Soneva Fushi Resort
Soneva Fushi is the original desert island hideaway. Everything about it feels right. The seaplane arrival. Picture book palm trees. Perfect white sand. Secluded beach side villas within touching distance of a Biosphere UNESCO protected pristine reef. Nesting turtles and bunny rabbits co-habiting happily. It’s the kind of place that makes you feel young again.
The unique sense of discovery, optimism and innocence begins the moment you arrive at ‘Soneva Fushi International Airport’, a floating pontoon no bigger than a small living room. You are met by smiling hosts, arriving in a traditional Maldivian dhoni boat with cold towels to wipe away the dust of the real world. Once your shoes are handed over, the ‘no news, no shoes’ philosophy kicks in and your whole being relaxes. Accommodation fits the idyll.
The spa is always a great temptation. Watching movies at Cinema Paradiso, the open-air movie theatre with only the starlit sky above, is not to be missed. Nor is counting Saturn’s rings in the world class Observatory in the company of Dr Parag Mahajani, one of India’s leading astronomers. Opportunities to venture beyond the island including sunset dolphin cruises, picnics on the island’s own private sand bankor three deserted islands, breathtaking diving such as watching the majestic rays feed at Manta Point, or fascinating cultural visits to nearby islands. Soneva Fushi is the ultimate pioneer of memory-making experiences. Choices abound. How do you decide between sixty flavours of ice cream? Eleven types of pillow. Five hundred wines. Umpteen freshly squeezed juices. The freshest line-caught tuna prepared in a hundred different ways. Or which chocolate to pinch from the 24/7 chocolate room. As is the Soneva way, all this is offered while treading as lightly as possible on the earth.
Uses Renewable Energy
No Harsh Chemicals
Reduces Water Use
Fair Pay for All
Sonu and Eva Shivdasani’s passion for enriching lives while protecting nature’s precious resources pervades every aspect of this magical island. At the heart is Eco Centro, proving ground for the sustainable culture Soneva extols, where everything from the sun’s raysÂ – the island is part powered by solar panelsÂ – to fallen timber and driftwood, which is re-used. Serious goals for sustainability do not repress Soneva Fushi’s sense of fun. They enhance it. The proximity to nature, the innate respect for the ocean’s wonders, 24/7 bare feet, all help to enhance a feeling of liberation and inner peace.
Pleasure goes hand in hand with respect for the planet. Lounging on the nets at Bar(a)bara sipping cocktails as dolphins scoot by in front of the setting sun is hedonism at its best. Snorkelling the house reef in the company of the resident marine biologist before enjoying a Kurumbaa Kaashi rub with coconut oil, milk and flesh harvested minutes earlier from a freshly fallen nut simply restores your long forgotten sense of wonder Soneva Fushi is committed to the Soneva Group’s SLOW LIFE philosophy: Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness-Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences.