Outrigger Hospitality Group is expanding its global portfolio with the acquisition of newly-renovated 5-star Maldives beach resort Maafushivaru.

The luxury resort, located on a private island in the South Ari Atoll region, will be renamed Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort.

The resort is comprised of 81 luxury villas including beach, pool and duplex accommodations, as well as overwater bungalows.

“There are few destinations that evoke higher levels of relaxation, elegance and seclusion than the Maldives. This resort is the perfect addition to our array of global beachfront properties,” said Jeff Wagoner, president and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group.

“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.”

The Maafushivaru Resort has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment. Guests staying at the new resort now have access to  seven restaurants, bars and cafes on the island, offering a range of different cuisines.

“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.”

Outrigger has appointed John Allanson, who has three decades of hospitality leadership experience, as General Manager.