We recently visited the enchanting shores of the Maldives and stayed in the iconic Hard Rock Maldives. It was a luxurious, exciting, and unforgettable experience for our whole family from start to finish!

Nestled on the serene Emboodhoo Lagoon, the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is not just a tropical haven; it’s a music-infused sanctuary designed for families seeking an extraordinary escape. As parents on the lookout for the perfect blend of relaxation and fun, we couldn’t resist the allure of this legendary resort, and we’re excited to share the details with you!

The Property

The Marina @ Crossroads

The Marina @ Crossroads has quite a wide range of activities for families! You can start your day by exploring the upscale boutiques and shops, where you’ll find a mix of trendy fashion, local crafts, and unique souvenirs. If you’re looking for a lunch spot, the marina has a variety of restaurants serving both international and Maldivian cuisine.

If you’re a water enthusiast, there are water sports available here like snorkeling, diving, or jet-skiing. This is a great place to take full advantage of the crystal-clear waters surrounding the Maldives. For a more relaxed experience, you can unwind at the spa or lounge by the pool, enjoying the sun and the stunning ocean views.

In the evening, The Marina @ Crossroads comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene. You can head to one of the entertainment venues for live music, cocktails, and a lively atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, The Marina @ Crossroads has a dynamic and entertaining variety of activities for everyone!

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Marine Discovery Centre

The Marine Discovery Centre is an engaging and educational experience for visitors of all ages. Start your journey by exploring the fascinating marine life exhibits, where you can learn about the diverse underwater ecosystems of the Maldives. The center hosts interactive presentations and workshops, giving you insights into marine conservation efforts and the importance of preserving the ocean environment, this is great for kids and adults!

For a more hands-on experience, participate in guided snorkeling or diving excursions led by knowledgeable marine biologists. This allows you to witness the vibrant underwater world surrounding the Maldives and gain a deeper understanding of the marine species that call these waters home.

Maldives Discovery Centre

The Maldives Discovery Centre has a wide range of activities available for families. Begin your exploration by checking out the interactive exhibits that showcase the unique culture, history, and biodiversity of the Maldives. Learn about the traditional ways of life, the rich marine ecosystems, and the stunning coral reefs that surround this island paradise.

Your family might be interested in workshops or demonstrations that highlight local crafts, cuisine, or cultural practices. You could also participate in guided tours or excursions to nearby attractions, which allow you to discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Maldives firsthand. Families and children can enjoy specially designed educational programs and interactive exhibits, making the visit both entertaining and informative.

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Dive & Water Sports Centre

Start your day here by exploring the vibrant underwater world through the center’s diving programs. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner, certified instructors are available to guide you through mesmerizing coral reefs and diverse marine life.

For those looking for an adrenaline rush, the Water Sports Centre offers a variety of thrilling activities. From jet skiing and parasailing to windsurfing and kayaking, there’s something for every water adventurer. The center has top-notch equipment and experienced instructors to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

If you prefer a more laid-back approach, you can relax on the beach and soak up the sun, or take a leisurely catamaran ride to explore the surrounding islands.

The Beach Club

The Beach Club is the ultimate rest and relaxation spot. If fun in the sun by the pool or on the sandy beach is what your family needs, this is the perfect place to set up for the day. With a gelato counter, private access beach, specialty bars, an infinity pool, and casual restaurants, this might be one of your favorite amenities here.

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The Rooms 

Room Size

There are several cool room options at this hotel. There’s the Sky Studio, which is like a comfy and stylish spot. If you’re into beach vibes, the Beach Villas are right up your alley. And for that overwater experience, check out the Overwater Villas with killer views of the Indian Ocean.

For families, the best room options would likely be the Family Suite or the Beach Villas. We opted for The Family Suite, which is designed with spacious living areas, separate bedrooms, and includes amenities catering to children, providing a comfortable and family-friendly environment. 

The Beach Villas are ideal for families since they offer direct access to the beach for a convenient and enjoyable experience for both parents and kids. These accommodations give you ample space to accommodate the needs of families traveling together.

Room Features

The room features are designed to provide guests with a blend of luxury and entertainment. Depending on the type of room you choose, you can expect a range of amenities. Common features include stylish and modern furnishings, comfortable beds, private balconies or terraces with scenic views, and well-appointed bathrooms with upscale toiletries. 

Our room came with a spacious loft, specifically created for kids in mind. There were 2 built-in bunk beds with its own access and space for chilling out. There were gaming consoles with a big screen tv for those downtimes between actives and bean bags for lounging.

Some rooms may come equipped with private pools, direct beach access, or overwater settings for a unique experience. In-room entertainment includes flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet access. Families can benefit from family-friendly amenities like connecting rooms, children’s play areas, and kid-friendly furnishings. Regardless of the room type, the signature Hard Rock vibe is infused into the design.

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The Entertainment 

At Hard Rock, music isn’t just background noise; it’s the heartbeat of the place. From the lobby to the poolside, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a carefully curated playlist that sets the perfect vibe for every moment. And don’t be surprised if you catch yourself swaying to the beat as you stroll through the halls. For families, the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives cranks up the volume on family-friendly fun too. 

