There isn’t really a check in to Soneva Fushi resort Maldives, On arrival at Male airport you are met by the Resort representative who chats to you about your upcoming holiday and any preferences for films, music and chosen amenities you have for your stay. This is a no shoes resort (and if they’re still doing it) you’ll find your shoes asked for and popped into cotton bags before you get on the seaplane. This is just to emphasise how much the resort want you to relax and pop your feet up!
All the residences have beach access but the island design means there’s little evidence of this as you approach Soneva Fushi. From the air it appears as a lush jungle ringed in a halo of white then pale blue and finally an outer ring of deep warm Indian Ocean blue.
The island is a classic plump oval shape about 1500 meters at its longest point and 370 meters at its widest.
Soneva Fushi resort Maldives has 65 excellent properties for your residency on the island. I say residency because it does feel like home and certainly it is as big if not bigger!There are about a dozen variations in style and build to the villas. All of them capture that castaway rustic look and feel that blends seamlessly with the islands nature. Almost as though elements have fused and grown naturally to blend in with the island.
beach access, and in almost all cases this is private access. Private gardens and showers, double wash hand basin units, air conditioning and overhead fan, mini bar, personal safe and hairdryer, television and video (on request for some villas so enquire on booking), entertainment system with speakers in both bedroom and bathroom.
7 Crusoe villas have their own private seawater swimming pool.The remaining
Charley and I recommend the
Room only, Full and Half board are your options. Half board works well for us. If you like more choice and flexibility then the temptation may be to upgrade to full board. We find half board with extra spending money takes care of all our needs.
Mihiree Mitha dining – Fabulous buffet with that Maldivian favourite the live cooking station. All the Asian dishes you can name including Maldivian specialities. Meats cheeses and lots of fruit!
Lunch is along similar lines, the classic barbecue, fresh vegetables and fish in the wok; pasta selections and wood fired pizza, the wonderful tandoori oven and heaps of fresh salad. The lunch concept is to keep it light and offer as broad a selection as possible.
You’ll take dinner on the east side of the island, under the islands tropical Banyan trees. The food has a strong Mediterranean and seafood influence. The a la carte menu accommodates light and healthy cooking methods. A real dining experience for you!
The Fresh in the Garden Restaurant on Soneva Fushi resort Maldives is near the open-air Cinema. Set out over the banana plantation with spectacular views over the gardens and jungle this is a charming and visual dining experience (aren’t they all!)
Soneva Fushi resort Maldives has done a fine job with expanding the diversity of the cuisine it offers. Senses By The Beach on the west side of the island is a South American and Japanese fusion. Making use of locally caught fish and organic produce from the garden the restaurant provides dish after dish of wonderful flavours and blends. Couple that with Japanese sake, plum wines and a fine selection of South American wines you have a truly special dining experience.
The bars on Soneva Fushi resort Maldives offer great ambience, wine, spirits and excellent food. Not to mention superlative service. The Main Bar is calm and relaxing, great for cocktails, with space for reading, playing board games, snooker and a Wi-Fi hot spot for emailing. You have the Sense by the Beach Bar where cocktails are the drink of the hour as the sun dips its head. Squint you eyes and you’ll make out the the Barabara bar at the end of Jetty B. Just you and the ocean blue…. mmm
You have a variety of water-based sports including fabulous diving and snorkelling. There’s windsurfing, water-skiing and fishing too: Excursions to nearby islands on dhonis for lazy picnics and nature trails leading you in dappled sunlight through the island’s trees.
The dive school is PADI qualified and will take you to the most beautiful corals and show you the astonishing marine life of the Indian Ocean. The resident marine biologist will take you out for a snorkel and introduce you to the superb reefs.
The Six Senses Spa is excellent and provides numerous relaxing and rejuvenating treatments to suit any visitor! You can have week long Pilate’s courses and much more. There's even a resident acupuncturist (rather you than me!)
The organic vegetable and fruit gardens that feed the restaurants. Feel free to wander through them and breathe in the scent!
Designed as a Robinson Crusoe-style hideaway island Soneva Fushi has superb white sand beaches and abundantly rich coral reefs making diving is a must.
There is an outdoor cinema well worth visiting and, believe it or not, an astronomical observatory from which you can see crystal clear images to take your breath away. The celestial vault will open up and share its secrets from the satellites of Jupiter to the beautiful rings of Saturn.
The telescope is huge! With it’s housing the whole thing stands about 12 metres tall popping its head out of the trees as though it’s not sure what its doing on a tropical island in the middle of nowhere! It's specifications are top notch and the same as the Hubble telescope. There also a library, database and lots of talks on space and stars. Kids and adults alike find it fascinating.
The bikes are great for traipsing around the island at any hour!
On a serious and timely note, Maldives Holidays wouldn’t be the same without mentioning carbon emissions so here goes…
They’ve installed a ‘grid parity’ solar panel system, the first in the Maldives to use thin film PV panels, commissioned and built in easy-to-assemble kit form in Germany.
These innovative kit-style solar panels saw local knowledge make use of overseas experience from afar. The entire system with the tools required for assembly, was shipped to the Maldives and installed in two weeks by a team of local workers, none of whom apparently had worked with solar panels before. Made in Germany, built by Maldivians. Bet you never thought you would hear that!
The Maldives and Soneva Fushi are leading the way in providing a blueprint for small communities to generate clean energy at a cost below diesel generated electricity.
The panels sit discreetly in the middle of the island’s jungle, bit like suddenly coming across Dr Who’s Tardis, unexpected but also quite exciting. (Nice to stand under in the shade I can tell you!)
The National Geographic Adventure Magazine has voted Soneva Fushi as one of the top 50 eco-lodge retreats in the World. Maldives holidays just got better!