ONYX Hospitality Group recently signed an agreement with joint venture company led by Panchshil Realty to launch Ozo Maldives.

The 200-villa private island resort is expected to open in the third quarter of 2020, and will occupy a secluded island in the Raa Atoll, north-west of Maldives capital, Malé.

Ozo Maldives, positioned as a family-orientated resort, will come with all the signatures defining the Ozo brand, such as an enhanced sleep experience, smart connectivity of personal devices in private and public areas, as well as curated destination and activity tips by informed team members.

The resort will feature design elements and experience touch points inspired by a fictitious castaway explorer, Sebastian King III, an artist and amateur sailor who was ultimately shipwrecked, living alone on the island for eight years before being discovered. Ozo Maldives will immerse travellers in a reinterpretation of his legacy through a series of structures, shelters and landmarks, such as an upturned shipwreck hidden within a jungle, which also will double as an activity centre, a crow’s nest-style observation tower, an abandoned lighthouse, King’s rustic home located within the kids’ club, an educational sundial and weather station, as well as a mangrove discovery walkway, according to Breaking Travel News.

Sixty of the villas will be located overwater, while the remaining 140 villas will be on the beach, with 50 beach villas providing larger family-friendly layouts and private plunge pools.

A number of the villas will either interconnect or be configured with dual key access, offering flexibility for families and large groups.

Douglas Martell, President of 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 that combines the best of the three key Ozo brand signatures – sleep, connect and explore,” reports Breaking Travel News.