Soneva Fushi, Maldives
The original Robinson Crusoe retreat in the Baa Atoll (superb for diving and snorkelling) and whilst only a 25 minute seaplane flight from Malé, Soneva Fushi’s stunningly remote location is a major factor in its appeal. Speak to the ‘Maldivian regulars’ and without question they will tell you that this is a legendary resort which harnesses the very essence of a castaway idyll.
Rustic, au naturel and stylish minimalism epitomise Soneva Fushi, 57 spacious villas and retreats are tucked into lush jungle foliage that is UNESCO protected reef. There’s pristine and then there is Soneva Fushi! Depending on the size of your party (or your budget), villas and retreats range from one bedroom to nine bedrooms, some with pools and some without. There is no communal pool at Soneva Fushi – understandable when you see the spectacular beach! All villas are furnished in an eclectic style, some might say ‘eco’ – most of the furniture is locally made on the island using natural and sustainable materials. Bathrooms open onto private spaces and all have direct access onto a sublime stretch of beach. And don’t forget every villa is appointed with Mr/Ms Friday (a modern day butler named after Robinson Crusoe’s loyal friend) who genuinely seems to know what it is you want before you even want it!
The dining experiences here range from leisurely beach side brunches at Mihiree Mitha to lavish sharing banquets at Nine, whilst Fresh in the Garden is a ‘restaurant without walls’ set high above the herb and vegetable garden. Soneva’s new Out of the Blue, two-storey overwater restaurant houses five unique dining outlets from Once Upon a Table show casing 8 front row seats to watch Michelin-starred chefs to So Hot their Tandoor Oven. Guests can also hand pick their own salad ingredients directly from the first overwater organic greenhouse in the Maldives.
For one of life’s simple pleasures, an evening spent at By the Beach is an absolute must. Linger over delectable Japanese and Korean inspired cuisine with the sand between your toes and the waves breaking on the shore behind you – this is understated luxury at its best!
The Six Senses Spa is one of the most relaxing and indulging spas in the Maldives, whilst for underwater lovers, the snorkelling and diving is second to none. Don’t pack too many pairs of shoes – Soneva Fushi’s ‘No News, No Shoes’ policy means that no one on the island wears them and 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 the main pool complete with circular slide and bar! There are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas for those who want to relax as well as lilos and inflatable toys for water based fun!
Inside 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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