ONYX Hospitality’s second Maldivian resort inspired by castaway explorer

OZO Maldives group photo
From left Kashyap Vora and Douglas Martell of ONYX Hospitality Group and Ranjit Batra and ‏‏Pawan Rathi of Panchshil Realty‏

ONYX Hospitality Group has announced its second Maldivian resort, scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2020.

ONYX Hospitality Group has signed an agreement with Panchshil Realty to launch OZO Maldives — a 200-villa private island resort, nestled on a secluded island in the Raa Atoll, located northwest of the Maldivian capital of Male. ‏

OZO Maldives is inspired by a fictitious castaway explorer named Sebastian King III, an artist and amateur sailor who was shipwrecked and lived alone on the island for eight years before allowing himself to be discovered.

The resort will immerse travellers in a reinterpretation of the legacy he has left behind through a series of structures, shelters and landmarks, creatively constructed from island-sourced raw materials and flotsam washed ashore over the years.‏

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OZO Maldives will be on an island in the Raa Atoll

Douglas Martell, president and CEO at ONYX Hospitality Group, said: “We are excited to be taking OZO to the Maldives, a destination once reserved exclusively for the ultra-luxury segment. With the opening of OZO, we look forward to redefining the family-oriented resort experience in the Maldives with a property which combines the best of the three key OZO brand signatures — sleep, connect and explore.”

Highlights include an upturned Dhoni shipwreck hidden within a jungle which doubles as an activity centre, a crow’s nest-style observation tower, an abandoned lighthouse, Sebastian’s rustic home located within the kids’ club, an educational sundial and weather station, and a mangrove discovery walkway.‏

OZO Maldives will comprise of 60 overwater villas and 140 beach villas, with 50 beach villas offering larger family-friendly layouts and private plunge pools. Many of the villas will also be either interconnecting or configured with dual key access to offer flexibility for families and groups of friends.‏

“A strong focus on sustainability and environmental education”

Ranjit Batra, president, hospitality management of Panchshil Realty, said: “OZO Maldives will be a great family-oriented resort with a strong focus on sustainability and environmental education, capped off by all the elements which have made OZO a compelling and high-quality midscale offering. We look forward to adding ONYX to the growing list of international hotel partners we have relationships with, and to working with them on the opening of this property.”‏

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