WHY IT RATES: Both loyal Outrigger guests and new to the brand will love the luxurious five-star Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru resort, which includes Outrigger’s signature experiences to deliver memorable excursions, like coral reef restoration. – Lacey Pfalz, Associate Editor, TravelPulse


Outrigger Hospitality Group announced today that it has acquired the newly renovated five-star Maafushivaru Resort in the Maldives, adding another premier beach property to its expanding global portfolio. The luxury resort will be renamed Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort and is located on a private island in the pristine South Ari Atoll region, a 25-minute seaplane ride from Male – offering convenient access and breathtaking views to arriving customers. The resort is comprised of a collection of 81 styles of luxury villas including beachfront, 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 complement to our lineup of global beachfront properties,” said Jeff Wagoner, Chairman and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group.” With the increase in travel, we look forward to welcoming our guests from around the world to the Maldives and curating unforgettable Outrigger Signature Experiences that allow visitors to enjoy the Maldivian culture in an iconic beachfront setting.”


Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort Water Pool Villa. (photo via Outrigger Hotels & Resorts)

Located in the bustling Indian Ocean, the Maldives is ranked by many travelers around the world as the ultimate luxury beach destination. Known for its uninterrupted views of white sandy beaches and an endless turquoise lagoon, Maafushivaru Resort has recently undergone a major modernization and is poised to be among the top holiday destinations in the Maldives. Outrigger will draw on the insights of managing director John Allanson, who has served the brand before and has three decades of hospitality management experience. In his new role, Allanson will lead the transition of this property using The Outrigger Way philosophy. This philosophy has allowed the brand to expand across the globe without compromising its values ​​of caring for customers, guests and places.

“Respecting the local host culture and fostering a deep appreciation of the communities in which we operate is key to the Outrigger experience,” added Wagoner. “As Outrigger approaches its 75th anniversary this year, we look forward to celebrating this new luxury property in the Maldives as part of the next chapter of our premier resort brand.”

The Outrigger brand is renowned for its barefoot luxury – effortlessly merging contemporary comfort with a relaxed, happy vibe. In addition to wonderful accommodation, guests of Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort can expect exceptional dining, live musical entertainment and bespoke Signature experiences.

The private island resort has seven restaurants, bars and cafes on the island that offer a stimulating mix of food and drink offerings. Cuisine ranges from Asian to Mediterranean; enjoy freshly caught sushi and teppanyaki one day, then steak and salad the next. Music plays a key role in the Outrigger experience – from the relaxing beats of a DJ at the Water Bar to the mellow sounds of a live band, the energy on the property is unmatched.

Exclusive experiences include scuba diving adventures with the resident marine biologist to observe manta rays on nearby coral reefs and boat trips around South Ari Atoll. The brand’s environmental stewardship platform, Outrigger’s ZONE (OZONE) further connects enriching customer experiences with restoring coral reefs to protect our oceans and help them thrive for generations to come. For ultimate relaxation, the resort’s spa is a wellness oasis with personalized treatments, including rooms for couples. As one of the most romantic destinations in the world, vow renewals on white sand beaches are also offered as a way to cherish new love or renewed romance.

For more information or to book a stay at Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort from April 1, 2022, visit Outrigger.com/Maafushivaru. A special “Book early and save” offer includes room and half board. The property will soon be integrated into Outrigger DISCOVERY – a newly enhanced loyalty program linked to Global Hotel Alliance (GHA).


THE SOURCE: Outrigger Hotels & Resorts press release.