In the Maldives, we’re blessed with plenty of options when it comes to luxury island retreats. Across a series of blogs, we’ve handpicked some of our far-flung favourites so you can get a flavour of what each of these beautiful boltholes has to offer in terms of its whereabouts, food, accommodation and unique experiences. It’s the turn of Robinson Crusoe retreat Soneva Fushi…
Location, location, location
Soneva Fushi really feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere, despite it only being a 25-minute seaplane flight from Malé. There’s no light pollution at all, so it’s a starry night every night at Soneva Fushi, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets are virtually guaranteed. Leave your shoes at home, too – it’s all about living like a luxury Robinson Crusoe.
Food for thought
Make sure you loosen your belt, as the cuisine at Soneva Fushi varies from brunches on the beach at Mihiree Mithaa to decadent sharing banquets at Down to Earth. The resort is heaven if you have a sweet tooth, with So Guilty a confectionery inspired by Willy Wonka’s playbook and So Cool a bounty of 60-plus flavours of ice cream and sorbet.
A good night’s sleep
To protect its coral reef, all of the villas are on the beach peeking out of the emerald foliage. There’s one difference – some are on the sunrise side and the others facing the sunset. Pick sunrise if you like privacy; choose sunset if you’re a keen snorkeller for its three access points to the house reef.
Soneva Fushi is something of a guest activity pioneer. It was the first place in the Maldives to open a glassblowing studio (recycling glass from the resort) and also was the first of its kind to offer a 3D astronomy experience in its observatory.
Our Turquoise tip
If you visit between June and October, Soneva Fushi offers a fantastic ‘snorkelling with manta rays’ package in nearby Hanifaru Bay. It includes six guided snorkelling sessions, one sunset dolphin safari and one Seabob experience.
7 nights at Soneva Fushi in a Soneva Fushi Villa
Includes international flights and transfers
From £4,699 per person