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Rightly one of the most famous resorts in the country, ecofabulous Soneva Fushi is the place to get back to nature in style. The personal creation of hoteliers Sonu and Eva, it’s an incredibly impressive place where rustic private houses are perched on dazzling white-sand beaches behind the thick vegetation of one of Maldives’ largest resort islands.
Each villa here is genuinely just that – there are no mere rooms – and they're whimsically and individually designed, built with all-natural materials, fitted with beautiful furnishings and finished in rustic style. Each has its own pool and direct beach access. All the deluxe and modern features you’d expect of a five-star hotel are included, but most of them are concealed so that no plastic is visible. Bathrooms are vast outdoor creations bigger than most hotel bedrooms. The villas are well-spaced around the edges of the island, affording complete privacy; they’re reached by bicycling along sandy tracks that wind through the lush jungle.
With the choice of five superb restaurants (including the wonderful treehouse-style Fresh in the Garden, where you cross a rope bridge to get to your table above the jungle canopy), the food is a real highlight of the resort. A new overwater restaurant complex, Out of the Blue, was under construction in 2018.
Eco-credentials and social responsibility are taken seriously here; you can take a tour of the resort’s recycling area and see the ingenious ways many things are reused on the island. Across the lagoon on Baa’s capital Eydhafushi, the resort has built and continues to fund a school. It’s hard not to be impressed.
The Soleni Dive Centre has years of experience diving the sites nearby, while the excellent Six Senses Spa, set among the trees, is a place for pure relaxation. The kids club – which includes a Lego room, offers cooking classes and has its own pool and water slide – is easily one of the best in the country. More unusual (free) activities include watching an outdoor film at the lovely Cinema Paradiso, and observing the stars in the first resort observatory in Maldives.
Spacious luxury villas at Soneva Fushi are hidden among dense foliage on a private island, located within the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is a 30-minute seaplane transfer from Male International Airport. At this eco friendly resort, all the villas and rooms are extraordinarily spacious and enjoy direct private access to the beach. Signature bathrooms are built within a large private garden setting with outdoor showers and separate bathtubs. You can explore the island with complimentary bicycles. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers. Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the high-tech Observatory, the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms, five hundred wines to choose from and six different restaurants. Learn the art of glass blowing at the Maldives’ only glass studio, discover the waters with complimentary non-motorised water sports, and sail aboard Soneva’s luxury two-bedroom yacht, Soneva in Aqua. Guests can spend an evening overnight at the Sandbank, completely private and remote for a truly intimate experience under the stars.
Please note that guests must advise arrival and departure flight details at the time of booking, at least 72 hours prior to arrival. The resort will arrange for a roundtrip seaplane transfer to Soneva Fushi from Malé International Airport. The seaplane will land at Soneva Fushi platform from which guests will be transferred by motor boat to the island jetty. All additional costs are to be paid directly to the hotel. Charges for the roundtrip transfer by seaplane are as follows (inclusive of all tax and service charge): - USD 800 per adult (above 12 years) - USD 400 per child (below 12 years) - Free for children below 2 years Please note the extra child (2 - 11.99 years old) is charged at USD 66 per night (inclusive of 25.44% taxes and USD 6 per person per night). Children below 2 years stay for free.
Please inform Soneva Fushi in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.