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Male’, Maldives, 18th April 2024 – SO/ Maldives, the epitome of luxury and sophistication nestled in the heart of Emboodhoo Lagoon, has proudly announced its nomination at the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards under the ‘Resorts’ category. This recognition serves as a testament to the resort’s unwavering commitment to excellence in hospitality and its dedication to providing unparalleled guest experiences.

Since its grand opening on November 1, 2023, SO/ Maldives has captivated the imagination of travelers worldwide with its avant-garde design, culinary mastery, and immersive cultural experiences. The recent hosting of a sensational Grand Opening Party on March 23, 2024, under the theme “An Invite to the Front Row,” marked a significant milestone in the Maldivian hospitality scene.

The Grand Opening Party was nothing short of a sensory extravaganza, combining global collaborations, artistic flair, and Maldivian charm against the breathtaking backdrop of Emboodhoo Lagoon. Guests were treated to an unforgettable evening of haute couture, culinary delights, live performances, and exclusive wellness retreats.

Among the highlights of the collaboration were:

Fashion-Forward: SO/ Maldives presented one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives in collaboration with Milin, a renowned Thai fashion house. The Island Couture transformed into an oceanfront runway, debuting Milin’s swimwear collection amidst the paradisiacal setting.

Local Artistry: Partnering with Maldivian High Fashion Brand Riffath, SO/ Maldives unveiled its exclusive Flying Dress Edits, celebrating local talent and culture. Guests had the opportunity to participate in a bespoke photo and drone shooting experience, capturing timeless memories against the backdrop of Maldivian splendor.

Culinary Excellence: Renowned Chef Dharshan Munidasa curated a menu that defied conventional boundaries, infusing global culinary experiences with exquisite flavors from his acclaimed restaurants. Additionally, award-winning bartender Jenna Hemsworth delighted guests with expertly crafted cocktails, adding a touch of glamour to the affair.

Musical Bliss: Live performances from world-class musicians and DJs, including Maldivian band Project Groove, Thai sensation Lydia Sarunrat Deane, and DJ Basil from Dubai, electrified the evening, culminating in an unforgettable after-party experience.

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats: Guests embarked on transformative fitness journeys with week-long detox sessions by Jumping® Fitness and rejuvenating spa experiences by London-based partner Salon C. Stellar.

Earth Hour: Embracing eco-conscious revelry, SO/ Maldives invited guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature with a beach bonfire and traditional Maldivian Boduberu performances under the starlit sky.

Culinary Feast: The evening concluded with a lavish beach buffet, celebrating the essence of luxury and culinary delight amidst the serenity of the Maldivian night.

SO/ Maldives extends its heartfelt gratitude to Condé Nast Traveler and its readers for the prestigious nomination and looks forward to continuing to redefine luxury hospitality in the Maldives.

Voting for the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards closes on June 30th at 11:59 PM EDT. Cast your vote now to support SO/ Maldives in its pursuit of excellence in the realm of luxury resorts.

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