What we love
Soneva Fushi allows you to embrace your inner Robison Crusoe on this eco-chic island. Shoes are not required and the casual vibe extends throughout the resort, creating a relaxing blend of 'back to nature' and modern indulgence. Pristine white beaches, lush jungle vegetation - it's what desert-island dreams are made of.
Setting the scene
Sustainability is at the heart of Soneva Fushi; one of the Maldives' largest, yet most untouched islands. It has a large solar plant, on-island bottled water production and all food is grown and sourced locally, so you can stay here, guilt-free and enjoy the natural environment as it was intended - with all the modern indulgences. Large stretches of beaches have been left undeveloped so turtles can continue nesting there. With hardly any light pollution, stargazing is phenomenal.
The eco-chic beach villas are secluded amongst lush vegetation with a relaxed 'indoor-outdoor' feel. All 55 villas include a private butler 'Mr Friday' to tend to your every need. Crusoe Villas are spacious two-story villas with upstairs bedroom. If you want a pool (there is no communal one on the island), it's worth splashing out on a villa with a private seawater pool. All villas have their own secluded stretch of white-sand beach.
With all produce caught or grown locally where possible, dining is a delight at Soneva Fushi. Mihiree Mitha, meaning 'here it is', is the main restaurant set on the beach - perfect for a breakfast feast or a leisurely lunch, when the tandoor oven and barbecue get fired up. There's a cheese room, pastry room, ice-cream corner with over 60 homemade flavours - even a chocolate room! For dinner, restaurant Nine specialises in dishes created by nine different methods of cooking. By the Beach creates Japanese-Korean tapas and sushi from the fish caught that day. Surrounded by tropical banana trees above the jungle canopy, the open-air Fresh in the Garden is unique, specialising in carbon neutral dining and indigenous cuisine. For added romance, take a speedboat to the nearby sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean where your dedicated water and chef will prepare freshly caught seafood on your own private table, surrounded by candles and twinkling stars. |For drinks, try out the local concoctions at sand-floored So Spiritual Bar. For the ultimate in relaxation, take a cushioned hammock strung over the ocean at Bar(a)bara on the jetty, where you can sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down. If wine's your tipple, there's an extensive wine cellar with tasting sessions.
Endless days can be spent snorkelling around the spectacular house reef, with manta rays and turtles regularly sighted. The resident marine biologist - employed to inform guests and staff about responsible behaviour in the reef - can organise private snorkelling trips and night swims. Local boat trips or motorised watersports can be arranged and there's a diving school for both beginners and confirmed PADI divers. |Back on land, borrow a bicycle and explore the 1.5km island and nature reserve for yourself. Or have a game of tennis or badminton in the floodlit courts, pot some balls in snooker or take a gentle run around the jogging track. Nestled in the jungle, the Six Senses Spa offers a peaceful enclave with an impressive choice of treatments; from the Kurumbaa Kaashi coconut rub, using local island coconuts to the Tibetan hot stone massage or yoga. You can even teach yourself massage at a special master class. Visiting practitioners are also on hand to offer sessions in acupuncture and spiritual healing. A cinema and an observatory may not be the expected facilities for a desert-island retreat but Soneva Fushi just continues to surprise. A state-of-the-art telescope uncovers the star-lit world at night, whilst you can enjoy movie nights on the beach at Cinema Pardiso with popcorn, homemade ice cream and cocktails under the stars.
Children are welcome and our recommended age would be babies and over-5s. The brand new children's Den is a kids club for 6-12 year olds (under six have to be supervised). Features include splash pools, water slides and a pirate ship playground, as well as different activities dedicated to creativity - music, fashion, art and an introduction to Thai culture. Children can learn all about recycling at the island's Eco Centro and pick fresh produce from the garden. Older children can safely explore the island - by bicycle or tricycle; but watch out for the odd lizard or chicken! As for meals, children are well catered for in terms of food and activities. Nappies, baby wipes, formula milk and baby food are all stocked at the hotel's shop. Babysitters can also be arranged.
The nearest airport for international flights is Mal�'s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. From there it's a 30-minute seaplane ride to Soneva Fushi International Airport (the Maldives'only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Airport).
- £3435pp in low season
- £4365pp in high season
- 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Crusoe villa, including flights and transfers