Soneva Fushi is a stunning island resort in the Maldives that stands out with an impressive personalized service. The resort is located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, on the west side of the Maldives atoll chain. Soneva Fushi was the first luxury resort in the Maldives and still stands out with their “Intelligent Luxury” philosophy. Each stay guarantees an original island hideaway in the Maldives where luxury villas are hidden among dense foliage on a private island. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with spacious beachfront villas. Everything about this magical place feels supernatural, from the turquoise crystal-clear water and dolphins at sunset, to the delicious culinary options available at the resort’s multiple dining venues.
Soneva’s ‘No News, No Shoes’ philosophy is all about disconnecting from daily life and truly embracing the luxury of time. On arrival guests are asked if they would like to remove their shoes – having no shoes on allows them really to feel and experience the ground of the island.
The sixty-one private villas with their own terrace and stretch of beach are hidden among dense vegetation within short distance of a pristine coral reef. All villas are They are very spacious and the Crusoe Villas have the living room and bedroom upstairs. Most villa suites have a private pool and all have an in-villa wine fridge and bar. Spontaneous and professional service is provided by Mr & Mrs Friday butlers. Bicycles are provided for all villas so you can explore the island at its best.
Villas are located on the sunset or sunrise side of the island. While both sides have the typical Maldives signature white-sand beaches and of course crystal-clear azure water there are also few differences. The sunset side is just perfect for snorkelers as it has three house reef access points, in addition dolphins are more likely to be spotted here. Guests who want more privacy may consider staying on the sunrise side of the island. This side is perfect for early risers who want to enjoy the morning tranquillity.
The largest Residence spans an impressive 5,540 square meters. This private reserve has 9 bedrooms and is the perfect family escape full of jungle fantasies. It includes a children’s room, nanny’s room, Mr./Ms. Friday’s room, spa with steam room, sauna and massage room, gym, lounge, TV lounge, study, private pool with large sunken dining area and much more. This is natural luxury at its best.
Hotel Assets And Experiences
Soneva’s core purpose is SLOWLIFE, and LIFE is here the acronym for Learning, Inspiring, Fun & Experiences. A stay at Soneva Fushi has lots of possibilities and is full of experiences. Highlights include the open air Cinema Paradiso, guided snorkeling or snorkel with Manta rays, dolphin tours, counting Saturn’s rings in the high tech Observatory, the homemade chocolate and ice cream rooms or sunbathing on the Sandbank. For children there is the treasure trove The Den, a playground where children can explore different thematic rooms including cinema, music room and two swimming pools with animation team. In the peaceful enclave of the Six Senses Spa guests experience a sensory journey of authentic treatments and choose from a variety of wellness therapies and body treatments.
Soneva is a combination of Sonu’s and Eva’s names. Sonu had the means and the management expertise; Eva the style and design concepts. Together the young couple wanted to develop a resort that would satisfy their desires for a dream destination. They both also had an overwhelming desire to protect the environment. What was conceived was a unique philosophy of simple sophistication and returning luxuriously to nature. At Soneva Fushi eco-friendliness is part of the resort’s DNA. The Eco Centro ‘waste to wealth’ facility uses permaculture principles and evolved into a waste recycling and food production centre. It is the base for the organic vegetable gardens on the island. The resort follows the three R principles: Reduce – Reuse – Recycle, not only on paper but in reality, and very effective. The Soneva Glass Studio uses recycled bottles and converts it into own artworks. Guests can book a private tour of the studio or even experience a glassblowing class.
Gastronomy is extremely important at Soneva Fushi. Soneva was the first luxury resort to offer complimentary chocolate rooms filled with chocolates made by in-house chocolatiers and open every day for your pure enjoyment. But there is much more as Soneva Fushi’s dining options are amongst the very best around the Indian Ocean with nine dining options and five hundred wines to choose from.MIHIREE MITHAA : Enjoy this amazing buffet restaurant with several separate serving rooms offering à la minute cut fruits, fresh fish, a salad room, wood-fired pizzas, and Soneva’s ice cream and chocolate rooms. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features twice weekly an impressive Asian buffet experience.OUT OF THE BLUE: The two-storey overwater structure houses 5 brand-new dining experiences. The à la carte restaurant ‘So hot’ includes the Tandoor Oven, Robata Grill, Josper Grill, Pizza Oven and of course impressive ocean views. Other features are ‘So Guilty’ – the chocolate and ice cream parlour; and ‘So Cheesy’ – the top quality cheese room.SO HANDS ON : The intimate five-seater sushi counter to experience chef Akira Koba sushi skills up close.SO BESPOKE: open-air Teppanyaki table with eight seats.ONCE UPON A TABLE: A culinary theatre showcasing some of the biggest names in fine dining. On special event days, guests enjoy culinary excellence in an outstanding environment. Amongst the guest chefs for example: Gert de Mangeleer – Hertog Jan(3*); Tim Raue (2*); Tom Aikens – Toms Kitchen (2*); Syrco Bakker – Pure C (2*); Guillaume Bracaval – Michel Troisgros (2*); Maxime Meilleur – La Bouitte (3*) or Bart De Pooter – Pastorale (2*).FRESH IN THE GARDEN: A great restaurant setting high above the gardens, where the aromas of the herbs and vegetables are part of the experience. A central open kitchen with front-row seats to the chef’s action.DOWN TO EARTH BY RAVI: A sharing food concept located at the main entrance of the resort serving International and South Asian cuisine.SHADES OF GREEN: Chef Carsten Kyster created especially for Soneva, five-course menus based on plant-based Maldivian and Southeast Asian cuisine with Nordic cooking techniques. The experience starts with a tour of the garden. Pick several hidden appetizers in the garden, taste and smell the produce and enjoy a fully vegetarian & vegan menu in a romantic setting.DESTINATION DINING & IN-VILLA DINING: Have your meal and wine choice set out on the sandbank for a romantic dinner, deep in the jungle or in your villa.
The award-winning resort Soneva Fushi serves the essence of sustainable pleasure, barefoot luxury at its best. Don’t look for the bling bling but relax in true luxe. Soneva is like a dream coming true. From the moment you take of your shoes and enter the resort, you will be immersed in an inspiring place full of respect for nature in combination with the delicious cuisine of the different restaurants. Intelligent luxury which makes you don’t want to leave the resort!
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Written by Frank & Veerle