Soneva Fushi, Maldives
The original Robinson Crusoe retreat in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi pioneered castaway living in the Indian Ocean. You can leave your shoes and worries at the jetty – you won’t be needing them here.
The island is only a 25-minute seaplane hop from Malé but you really feel like you’ve been dropped in the middle of nowhere and this tropical remoteness only adds to the resort’s allure. Its setting is spellbinding, with pure white beaches licked by cerulean lagoons hiding a multicoloured house reef – a treat for snorkellers. Mr Crusoe really would feel at home here.
Dripping with rustic charm and stylish minimalism, Soneva Fushi’s spacious villas and retreats are tucked within lush jungle foliage and looking out onto a UNESCO-protected reef beyond. The hideaways range from one-bedroom boltholes to a huge nine-bedroom villa, some of which come with their own private pool. The sugar-white sand certainly makes up for the lack of a main pool – it will be hard to peel yourself from it!
Inside the accommodation the mood is firmly eco-chic, with furniture crafted locally on the island using natural and sustainable materials, while the wood and fabrics used throughout blends in harmoniously with your island location. Open-air bathrooms lead out to a private walled garden, with direct access to the beach guaranteed for all villas.
Each villa also comes with its own Mr/Ms Friday (a modern-day butler named after Robinson Crusoe’s loyal friend) who has that brilliant knack of knowing what you want before you even do!
The dining experiences at Soneva Fushi range from leisurely beachside brunches at Mihiree Mithaa to lavish sharing banquets at Down to Earth. Fresh in the Garden is a ‘restaurant without walls’ set high above the herb and vegetable garden while Out of the Blue is a two-storey overwater restaurant housing a medley of five unique dining outlets. For something a little different, Once Upon a Table is Soneva Fushi’s most intimate dining experience, where a rotating band of visiting chefs create a bespoke and personal menu based on yours and your party’s tastes.
If you want to be really indulgent, So Guilty is a confectionery channelling your inner Willy Wonka fantasies and So Cool boasts over 60 flavours of ice cream!
Soneva Fushi has a Six Senses Spa on the island and is known for being one of the most relaxing and indulging spas in the Maldives. Water babies will love the stunning house reef, a haven teeming with tropical underwater life for snorkellers and divers to explore. Soneva Fushi’s ‘no news, no shoes’ philosophy means you needn't worry about packing any shoes. No-one on the island wears them – even the resort managers go barefoot!
The Den at Soneva Fushi is the first of its kind to be built in the Maldives. It’s a playground for the whole family, with loads of fun activities both indoors and out. There are two pools, one for toddlers and a main pool for the adults, complete with circular slide and bar! There are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas for those who'd like to relax, as well as lilos and inflatable toys for water-based fun!
Inside The Den, your kids can relax with a good book in the library, watch their favourite movies in the cinema room, let their creativity run wild in the Lego room or become the character of their dreams in the dressing up room! Older kids will love the DJ corner and mocktail bar, as well as the teenage lounge with mood lighting and comfortable day beds.
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