Location: The Soneva Fushi is located on the Baa Atoll, a comparatively large atoll with wide uninhabited beaches and lush green jungle.
History: Soneva Fushi was the first eco property in the Maldives and continues to support sustainable tourism in the area.
Service: Guests are treated to five-star comforts with no carbon footprint, complemented by warm Maldivian hospitality.
Escape to Soneva Fushi Resort, set on an isolated island of palm forests, fine beaches, and clear water. All 65 of Soneva Fushi’s eco-friendly villas look out towards the stunning waves of the Indian Ocean. Each villa is equipped with air-conditioning; televisions, DVDs, and Wi-FI on request; comfortable, spacious beds; and lounging areas. In terms of dining, Soneva Fushi offers six onsite options, among them Mihiree Mitha, which prepares fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood – as well as sixty different varieties of homemade ice cream and sorbet; By The Beach, which serves Japanese and Korean-inspired tapas; and Down to Earth, a newly-built Mediterranean eatery. Some of the unique activities on Soneva Fushi include star-gazing at the Maldives’ only observatory; sampling a wine from a 5,000 bottle cellar; and an overwater sunset bar, where guests can watch for sea creatures such as eagle rays and dolphins as they sip on cocktails. Soneva Fushi is a thirty minute seaplane ride from Male International Airport. In April, Soneva Fushi will open eight new one- and two-bedroom overwater villas, with a choice of either sunrise or sunset views, featuring private pools, plus a curving slide that plunges into the Indian Ocean.
Dotted along the shoreline and reaching over the water, the Soneva Fushi offers a range of different accommodation to suit the various needs of travelers, from couples to families. Sustainable beach villas feature locally-sourced timber and are decorated in warm Earth tones, each featuring outdoor bathrooms, private gardens and direct access to the beach. The “Crusoe” villas offer chic Robinson Crusoe-style luxury.
These rustic duplex villas provide plenty of space for guests, offering 235 square meters over two levels. A bedroom with ensuite bathroom is upstairs, with a daybed and spacious living quarters downstairs open up to a private courtyard with pool. Reclaimed timbers, rope features and thatched roofs lend these villas a distinct Robinson Crusoe feel. Villas also include minibar, safe, binoculars, stereo system and phone. WiFi and a TV and DVD player are provided on request. Every villa has direct access to the beach and the use of resort bicycles.
The villa suites provide 594 square meters of indoor and outdoor space, with absolute beach frontage, an immense outdoor bathroom and sea water swimming pool. Indoor living includes a king bed and sitting area with daybed, with additional daybeds and sun loungers outside. Villa suites also include WiFi, (on request), minibar, safe, binoculars, stereo system and phone. A TV and DVD player are provided on request. Every villa has direct access to the beach and the use of resort bicycles.
Offering 80 square meters of living space, these beach bungalows offer spacious private courtyards with a plunge pool and outdoor daybed. Each has an open-air garden bathroom with tub and shower, minibar, stereo system, safe, binoculars and telephone. TV and DVD player and WiFi are available on request and bicycles are provided. Each villa has direct beach access.
The Soneva Fushi has an award-winning Six Senses Spa, PADI-accredited dive center, fitness center, watersports, fishing, jogging and sailing. There’s an outdoor cinema and world-class observatory, plus tennis, badminton and beach volleyball.
Guests can book in for private sessions of yoga, fitness classes or Swedish massage. Trainers are also available to advise on fitness programs for weight loss, strength or cardiovascular performance.
The Baa Atoll is part of a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve and offers abundant opportunities for diving. More than 30 world-class sites are in the near vicinity, and accredited professional guides are able to lead dives of any skill level. Whale sharks, manta rays and turtles are just some of the species that pass through these waters.
Perched on top of a hill is the property's world-class observatory. Guests can scan the night skies and marvel at constellations normally obscured by light pollution.
Guests can retreat to the Six Senses Spa for a wide range of holistic treatments, performed in a relaxing jungle setting. Treatments encompass Eastern and Western techniques, including massage, facials, scrubs, wraps and traditional Ayurvedic therapies. Slow Life treatments are also offered, using ingredients harvested from the resort's gardens.
The lagoon around Baa Atoll is calm and suited for all manner of watersports, including windsurfing, kite surfing, catamaran sailing, wakeboarding, canoeing and kayaking. Fishing is also a popular activity here. The Soneva Fushi offers tennis, table tennis, badminton and beach volleyball. There's an outdoor jungle gym and a jogging trail that passes through green rainforest on its way around the island.
Perched amid tree branches, this candlelit venue features Japanese and Korean-inspired tapas plates. Using fresh seafood fished from local waters and using ingredients from the onsite organic garden, cuisine here is light and delicious.
This overwater bars allows guests to drink in the scenery while they drink their cocktail - perfect for sundowners or a light tapas meal. Wine and beer are also served, and guests can choose a table or relax in one of the bar's rope hammocks, suspended over the water.
For an extra special dining experience, guests can have their dinner in one of the islands secluded vantage points. Guests can create their own menu, choose a location and let the staff do the rest.
This is a new addition to the Soneva Fushi's F&B outlets, serving up Mediterranean fare for lunch and dinner.
Modern Maldivian cuisine is served in this restaurant without walls, perched above the vegetable garden. Fresh produce is sourced from locals farmers or grown on-site, providing 100 percent carbon-neutral meals. Views over the tree canopy to the ocean are breathtaking.
For all-day dining on the sand, Mihiree Mitha provides casual meals and drinks in an open-air pavilion. There's a wide array of cuisines on offer here, from Tandoori to pizza, plus fruit smoothies and a selection of 60 homemade sorbets. Various breakfast cooking stations help guests start off the day well.
Guests can retreat to the main So Spiritual Bar for drinks or a casual game of chess. WiFi is available here as is a selection of snacks.