr. TomYam Restaurant right at the beach. It’s only open for dinner and has a Thai-Italian fusion kitchen! Sounds strange but it is really tasty and something we’ve never tried before: Like Khao Pad meets risotto or Green Curry meets Pizza! Definitely make sure to try Mr. TomYam during your visit.
Additionally to the two restaurants on the island, all other dining possibilities on the Marina Island and the Hard Rock Hotel can be enjoyed as well.
The SAii Lagoon is a great & more affordable option in the Maldives for all kind of travelers: No matter if families, friends or couples. The island itself is relatively small and cozy but due to the Crossroads concept you also have the possibility to celebrate at the Beach Club on the Marina Island or visit the Hard Rock Cafe for a Live Music show. The SAii Lagoon offers the best of both worlds, Fun and Relaxation!
We had a sponsored stay at the SAii Lagoon which does not influence my opinion and review about the resort.