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Imagine to enjoy the heavenly island life of the Maldives but having the freedom of hopping between multiple islands & resorts, to go out to 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 minutes after arriving to the Maldives!

drone shot overlooking the SAii Lagoon 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:

Overwater Villa

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.

Inside the villas are 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 net 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 net and simply enjoy the peaceful morning atmosphere. 🙂

drone shot of a water villa at the SAii Lagoon Maldives hotel
girl sitting in a hammock with pillows next to a bath tub with flowers on the terrace of a water villa in The Maldives and watching the sunset

other room categories:

Beach Villas

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. The Beach Villas will give you the ultimate “lonely island” vibes! 🙂

Beach Villa of the SAii Lagoon Maldives Hotel surrounded by palm trees with a hammock
outdoor bathroom of a beach villa at the SAii Lagoon Maldives with a freestanding bathtub

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.

house at the beach with sun beds and many palm trees in The Maldives, SAii Lagoon

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.

terrace with pool over the lagoon of the 2-bedroom overwater villa of the SAii Lagoon Maldives hotel
huge bathroom with bathtub and two sinks of the 2-bedroom overwater villa of the SAii Lagoon Maldives hotel

Specials of the SAii Lagoon Maldives

Crossroads

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 which I’ve never seen in the Maldives. Find out more about the concept in my Crossroads Maldives blog post!

map of the CROSSROADS Maldives

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.

beach swing in The Maldives
hammock between palm trees at the beach in The Maldives

To refresh, after shooting in the strong midday heat, we loved to jump in the main pool and enjoy our lunch at the pool bar. At the Ms. Olive Oyl pool bar you have casual choices like pizza, sandwiches and salads. The pool and the area around it are a great place to watch the sunset in the evening.

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 but you can book a snorkeling trip to explore the nearby reefs.

The Garden

In the center of the island is a little garden where vegetables, herbs and chili are grown to use them in the restaurants. In the future they are planning to expand it to plant even more useful plants and to do everything fully organically in the future.

island garden with a hut in the middle surrounded by palm trees in The Maldives
compilation with different photos of the garden

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. This is also where the breakfast has been served during our stay in June 2021. Normally a bigger breakfast buffet is located in the Beach Club on the Marina Island which is connected with the SAii Lagoon via small bridge.

Compilation of different photos for dinner at the miss olive oil restaurant
breakfast at the SAii Lagoon Maldives compilation

Mr. TomYam

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 really good and something we never tried before: Like Khaopad meets risotto or Green Curry meets Pizza! Definitely make sure to try Mr. TomYam during one evening.

RÉSUMÉ

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 the best of both worlds 😉

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We had a sponsored stay at the SAii Lagoon.

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