SONEVA FUSHI

Baa Atoll | MALDIVES

NEIGHBORHOOD: Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere


WHAT TO KNOW

PROPERTY SIZE: 57 rooms

ROOM STYLE: Indigenous

VIBE: Zen


hotel tip

You’re in good hands; actually, the best hands: Wellness practitioners and hosts provide regular treatments at the world-leading spa.


WHAT TO LOVE

Private Villas

Environmentally Friendly 

Award-winning Dining Experiences


LUXWT AMENITIES

All LuxWT Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Champagne and Maldivian Tapas
  • Original handcrafted arrival and departure mementos
  • A complimentary lunch for up to two people, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • With a minimum 5 night stay guests also receive:

  • Shoreline Beach dinner
  • Private sunset sailing by Dhoni at Baa Atoll
  • Flavorful cuisine (organic vegetables) cooking class for two

hotel features:

AT THE HOTEL

  • Children's Programs
  • Culinary Program
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
  • Villas

RECREATION

  • Fitness Center
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Water Sports

SERVICES

  • Babysitting Services
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning/Pressing

IN YOUR ROOM

  • Butler Service

LUXWT Prime Review

By Mario Del Duca

There are many hotels and resorts around the world that go all out to give you new experiences and to give you memories that you will not forget. There are very few however, that can provide a multiple of these experiences that make you wish that you never have to leave, that you are left with a boatload of emotions and memories that you will remember for life and tell your family and friends about and that bring tears to the eye when that dreaded moment of putting your shoes back on and stepping off the island arrives. For us this was Soneva Fushi - an eco-luxury (or “intelligent luxury” as they refer to it) and exclusive resort in the Maldives founded by in the 1990s by hospitality pioneers Sonu and Eva who turned the large island of Kunfanadhoo into o ne of the country’s premier independent resorts.

The resort’s philosophy is based on a “slow life” focused on a commitment to guests to provide unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences while also looking out for and improving the lives of the hosts and local communities. Environmental sustainability is at the forefront of what the Soneva brand believes in and Soneva Fushi demonstrates this with clear and visible initiatives that guests are able to experience and admire include a glass bottle recycling “Waste to Wealth” initiative whereby all bottles used on the island are recycled into art and sold. The initiative is not small and so other resorts are now sending their glass waste to Soneva Fushi and thereby cleaning the Maldives of a potential environmental hazard. At Soneva slow is not just about the pace of life at the resort but it is actually an acronym for “Sustainable, Local, Organic and Wellness” which guests can experience through other initiatives such as the organic vegetable grade that is able to provide a good percentage of vegetables required by the Food & Beverage department.

Soneva Fushi is located in the Baa Atoll, 30 minute domestic transfer from Male International Airport and shares its location with plenty of marine life, a colorful reef and many sandbanks and desert islands. The island consists of 65 villas all secluded within the foliage of the tropical jungle - a somewhat unique feature when most of the other resorts seem to be focusing on luxurious over-water villas. Do not be mistaken however as Soneva’s villas are as comfortable and luxurious as the most well-publicized over-water villas in the Maldives with high ceilings, huge comfortable beds, open air garden bathrooms, a private swimming pool and a butler known as Mr or Ms Friday thrown in for good measure to attend to your every need.

The resort has several high quality dining options including “By the Beach” a Japanese restaurant with Japanese kitchen staff and Mihiree Mithaa with its themed food nights including an excellent Asian street market with fare from Lebanon to Shanghai. One of the highlights for us was the Sri Lankan lunch at the organic vegetable garden where we were able to see the “garden to plate” process live! However where the resort really stands out is in its destination dining options including an epic sunrise breakfast on the edge of the island which was a mind- blowing experience and perhaps the highlight of our stay - a “Robinson Crusoe” picnic on Nibiligaa Island which we had all to ourselves for a day. We lay there (with plenty of food and d rink for the day) and hoped that the boat crew would forget to pick us up!