Roxity Kids Club & Teen Spirit Club

The Roxtars Kids Club is a haven for the little ones, offering a lineup of activities that blend creativity, education, and plain old fun. Mini rockstars can unleash their artistic talents, embark on treasure hunts, or even partake in some rock-inspired crafts. It’s not just childcare; it’s an experience tailored to make sure your little legends have a blast while you kick back and enjoy some downtime.

Some of our favorites were cooking class, music lessons, and jam sessions. They explored all of the property, met so many great people, and even learned how to farm coral. Our girls woke up every day ready for what the Kids Club had in store for them next. It was such a great experience for them!

Night Life

As the sun sets, the entertainment vibe shifts to a higher gear. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives hosts live performances that transform your evening into a musical spectacle. Whether it’s acoustic sessions on the beach or full-blown concerts under the stars, you’ll find yourself grooving to the sounds of talented musicians who know how to keep the good times rolling.

But the entertainment extravaganza doesn’t end there. The resort offers a diverse array of themed nights and events, ensuring that every evening feels like a celebration. Whether it’s a beachside barbecue, a themed party, or a movie night under the open sky, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives turns ordinary nights into extraordinary experiences.

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The Dining 

On-site restaurants

From the vibrant flavors of Asian cuisine at Sessions to the sizzling steaks and classic American fare at The Elephant and The Butterfly, there’s a diverse range of options to satisfy every craving. Unwind at the Beach Bar & Grill for some fresh seafood and tropical cocktails against the backdrop of breathtaking ocean views. 

For an intimate dining experience, The Sunset Grill serves up delectable dishes in an elegant setting. The hotel’s commitment to delivering a unique culinary adventure is evident in the diverse menus and stylish atmospheres. They definitely make sure that guests can indulge in an unforgettable dining experience during their stay in this tropical paradise.

Our favorite was the Hard Rock Cafe itself, as they offered many of the classic entrees that they’re known for across the globe. There’s always awesome live entertainment and even a chance to jump on stage and perform karaoke yourself. Such a fun environment and definitely one of the highlights of the trip!

In-room dining services 

If you or your kids need a night in, Indulge in the convenience and luxury of a seriously gourmet meal in the comfort of your own room or villa. The extensive room service menu caters to everyone’s tastes. With the option to order 24/7, this is a really great option for families with kids. We used this on late nights and several times for breakfast when we weren’t ready to venture out to the buffet.

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The Amenities 

Pools

The hotel has an awesome pool and waterslide, the kind you expect at an epic hotel in the Maldives, but it gets better than that. They have a submerged sound system that takes the fun to a whole other level. The kids spent hours at the pool and participated in many poolside activities and games.

Rock Spa

Rock Spa is a blissful escape that transports you to a haven of pure indulgence. You can get all of the classic spa treatments in exclusive oceanfront treatment rooms with views of the serene beach. Whether you want to relax on your own or with your significant other, you’ll leave feeling so refreshed.

The Fitness Center

The oceanfront Body Rock fitness center is open 24 hours and has cutting-edge equipment. They also offer complimentary yoga classes from your smart TV in your room through Rock Om that you can take any time you feel like it. 

Shopping

The Hard Rock Hotel Maldives has two shops. The Rock Shop, that’s exclusive to guests staying at the hotel and The Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shop, which is open to the public. Both offer great gifts and memorabilia for guests and fans of Rock and Roll.

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Resort Activities

Snorkeling and Diving

You’ll see coral reefs, drop-offs, wrecks, and caves teeming with marine life like reef sharks, tuna, stingrays, and turtles. The experienced team at Best Dives will choose the perfect dive site for you, considering your skills and the weather conditions. Dive into renowned spots like Vadhoo Caves, Emboodhoo Express, and Christmas Rock for an unforgettable underwater adventure.

Biking

Cruising through the scenic beauty of the Maldives takes on a whole new level of fun on a bicycle. The resort provides an opportunity to explore the surroundings on two wheels for a unique and leisurely way to soak in the tropical paradise. With well-maintained bikes available, guests can pedal along the sandy pathways, taking in the breathtaking views of turquoise waters, lush greenery, and white sandy beaches.

Kayaking

Looking for a mix of adventure and serenity? Glide through the crystal-clear waters surrounding the resort, taking in the breathtaking views of the Maldivian paradise. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced kayaker, the calm lagoons and pristine beaches provide an ideal setting for a leisurely paddle or an exhilarating workout.

Explore the nearby coral reefs or float along the coastline, discovering the beauty of the atolls. The hotel’s kayaking facilities include well-maintained equipment and experienced staff to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Arial Arts

If you’re looking for a really unique experience, aerial is a blast! The classes are small to make sure everyone gets the attention they need, so you don’t need any experience at all. They use top-notch gear and have skilled instructors guiding you through new moves.

Dance & Fitness

Join their awesome dance fitness class for a super energetic and fun workout! It’s cool for everyone, no matter your age. You can also join in on beach games like slacklining and beach soccer and volleyball. Get ready to dive into the pool right after! Better yet, you can head over to the Aqua Gym for a water aerobics dance class.

The Red Mat

The Red Mat is home to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes for all levels. It’s open for everyone from beginner to intermediate. The kids club offers an instructional class everyday and our kids absolutely loved every minute. My husband also attended the adult instructional calluses in the evenings and learned quite a bit from our time there!

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Overall, we loved our stay at the Hard Rock Maldives and hope this review has helped you decide to book your trip! Get more of our travel guides and hacks here.

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