Soneva Fushi is the original desert island hideaway. Everything about it feels right. The seaplane arrival. Picture book palm trees.
Perfect white sand. Secluded beachside villas within touching distance of pristine reef. Nesting turtles and bunny rabbits co-habiting happily on a jewel of emerald green in a vast ocean of turquoise.
It’s the kind of place that makes you feel like a child again. Every guest has a bicycle to explore the island. At a kilometre long by
half a kilometre wide with sandy paths criss-crossing dense jungle, the island is big by Maldivian standards. Whereas some Maldives
islands can be toured in seconds, Soneva Fushi is a proper island with hidden treasures to explore at every turn.
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. Fifty-five villas are hidden away behind dense foliage a few steps in soft white sand from the warm
sea and three or four strokes from pristine coral reef, the villas are located sunrise or sunset side of the island. Their style defines the
effortless, rustic chic synonymous with Soneva. Luxurious yet understated. Vast, sigh-inducing beds with a choice of four duvet types as well as an extensive pillow menu. Open-air bathrooms and a selection of showers with Bose sound systems, intoxicating jungle aromas, waterfalls and sounds. Organic amenities that smell good enough to eat. Impeccable, intuitive service courtesy of Mr./Ms. Fridays who know what you want before you want it.
Many guests stay 'home', enjoying unrivalled peace and privacy with the best 'takeaway' food in the Indian Ocean. Others head out to explore the nine different dining options. To breakfast at Mihiree Mitha, the social hub of the island, restaurant Nine on the beach, or dine in Fresh In The Garden, a restaurant cooled by breezes above the heady scents of the famous organic herb (delicious rocket) and vegetable garden. 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.