After these experiences if you’re still looking for more dining thrills how about a cocktail evening on a sandbank or an early evening cruise accompanying dolphins across the sunset with a cocktail in hand! On a daily basis you can also visit the exquisitely delicious chocolate room for a little indulgence. Soneva Fushi also has an outdoor movie theatre known as Cinema Paradiso, an excellent spa and gym and an observatory with a certified astronomer to get up close and

personal with the rings of Jupiter and the colors of the Milky Way! The facilities for children are currently being revamped with a new “Den” that will make it one of the best resorts in the Maldives for children.

Our experience at Soneva Fushi was truly unforgettable. We fell in love with the island resort, its staff and the memorable experiences. It is an exclusive and unique resort that has something to offer everyone. You will leave refreshed and exhilarated and the boatload of memories will be more than enough to put a smile on your face for many years to come.

About the Resort

Soneva Fushi, the first “Robinson Crusoe” style hideaway in the Maldives, is set on the privately owned, tropical island of Kunfunadhoo in Baa Atoll. The resort can be reached with scenic 30-minute sea plane flight. 
Concept The island is 1,400 metres long and 400 metres wide. It is one of the largest islands in Maldives. Apart from the crystal clear waters, white beaches and tropical climate, the island’s unusually rich vegetation offers a unique natural experience. Villas are scattered along the beach and tucked into the lush greenery, providing the ultimate privacy. 
Fringed by white sand beaches that shelve gently into the azure blue sea, legendary Soneva Fushi looks like a Robinson Crusoe idyll, however the finest creature comforts are always at hand. Its remoteness is central to its charm, offering the ultimate in barefoot sophistication for which the oft borrowed expression – No News No Shoes was coined. Welcome to a luxurious experience in which the natural reality of the destination unites understated yet sophisticated style. This is Intelligent Luxury. 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Villa Features - Overhead fan, air conditioning, extensive minibar, personal safe, binoculars and many other 5 star amenities - CD, DVD player and stereo system with speakers in bedroom and bathroom - Open-air garden bathroom with bathtub, shower and a double sink unit with large over hanging mirror - Private outside sitting area with sun lounges and direct access to beach - Bicycles are provided for all villas - Wi-Fi connection is provided in villa only on special request - Mr Friday/Butler service for the villa type Two Bedroom Crusoe Suite, Retreat and Jungle Reserve - Television and DVD system placed in villa on request with extensive music/ movie library - IDD telephones

DINING

Food & Beverage Soneva Fushi dining experiences are diverse and memorable – from gourmet menus across a variety of cultures and cuisines, to organic offerings, simple barbecues and romantic escapades – and all complimented by an extraordinary wine cellar and innovative bars

SPA

From soothing scrubs and oils of local coconuts to Tibetan hot stones, we invite you to embark on sensory journeys of authentic treatments from near and far. Enter the peaceful enclave of the Six Senses Spa and choose from a variety of body treatments, specialist traditions and wellness therapies.

A revolving residency of visiting practitioners enhance the spa’s permanent collection of treatments with their respective forms of expertise.

Cinema Paradiso

Waves lap at the shore. Breezes rustle the treetops. And stars shine on screen and overhead. We invite you to join a classic film screening in our open-air theatre. Lie back in your cushioned lounger atop the beach and immerse yourself in the magic of Cinema Paradiso.

Complimentary popcorn and over different flavours of ice cream are the perfect comforting munchies for our on-the-sands theatre experience. And should you desire a chilled cocktail, or something more substantial, our cinema hosts will be happy to oblige.

The Observatory

Gazing at the stars from out here in the midst of the ocean, far from the lights of civilization, we were amazed at how much could be seen with just the naked eye. And so we were inspired to take it to the next level.

Peer through the lenses of our state-of-the-art telescope and set your eyes upon the Plough of Saturn and its serene, translucent curves. Count the moons of Jupiter. Take advantage or our remote island locale, and see celestial bodies invisible from Europe and much of the world.

