Most people think that the Maldives are just a honeymoon destination for couples which like to enjoy their privacy together. But what if I tell you that the Maldives has several sides: Yes there are these super romantic couple resorts but there are also resorts for friends or young couples which like to have a good time and socialize. One them is the famous Hard Rock Hotel in the Maldives which is great for meeting new people and simply to have fun!
The Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
LOCATION & TRANSFER
Part of the Crossroads Maldives Concept, the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is located just a quick 15-20 mins boat transfer away from the international airport Velana in Male. This means that you don’t have to spend another hour or two at the airport after arriving to the Maldives to wait for a sea plane transfer. Instead you can directly begin your vacation a few moments after arrival and check into the Hard Rock Hotel!
P.S. Due to the short distance from the capital Male some of the Villas and Studios at the Hard Rock Hotel can see the capital from the terrace in the far distance. But most rooms either overlook the open ocean or the beautiful turquoise Crossroads Lagoon. That’s just something you should keep in mind for your booking.
The Hard Rock Hotel Maldives offers a variety of room categories: from the famous Overwater Villas to Studios for families at the Beach or the spacious Rockstar Villa with a private boat deck and huge infinity pool.
Platinum Overwater Pool Villa
During our time at the Hard Rock Hotel we stayed in an Overwater Villa with Pool which has a lovely lagoon view and direct access into the ocean. The terrace has, beside the private plunge pool, two cozy sun loungers which are perfect to relax and to admire the view.
The interior of this 76 m² big villa is colorful and modern which perfectly matches the young & fun Hard Rock theme. From the cozy king bed you have a direct view outside to wake up overlooking the lagoon. Right behind it is the great and very spacious bathroom with a freestanding bathtub, rain shower and two sinks.
Specials of the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
The Hard Rock Hotel is part of the first multi-island concept in the Maldives 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 before in the Maldives. In my Crossroads Blog Post you can find out more about it!
The Pool, Beach & Water Sports
A huge pool directly right next to the beach is the centerpiece of the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives where pool parties are happening every few days with a live DJ. The sunken bar is perfect to enjoy a refreshing drink right in the water. You can even a water slide which connects the open lobby upstairs with the pool! What a cool idea!
If you prefer to relax you can either do that at the lovely sandy beach or in one of the quiet cabanas behind the pool. Thanks to the Crossroads concept it is also possible to use the beach of the SAii Lagoon at any time. This resort has its focus on couples and families and is much quieter than the Hard Rock Hotel. You can find my Hotel Review about the SAii Lagoon HERE!
Many activities can be done at the water sports center on the Marina Island, such as riding jet skis or booking a snorkeling tour. All non-motorized activities like kayaks or paddle boards can be rented for free during the whole stay. You can use these to reach a little snorkeling spot in the lagoon – just five minutes away from the beach. It’s a collection of corals & anemones with colorful fish surrounded by several tuna statues. Unfortunately this is the only snorkeling spot which is directly accessible from the resort so snorkeling fans should definitely book a tour to to explore the diverse marine life of the Maldives at one of the nearby reefs.
The Rock Spa & Gym
After a fun day at the pool or while waiting for a tropical storm to pass, a little wellness and self care time is always a good idea. That’s why we decided to check out the Rock Spa during one afternoon and booked a relaxing couple massage. I especially loved that the treatment rooms are located in separate beach huts with a terrace. The doors can be opened during the massage to listen to the sound of the waves which is incredibly relaxing.
Part of the Rock Spa is the small but well equipped Rock Gym which is perfect for a morning workout. No matter if you prefer weight training, stepping on a cardio machine or tondo your own exercises on the yoga mat – you will find all the equipment in the Rock Gym! Thanks to a glass facade and the location right at the beach you can even overlook the ocean while working out!
The Elephant & Butterfly Restaurant
Authentic and creative Latinamerican food cooked and created by a Mexican chef – that’s the main restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel property: The Elephant & Butterfly. I can highly recommend to order samples of many smaller dishes to try as much as possible from the menu since everything is so good! P.S. For drinks the Passionfruit Mojito is a must try!
At least once a week there is a Beach BBQ happening for all guests during lunch time. Beside the grill they also install a little cocktail bar at the beach and play live music for a very laidback vibe! The chef of the Elephant & Butterfly restaurant is working its magic at the grill and creates some insanely good & unique BBQ dishes – definitely don’t miss it!
The Marina Island
You can find countless more dining options at the Marina Island which is part of the Crossroads concept. From fine dining to fresh sushi or light lunch options! Of course you can’t miss a visit at the legendary Hard Rock Cafe too! No matter if for dinner, a few drinks or to dance to live music!
The Hard Rock Hotel in the Maldives is a resort for young travelers which like to have fun. We really enjoyed a few days of partying and meeting new people in between our visits of the normally super quiet resorts in the Maldives. At the same time we absolutely enjoyed having the possibilities to visit the relaxing beaches of the SAii Lagoon or the Beach Club on the Marina Island at any time. A stay at the Hard Rock Hotel is definitely not your typical Maldives vacation – it rather combines the beauty of this paradise destination with music, fun and many dining options!
We had a sponsored stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives!