Outrigger acquires five-star resort in the Maldives

Outrigger Hospitality Group has acquired the newly renovated five-star Maafushivaru Resort in the Maldives, which will be renamed Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort. It is located on a private island in the South Ari Atoll region, a 25-minute seaplane trip from Malé, and is comprised of a collection of 81 luxury villa styles including beach, pool and duplex accommodations, as well as overwater bungalows and seven F&B outlets.

“There are few destinations that evoke higher levels of relaxation, elegance and seclusion than the Maldives,” said Jeff Wagoner, president/CEO, Outrigger Hospitality Group. “This resort is the perfect addition to our array of global beachfront properties. With travel on the rise, we look forward to welcoming our global guests to the Maldives and curating unforgettable Outrigger Signature Experiences that allow visitors to appreciate Maldivian culture in an iconic beachfront setting.”

Outrigger will leverage the knowledge of general manager John Allanson, who has served the brand previously and has three decades of hospitality leadership experience. In his new role, he will spearhead the transition of this property utilizing The Outrigger Way philosophy. This ethos has allowed the brand to expand across the globe without compromising its values of caring for guest, host and place.

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

Signature Experiences include underwater dive adventures with the resident marine biologist to view manta rays at the nearby coral reefs and boat excursions around the South Ari Atoll. The brand’s environmental stewardship platform, Outrigger’s ZONE (OZONE) further links enriching guest experiences with coral reef restoration to protect the oceans and help them thrive for generations to come. The resort spa offers customized treatments including rooms for couples.