BEST OF THE BEST

Voted as one of the world’s best holiday destinations, Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 57 spacious beachfront villas, ranging from one to nine bedrooms, hidden among dense foliage, within steps of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve coral reef. Soneva is synonymous with luxury, environmentally friendly design and inspiring experiences. Watch classic movies at the outdoor Cinema Paradiso. Count Saturn’s rings from the world-class Observatory. Choose from nine different dining options, 60 flavors of gourmet ice cream and 500 wines. Intuitive service is provided by personal butlers who know what you want before you want it.

Guest Rooms & Suites

CRUSOE VILLA

One bedroom | 235 sqm
The original, secluded Robinson Crusoe hideaway with an upper floor outdoor terrace.

Amenities

  • Beachfront villa with upstairs bedroom and en-suite toilet
  • Downstairs living room with large daybed
  • Free standing bathtub and two separate showers in garden
  • Gangway with ropes leading to terrace
  • Dining table and large daybed for two on terrace
  • Staircase from garden directly to terrace
  • Overhead fan, air conditioning, extensive mini bar and personal safe
  • DVD player and Bose Hi-fi system with docking station for personal iPods
  • iPods in all villas preloaded with music and movie selection
  • Open-air garden bathroom with bathtub, shower and a double sink unit with large over hanging mirror
  • Private outside sitting area with sun loungers and direct access to beach
  • Bicycles are provided for all villas
  • Wi-Fi connection is provided in villa on request
  • Mr/Mrs Friday (Butler) service for all villas
  • IDD telephones

JUNGLE RESERVE

Four bedrooms | 1720 sqm
This unique reserve offers a private pool, kitchen, study, library, spa, sauna, steam room, fitness room, and walk-in minibar amongst other luxuries.

Amenities

  • Beach front villa with foyer entrance
  • Four spacious bedrooms with king size beds
  • Three luxurious open-air private garden bathrooms, large bathtubs and separate showers
  • Large sitting room with two daybeds with 55 inch Sony plasma
  • Private outside sitting area with direct access to beach
  • Private swimming pool in addition to a smaller children's pool
  • Dining room with 10 chairs
  • In-villa wine cellar
  • Overhead fan, air conditioning, extensive mini bar and personal safe
  • DVD player and Bose Hi-fi system with docking station for personal iPods
  • iPods in all villas preloaded with music and movie selection
  • Open-air garden bathroom with bathtub, shower and a double sink unit with large over hanging mirror
  • Private outside sitting area with sun loungers and direct access to beach
  • Bicycles are provided for all villas
  • Wi-Fi connection is provided in villa on request
  • Mr/Mrs Friday (Butler) service for all villas
  • IDD telephones

SUNSET RETREAT

Two bedrooms | 1290 sqm
Offering a kitchen, spa, steam room, fitness room, and walk-in minibar, this retreat will make you feel at home.

Amenities

  • Beach front villa
  • 2 bungalows with two levels each
  • Overhead fan, air conditioning, extensive mini bar and personal safe
  • DVD player and Bose Hi-fi system with docking station for personal iPods
  • iPods in all villas preloaded with music and movie selection
  • Open-air garden bathroom with bathtub, shower and a double sink unit with large over hanging mirror
  • Private outside sitting area with sun loungers and direct access to beach
  • Bicycles are provided for all villas
  • Wi-Fi connection is provided in villa on request
  • Mr/Mrs Friday (Butler) service for all villas
  • IDD telephones
  • Private swimming pool
  • Dining pavilion above the pool
  • A large staircase from the study leads down to hallway to main entrance
  • Smaller bedroom with separate bathroom
  • Large sitting room with daybeds/sofas
  • Large study, kitchen and in-villa wine cellar
  • A gangway leads over the sitting room and continues into the dining pavilion
  • Entrance hall with large walk in storage wardrobe
  • Luxurious open-air private garden bathroom
  • Large bathtub and separate shower
  • Double sink unit with large overhanging mirror
  • Spiral staircase in entrance
  • Spacious bedroom with king size bed
  • Door from bedroom leads to gangway to adjoining villa
  • In-villa wine cellar
  • Steam room, gym and relaxation area

Location